The NZ designed and built Pollensmart is an interesting development in the mechanical pollination of orchards.

With kiwifruit being the "go to" good food of the 21st century, it was inevitable that orchard prices would skyrocket.

Despite measuring nearly 13 metres in length and tipping the scales at around 16.5 tonnes, the latest Dewulf harvester is said to be very manageable and easily manoeuvred.

With more than 40 years of two and four-row self-propelled harvester production behind them, the latest Dewulf harvester - imported by Ashburton-based New Zealand Tractors - puts that expertise to good use in the shape of the RCA 3060.

Dutch company AgXeed will be the first to enter series production of autonomous field robots with its aptly named AgBot.

While global player John Deere and German manufacturer Horsch are believed to be well down the track with autonomous field robots, it looks like Dutch start-up company AgXeed will be the first to enter series production with the aptly named AgBot.

Seeka has a large fleet of Italian-built Antonio Carraro TN5800 Major tractors supplied by Hamilton-based importer/distributor Doug McFarlane Limited.

Having got throught the ravages of PSA, kiwifruit production has bounced back delivering record harvests and record prices for orchards.

The ERO Impulse pneumatic defoliator delivers a pulsed flow of compressed air to shred and remove the green leaf material from apples during the ripening stages.

Probably better known in the viticulture sector, Tractor Repairs and Spares (TRS) is now expanding into the horticulture area - with a focus on apple - after purchasing the FMR business in late 2020.

The BA Smart Sprayer reduces spray inputs and spray loss beyond crop canopies.

Claimed to have some of the most revolutionary spray technology to enter the Australasian market, the BA Smart Sprayer is now available in New Zealand.

The Maschio Tigre mulchers are available in 1.7 or 1.8 metre working widths and can deal with residues of up to 12cm in diameter.

With the gradual rise in horsepower of tractors being used in orchards, Power Farming NZ has introduced a duo of heavy-duty mulchers aimed at capitalising on this extra power.

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