Category: Combine

Turn right: Re-thinking grain cart design

Grain carts have traditionally been built to unload on the left side to avoid having the cart auger contact unload augers on combines, which are also mounted on the left side. But there’s a benefit to right-side unloading that has led many farmers in Australia to switch sides and a Manitoba-based manufacturer to introduce right-side… Read more »

Canola School: New tool helps optimize combine settings in the heat of harvest

Fast forward a few weeks. Picture the combine has started rolling in a canola field, and you’re not quite happy with how much seed is being lost through the back of the machine. Should you increase cylinder/rotor speed? Open the upper sieve? Maybe adjust the pre-sieve? Decrease concave clearance? Increase fan speed? Decrease fan speed?… Read more »

Harvest for Kids organizers aiming for 300 combines in new record attempt

Organizers are aiming to create a harvest scene in southern Manitoba on August 4th that’s never been seen before: 300 combines working simultaneously in the same field. The Harvest for Kids 2018 record attempt is planned for 2 pm on the Saturday afternoon in a winter wheat field just south of Winkler, Manitoba. Created to… Read more »

Chaff deck designed to capture and control weed seeds in combine wheel tracks

Every year at harvest, weed seeds are spread across the field through the back of most combines, setting the stage for weed competition across the entire field. A company in Western Australia has developed a tool to confine those weed seeds to the combine’s wheel tracks. The EMAR Chaff Deck replaces the chaff spreader on… Read more »

AGCO bringing IDEAL combine to North America as a Fendt

AGCO held the North American launch for its new IDEAL axial combine series in Regina, SK, on Tuesday, coinciding with the start of Canada’s Farm Progress Show. As we’ve covered previously on RealAgriculture (at Agritechnica in Germany here and the prior launch in Italy here), the IDEAL combine represents AGCO’s largest ever product development project,… Read more »

New Holland introducing crop density prediction to combine automation

Combine manufacturers are trying to make one of the most intimidating jobs on the farm — driving and setting the machine — easier and more efficient by automating the process. Take New Holland’s new automatic combine setting system, for example. The Intellisense system, designed for CR Revelation combines, uses programmed data (past yields, field topography, combine… Read more »

Canola School: Lessons learned about weed seed destruction machines

With increasing cases of herbicide resistance, machines designed to destroy weed seeds at harvest could be a valuable tool. But like any technology that is not yet widely adopted, there are also some lessons to be learned and challenges to overcome, as researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirmed last year. 2017 marked the first… Read more »

Lightweight narrow-row corn head heavy on efficiency

Want to maximize combine productivity and put every corn kernel possible in the grain tank? That’s what New Holland is promising farmers who invest in the company’s new 9200 CornMaster Series of corn heads. The narrow-row heads are specifically developed for farmers planting in 20- and 22-inch row spacings and range from 12-row to 18-row… Read more »

Case IH lightens the load with narrow-row corn header

Case IH is expanding its 4400 Series corn header line-up with a new lightweight, narrow-row header designed to help farmers pick cleaner, harvest faster, and improve handling of down corn. The new models have been completely redesigned — from the row unit and frame, to the gear box and power drive — to meet the needs of… Read more »

AEM expects machinery sales to rebound in 2018

With commodity prices staying low and farmers facing higher interest rates for the foreseeable future, there is reason to be cautious about equipment sales moving forward, especially after 2017’s mixed bag of results between Canada and the U.S. Some manufacturers, though, do see light at the end of the tunnel. At play in the optimism,… Read more »

Versatile offers a sneak peek of its new combine

Versatile offered visitors to Manitoba Ag Days a sneak peek at the company’s newest combine. The RT520 will be replacing the RT490, with improvements in the cab comfort, mechanics and overall design, explains Adam Reid, director of marketing for Versatile “The biggest difference by far, is the cab,” notes Reid. Besides a more modern design,… Read more »

Canadian tractor and combine sales were strong in 2017

December ended with very cold weather across Canada, but overall Canadian tractor and combine sales numbers reported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) were hot, compared to 2016. The December 2017 the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Canadian Flash Report shows 2WD farm tractors up 15.1%, 4WD farm tractors up 24.5% and self propelled combines… Read more »

TechTour: A combine that optimizes threshing settings by itself

Just learning how a combine runs can be an overwhelming task, let alone trying to adjust it for optimum grain quality and performance while conditions change throughout a day of harvesting. With the latest changes coming to its Lexion combines, Claas says the machine will do that automatically, as the company has introduced what it… Read more »

Canadian tractor sales continue to show strength in comparison to the U.S.

The Canadian tractor market has maintained its strength according to the November 2017 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Flash report. One of the trends over the year has been the strength of the Canadian market in comparison to the U.S. numbers on a percentage basis. November total farm tractor sales in Canada were up 15.4… Read more »

Corn School: How to reduce mechanical kernel damage

Mechanically harvesting, drying and handling grain corn can compromise quality and take a bite out of a grower’s bottom line. Earlier this fall, OMAFRA crop systems and environment engineer James Dyck worked with Dietrich Farms of Lucan, Ontario to study mechanical breakage – the impact it has on dockage and what growers can do to… Read more »