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My name is James Mustoe, I am part of a family farming partnership based near Northleach in Gloucestershire, we currently farm 750 acres of arable as well as having a sheep enterprise. Our soil types range from very light Cotswold brash, with high silica limestone which believe it or not gives us problems with low pH, to heavy clay. All bar 60 acres of the arable land has a high clay fraction with soil types changing up and down the fields. Father was involved with ICI's direct drilling work in the late seventies using an IH 511 drill, which continued untill the straw burning ban, when it all went out of the window and we went back to the plough / spring tine / suffolk coulter drill system. I came back 4 years ago, having worked for nine years for a large scale farming operation and sold most of the kit, I now run a simba DTX and horsch sprinter based system, however I have used the Horsch to DD rape and spring barley in the past and will be using it to DD half of the spring barley (into failed rape crops) this year. The reason that I joined this forum is to learn from others and hopefully one day get to the stage of 100% direct drilling.

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

JCB has launched new Fastrac 4000 and 8000 Series tractors with an all-new electronics infrastructure which is claimed to deliver higher levels of performance. According to JCB, the new Fastrac iCon operator environment has three key features: iConfigure – creating a bespoke control experience for every operator iConnect – integrating advanced precision agriculture technology iControl – redefining operation through new driveline software The 175hp to 348hp (133kW to 260kW) Fastracs feature the new iCon armrest console and touch-screen display to provide flexibility in operator allocation and operator information, as well as a new transmission control strategy to enhance operator comfort and powertrain efficiency, says the manufacturer...