Nuts and bolts – weekly machinery news

Nuts and bolts – weekly machinery news


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New Holland unveil the methane fuelled tractor.

New Holland unveil the methane fuelled tractor.

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Ideal header, NH methane tractor, CropScan protein, Allstrong pasture overseeder, "Keytah" auction, Arcusin bale handler and ATV helmet giveaway.

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Green fuelled tractor

NEW Holland Agriculture will release a methane-fuelled tractor within three years.  

Carlo Lambro, brand president of New Holland Agriculture, said this was a glimpse into the future of sustainable farming. 

“We don’t see these as the end of or road, we are still looking for next stage on our path to a truly sustainable agriculture,” he said.

Sean Lennon, tractor line director New Holland Agriculture said advancements in the engine also reduced emissions and produced cost savings in fuel.

“In real field conditions, the methane powered concept tractor reduces overall emissions by eighty percent compared to a standard diesel tractor,” he said.

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Massey Ferguson Ideal header harvester

Massey Ferguson Ideal header harvester

New “Ideal” header

MACHINERY giant Agco said they have started with a blank sheet of paper and redesigned the header.

The global manufacturer of agricultural machinery and parent company of Massey Ferguson and Fendt, has unveiled the “Ideal” header in Italy this week.

Agco chairman, president and CEO, Martin Richenhagen said the driver for the redesign was to deliver solutions to the farmers feeding the world.

The Agco statement said the Ideal header will be available in three of their core brands: Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson, with some markets to see delivery in 2018. 

The “Ideal” header will debut at Agritechnica, Germany in November 2017.

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Next instruments, CEO, Philip Clancy presents at the GRDC updates.

Next instruments, CEO, Philip Clancy presents at the GRDC updates.

CropScan Protein Maps

PROTEIN blending in the paddock is now a commercial reality with on-the-go harvester sensing technologies, yet uptake is slow says Philip Clancy CEO of Next Instruments.

The Next Instrument grain protein sensor was developed in 2003 with the current CropScan 300H On Combine Analyser released commercially in 2013. 

The CropScan 300H is a near infrared analyser and measures protein, oil and moisture in grains and oil seeds as they are harvested.

Compared to the uptake of yield monitors, Mr Clancy said the information provided in real-time from a protein monitor had more utility.

“Yield mapping has been around for more than twenty years, yet hardly has had a significant impact. 

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The Allstrong aerator

The Allstrong aerator

Irish overseeder and aerator now in Australia

DUNCAN Ag has introduced an overseeder and aerator from Ireland, giving farmers more options to rejuvenate pasture and aerate their soils.

Duncan Ag chief executive, Craig McIsaac said the three metre wide Alstrong Actus pasture overseeder has a unique design that allowed it to carry out several operations in one pass.

“It can be used in sprayed out pasture or cultivated ground,” he said.

“It has 10 individually sprung levelling boards that scarify and scratch the surface to remove dead grass, expose the soil and create a shallow seed bed,” he said.

Mr McIssac said the Alstrong aerator was based on a large drum with 15cm blades that can break up soil pans and shatter the soil structure to a depth of 30cm when used in dry conditions at the correct speed. 

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Record breaking unreserved public agriculture auction at "Keytah" Moree, NSW

Record breaking unreserved public agriculture auction at "Keytah" Moree, NSW

“Keytah” auction breaks record

Smashing the previous Australian record for an unreserved public agricultural auction, the event at “Keytah” Moree came in at over $9 million.

Auctioneering firm, Ritchie Brothers' regional sales manager, Dale Spedding said he was “ecstatic” with the result.

More than 1200 people turned up for largest unreserved public agricultural auction at 'Keytah' Moree, NSW.

Of the 387 bidders registered on line, about half were based overseas. Mr Spedding said the dollar exchange rate boosted bidding from both the US and New Zealand. He said there was also major interest from Canadian farmers.

“A big draw for bidders was the fact that this was an unreserved public auction. They knew that if they made the highest bid the lot was theirs and that’s very appealing to buyers.”. 

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Arcusin bale handler

Arcusin bale handler

Arcusin bale handler

SPRING field days have kicked off with Arcusin showing off their new bale handlers in a series of on-farm events. 

Agricultural, Construction & Forestry Equipment Suppliers (ACF) based in Penrith is the Australian distributor for the Spanish brand. 

ACF director James Fitzpatrick said the Arcusin Multi-pack C14 demonstrations took place in Forbes, Shepparton & Elmore areas. 

“Small bale producers were able to witness the Multi-pack produce a pack of up to 14 small square bales.”

Mr Fitzpatrick said an Arcusin Auto stack FSX was shown at Horsham demonstrating a solution for handling large square bales more efficiently. 

“The Auto Stack, only requiring one operator, features easy and safe unloading, whilst producing a neat stack of bales,” he said.

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Claas swather

Claas swather

Raking it in 

CLAAS are set to launch a new line of swathers in 2018, rounding out their extensive range. 

The company has announced a new 8.4m Liner 1800 Twin will be launched in 2018.

Claas will also replace the 1750 and 1650 models with the Liner 1900 and the 1700 Twin.

Claas Harvest Centre, product manager, Luke Wheeler, said all three were high performance twin-rotor swathers.

“They feature a trailed, fully floating rotor suspension that is controlled via a ball head for maximum freedom of movement.”

A fourth model the Liner 320 will also be made available in 2018. Mr Wheeler said the single-rotor swather would be ideal for smaller areas and hillsides.

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Yamaha ambassador Lee Kernagahan with the Shark helmet

Yamaha ambassador Lee Kernagahan with the Shark helmet

Free ATV helmets in September

A free Shark helmet with every utility ATV sold during September.

Dr John McVeigh MP, the Federal member for the seat of Groom in regional Queensland, has added his support to the ATV industry’s newest safety initiative.

“The evidence is irrefutable; wearing a helmet when riding your ATV or SSV could save your life if an accident occurs,” Dr McVeigh said.

In launching the free helmet offer at the Queensland Beef Expo in Toowoomba today, Dr McVeigh said he fully supported the industry’s strong desire to encourage helmet use among the thousands of farmers, graziers and pastoralists who use ATVs and SSVs every day.

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