Category: Machinery

Significant changes made to Tribine harvester

While in Boone, Iowa, for the Farm Progress Show, RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner had a chance to check in with Ben Dillon, president of Tribine Industries, about where things are at with his new twist on the combine. In this interview, Dillon talks about his vision for a new generation of harvesters. “What we’ve been doing… Read more »

Corn School: Would variable rate planting fit your farm?

It’s time for corn growers to take a hard look at variable rate planting. That was agronomist Pat Lynch’s message to growers as they watched variable rate planters in action at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) in Woodstock, Ontario. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Lynch says the ability to adjust seed population while… Read more »

Silage baler a first for Massey Ferguson

The new Massey Ferguson RB Series silage baler is engineered for durability, reliability, and high throughput, according to AGCO. It’s the first silage-specific baler ever offered by Massey Ferguson, says Matt LeCroy, tactical marketing manager for hay and forage at AGCO. He says the RB Series is a tough, heavy-duty choice for producers who bale corn… Read more »

Canola School: PAMI publishes guidebook on straight-cutting canola

There is more and more and more demand for information about straight-cutting canola. In response to this demand, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) continues to conduct research, quantify assumptions, and provide knowledge to farmers. Recently, PAMI put all that work together into a straight-cutting guidebook for canola. In this episode of the Canola School, RealAgriculture’s… Read more »

Vermeer introduces nimble ZR5 self-propelled round baler

Have you ever looked at a self-propelled lawn mower and said, “I wish my baler turned that sharp.”  Well, Vermeer said, “We can do that!” RealAgriculture’s Kelvin Heppner got a chance to talk to Josh Vrieze, with Vermeer, at the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, about their new ZR5 self-propelled baler, that turns like… Read more »

Case IH adds auto-adjustment on new 250 series combines

Field conditions can change significantly during harvest, and although it would be nice to have experienced operators who are able to make the appropriate adjustments, sometimes it would be helpful if the combine could provide a little help to the person in the driver’s seat. That’s what Case IH had in mind when it developed… Read more »

Case IH rolls out new double-shoot disc drill

Case IH has come out with a new one-pass option for seeding and fertilizing in spring, as the manufacturer debuted its Precision Disk 500DS air drill at the 2018 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. The new double shoot drill places seed one inch above and one inch over from fertilizer in the same pass…. Read more »

348 acres in eight hours (yes, Guinness has a record for cutting hay)

Yes, Guinness has a record for hay mowed in an eight hour period. And a custom haying operator near Greeley, Colorado holds that record, as of July. Tate Mesbergen says he was inspired to attempt breaking the record while visiting Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany last November, when he saw a Polish manufacturer advertising how its… Read more »

New Holland Kombi bales and wraps in one pass

The new Roll-Belt round baler with a Kombi wrapper from New Holland allows producers to bale and wrap simultaneously, eliminating the need to make a second pass with a tractor and bale wrapper. New Holland says the baler-wrapper, which debuted at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, will also significantly reduce regrowth damage and the… Read more »

Claas debuts flex draper header

Claas unveiled its new Convio draper header series at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa last week, including a new model outfitted specifically for straight-harvesting canola. Available in widths of 35 to 45 feet, the Convio Flex draper features up to 9 inches of vertical flex, says product manager Jeff Gray, in the interview below…. Read more »

Read the fine print of equipment purchase contracts: lawyer

Although not a common practice for most farmers, a lawyer is urging more farmers to consider consulting their legal advisor prior to purchasing pricey farm equipment. This advice comes after one Saskatchewan farm lost their legal battle and appeal against an ag dealership. In this specific case, James and Merrylyne Coward claimed the dealership they bought… Read more »

Deere forage harvester chops 400 tons per hour

John Deere’s new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters claim to deliver both high-capacity harvesting and forage quality. The 9000 Series harvesters, which provide up to 400 tons of throughput per hour, debuted last week at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, Deere senior marketing representative Shaun Fritchey explains how the four new models… Read more »

New GSI grain bins feature automated cleanout with inflatable liners

Tired of brooms and shovels and all that dusty work to clean out grain bins after they’ve been emptied? Farmers who’ve had enough of the ‘clean out’ grind will want to take a look at the new Z-Series bins from GSI. The Z-Series, featuring Flexwave technology, will be available this fall. GSI demonstrated how the… Read more »

MacDon enters the corn header market

A Winnipeg-based farm equipment manufacturer known for making draper headers used on combines and swathers has entered the corn header arena. MacDon rolled out its new C Series corn header at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa last week. “We’ve been looking at the corn header market for several years now, and this just… Read more »

Smart Ag commercializing an aftermarket driverless tractor kit

An aftermarket kit that turns a regular tractor into an autonomous machine made its Farm Progress Show debut in Boone, Iowa this week. Smart Ag, based in Ames, Iowa, has developed a software platform and kit for controlling a tractor without a driver. The first application for the platform, called AutoCart, automates a grain cart… Read more »