Inside NFM’s August issue

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NFM issue 12 Front cover NFM's issue 12 goes on-sale from August 11. NFM issue 12 Front cover
NFM issue 12 DF5130TTV tractor Tom Dickson takes an exclusive first look and drive of the Deutz-Fahr 5130 TTV tractor before anyone else in Australia. NFM issue 12 DF5130TTV tractor
NFM issue 12 Mitsubishi PHEV Just how will Mitsubishi's Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle concept gel with consumers? Matt Wood checks it out. NFM issue 12 Mitsubishi PHEV
NFM issue 12 Smart Farms tour What does the future of the farming industry look like? Carene Chong takes a little sneak peek. NFM issue 12 Smart Farms tour
NFM issue 12 Smart Farms tour 2 Find out all about the technologies of the future such as Augmented Reality and UAVs in the Smart Farms Tour feature. NFM issue 12 Smart Farms tour 2
NFM issue 12 Branson Farms Mark Branson is living proof that embracing innovation has its just rewards. When people think something couldn't be done, he takes up the challenge and eventually proved everyone wrong. NFM issue 12 Branson Farms
NFM issue 12 Tractor tyre buying In this issue, let farm machinery guru Dr. Graeme Quick give you a quick lesson about tractor tyres . NFM issue 12 Tractor tyre buying
NFM issue 12 Baler and wrappers buyers guide Everything you need to know about balers and wrappers are in this issue. NFM issue 12 Baler and wrappers buyers guide

NewFarmMachinery magazine issue 12, on-sale August 11 features an exclusive first look at the Deutz-Fahr 5130 TTV tractor scheduled to reach Australian shores later this month.

We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the new Deutz-Fahr series 5 tractors, so we sent tractor expert Tom Dickson to the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand, to test the 5130 TTV model before the new line-up reaches Australia in late August.

Don’t miss Tom’s comprehensive appraisal of the German construction to see how it stacks up against its predecessors and competitors. Watch the stunning video review.

With hay harvesting season just around the corner, we tested a couple of hay products  alongside several other equipment including:

Innovation is a word to be embraced, not feared, as proven by the successful producers profiled in this issue.

South Australian grain farmer Mark Branson immediately saw the benefit of driving a tractor within 2cm accuracy using GPS, but at the time many of his peers said it couldn’t be done.

Now everyone’s using it and Branson’s only regret is that he didn’t wait a few years for the price of the technology to halve.

Also despite scepticism, Branson was one of the first in southern Australia to implement controlled traffic to prevent the compaction of his soils. And now he’s reaping the rewards for it. Read his success story in this issue.

Col Jackson speaks to another imaginative thinker, Gary Briggs; one of those blokes who, if he says he’s going to do something, consider it done.

Out of the adversity Briggs suffered as a result of floods in Queensland, the Dingo Tractor manufacturer invented a totally new, ingenious concept for fencing on the go. Don’t miss his inspirational story in NFM issue 12.

We took a little sneak peek into the future via the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)’s Smart Farms Tour where augmented reality and automated systems take over.

Imagine irrigation systems smart enough to know when to switch on or off without any manual intervention. Imagine a spot sprayer that targets just the weed and discriminates the crop. It is all possible. Read all about the technologies currently in development by the NCEA in our exclusive feature.

Agriculture industry guru Dr Graeme Quick offers more invaluable hints; this time on the selection and set-up of tractor tyres. Your journey to tyre wisdom starts here.

Finally, don’t miss our comprehensive Balers and Bale Wrappers Buyers’ Guide featuring specifications for all the leading models on the market. You name it, we have it.

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