Michael Collins is machinery editor at the Irish Farmers Journal. From a mixed farm in east Cork, Michael graduated from UCD with a BAgrSc in 2002. After completing his degree, he started his career in the machinery industry with John Deere Werke Mannheim Germany in the Marketing Department. After this he worked for Amazone and Krone in the UK as territory sales manager and then spent some time travelling around the world working on various farms. Laterally he has worked as sales manager, Ireland, for Ecolab in the dairy hygiene industry.
The big players in harvesting and grass equipment have announced a series of updates to their machines.
John Deere Limited has new headers, controls, hardware and software to make their largest combines even more efficient.
A delayed harvest puts more pressure and stress on farmers trying to complete field work but is no time for taking shortcuts.
With the harvest under way, it's time for a refresher on just what is and isn't road legal when it comes to trailers. There is also a new combine app from New Holland and we test-drive the Golf GTI.
Spaldings is expanding its range of tractor- and excavator-mounted mulchers available across Ireland and the UK building on the success already seen with the TMC Cancela range currently available.
Germany Farms recently changed tyres on its telehandlers with positive results in comfort, traction and wear.
This week, we have a sneak peek at the latest updates to the Case IH range. AGCO announces changes and we preview Tullamore Show. We also report from the silage extravaganza in Lismore.