The average age of harvesters in Australia is 15 years and many farmers now face the prospect of buying new machinery or wringing many hours out of existing equipment.
The completely updated New Reaper's Digest harvesting book sponsored by the GRDC should help farmers buy suitable new equipment and keep existing equipment operating efficiently.
The manual carries detailed reliability information on 119 harvesters so farmers can see how particular models stand up to Australian conditions. Modifications, best and worst features and whether owners would buy the same harvester again are parncuiariv useful items for growers considering buying a harvester. Technical articles have detailed informaiion on subjects such as finance, syndicates, windrowing, safety, fire prevention, insurance and grain drying. In the preventative maintenance sections, industry experts cover air conditioning, air cleaners, hydraulics, pre-harvest maintenance, cooling systems, drive systems, tyres, concaves, sieves and harvester cleaning.
For farmers using stubble retention cropping, independent performance details are provided on straw spreader systems, gathered from two years of trials.
The New Reaper's Digest has an emphasis on farmers ideas and innovations. This section provides useful cost-saving solutions to common problems.
If we stop it
I am a little worried as I walk about the farm. My beans I know would like to grow without diseases that do harm.
And for quality in handling from the paddock to the market. Why even I will keenly try to improve before I cark it.
I'll sell my purple-polka-dotted super-tasty protein beans. In lovely jars from salad bars and stuff the profits in my jeans.
And as I walk about the farm wondering how I should crop it. I think grains research is like going to church we could be damned if we stop it.
Kim Russell (1989)