Welcome to Farming Through the Ages

Massey 500

“The past has been there all along, reminding us: This time–maybe, hopefully, against all odds, we will get it right.” ― Leslie T. Chang Who am I? My name is Justin – founder of farmingthroughtheages.com. I am from a farming family – grew up on a farm, worked on farms, studied agriculture, taught agriculture and now write … Read more

Patent Details for the Opperman Motocart

Restored Opperman Motocart owned by Mark Dudfield

Introduction What follows are the basic details of the patent application for the Opperman Motocart complete with original specification drawings. The original design of the Opperman Motocart aimed to provide ‘a vehicle of simple and cheap construction which would be suitable for the transport or delivery of goods for example or if desired for agricultural … Read more

Claas Lexion

A Claas Lexion combine harvesting cereals

Since the Claas Lexion 480 arrived a quarter of a century ago (12th November 1995), Claas has been at the forefront of combine performance. The launch of a totally new threshing concept – its patented APS HYBRID SYSTEM, (a combination of the APS threshing unit and the ROTO PLUS residual grain separation system), made it … Read more

Sumo DTS strip-till drill

Photograph showing a New Holland tractor and Sumo 3m DTS drill

With Autumn/winter 2019 behind us and 2020 bringing its own challenges, it will come as no surprise that farmers are looking for ways to establish their crops by covering the ground with less passes, less disturbance and less environmental impact. Sumo, a British manufacturer based in York believe they have the answer – the DTS … Read more

Amazone Introduce New Sprayers

Photograph of Amazone UF 1302 sprayer in work

The UF 02 mounted sprayer range from Amazone has been extended with the introduction of two new models. The UF 1002 has a nominal volume of 1,000 litres and an actual volume of 1,100 litres, whereas the UF 1302 has a nominal volume of 1,300 litres and an actual volume of 1,400 litres. With working … Read more

Trade and Agriculture Commission

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is today (1st November 2020) extending the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC), and placing it on a full statutory footing, giving farmers a stronger voice in UK trade policy. Initially launched for a six-month period in July to bring together voices from across the sector and report back to inform … Read more


DataConnect cloud to cloud image

If you run a mixed brand fleet of machinery on your farm and need to exchange essential machinery data between machines you have to duplicate the information on each manufacturers platform or web portals. This is time consuming and increases the chances of errors creeping in. This is where DataConnect comes in. Cloud-to-cloud solution Dataconnect … Read more

Kubota Strengthens Dealer Network

Kubota L2602 compact tractor

Kubota (UK) Ltd continues to strengthen its dealer network by announcing that Lincolnshire-based ‘Irelands Farm Machinery’ is to add the Kubota groundcare equipment range to its existing Kubota tractor business, effective from 6 October 2020. This move extends the product offering to include a full range of compact tractors from 18-60hp, commercial and domestic ride-on mowers … Read more

New Holland in Maschio Gaspardo Agreement

Image of Maschio Gaspardo produced in New Holland blue

New Holland Agriculture has signed a supply agreement with Maschio Gaspardo, a leadingmanufacturer of agricultural equipment for tillage, seeding and planting, fertilization, crop protection, green maintenance and haymaking. Available exclusively through New Holland dealerships from 2021, selected Disc Harrow and Subsoiler models will be manufactured by Maschio Gaspardo for New Holland. Carlo Lambro Brand President … Read more

UK tractor operators, what you need to know

When in the field the modern tractor and skilled operators can achieve amazing rates of work. The operator has all of the tools required to ensure the tractor is running at peak efficiency, achieving maximum output at minimum cost. The operator is able to concentrate on the job at hand without disruptions. On the road … Read more