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It's Field Day Season

As 2017 begins Australian Tyre Traders are attending more field days than ever.  Having attended many major field days nationally for several years, 2017 marks an expansion into smaller field days to reach more end users and increase brand awareness and community support. 

The team Harvest Tyres will be attending field days including: 

MARCH  
HORSHAM WIMMERA FIELD DAYS MARCH 7TH 8TH 9TH 
LUCINDALE SOUTH EAST FIELD DAYS MARCH 17TH AND 18TH
GREAT SOUTHERN FIELD DAYS March 24 to 25th
   
APRIL  
FARM WORLD WARRUGUL  MARCH 30 TILL APRIL 2ND
   
MAY  
AGFEST TASMANIA  MAY 4TH 5TH 6TH 
NORTH QUEENSLAND FIELD DAYS MAY 24TH 25TH 26TH
BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW MAY 25TH TILL 28TH 
   
JUNE   
FARM FEST TOOWOOMBA JUNE 6TH 7TH 8TH
   
JULY  
AGROW EMERALD JULY 6TH, 7TH & 8TH
   
AUGUST  
MALLEE MACHINERY FIELD DAYS SPEED AUGUST 2ND 3RD
AG-QUIP FIELD DAYS GUNNEDAH AUGUST 22ND 23RD 24TH
DOWERIN FEILD DAYS WESTERN AUSTRALIA AUGUST 30TH 31ST
   
SEPTEMBER   
HENTY FIELD DAYS NSW SEPTEMBER 19th 20th 21st 
YORK PENINSULA FIELD DAYS SEPTEMBER 26TH 27TH 28TH
   
OCTOBER  
ELMORE FIELD DAYS VICTORIA OCTOBER 3rd 4th 5th

 

So keep an eye on your local field day, you're bound to see the Australian Tyre Traders Team.

 

Henty Machinery Field Days - 2016

The Henty Machinery Field Days is Australia's premier farming field days.

The event is located in Southern New South Wales in the heart of Australia's food bowl. The Henty Machinery Field Days is regarded as one of Australia's largest agribusiness events attracting over 60,000 visitors each year.

In 2016 the premier agricultural event will showcase the latest in machinery and farm equipment, outdoors and camping products, farm produce, agronomy, country lifestyle, government and health services, agribusiness and finance services.

The not-for-profit event is farmer-driven and managed by a board of agriculturalists from southern New South Wales.

The Henty Machinery Field Days will celebrate 50 years this year after being founded as a one-day field day on harvesting machinery at the Henty showground in 1963.

The event will run again in 2016 and will feature more than 1200 sites and over 800 exhibitors on a permanent 89ha site.

Australian Tyre Traders will be exhibiting their premium Harvest Tyres brand at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days.

Click here for more information about the Henty Machinery Field Days.

All new website

new website now onlineAustralian Tyre Traders (ATT) are proud to announce the launch of their all new website. 

In keeping with the latest trends in website development and the online environment, ATT is delighted to launch the new look website with a number of different features and upgrades from the previous website.

The website includes ATT showcase brands Haulmax Tyres*, Harvest Tyres and Halitrax Tyres prominently. 

In the coming months look out for more additions to the website including an all-new online ordering interface featuring exclusive monthly specials for ATT's national tyre dealer network.

ATT invite you to engage in conversations via the Facebook and Twitter streams.

Farm Robots

Robot PickerRobots could be helping to operate agricultural farms within the next 5 years and it looks as though robotics are going to be the next big thing within agriculture in Australia.

"Within the next 5 years we are going to see some of this (robotic) equipment available at competitive, commercial prices start appearing on farms," states professor Gordon Wyeth from the Queensland University of Technology.

"(However) We are not talking about using robots to replace people, (they will) be used to increase productivity with the same, or possibly more, people."

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT), based in Brisbane, has recently received AUD$3m funding from the Queensland state budget in order to research the potential of robots performing different agricultural functions on farms and fields.

This exciting news follows the recent development of the AgBot, also conceptualised by the team at QUT.

Professor Wyeth stated that robots could save the wheat industry a staggering AUD$620m annually.

Further, the robots could significantly reduce farm labour costs.

"This is the kind of thing that is perhaps going to take some of the people who want to go off to the mines at the moment, to instead think, 'no thanks, I'm going to head out to the farms because they are pretty exciting, forward-thinking places'," he said.

Professor Wyeth also stated that said Australia's high wages compared with other nations posed a challenge for the growing population.

"We value our quality of life and we want to be able to be keep paying good wages."

"So what we want to create is the good jobs that go with the good wages - and robotics can play a role there so we get rid of the dirty-doll tasks and replace them with hi-tech tasks."

"Why shouldn't agriculture be reaping the benefits of these advances in robotics as well?"

 

This news item is based on the James Wagstaff article Robots on the Rise

Farming just got a whole lot smarter

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have recently developed a golf cart sized robot that can navigate through fields of approximately 4000 hectares via high technology sensors. Aptly named AgBot, the robot is a lightweight buggy that can eradicate weeds and cause minimal damage to soil.

The world-first device was recently presented to the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Agricultural Minister John McVeigh.

This device will soon take the monotonous work out of weeding for Queensland farmers.

Developed by the QUT Robotics lab, in collaboration with both the Swarm Farm in Emerald and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, the robotics device aims to revolutionise broad acre farming by creating a new class of small, intelligent, cooperative, autonomous robots to increase farming production.

Complimenting the AgBot, QUT are also looking to develop fleets of small robots which communicate with each other and their operator online - while working to spray crops and identify diseases. A number of prototypes of agricultural robots have been developed on the back of Federal funds.

Further, trials in Queensland have previously used the internet and satellite mapping techniques to program paths for autonomous monitoring and spraying units. Reports say a more comprehensive internet infrastructure in rural areas will be needed for the technology to take off throughout the country.  

Other QUT robotics projects include:

  • Developing robots that operate underwater and are highly manoeuvrable, travel hundreds of kilometres and stay deployed at sea for multiple weeks;
  • Fleets of eco-friendly, robotic farm-hands to intelligently apply herbicides;
  • Disc shaped robots that can zoom to hard-to-reach places to do jobs which are too difficult or dangerous for people;
  • GPS navigation systems using low-resolution cameras instead of satellites, which often get scrambled in cities; and
  • Developing, with partners, technology to enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to fly regularly in civilian airspace.
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