The world record maize harvest in action.

A US family-owned farming operation has set not one, but two new Guinness World Records by harvesting 1111 tonnes of maize in eight hours and then 1620 tonnes in 12 hours.

This would make a nice little stocking filler.

With Christmas just around the corner, farmers thoughts will be on finding a gift for the domestic manager, the ankle-biters – and maybe a little prezzie for themselves.

 
Kawasaki Pro-MX UTV.

Kawasaki's recently introduced Pro-MX UTV sits between the larger, three-seater Mule Pro-FX and the compact Mule-SX.

 
Got the work-life balance right? That’s part of the mix. Tools are also available to help manage things like staff rostering. And help is available if you need to reach out.

Rural life, and agriculture is driven by changing seasons that dictate on-farm tasks and operations and busy times can mean pressure on owners or employees.

 
The Fiat Centenario.

New Holland has exhibited a concept tractor to give everyone a look at what a Fiat machine might possibly look like if it were built for the modern era.

Tyre specialist Cooper says its latest technology combines to offer superior performance and a warranty of up to 80,000km.

The latest offering from tyre specialist Cooper, in the shape of the Discoverer AT3, is said to offer a range of benefits for specific vehicle types that are used in on-road and all-terrain situations. 

Early Continental tyres.

Tyre manufacturer Continental is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its launch of Europe’s first pneumatic agricultural tyre onto the market.

Alistair Robinson, chair of the SIAFD executive committee.

A firm stand on demonstrating machinery and technology is a key reason why 50% of the exhibitor sites are now sold for the South Island Agricultural Field Days, says spokesman Daniel Schat.

Global player Massey Ferguson has recently announced plans to move away from traditional show-style events and focus on bespoke, targeted activities to launch and promote it’s products.

With Christmas closing on us quickly, new year will soon be gone and before we know it we’ll be into the 2019 round of regional field days — Dargaville, Kirwee and Fielding.

Alastair and Nick Frizzell of Frizzell Agricultural Electronics at a Dunsandel site where they have installed a large solar array to pump bore water into a vital Canterbury mudfish habitat.

Getting mains power to remote stock troughs can run to $80,000 a kilometre, says solar power specialist Alastair Frizzell, of Frizzell Agricultural Electronics, of Kirwee, Canterbury.

Increasing daily bale output was a priority for Davidson Contracting and the key reason for the firm’s upgrading its NH BR 6090 baler to a New Holland RB125C combi at the start of last season. 

The latest 5G series from John Deere takes the tried-and-tested route: a wide range of formats for all horticultural and viticulture scenarios.

With a 10,000L hopper, a working width up to 54m and an operating speed up to 30km/h, the new Amazone ZG-TS 10001 trailed spreader has the right specs for high-capacity, precision spreading.

Tractor and harvester manufacturers are cagey about allowing access to their GPS and other software systems — but one farmer may have fixed this issue.

Snippets during the last few months about the new John Deere 9000 series SP harvesters no doubt originate in the ‘mothership’ and are disseminated by social media. 

The forming of CKNZ, a subsidiary of CB Norwood Distributors Ltd, heralds a new direction for the distribution of Case IH in New Zealand as Norwood prepares a new growth strategy. 

Manufacturers of total mixed ration (TMR) mixers should stop claiming their machines have “better steel, bigger tyres and brighter lights” than competitors’ machines.

 

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