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Welcome to the January issue of Arable Farming. In ‘normal’ times, this would be dedicated to a look ahead to the LAMMA Show; the UK’s annual expo for farm machinery, technology and associated services. But of course, things are far from normal and LAMMA has moved to May for 2021. So, I found myself faced with a dilemma – continue with our plans for a bumper machinery issue or think again? In truth, on reviewing the issue plan with our machinery editor, the call was easy to make and so we bring you 66 pages crammed with carefully curated machinery content. But before you dive in, a word of warning – or reassurance – depending on your viewpoint; while the following pages showcase plenty of shiny, new kit, we hope also to set you thinking about how your machinery plans might change as a new farming era – one which will see the phasing out of support payments – begins. Northamptonshire farmer and Talking Arable columnist Ian Matts has already made a start; find out why on p12-13. Farm management consultants are often keen to highlight the potential for trimming machinery costs but what is the on-farm reality behind the numbers on a spreadsheet? In our business feature (p6-7) we report on the experiences of three farms that have set out to better understand and manage their costs. Good communication is essential for any business and the inability to link different machines and transfer data is a source of considerable frustration for many. If you’re not sure what the difference is between an AGGPS or ISOXML file, and why it matters, don’t miss our feature on connectivity. Sadly, theft of precision farming kit, including GPS receivers and now even in-cab armrest-mounted terminals, is on the increase. We discover what’s being done to tackle this worrying new crime trend. Away from machinery, we’ve plenty of new content available via our alternative channels. In the latest Crop it Like it’s Hot podcast, Arable Farming’s Alice Dyer tackles the OSR-alternative break crop challenge. The CropTec Show took place as a virtual event in late November and the seminars are now available on-demand at croptecshow.com. And for something completely different, check out some of the inspiring presentations delivered at the recent Women in Food and Agriculture Digital Summit at wfasummit.com. I hope we’ve provided you with some enjoyable and informative Christmas reading. Best wishes for 2021.