A total of 736 registered buyers, including a contingent from overseas bidding online, drove prices for low-hour, second-hand combine harvesters and tractors to over a quarter of a million dollars at Ritchie Bros first heavy equipment auction at Dubbo, NSW, yesterday.
The capacity to remotely monitor and diagnose faults with modern-day farm tractors and machinery continues to advance with John Deere’s ‘Expert Alert’ system taking the technology to a new level.
Swarm Farm Robotics, the Central Queensland developer of lightweight, driverless robots that perform farming tasks in ‘swarms’, is gearing up for the commercial roll out of its automated machines into key farming sectors throughout Australia next year.
Crop machinery investments vary according to a combination of strategy, attitude, business phase and economics, according to a project exploring how growers in Western Australia make machinery investment and replacement decisions and divide up capital expenditure budgets.
Transport rules for heavy agricultural vehicles are out of date and need to be overhauled urgently so Queensland primary producers can get on with the job of farming instead of being tied up in red tape, according to Queensland farmer representative body, AgForce.
Australian company Green Distillation Technologies has developed ground-breaking technology that converts rubber tyres into bio-oil, carbon and steel, helping solve the global environmental problem of what to do with millions of used tyres each year.
Steady progress is being made towards standardising regulations for the movement of large agricultural equipment on public roads across the eastern seaboard and South Australia, with new orders expected by the end of this year.
March was another strong month for sales of agricultural equipment across Australia as the expectation of a repeat of last year’s levels materialised, according to Tractor and Machinery Association executive director, Gary Northover.