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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 402

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
kicking goals

For Andrew Peace Wines, located in Victoria’s Mallee region, the need to regularly replace the necessary pine posts in its vineyard, plus the difficulty associated with physically removing them, led to it looking for an alternative solution. The answer was in steel – and a pioneering project that involved Trimble GPS technology and a Vermeer PD10 solar pile driver taking on an Australian-first use. Using the Trimble GPS technology, the vineyard was mapped out without the need for a surveyor and, crucially, the Vermeer pile driver has been customised to work with the GPS system. The winery’s viticulture grower liaison Rod Duffy says the new combination of equipment and technology will reduce the total installation time for all the posts from 100 days to 70. “Previously, we’d work with a consultant to build a…

2 min
bearings secured

John Deere has bought US-based Bear Flag Robotics for US$250 million (A$350.1 million) in a move it says will accelerate its development of autonomous farm technology. Deere says the acquisition will let it further develop its autonomous agriculture technologies while also supporting the prosperity of the global farming sector. Bear Flag Robotics, a Silicon Valley start-up founded in 2017, has developed autonomous driving technology that is compatible with existing machines, something which John Deere chief technology officer Jahmy Hindman says will be beneficial for Deere’s strategy. “Deere views autonomy as an important step forward in enabling farmers to leverage their resources strategically to feed the world and create more sustainable and profitable operations,” says Hindman. “Bear Flag’s team of talented agriculture professionals, engineers and technologists have a proven ability to deliver advanced technology solutions…

3 min
data in place

Nearly two years of behind-the-scenes work has paid off for Victorian sprayer manufacturer Goldacres, with its weed detection system Weedetect evolving to a point where it can be rolled out successfully. Designed for targeted weed spraying, the time-consuming work has been in building a database of weeds for the system to recognise and ultimately eliminate. Goldacres’ sales and marketing operations manager Stephen Richards says Weedetect has the potential to allow ‘green on green’ spraying rather than just the traditional ‘green on brown’, which will allow the system to be used year-round. “Traditional weed detecting cameras pick up chlorophyll, the green colour in plants, whereas you can’t run that system in crops because it would just pick up and spray everything that is green,” he says. “This system is different – it’s an actual video…

2 min
at your service

Canadian equipment supplier Cervus Equipment, which has seven dealerships across Victoria, is the subject of a takeover offer by fellow Canadian company Brandt. Cervus has seven dealerships across Victoria: in Hamilton, Colac, Sunshine, Ballarat, Leongatha, Terang and Maffra. Aside from John Deere, they also distribute Kuhn, Hustler, Bogballe, Goldacres and Wacker Neuson-branded products. Offering US$19.50 (A$26.80) per share in cash, it is estimated the total sum of the acquisition will be US$302 million (A$415 million) – excluding the Cervus shares Brandt already owns. This represents a 37 per cent premium to the 20-day volume-weighted average share price. The arrangement agreement between the two suppliers is set to create one of the largest privately-held dealership groups in the world while also enhancing Cervus’ ability to execute on its strategy of delivering best-in-class equipment to…

2 min
drill options

Arable farming specialist Lemken has released its latest precision speed drill – the Azurit 10 – which comes with new row variants and additional sowing capability. The new Azurit 10 will be able to drill soybeans and sunflower seeds, in addition to the range of crops prior models were able to sow. New rows are also a feature of the Azurit 10, which is now available with six- or 12-row spacings of 50cm as well as the proven four-, six- and eight-row variants with spacings of 70–80cm. Among the many new upgrades made by Lemken on the Azurit 10 is the addition of the MicroHub 5; a spreader unit that allows microgranules to be applied in the direct vicinity of seeds. Microgranules contain water-soluble nutrients that are rapidly available to plants, meaning the MicroHub…

3 min
new horizons

Set to be released Down Under in 2022, New Holland says its new flagship T7 Heavy Duty (HD) tractor is ideal for multi-purpose use – in the paddock and for other transport applications. Part of the 14-strong T7 range, the new HD model features New Holland’s next-gen Precision Land Management (PLM) intelligence system and a redesigned cabin that spokesperson Sean Lennon says helps deliver everything customers demanded. “We designed the brand-new Horizon Ultra cab to give them the best working experience with all the space, comfort, quality finish they asked for and the quietest cab on the market,” he says. “On top of this, the next-generation PLM Intelligence will make it easier for them to access our intelligent farming solutions which deliver substantial added value in terms of better decision making and accurate…