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    Rolling Bean/Pea/Oat Mix

    I have a field of arable silage (beans /peas/oats) mix that was planted pretty badly last autumn, with hind sight we should have left it till the spring as it was just too wet. Its come well enough but is a bit rough for mowing. What would happen to the peas and beans if I rolled it now? Soil...
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    Extinction Rebellion in France

    Don't know if this will make into into the UK press but Extinction Rebellion have come up with another target in France, namely feed mills. They stopped a train load of cereals that was to be used for animal feed and let 1500 tonnes of wheat out on the tracks. Words fail me...
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    Paying Farmers to breed.

    French Presidential candidate Eric Zemmour (think Donald Trump without the charm) has come up with a policy of paying rural families 10.000 euros for the birth of each extra child if he is elected. He sees this as a way of encouraging the largely white rural population to "hold its own" against...
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    Howard direct drill

    I noticed that one of my local dealers was advertising a Howard direct drill. I was thinking that's a new one I wonder if its discs or tines so go on the website to see it. https://www.agriaffaires.com/occasion/semoir-direct/41919287/howard-rotavator.html Minimal ground disturbance and...
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    New Holland 4880/D1210 Baler Load Sensor

    I have an elderly New Holland 4880 (same as a D1210 and called a 595 in the USA). At the end of last season the bale density became pretty erratic with the rams on the bale chamber moving in and out randomly producing occasional soft useless bales that were so loose we struggled to pick them...
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    Crimson Clover Management

    I have some pure Crimson Clover this year, what's the right time to cut it if I want it to regrow rather than take one big cut and plough it up? If I look really hard I can find flowers just emerging on it. I have some fields mixed with winter vetch that we will take one big cut off but would...
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    Shortening the travel of a hydraulic ram

    The header reverser on our Case combine is put into gear by a small hydraulic ram. Last season the ram split at one of the welds. We tried welding it and it worked but leaked a couple of litres of oil a day. Now looking into a proper repair. The price of this tiny ram from Case is mad, about...
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    Vaderstad Carrier Packer Replacement

    I have just bought a 5m Vaderstad Carrier (mostly because it was cheap) with a totally worn out steel ring packer. Several of the rings have completely collapsed. What are my options? Just replacing with genuine rings from Vaderstad would cost 6000-7000 which is a hell of a lot on a 5m...
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    Anybody recharge their own accumulators?

    Every couple of years I take 6 powershift accumulators (3 case magnums) to my local dealer to be pressure checked and recharged. He has a standard fee for this (off the top of my head 20 to 30 euros) plus 15 minutes labour for each one. I can't help but think that for the 200 euros or so I pay...
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    Dronningborg/MF/Axial Flow Wobble box Madness

    Years ago somebody told me that Dronningborg bought their header wobble boxes from Claas. I have just discovered it to be true. If you are looking for a wobble box or the arm that goes between the box and the knife the case/MF parts are exactly the same as the ones on many models of Claas...
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    JCB 530-70 Problems

    I am having a nightmare with my jcb 530-70. It will not start on the key but will start straight up if shorted across the starter. Once started it will not move forward or back. When you move the shuttle lever none of the relays click or anything. My first thought was it must be not powering...
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    What tyres for a KRM Optidrill packer?

    I recently bought a KRM Optidrill from the UK for as a cheap mounted "back up" to our main trailed drill. I am impressed with it though it is a bit heavy. However most of the car tyres on the tyre packer have seen better days, the side walls have cracked on some of them and the tyres are...
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    Dual Mass Flywheels

    How have people got on with dual mass flywheels in cars and 4x4? What is the normal life span and how much play is acceptable before changing for a new one? Anyone converted back to a standard flywheel and how did you get on? My reason for asking is I have just replaced the clutch in my sons...
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    25 acre Farm in France £80K

    14 years ago I bought a farm in the north west of the Haute Vienne including this old stone farmhouse and buildings in a small hamlet. The house was rented out until march 2012 and needs a good tidy up rather than a full restoration. Like many limousin farmhouses only the ground floor has been...
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    Self Propelled Sprayer Problem

    We were out spraying last week with our self propelled sprayer when it stopped suddenly. The engine appeared to stall as though it was finding running too hard. It would not restart immediately but did restart an hour later and drove home fine though ran hot and appeared to pressurize her...
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