Claas buys into bots

German harvesting specialist and tractor manufacturer Claas has acquired a minority shareholding in Dutch start-up company AgXeed, the developer of the autonomous AgBot vehicle.

Horsch says it is at an advanced stage with developing an autonomous planter and will release more details soon.

German farm machinery manufacturer Horsch says it is at an advanced stage with developing its aptly named Robo autonomous planter and will release more details soon.

 
Gallagher's 2019 Fieldays site.

The rapidly expanding 'virtual farming' arena looks like it's taking a step nearer reality with Hamilton-based Gallagher Group taking ownership of Australian virtual fencing developer Agersens.

Future production at Claas’ Le Mans plant will allow the completion of 60 units a day, pushing the annual capacity from the current 10,000, up to more than 13,000 units.

After giving the go-ahead for a major investment at its Le Mans plant back in 2017, Claas recently showcased its €40 million spend.

Linda Bulk, general manager at Aeronavics Ltd, says the company is currently working on technology to support agriculture, centred around time saving, soil and water management.

Drones have become increasingly popular in agriculture and horticulture over the last decade, whether taking aerial photographs of a property, checking water lines or in some cases even mustering stock. Machinery editor Mark Daniel takes a closer look at the developments in this area...

The before (right) and after (left) shots of the horse paddock after Lady Muck has done its magic.

As anyone will attest to – if they’re married to someone with horses, have kids with ponies or are foolish enough to own these animals themselves – a big downside is the large, regular mess they leave behind.

Kleer Contracting’s Kenneth Davidson with the KT447 Kramer telehandler

Hastings-based Kleer Contractors provides 24-hour machine work and labour for a local food processing plant.

The Claas Harvest Centre display at Mystery Creek will include the public debut of the all-new CLAAS Disco 10 series side-mounted rear mowers.

Manawatu dairy farmers Wendy and Richard Ridd consider the environment extensively when making decisions on their farm that runs to 260 hectares, with a milking platform of 196 cows.

Asset management, remote worker safety, and Electronic Road User Charges are all fleet and location-based technologies that improve operations in the agricultural industry.

For more than 50 years, the Gallagher team has made the annual pilgrimage to Mystery Creek for Fieldays. So, when Covid upset plans last year, Darrell Jones reckons it was like missing Christmas.

Kubota New Zealand is gearing up for the annual NZ National Fieldays, showcasing its new RTV520, M5-1 ROPS, and M7-2 models.

Alliance, a part of Yokohama Off-Highway Tyres, has introduced a new tyre, especially designed for pivot irrigation systems.

Aimed at the contractor market, or at end users who demand a top-quality machine to achieve low operating costs, the Bunning Lowlander GT4 muck spreaders, imported into the North Island by Hamilton-based Ag and Civil Limited, fits the bill.

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