Inside NFM's February 2015 issue

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NFM 018 Front Cover NFM's February 2015 issue goes on-sale from February 2. NFM 018 Front Cover
John Deere 9410R tractor review Tom Dickson tracks down the mighty John Deere 9410R tractor for a test drive. John Deere 9410R tractor review
Toyota Hilux Black pickup The Toyota HiLux has been around for a while but to spice thngs up a bit, the brand deicded to release a limited Black Edition last year. Matt Wood checks it out. Toyota Hilux Black pickup
Ewan McAsh oysters feature Oyster farmer Ewan McAsh is not happy with the way NSW's oyster industry is going and is set on changing it for the better. He lets Anna Game-Lopata in on his plans. Ewan McAsh oysters feature
Combine class GQ Dr. Graeme Quick offers his exclusive research on the topic of combine harvester classification. Combine class GQ
Tractors buyers guide Our buyers guide this month features a whopping 36 pages of tractors under 200hp. Tractors buyers guide

New Farm Machinery magazine’s issue 18 will hit newsstands on February 2. In this issue, we put John Deere’s new release, the 9410R articulated tractor to the test.

The 410hp 9410R belongs to John Deere’s new 9R series which has been designed for broadacre cropping.

"The only thing bigger than the 9410R on this occasion is Western Victoria’s Mount Elephant standing prominently in the background," NFM's resident tractor tester Tom Dickson says.

Don’t miss Tom’s encounter with the green and gold "beast" in this issue. Watch the test video

Other machinery reviews featured in this edition include:

Just before Christmas, Managing Editor Anna Game-Lopata travelled to Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales to catch up with Ewan McAsh, a strong-willed oyster farmer and Nuffield scholar who’s determined to turn NSW’s declining oyster industry around.

"Every aspect of the industry needed work," McAsh laments.

"There was no marketing, no reliable spat supply, farmers weren’t collaborating and they didn’t have good relationships with the government."

Since receiving his Nuffield scholarship in 2012, McAsh has made significant changes to his business as well as built a steadily growing network of local and interstate farmers to increase capacity, enable reliable supply and improve prices.

Don’t miss the remarkable story in this issue. Watch the video interview

Col Jackson returns to Tasmania where companies like Poppy Growers Tasmania are developing new varieties that offer huge potential for the painkiller, smoking and obesity markets despite continued challenges from litigious thieves and disease.

CEO Keith Rice tells Jackson that in the field of human endeavour, Tasmania poppy growers can be enormously proud of their achievements.

"The farmers have persevered and advanced alongside new cultivation and spraying techniques in agriculture and new techniques in irrigation.

"It’s the stuff dreams are made of," Rice adds.

Dr Graeme Quick offers more exclusive research, this time on the topic of combine harvester classification and he also relates the fascinating royal Russian roots of rubber tractor tracks.

Last but not least, our buyers’ guide for this issue focuses on tractors in the 50-200hp category.

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