Sensors keep the chop unload on-target for the box, as the system moves through the crop. At nearly 1,000 h.p., the new Deere forage harvesters not only appear different on the outside, they have the option of more power and new features. | Chris McCullough photo

New Deere forage harvester touches 1,000 horsepower

John Deere has unveiled a new beast to the self-propelled forage harvester market in the form of the 9000 Series with the largest model touching 1,000 horsepower. Following intensive German farm association DLG’s testing in high yielding maize fields in northern Italy and in Germany, John Deere has unwrapped the new 9000 Series of harvesters. […] Read more

U.K. announces replacement system for EU farm subsidies

Farms in the United Kingdom receiving large subsidy payments under the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy will be among the hardest hit by new Brexit plans. U.K. Environment Secretary Michael Gove recently introduced the new plans. The proposed changes set out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such […] Read more

More than half EU’s soybeans now supplied by United States

The United States has more than doubled the amount of soybeans it has shipped to the European Union over the past year. According to the latest figures announced by the European Commission this week, the U.S. suppled 52 percent of the crop to the EU. That is an increase of 133 percent compared to the […] Read more


A new mastitis diagnostic tool could reduce the use of antibiotics in dairy cattle.  |  File photo

New mastitis tool identifies exact strain for precise treatment

An English university and a dairy organization have come up with a new mastitis-detecting tool that will help farmers and veterinarians reduce antibiotic use by identifying correct strains to be treated. The new Mastitis Pattern Tool has been developed by the AHDB Dairy and Nottingham University Research partnership. Scientists at the university say the new […] Read more

Piet Jan Thibaudier discovered the pasture reader technology in Australia and adapted it to fit onto a mower that sits on the front of the tractor.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Pasture reader monitors grass growth

The technology is able to measure the height of grass while it is being cut and also determine expected yields

A Dutch dairy farmer whose cows recently learned to graze again after 10 years of living indoors is using a novel method to measure grass yields to ensure he uses fertilizer only where required. Piet Jan Thibaudier discovered the pasture reader technology in Australia and adapted it to fit onto a mower that sits on […] Read more


Robin Bingham’s dairy farm in Northern Ireland is using a plasma reactor to reduce ammonia emissions from its 1,200 cows.  |  Chris McCullough photo

U.K. farm fixes nitrogen with plasma reactor

The company that developed the process says it could save farmers up to 20 percent of their artificial fertilizer costs and reduce ammonia

A large dairy farm in Northern Ireland is testing a new system that can reduce ammonia emissions while also producing its own liquid nitrogen fertilizer. This new concept, developed by Norwegian company N2 Agri, involves passing manure or digestate through a plasma reactor to produce liquid nitrogen fertilizer. This process, says the company, could save […] Read more

Australia increases live cattle shipments

Beef production in Australia was almost brought to its knees when the government banned all live cattle shipping to Indonesia in 2011 because of concerns about animal welfare. Indonesia is a major market for Australian live beef cattle, taking in about 700,000 cattle per year. The ban lasted one month but it had severe knock-on […] Read more

U.K. raises African swine fever risk to medium

The British government has raised the risk of African swine fever entering the United Kingdom via contaminated meat imports from low to medium. In the most recent reassessment of the disease spreading westward across Europe, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says it has raised the risk on a temporary basis and […] Read more


Olives grow on land on a Croatian farm cleared of land mines. Twenty-five percent of the mines that are cleared explode.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Croatian minefields now produce olive oil, wine

A co-operative was forced to first clear farmland of land mines left over from the Croatian War of Independence

Almost 30 years have passed since Croatia and Serbia were at war during the Croatian War of Independence but remnants of that conflict exist today. In 2018, agriculture has taken over the battlefields with glorious results, particularly for the MasVin co-operative based at Ravni Kotari. Run by owners Radoslav Bobanovic and Zeljko Uzelac, MasVin, which […] Read more

Stalling population to slow ag production

Meat demand is also expected to decline, which would slow demand for cereals and protein meal used to feed livestock

A decline in population growth combined with slower demand for meat will weaken agricultural production over the next 10 years, said a report from the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The lower demand for meat will also put the brakes on demand for cereals and protein meal used in animal […] Read more