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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 379

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

3 min
cnh buying spree

Australian tillage equipment manufacturer K-Line Ag has been bought by CNH Industrial, the parent company of Case IH and New Holland, as part of a broader buying spree. While no individual purchase price for the company was disclosed, CNH Industrial says that the combined purchase price of K-Line, tracks manufacturer ATI Track Systems and precision farming software company AgDNA is US$85 million (A$123.2 million). CNH Industrial managing director for Agriculture in Australia and New Zealand Brandon Stannett says K-Line Ag products will continue to be sold under that name in both countries through existing Case IH, New Holland and independent dealers. But the company and its products will be rebranded to Case IH in the North American market, where K-Line Ag equipment has been sold since 2013. “As a company, we’re increasingly focused on…

1 min
2020 launch

Anew nozzle control system designed to cover paddocks efficiently and minimise overlaps will be installed on two new models of John Deere’s self-propelled sprayers, to be launched in Australia early next year. The new 4,000L capacity R4140i and 5,000L capacity R4150i will use the John Deere ExactApply nozzle control system, offering simple section control and individual nozzle control, with more precise application management. ExactApply uses a GPS-based section control system to control each nozzle individually, depending on a programmed application rate or preferred speed – as well as allowing the operator to change nozzles manually from the cab. The system can also maintain droplet size while changing speed through the use of pulse width modulation (PWM) technology up to 30Hz. With PWM enabled, turn compensation ensures that application rates remain consistent across the full…

2 min
record breaker

AJCB Fastrac Tractor has hit a top speed of 217.57km/h, breaking its own world record for the fastest speed a tractor has ever travelled. The record-breaking attempt was overseen by Guinness World Records, which confirmed that the JCB Fastrac Two completed two runs, in either direction through a speed trap set 1km apart, within the allotted time. JCB says the Fastrac Two had also hit a peak speed of 247.47km/h on its way to recording the average speed. The record comes after another JCB tractor, the Fastrac One, hit a top speed of 166.7km/h in June this year. A team of JCB engineers set out to further streamline the tractor and reduce its weight by 10 per cent after the record was set in June – with JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim…

2 min
steiger heads home

After being used for more than 20 years on a Victorian farm, a restored Case IH Steiger Quadtrac is today sitting in pride of place at company’s main US factory in Fargo, North Dakota. The Quadtrac 9370 is the final exhibit visitors to the factory will see on a tour of the facility – with Case IH saying in a statement that the vehicle is “a classic example of a tractor model that has stood the test of time”. It’s thought to be one of the first Quadtracs to roll off the Fargo line in 1996, before being shipped to Australia and sold to a farmer in Victoria. For the next 20 years it had just two owners, clocking up a total of 17,000 hours in the field. During its working life, the…

2 min
red letter day

Dedicated collectors swarmed to Gellibrand, Victoria, in early November as 36 McCormick Deering, Farmall and International brand tractors went under the hammer. Collected by Eric Larson, the tractors were produced between 1931 and 1964 and most were in working order – the result of almost 20 years of collecting following Larson’s retirement from dairy farming. The lots included a 1953 McCormick International Model DLD2 tractor – one of only 100 prototypes built and believed to be the only one in Australia, a 1941 International T6 Bulldozer supplied to the ordinance department of the US Army and a 1942 McCormick Deering W4 tractor, restored to its original steel wheels. Farms & Farm Machinery was unable to confirm the final sale price on all items, but understands most sold for four-figure sums, though the DLD2…

2 min
data revolution

An interface enabling farmers to manage different products from John Deere, Claas, Steyr, Case IH and New Holland will be rolled out in Australia in 2020 – a move that is sure to boost efficiency in precision agriculture. While modern telematics-equipped farm vehicles can generate a lot of useful data, when that data can only be accessed within that brand’s own digital platform it can mean that multiple platforms are needed to make everything work together. With the new DataConnect interface, farmers will be able to securely exchange and view basic machine data, such as current and historical machine location, fuel levels, working status and forward speed. They will also be able to control and monitor their entire fleet using their preferred telematics platform, with no additional hardware or software required and without…