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Before I start building or adapting a machine, I turn to Practical Farm Ideas. I don't know how many times I have flicked though my copies!

Robin Benbow, Welshpool

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105# May-Aug 2018 Vol 27-1

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'Must reads' in this issue

Lewis Hook-lift trailer makes adaptable farm machine towed by tractor
Hook-lift trailer makes adaptable farm machine towed by tractor

 This issue looks at hook-lifts and suggests that farmers do the same. These trailers load filled trailer bodies; have a wide variety of containers including stock boxes, concrete mixers, vacuum tanks - you name it and it can hook-lift it! Specs and what to order, and how they should be made.  
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Steve Groff cover crop expert talks with Farm Ideas editor Mike Donovan
Steve Groff cover crop expert talks with Farm Ideas editor Mike Donovan

We look at the progress of no-till in Belgium with a day of intensive study organised by a farm extension service that provides totally independent advice - no sign of sponsors, trade stands, flags and banners. Jjust up our street! We still think there is too much commercial involvement in the world of farm advice. So we have NO Advertising in Practical Farm Ideas.
   
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Cattle raceway designed on Temple Grandin principles at Ghug Estate
Cattle raceway designed on Temple Grandin principles at Ghug Estate
 
Ghug Estate has objective lessons for any farmer, or group of farmers, who are going to sell product to consumers as well as commodities to food and other manufacturers. This is the second in a series of farm walkswhich looks at the integration between the farm and the product and the sales system, in this case, the farm shop. Fascinating business.
 

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Strong and secure front mounted diesel bowser for tractor
Strong and secure front mounted diesel bowser for tractor
 
One of 35 popular "Made it Myself" ideas in this issue. Strength and security are paramount in this machine which saves towing a bowser to and from the field. Great for farmers forage harvesting and doing diesel hungry field work some distance from home. Bowsers can be easy to steal if parked unattended - this less so as it needs a tractor. We wonder whether the barrels need to be bunded. They are well protected from front and sides.

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Ford Ranger pick-up converted to field machine with Horstine Avadex spreader on back
Ford Ranger pick-up converted to field machine with Horstine Avadex spreader on back
 
Recent issues have featured a number of pick-up and Discovery conversions. This 4 door Ranger (£300, much cheaper than a  2 door MoT failed truck) carries a Horstein spreader on the back. "It's so very successful," says the young farmer who did the work "next time I'd invest more time on the job and chop the back of the cab off to lengthen the load bay." The Ranger replaces an AgriBuggy.
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Soil rocket fuel 50:50 FYM and chicken, composted and ready to spread
Soil rocket fuel 50:50 FYM and chicken, composted and ready to spread

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We're all thinking soils and muck these days, just like the organic farmers have been for the past 50 years and more. This potent mix can be spread thin on grass or stubble and is high in N.
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Practica Farm Ideas Vol 27-1 'Clever one-off ideas from outstanding farmers
Practical Farm Ideas Vol 27-1 'Clever one-off ideas from outstanding farmers
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The Soil+ Cover Cropping International section

    ✓    blackgrass. The present scourge for arable farmers across swathes of the UK. This large scale report suggests a planned system that fights blackgrass at it own game - mutating to build resistance. If you grow crops you need to know about blackgrass, how to identify and control it.
    ✓    no-till sugar beet; cover cropping in deep soil; reading a soil pit. There's a wealth of advice from Steve Groff who talks cover crops from years of experience.  
 

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