Machine of the Year contenders

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Magnum Rowtrac
Magnum Rowtrac

An old favourite and some sharp new machines will vie for the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia Machine of the Year awards. Source: Weekly Times Now

There are two categories this year with entries in the best powered machine and best unpowered machine.

Case IH has tossed up its Magnum Rowtrac, which has been doing the rounds for the past 18 months, and will take on newcomers from Kubota, Massey Ferguson and Deutz Fahr.

There is a rumour that a fresh off the boat New Holland T7.315 HD may make an appearance.  That would make the contest even more interesting, with Kubota’s new M7 the hot favourite in this group, which includes the Deutz 5105 and 5115 G tractors, and Massey Ferguson looking for back-to-back wins with their MF 7700 and MF 5700 series.

Something completely different, but also entirely eligible, is the Silvan Farm Eyes drone in this category.

This six-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle is designed for farm work with a one kilometre working radius and 18cm LCD screen to see what’s happening around the property.

Silvan has also entered the unpowered category with its over-row vineyard sprayer and will go up against machines from Lely, Poettinger and Claas.

Lely has its new Welger RP 160 V with variable bale chamber and William Adams will have a Lemken-Ruben 12/400 KUA cultivator.

Poettinger and Landpower go head to head in seeders and silage wagons. The 3m Aerosem seeder is up against the Amazone AD-P3000 and the Poettinger Turbo Combine taking on the Claas Cargos 8300.