Inside Farms and Farm Machinery February 2016 issue

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FFM 329 front cover Farms and Farm Machinery magazine issue 329 goes on-sale January 21. FFM 329 front cover
Branson F42R tractor review Tom Dickson checks out a versatile workhorse from one of Korea's leading tractor manufacturers. Branson F42R tractor review
Emmetts profile Our cover story looks at how a machinery dealership reached out to bushfire victims in their time of need. Emmetts profile
GSI silos feature Tom Dickson headed out to Ballarat to see how massive 2500 tonne silos are put together, and the array of technology that goes inside it to keep grain dry and pest free. GSI silos feature
Krone Ultima baler review The world's first non-stop baler, the Krone Ultima has finally arrived in the country and we sent Tom Dickson to take a closer look. Krone Ultima baler review
Scania R730 grain truck review Truck expert Matt Wood hopped into a Scania R730 during WA peak grain harvesting season to see how well the jigger can handle a decent load on its back. Scania R730 grain truck review

On-sale January 21, this issue features a close-up look at the world’s first non-stop baler, the Krone Ultima; and how silos are built from the ground up on a pig farm in Victoria.

Technical writer Tom Dickson tracked down Australia’s first and only non-stop round baler from Krone to Barossa Valley-based Regari Contracting Principal and former motorcycle racer Craig Hage who introduced this latest baler to help speed up efficiency.

There are plenty of differences between this new baler and the existing Krone line-up but the most obvious is the fact that it never has to stop.

Hage estimates the machine has boosted his hourly production of wrapped silage from 45 to 50 bales per hour to around 80 to 85 bales.

Don’t miss the comprehensive review in this issue. Watch the video.

Also this month, Dickson went to Ballarat to see some silo construction in progress.

"Since the amalgamation of Grain Services Inc (GSI) and AGCO, massive grain storage silos have begun to pop up around the country like the pyramids in the deserts of Egypt," he says.

On a piggery just outside of Ballarat in Victoria, Melville Charles has not one but two 2500 ton GSI 40 series grain silos currently under construction.

Dickson witnessed for himself how employees of contracted builders Keogh Agricultural Services erected the silos: ring by ring; bolt by bolt until they reached massive heights of 20.76m. Read the full story in this issue and watch the video here.

Other machinery tests in this issue include:

Also, our cover story of the month: how a machinery dealership got into the community spirit by reaching out to bushfire victims and offering them a helping hand during thier time of need.

John Deere supplier Emmetts was on the way to visit its newly acquired business heartland in Roseworthy when a ferocious fire ripped through South Australia, starting at Pinery in the mid-north and burning 50 kilometres in just four hours.

No stranger to the often harsh reality of rural life, the Emmett’s team immediately reached out to the local fire victims.

Not only did the company’s staff volunteer to fight the raging fires, Emmetts also donated bale wraps and mowers to support local fundraising relief events.

Read the inspiring story by Anna Game-Lopata in this issue.

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