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The AMTEC Blog

Farming news, tips and advice

As one of the leading suppliers of new and used farm machinery brands in the UK, AMTEC have a vast source of experience and knowledge which we regularly share via our blog.  

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/public/images/webp/99528becf1b89e58cfe76c6d61df5e67.webp Common Power Harrow Problems: Troubleshooting Tips

In this blog we will be taking a look into the common problems encountered with power harrows and providing practical troubleshooting tips to help farmers in avoiding and/or overcoming these

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08th Apr 2024

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/public/images/webp/66ff5cca1fd05aad2162e01660bdb24c.webp Troubleshooting Common Faults in Farm Cultivators

In the dynamic world of modern farming, cultivators are essential workhorses that play a pivotal role in soil preparation.

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08th Apr 2024

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/111f3c1969b1797d2013e3e615b524fa.webp Advanced Farming Techniques: How Technology Is Helping UK Farmers Boost Yields and Profits

In this guide, we’ll take a look at advanced farming techniques that farms, facing challenges feeding the UK and ensuring profitability, are already testing and putting into practice.

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07th Feb 2024

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/6de33f6516bdd6575021ee77313af053.webp How to Evaluate Your Machinery and its Effectiveness on Your Farm

Elevate your farm's efficiency and profitability! Learn to evaluate machinery effectively. AMTEC Farm Machinery experts can simplify the process.

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23rd Nov 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/c456f3feb691fccc473250d4547b2177.webp Investing in Farm Machinery: Key Considerations for Success

Farm machinery investment requires careful consideration and long-term planning if it is to yield success for your farm.

AMTEC

09th Nov 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/7e70c0f08d33b5f5d7b2b872c77b6df8.webp Top 5 Hardest to Source Farm Machinery

Our dedicated machine sourcing solutions service can assist you in locating rare farm machinery like the Simba Cultipress, Simba X-press, Horsch Avatar, Horsch Pronto, & Vaderstad Topdown.

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18th Jul 2023

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We offer machine sourcing solutions that enable us to facilitate the buying and selling of your agricultural machinery. Contact AMTEC today to find out how we can help.

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06th Jul 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/8f555b093182dfce90f9583bc72482a8.webp Why you should free up cash from your unused farm machinery

AMTEC helps farm managers to optimise planning, equip, reach goals, and learn to sell unused machinery with our sourcing & selling service, maximizing ROI.

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31st Jul 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/68fe588cc1655e52c3b49046d5c32514.webp The Evolution of Tractors and Farm Vehicles in Agriculture

Exploring the fascinating journey of tractors and farm vehicles in agriculture, from their humble beginnings to the modern wonder they are today.

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23rd May 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/fa563d549801b7e583ff5f7c5a068e74.webp The Benefits of Using Farming Presses in Modern Agriculture

Farm presses are pulled by a tractor & consist of rollers that press down on the soil, breaking up clods and compacting the soil to create a uniform surface.

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10th May 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/e43db5662b015eed82222adb755609ac.webp The Versatility of Combination Drills and Their Role in Modern Farming

Combination drills help farmers save time, reduce fuel consumption, and increase planting efficiency, by combining the cultivation and planting processes.

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24th Mar 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/3bda09cea8c4774b7540fa5495b4108a.webp The Importance of Field Rollers in Agriculture

Farm rolls are an important piece of farming machinery & a vital tool in any farmer’s tool set. Learn more about the importance of field rollers in agriculture.

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23rd Feb 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/b510d43f70b9e7f2ea9ea8bc4e104609.webp Farm Trailer Safety Checklist

Farm trailers are an important piece of farming machinery to farmers around the UK, and ensuring they are safe to use is vital to keep them functional.

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23rd Jan 2023

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/9040076e2f851e15d703c3d88030e0de.webp 6 Benefits of Using a Power Harrow for Soil Preparation

If you’re preparing a soil bed for seed distribution, a harrow is an absolute necessity.

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14th Dec 2022

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/public/images/webp/307554800baa27e0d2796d13a9857bcc.webp 8 Benefits of Using a Direct Drill for Seed Cultivation

Direct drills may be a large up-front investment for farmers, but they can pay back dividends by improving crop yields and farm productivity. Read our article to learn more.

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21st Nov 2022

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/f4cdbeacf1efd9ec9722bf962fde13c8.webp A Brief History of the Seed Drill

Though the seed drill is prominent among farmers today, few know the length of its history. Find out everything there is to know about the history of the seed drill.

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17th Nov 2022

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/c9e0cd9a2dfcb985463f42c2e99ca1ac.webp Farming Equipment and Technology Fund – What Do You Need to Know?

The deadlines for applications to the Farming Equipment and Technology Grant is the 31st October.

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19th Oct 2022

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/c2ce4bf4d6418e800831584065e4f45c.webp The Pros and Cons of Regenerative Agriculture

We explore the pros and cons of regenerative farming

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22nd Mar 2022

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/e156f1cc88f910f19a28bf83ebfc05a8.webp Improving Soil Health: How Regenerative Farming can Save your Fields

Improved soil health plays an important role on your farm

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15th Nov 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/e1e333313b95ee039d522f96ac8abe6e.webp Choosing the Right Finance Option for Your Machinery

Helping you choose your financial options

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03rd Aug 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/acb05b8a49a6e913d7e0203a44816f91.webp The Pros and Cons of Direct Drilling

Will direct drilling work for me?

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19th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/3187d346449cfc3cf547d801b27a4f66.webp Benefits of Disc Harrows

How this age old tool can be part of your tillage plans.

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19th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/d6fd1087176676fc26912cdcdae979d8.webp Simba Solo Vs. Vaderstad Topdown

Two of the greatest min-til cultivators compared

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19th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/37d20829d15ff30413eb053809123ab0.webp Vaderstad Carrier Vs. Simba X-press

Short discs are becomingever more popular, this is a comparison of two of the original and best.

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19th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/63054414657fecd3ff0ec663fcdc1614.webp Why Should I Roll After Drilling?

The many benefits of rolling and why it should be done after drilling

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16th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/4d2041498c36f063a640ec48a928c09a.webp The AMTEC Story

Since Ellis Machinery rebranded as AMTEC Smart Farming Solutions in June we have been often asked why?

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07th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/6284d3901325e7dc47babf1016af1033.webp DEFRA'S COUNTRYWIDE STEWARDSHIP SCHEME

How can you make it work for you?

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07th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/38944d14ca695ab3525a6ae9a5a1e1d8.webp Variable Rate Application Made Easy

Applying seed and fertiliser with variable rate used to be an expensive and technical task. Now thanks to the new iSOYL app you can be set up in no time.

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07th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/public/images/webp/15555f65d6d2983ad76d77729c74f2a9.webp Using Drones in Agriculture

Drones are becoming increasingly useful to farmers.

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07th Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/100a57164d7ccdab757e3c8cbcc79e5b.webp Increasing Grassland Yields

Five steps to improving your grass yields and ultimately your profitability.

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01st Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/983c33d25f92d1ecbc0dd4331a9caa0c.webp How to Reduce Blackgrass

Some proven methods to tackle blackgrass problems

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01st Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/1df8a807f7d6713335f0cca4920bca64.webp How to Keep Your PTO's Safe and Legal

A tractor power take-off (PTO) and the power take-off drive shaft of a machine are very dangerous if used and not correctly gu

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01st Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/da4d2c33afd3d8ed6cc0a29431461b9a.webp Caring for Hydraulic Hoses

Hydraulic hoses are a vital part of agricultural machinery here are some hints and tips on how to help extend the life of your hoses and machinery.

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01st Jul 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/828f2acd9f36e069f8a6ba5876c375b8.webp 5 Machines That Make Modern Farming More Productive

Agriculture is perhaps one of the world's most necessary and oldest trades and these are the five modern machines and systems that have led to the dramatic increase in farming efficiency

AMTEC

22nd Jun 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/4541d3f474d3d8479c1dd12fd1ab9034.webp The Art of Producing a Successful Seedbed

As every arable farmer knows the art of seedbed preparation is a vital part of securing a healthy crop and high yield.

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22nd Jun 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/03233727f7d1a40f5ea258c9185f6ea9.webp Basic Plough Settings

Before you can achieve good ploughing it is essential that both the tractor and plough are properly prepared. 

AMTEC

01st Jun 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/785e3db12676546c67a41855bc61289c.webp Guide to Successful Ploughing

Following the popularity of our original guide to ploughing, we have put together some more tips for setting up and using a plough, including some useful trouble-shooting for common ploughing

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01st Jun 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/d183584552fdfac95161a254f09e60a6.webp Cultivation What are the Options?

Cultivation methods have changed over time, here we review the different methods available to the modern farmer.

AMTEC

01st Jun 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/fcb1af023c3726b93c45ae715a345fae.webp Stubble Cultivators: Forgotten Heroes or Surplus to Requirements?

In recent times the stubble cultivator seems to have been overlooked in the plethora of cultivation options available to the modern day farmer.  We decided to look into what we were missing.

AMTEC

01st Jun 2021

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https://backslash.fra1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/Amtec/images/webp/53bf526b670d7c77af114475413704a2.webp Common Troubleshooting For Drill Control Boxes

These are some key checks to carry out when checking the operation of seed drill control boxes. These checks are very often the answer to many of the faults found on drills.

AMTEC

01st Jun 2021

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