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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 372

Farms and Farm Machinery for Zinio delivers the power of the printed page with the immediacy and convenience that comes from delivery on Zinio. Featuring all the same great content, deals and reviews as the print magazine, it is an essential tool for anyone looking to search, compare and buy or sell farm equipment, tractors, balers and all things needed for the modern ag worker. With hundreds of advertisers offering thousands of products for sale, Farms and Farm Machinery for Zinio is the go-to resource you’ve come to know and use, now in format you can carry anywhere.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Prime Creative Media Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min
picture perfect

Spraying only weeds while piloting a sprayer through your paddock at 30km/h – and saving significant amounts on chemicals and water as a result – could be a reality for Australian farmers by the time summer rolls around. That is the promise made by Dutch agricultural technology developer Agrifac, with the local launch of its AiCPlus system this month, for expected delivery in time for summer spraying. Developed with French tech innovator Bilberry in Australia and the Netherlands, the system uses artificial intelligence to recognise weed species from photographs taken by an array of cameras spaced at 3 metre intervals along the boom. Once identified, computer algorithms consider factors such as the height of the boom, the speed of the sprayer and the distance from the camera to the weed, and then calculates…

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4 min
seed destruction

Independent commercial testing has confirmed a weed seed kill rate of 99 per cent plus with the latest version of the Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor (iHSD) at various harvester speeds. The new vertical, mechanical direct drive iHSD was released earlier this year following the successful testing last harvest of eight vertical units fitted to a range of harvester brands, including John Deere and New Holland. It can also be fitted to Case IH harvesters. Invented by WA grower Ray Harrington and developed by UniSA with investment from the Grains Research & Development Corporation, the iHSD has undergone continuing development by SKF Engineering and DeBruin Engineering, together with national distributor McIntosh Distribution. The new vertical system uses the same mill set as the original hydraulic version, but the big attraction for growers is the…

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2 min
case cng loader

Reducing emissions on farms and construction sites is a feature the mainstream machinery manufacturers are focusing on, but one brand is certainly excelling in this area. Centre of attention at the huge bauma construction show in Germany in April were zero emissions electric machines and a wheel loader powered by methane gas was among them. Presented by Case Construction Equipment and named Project Tetra, the machine is powered by a six-cylinder engine from FPT Industrial’s NEF family. It follows on from advancements made in methane powered tractors by sister brand New Holland. This power unit, delivering power up to 230hp (186kW) and torque up to 1,184Nm, has diesel-like performance, but with a smoother and quieter drive. It also offers the same reliability and durability and fuel savings up to 30 per cent. The engine runs…

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2 min
deere delivers electric drives

John Deere’s new range of power systems are designed to be durable enough for the rugged off-highway market while also giving original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers the flexibility they need to implement hybrid power in their equipment, says John Deere. Launched at the bauma 2019 industry exhibition, the components feature compact, high speed motors that can be integrated in various John Deere pump drive and transmission solutions. The motors are controlled by power electronics from John Deere Electronic Solutions, making them easy to implement for OEM applications ranging from variable speed power generation to fully electric vehicle transmissions. The modular electric drivetrain component designs offer power generation and traction drive solutions up to 200kW per unit. John Deere says single-speed transmission and generator pump drive prototype opportunities are scheduled to begin by the end…

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1 min
honda unveils egx

Honda is developing its new eGX power system as an advanced zero-emissions electrified power unit, showing the prototype at the bauma 2019 construction industry exhibition. Development of the eGX has so far centred on satisfying the needs of the construction machinery market, the company says, working to make its equipment able to be used in a range of environments, such as underground tunnels or in night construction work undertaken near residential areas, with a primary focus on machinery that operates under high vibration, such as rammers and plate compactors. The motor for the eGX is equipped with a three-phase brushless DC motor, which was developed exclusively for this model. Honda says that it offers high efficiency and high power through outstanding insulation technology and winding technology for the alternator. A detachable lithium-ion battery pack…

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2 min
process is a keeper

A Queensland-based company says it has created an alternative to pasteurisation that will extend the shelf-life of refrigerated milk to 60 days minimum. Naturo, based in Coolum, says the technology is a “world first”, opening up new opportunities for export via shipping, rather than by air transport. Company founder and chief executive Jeff Hastings says the process kills pathogens without relying on heat, instead leaving the milk much closer to its original state. “Our patented process is the only known method that kills Bacillus cereus, a common but unwanted spore-forming bacterium in milk that produces toxins causing vomiting or diarrhoea,” he claims. “In our most recent independent scientific testing, the milk remained fresh and fit for human consumption at the conclusion of a 91-day testing period when compared to only 14 days for standard…

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