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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 375

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.

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in this issue

2 min
fendt forges ahead

With Agritechnica firmly in its sights, AGCO’s Fendt brand has launched some new machines and tweaked other existing machines ahead of the big German machinery show in November. According to Peter-Josef Paffen, chairman of the AGCO/Fendt executive board, Fendt had its most successful year ever in 2018 when it sold 16,806 tractors globally. “Growth continues. We are currently planning sales of 18,000 Fendt tractors in 2019. This brings us a big step closer to our target of 20,000 tractors in 2020,” he says. Fendt has taken the covers off its new 900 Vario series of five models ranging from 296 horsepower to 415hp (221kW to 309kW). The new top model Fendt 942 Vario sees the 900-series venture beyond 400hp (298kW) for the first time. POWER UP Fendt has designed the new MAN six cylinder engine…

4 min
a phenomenal opportunity

Equipped with cutting-edge technologies, controlled by a joystick and measuring 1.93m high, the phenoMobile Lite might look a little out of place in most farmers’ sheds. But the machine, the product of 11 years of Research and Development by the CSIRO-led node of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), could become a more common sight on Australian farms in near future, as CSIRO seeks a partner to help bring the product to a wider market. It comes as phenotyping, the process of measuring the traits of a plant, becomes more common on farms worldwide as farmers try to increase their yield in more marginal environmental conditions. Xavier Sirault, the director of the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre at CSIRO, tells Farms & Farm Machinery that phenotyping may include assessing a plant’s chemical composition…

2 min
paradigm shift

For precision agriculture company Ag Leader, two heads are better than one – especially when it comes to its remote steering system. Able to be retrofitted to tractors, the company’s own dual-antenna automated steering system, DualTrac, was launched in Australia late last year. Ag Leader sales manager for the Asia-Pacific Douglas Amos says the company had previously sold Novariant’s A5 steering systems and its own Paradigm system for digital steer-ready vehicles in Australia. “After the Paradigm we went to a single antenna solution… but we would still get requests for the dual antenna and it was something that we did very well, so we decided last year that we needed to bring it back. “It has been very well received – it does exactly what people were looking for. High accuracy, ultra-low speeds, better…

1 min
direct move

Worthington Tractor Parts, Inc. has confirmed that its US wholesaler Parts Express is opening a warehouse in Australia. Set to start distribution from its new Toowoomba premises late in the third quarter, this will be the first of “a few” warehouses to be opened in Australia. Products such as CAMSO track systems, Gulf Western Oils, Redekop Mav systems, cane harvester parts and Chamberlain parts will be distributed to “accommodate the local market”. “We are excited to get the Parts Express business model operating in Australia,” Worthington Tractor Parts, Inc. president Mike Winter says. “This will be the first of a few warehouses strategically located throughout Australia, to bring quality parts at affordable prices straight to the dealerships and repairs shops when they need them.” The decision to expand Parts Express Down Under is part…

2 min
gentle giant

Meet the Cotton Pro 70.10 telehandler by Dieci. While the Italian-made telehandler is an underdog in a highly competitive market that features the likes of JCB and Manitou, the big yellow Cotton Pro comes with some impressive credentials. Based in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Dieci developed Europe’s first-ever telescopic forklift in 1983 and since then has been selling its first-class telehandlers across the globe, with 85 per cent of its machines sold abroad. The model tested here, the Cotton Pro 70.10, is a no-fuss machine that was being used at a cotton gin in rural New South Wales. As the name suggests, the 70.10 has a seven-tonne lift capacity and a 10-metre maximum reach (9.5m really). Under the bonnet it boasts a four-cylinder Tier 3 FPT engine. It’s actually the machine’s best…

2 min
june confidence boost

What began as a gloomy outlook brightened considerably in June for tractor sales in what can only be described as a modest bounce in confidence The Australian agricultural tractor sales market continues to demonstrate a wide variation in activity. Many parts of the country are in fact unaffected by drought and as a result machine demand has remained strong, particularly in the west. It is the drought affected regions of NSW and northern Victoria that continue to struggle. All in all, tractor sales were down 1.5 per cent for the month and remain exactly 10 per cent behind last year. It appears that the combination of a federal Coalition government re-election, reduced interest rates and some suitable rainfall has led to an end of financial year push from many customers. Fortunately, dealers are well…