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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 395

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in this issue

2 min
rhythm nation

Swedish seeding specialist Väderstad has released what it says is the largest version of its Tempo L Series precision planter to date – with the model expected to arrive Down Under later this year. With an operating width of 12 metres, the L32 is as wide as the next biggest unit in the range, the L24, but has 32 row units on a fixed 375mm spacing – compared with the 24 units on a 450–800mm spacing offered by its predecessor. The closer spacing will make the Tempo L32 ideal for planting a wide range of winter and summer crops, including cereals, pulses, canola and maize, Väderstad product manager for Australian distributor Claas Harvest Centre, Murray Tuck, says. “Every second row of the machine can be hydraulically raised and disengaged, effectively doubling the row…

2 min
double down

Sold under its AGI brand, Canada-based Ag Growth International’s new XTA range of augers has been designed for durability, longevity and capacity, the company says. Andy Medlyn, equipment sales manager for local importers and distributors Harberger, says the augers come with a new frame structure with a heavy-duty motor mount designed to handle high horsepower and heavy auger engines. But one of the key features of the new models is their use of double banded belts, which are moulded together to transfer maximum power from the engine to the gearboxes. With triple banded belts used in some models, Medlyn says this move helps gearboxes to maintain a consistent speed when the auger is running. “It just ensures all belts are doing the same circumference rather than one doing most of the work and two…

2 min
precision update

Farmers will be able to schedule tasks for operators from their mobile device following a new update to John Deere’s Precision Agriculture packages. The company’s Work Planner package will be incorporated into the John Deere Operations Centre in January, John Deere Australia and New Zealand’s new precision agriculture manager, Benji Blevin, has announced. Blevin says the package will help farmers and contractors ensure their workflow runs smoothly and that data is collected accurately, while allowing operators to start work as soon as they are in the paddock. “This technology means farmers can plan and communicate much more efficiently with their operators about work that needs to be completed,” he says. “Because the information is synced, everyone is working off the same plan. This helps reduce mistakes, and also assists farm managers to more effectively…

1 min
delicate touch

Indian tyre manufacturer BKT has released a new tyre for all-terrain vehicles, which it says comes with optimised traction to suit off-road conditions. The Sierra Max Pro is a radial tyre with a wider footprint and robust lugs that the company says enables better lateral and forward traction, as well as a smoother ride. “The Sierra Max Pro has been designed to guarantee an extraordinarily comfortable drive while providing safety and full control over steering and driving,” the company says. The new BKT product is being launched in the AT 27 X 11 R 14 size, with an AT 25 x 8 R 12 size already under development. BKT will also expand its V-Flexa range of very high flexion (VF) flotation tyres designed for farm trailers – adding three new sizes: VF 600/65 R…

2 min
call out

A Wagga-Wagga based company is looking for 50 farmers in New South Wales and northern Victoria to trial its technology to allow calls via Wi-Fi, even in areas with poor mobile phone coverage. Zetifi is making the offer after it was one of three Australian companies to receive a grant under the federal government’s $2 million Alternative Voice Services Trial program, which is assessing the potential for new technologies using NBN Co’s fixed wireless and satellite footprints. Company chief executive Dan Winson says Zetifi will provide trial participants with a multi-carrier connection that can replace mobile, satellite or high-capacity radio concentrator (HCRC) coverage. He adds that advances in Wi-Fi calling technology has made it an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional voice services for those living in areas with poor or patchy mobile coverage. “By…

4 min
get a grip!

In Australia there has been nothing like it in the market until now. There is barely a farmer worth the title in Australia that doesn’t have at least one tractor of some description – even allowing for differences in size, power and application. And it’s probably just as fair to say that each of those tractors has at least one, but more likely two or three, attachments: a fork of some description, maybe a stick rake, and a bucket – these days most likely a 4-in-1. But for New Zealand agricultural machinery manufacturer Rata Equipment, there were plenty of Aussie farmers who weren’t content to stop there. Rata Sales & Marketing manager Sam Searle tells Farms & Farm Machinery that Rata officially began importing the Power Claw, alongside popular equipment like bale clamps, hay…