Power At Work

New ideas for more accurate and efficient tillage

A major European implement maker, who puts the emphasis on cost control without quality penalties, is targeting North American markets

by NORMAN DUNN

Anyone who has followed the world plowing championships over the years won’t need to be told about Lemken, the European master plow-maker producing the light blue implements that have won this award many times. Based in north Germany, the family firm has been making plows for over 230 years now – ever since Wilhelmus Lemken first fired up his blacksmith’s forge there in 1780.

Can a six-legged ‘spider’ tractor handle tricky transport tasks?

The Mantis stands 2.6 metres tall to the top of its cab with five metres between opposing ‘feet’

by NORMAN DUNN

A prototype “spider” tractor developed in Britain claims to reduce crop or ground cover damage during difficult transport jobs – or offer a unique cross-country transport for tourists. The so-called Mantis Hexapod from Micromagic Systems achieves this by avoiding wheelings altogether and relying on its six hydraulically powered legs to overcome demanding surfaces and obstacles.

Interest in tracked tractors grows across North America

So say the equipment manufacturers, citing better traction and compaction resistance. But tracks are more expensive than tires, and others are less certain about the overall benefits

by DON STONEMAN & MATT McINTOSH

Jean-Luc Jaquemet has been thinking about getting a tracked tractor for about 10 years. This spring, his opportunity came and he put his money on a 525-h.p. Challenger 865.

The robot revolution is about to arrive in European fields

Robotics in dairying has long been with us, but at last it seems to be coming to field crops with the experts predicting major commercial introductions in the next few years

by NORMAN DUNN

Crop Scout, Bullseye, Sun-Rover or Flower Power – these names are not as well-known in farm field mechanization as New Holland, Massey Ferguson or Claas. But, given a few years, I’d guess that some of the former will be just as familiar to crop growers everywhere.

Gleanings from the Louisville show

New technology was the watchword at February’s National Farm Machinery Show in Kentucky

CUTTING-EDGE SEEDING
John Deere created a stir in Kentucky with the introduction of their ExactEmerge planter. The groundbreaking technology boasts increased accuracy and planting speeds up to 10 m.p.h., allowing farmers to plant more acres in less time, while optimizing their seed investment.

A century of progress in tractor design

Farm tractors have undergone major changes since the early 1900s and, since 1920, the University of Nebraska’s test reports have provided invaluable information about their capabilities. Today, they still offer the best source of comparative data available

by RALPH WINFIELD

By the beginning of the last century, steam-powered traction units had been used extensively to operate threshing units and to break prairie sod, but there was no hope of them replacing the teams of horses that were in use for field tillage work in Ontario and elsewhere.

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