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.

 
 
John Deere’s new ZTrak zero-turn mower.

John Deere has introduced the new diesel Z994R Commercial ZTrak zero-turn mower, said to offer more performance and efficiency, and available in New Zealand from early 2019.

 
Klaas and Janny Akkersma with their Avataar UTV.

When Klaas and Janny Akkersma arrived in New Zealand from Holland in 1998 they brought with them a bucketful of hope and limited funds. 

Scott Johnstone with his K2 King Cobra irrigator.

Launched in 2012, the Cobra irrigator, designed and manufactured by Hi-Tech Enviro Solutions, quickly became a farmer favourite for its efficiency and ease of use, says the company’s business manager Rob Johnson.

Yardmaster’s horizontal screw separator.

Reid and Harrison’s effluent expertise dates back at least 50 years, but it gained big traction in the early 1980s with the launch of its Yardmaster pump.

Drones are new technology being used on farm.

Smart farmers won't just look to technlogy to save time and energy — they'll also look to it to imporve onfarm safety.

Increasing bale output was key to Davidson Contracting upgrading to a New Holland RB125C combi at the start of the season.

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. 

Frontloader specialist Quicke's Q-companion is designed to allow operators to record weights of materials loaded, so it proves useful for mixing rations or loading trucks with produce for hauling away from a farm. 

Despite Brexit being foreshadowed as a handbrake on Britain’s exports to Europe, it seems the future holds no fear for construction and farm machinery maker JCB, which has just released impressive year 2017 financial results.

In a market crowded with rear butterfly-style mowers it’s no surprise to see entrants looking for a slice of the overall pie. 

The practice of sub-soiling, by no means new, has been acknowledged by farmers and contractors as helping improve drainage and creating healthier soil conditions.

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.

 

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