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Tractor launch – Moving to the top of the Claas

Performance tweaks on its Arion and Axion range has resulted in new tractors from Claas with impressive pulling power, among other changes. CPM heads to Germany to see what the manufacturer has in store for 2018. The 445hp Arion 960 produces a pretty impressive 1860Nm torque from 1400rpm. By Jane Brooks It was Claas’ range […]

On Farm Opinion – Robust and versatile

With some tough soils and the need for flexibility, one Hants grower is finding Lemken’s system, built around the Solitair drill, fits in well. CPM paid him a visit. The Lemken drill is a good all-rounder – we’ve even drilled maize with it. By David Jones Flints the size of your head are not an […]

Drills – Best of both worlds?

Functionality and flexibility are the boasts of many drill manufacturers, and allow many jobs in one pass. CPM explores the range of multi-function drills to assess what they master. You get exact fertiliser placement at the right time to give seed the best possible chance of a strong, even germination. By Jane Brooks Working on […]

Balers – Less twine, less time from fewer bales

  Big square balers are packing more biomass into each bale in the field, and come bristling with new features. CPM picks out the highlights. I think most people who want heavy-duty high-density balers are mainly going for the improved bale weights. By Jane Brooks Although probably only feasible for large-scale farmers or agricultural contractors, […]

On Farm Opinion – The heat is on

  A Cheshire farmer chose to install a semi-permanent re-circulating batch dryer at the heart of his new grain store. CPM visits to find out how the design was thought through. It’s minimising our capital investment, the dryer should have a good residual value and it gives us a good sample – what’s not to […]