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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 378

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in this issue

3 min
df-vine intervention

Designed to be more comfortable and cheaper to operate, Deutz-Fahr’s new specialist vineyard tractor attracted many interested viewers at demonstration days held in October. The new 5115 DF TTV vineyard tractor is based on the Same Frutteto Cvt 115 S, which was named Best Specialised Tractor at the 2019 Tractor of the Year Awards, held last year on the sidelines of the EIMA International Exhibition in Bologna, Italy. Judges at the time praised the tractor’s stepless transmission and high powered hydraulic system – and interested buyers at the event Farms & Farm Machinery attended in Healesville, Victoria were no different. The model features the TTV transmission system, allowing the operator to select whatever speed is needed without needing to change gears, while its engine speed cruise control allows the operator to quickly retrieve…

2 min
clear idea

Like it is for so many farmers, seeding time was a challenging one for brothers Kaidan and Dallas Boyd, when they were farming in Central West New South Wales. “When we were filling air seeders originally we had a triple bin set up – we had the seed, the fertiliser and the urea – and you either had two trucks and a chaser bin or three trucks,” Kaidan says. “So you would have to start each truck, get enough air, release the brakes, reverse up to the auger, fill one compartment, move the auger, move the truck, and do that three times every time you fill up… We were always doing it the hard way.” So when the brothers leased out their farms to set up Clear Ridge Fabrications in West Wyalong two…

2 min
gent opens doors

The introduction of an undercut double disc opener has made achieving accurate seed depth much easier for the seeders developed by Albany-based Direct Seeding and Harvesting Equipment. General manager Stewart MacTaggart says the K-Hart 8612 Gent double disc opener is “head and shoulders above our previous product” – and the company order book backs him up. The opener gets its name from Lincolnshire arable farmer Tony Gent, who has helped develop a number of different products for the UK market. MacTaggart says the UK disc openers are not sturdy enough for Australian soils – meaning the K-Hart products used here are manufactured under licence in Canada and pre-ordered twice every year. Direct Seeding went from selling 30 of the double disc openers in 2018 to selling 550 for the 2019 seeding season, MacTaggart said…

1 min
sidekick takes centre stage

After being launched in the US last year, Kubota’s RTV XG850 Sidekick has made its way to Australian shores, and the company says the new model is perfect for Australia’s landscape. Kubota product manager Mark Basile says the XG850 will offer something new to the Australian market. “The XG850 has performed brilliantly overseas and we’re sure it’s going to deliver in spades,” he says. “It’s been built for speed and versatility with a highly responsive liquid-cooled, twin cylinder petrol engine providing plenty of torque for fast acceleration and take-off to allow farmers to get things done more efficiently.” With a 48 horsepower (36kW) petrol engine, and able to hit a top speed of 64km/h, the XG850 also comes with a speed-sensitive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system, helping improve handling control and increase stability at…

1 min
wagon before horsepower

A control system to be introduced on Claas’s Cargos forage loader wagon range for the 2020–2021 season will help regulate tractor speed to increase productivity, the company says. Claas Harvest Centre product manager for Claas Greenline, Blair McAlwee, says the new TIM speed control system will control the forward speed of any ISOBUS-compatible tractor according to the real-time throughput of the wagon’s pick-up. “Put simply, forward speed is reduced during periods of high intake and increased during periods of low intake,” he says. “This system ensures the wagon’s loading capacity is optimised whilst significantly reducing the operator’s workload.” To be deployed in the Cargos 9000 and 8000 forage loader wagon ranges, the system uses torque measurements on the rotor and pickup for its speed calculations. There are six models in the range, ranging in size…

2 min
weed revolution

Australian AgTech startup Growave has secured a $900,000 seed investment to commercialise technology that, it says, could revolutionise the agriculture industry and remove the need to use harmful chemicals to control weeds. The Growave technology, invented by researchers at the University of Melbourne, uses microwaves to kill weeds from the inside and rids soil of emergent weeds and dormant seeds as well as reducing pathogens and their impact. The technology should be commercially available in 18 months. “With the economics of the solution so compelling, the technology has the potential to have an impact on a broad range of agricultural markets including horticulture, broadacre and viticulture,” says Paul Barrett, Growave director and head of physical sciences at IP Group. The seed investment came from IP Group, Grain Innovate and Artesian and will be…