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Machinery Matters

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Six Inches of Soil - an inspiring story of British Farmers

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Keeping yourself and your property safe
Welcome back to Machinery Matters, joining host Matt Tilt are guests Rebecca Davidson from NFU Mutual discussing the latest farm crime statistics and James Dalke of Can-AM discussing safety on UTV and side by side machinery in light of the recent Farm Safety Week.  Head to for more latest news and hot topics in the industry.
August 30, 2022
Coping with the heat with Deploy Tech
As the warmer weather has hit the UK, Machinery Editor Matt Tilt is joined by Paul Mendieta, CEO of Deploy Tech the first air-deployed, ready-to-use concrete water storage tank. Matt also brings listeners the latest news with some staggering statistics on farm safety.  For more news, head to
July 29, 2022
Opico's newest member, FarmDroid
Joining host Matt Tilt in this months episode of Machinery Matters is Angus Steven of Opico. Angus talks us through the fully autonomous, solar-powered Seed-n-Weed robot, FarmDroid, that has been announced as the newest member of Opico’s agricultural machinery line-up.
June 27, 2022
What's Growing at Cereals 2022?
With Cereals just a month away, Farm Contractor magazine headed down to Cambridge to see the various crop plots and interview the exhibitors. In this special addition of Machinery Matters, we step away from the tractor cab to explore the latest in crop development and provide a preview for what will be at Cereals. In this episode you will be able to hear interviews with Cereals host farmer Robert Law, site agronomists Ceres Rural, the NIAB, Syngenta, Rothamsted Research, first time exhibitors LSPB, Corteva, Senova, Premium Crops and KWS.
May 04, 2022
Six Inches of Soil - an inspiring story of British Farmers
Joining host Matt Tilt in this episode is Colin Ramsay of DragonLight films, chatting about his brand new labour of love, Six Inches of Soil, a documentary feature film which showcases the "inspiring story of British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, benefit our health and provide for local communities". He talks about how the film aims to give "farmers the confidence and practical know-how to adopt nature-friendly farming practices; gives consumers the impetus to rethink food choices and information about how to buy and support agroecologically produced food; and to create a groundswell of opinion resulting in policy change and public and private funding for a British agroecological transition". 
March 28, 2022
Joining host Matt Tilt, for this episode of Machinery Matters, is guest Campbell Scott, of Coventry based start up, Atomictractor.  Campbell , a former senior executive with global agricultural equipment firm AGCO and its brand Massey Ferguson, discusses with Matt about how the company has completed a feasibility study with Aston University in Birmingham looking at low carbon technologies, and are seeking to provide a highly-efficient answer for farmers looking to eliminate diesel costs and future-proof their energy source. Listen to this incredible episode now and don't forget to leave us a review. 
March 02, 2022
The Drive to net zero: soil health and electric vehicles
Join host Matt Tilt as he explores the role of machinery in achieving net zero and combating climate change. Starting with the latest hot news topics, Matt is then joined by guest Chris Martin, of Agrovista to discuss their brand new downloadable guide for improving soil health.  Guest, Professor Will Drury, joins Matt later in the podcast where they discuss the recent investment in green power electronics, machinery and robotics, and the contribution this has to achieving net zero. 
January 26, 2022
Linking digital platforms
In this month's episode, host Matthew Tilt looks at the winners at Agritechnica’s Innovation Awards and speaks with Landmark Systems about the potential benefits to their customers since the acquisition of Pear Agri. Keeping you updated on the latest machinery and events news and the impact of Covid-19 on the industry. Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review if you're listening on Apple podcasts. 
December 21, 2021
The Tractor of the Year Winners
In this months episode, machinery editor, Matt Tilt talks with the winners of the Tractor of the Year (TOTY) awards for a bummer episode. Winners of the Sustainable TOTY award, New Holland, chat about their methane tractor whilst Reform join the podcast to talk about their win in the best of specialised category, and finally, John Deere winners of the best of utility and Tractor of the Year, talk about their 6120M and 7R350. Get to grips with each of the tractors, companies and Tractor of the Year in this special episode. 
November 26, 2021
Tractor of the Year and JCB goes electric
In this month's episode of Machinery Matters, editor Matt Tilt speaks with Fabio Zammaretti, chairman of Tractor of the Year live from EIMA, international machinery expo in Bologna, Italy. Ben Mansfield, Loadall Product Manager at JCB joins Matt in the second half of the episode to chat about the JCB 52560E electric telehandler.  Love this episode? Why not leave us a review!
October 28, 2021
New crops and new cabs
In this episode, Matthew Tilt talks to Alex Robinson from Terravesta about the opportunities afforded by the perennial energy crop miscanthus, including maximising the use of unproductive ground, opening up new revenue streams and taking advantage of new funding sources. Then we head over to Tillage Live, where New Holland’s David Redman walks us through the Horizon Ultra cab, built from the ground up for the new T7 HD PLM Intelligence range of tractors. From greater storage, to new intelligent technology solutions and improved operator comfort, there’s something for just about everyone.
September 21, 2021
Farming Simulator and Tractor Records
Episode 6 of Machinery Matters sees Machinery Editor, Matt Tilt chat with Stephen Howarth from the Agricultural Engineers Association, exploring whether record tractor sales are a sign of market boom or recovery. The episode also explores the world of virtual farming, delving into John Deere’s Farming Simulator 2022 with Dr Thomas Engel. The upcoming game is looked at for its educational benefits to both the farming and non-farming community, as well as through the lens of video gaming. As always, Machinery Matters also brings you the latest headline stories.
August 27, 2021
Farm Safety
It's episode 5 of Machinery Matters! Machinery Editor Matt Tilt chats with James Dalke, from Can-Am and Robert Gazely, from Ceres Rural about all things Farm Safety as Farm Safety Week comes to a close. Join Matt, and the guests, for 37 minutes as they talk about staggering statistics, safety tips and more. 
July 23, 2021
Future Farming and Sustainability
This episode is about all things Future Farming and Sustainability. Hosts Lydia Turner and Matt Tilt chat with New Hollands, David Redman about the Methane Tractor and alternative fuels, and Matt is joined by the Small Robot Company live from Groundswell. All this and more, in episode 4 of Machinery Matters. 
June 25, 2021
Deaf Awareness with the NFU and Argo Tractors
Farm Contractor brings you Episode 3 of our podcast, Machinery Matters. This special episode aims to bring awareness to Deaf Awareness Week that happened in May 2021. The episode features special guests from the NFU and Argo Tractors, and discusses the risk of Deafness in the agriculture community. We're delighted to also feature this episode on YouTube to provide closed captioning to support those who are part of the Deaf/deaf community.
May 24, 2021
Stress Awareness Month with the Farm Safety Foundation and getting ready for the forage season with John Deere
In this episode, hosts Lydia and Matt provide you with the latest industry news, talk with Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation about coping with stress in the agriculture industry as well as getting ready for the forage season with John Deere's Robert Hill.  If you have been affected by any issues discussed in this episode head over to any of the organisations and charities mentioned, who's details will be available via our social media and website. 
April 23, 2021
Monthly News, Women in Agriculture with Merlo UK and Claas CEMOS
In this month's episode Machinery Editor, Matt Tilt and Digital and Social Editor, Lydia Turner, provide you with the latest news in agricultural machinery, speak with Merlo UK's Emily Traverse about women in agriculture and construction and talk with Michael Ives at Claas about the latest CEMOS system updates. This is the first episode in this monthly podcast where we will talk with esteemed guests about industry hot topics.  Head to our website, follow us on Twitter @farmconmagazine or find us on LinkedIn.
March 26, 2021