Machinery masterclass – New Holland T6.180 Methane Power tractor

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF In a world first, New Holland aims to have its T6.180 Methane Power tractor available commercially by 2022. CPM delves into the technical details, as well as talking to one Essex farmer who has been testing the pre-production model. If the world is to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, then farming will have to play its part. By Charlotte Cunningham When you hear the word ‘methane’, what do you think of? Ruminant flatulence and climate change? Both perhaps rather negative connotations… But what happens when we start to think about ‘methane’ being a help, rather than a hindrance? And it’s exactly this notion that has led New Holland to develop its T6.180 Methane Power tractor – powered by biomethane – an eco-friendly alternative to conventional fossil-fuel natural gas. Unlike the methane that comes out of the backend of a cow, biomethane is a naturally occurring biogas, which is also a by-product of anaerobic digestion. From a chemistry perspective, it looks pretty similar to natural gas, but there are a few key differences, explains David Redman, tractor specialist at New Holland. “With biomethane, farmers can make use of agricultural or animal waste – as well as specifically-grown energy…
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...