Category: Machinery

Kubota pushing to offer a full lineup of orange ag equipment

Kubota’s push to become a full line farm equipment brand was evident at Agritechnica 2017. From larger tractors with up to 170hp to balers to seeding equipment, the Japanese manufacturer’s orange product lineup has expanded significantly in the last few years, culminating with the launch of Kubota Farm Solutions at the global farm show in… Read more »

Techtour: 1.5 tonnes of bolt-less ballasting in under 30 minutes

Proper weight distribution is key to unlocking a tractor’s full potential, in terms of fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance. At the 2015 Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany, John Deere showcased its 1.7 tonne drive-over EZ Ballast System. Since then, the EZ Ballast offering has expanded to include a new, wheel weight system. The wheel… Read more »

1240 acres in 24 hours — Väderstad sets the Tempo for planting with speed & precision

This past April, a Väderstad Tempo L 16 took to a field near Enying, in western Hungary, with a pit crew of supporters. In just 24 hours, the Tempo planted 502.05 hectares (around 1240 acres) of corn. And “that was putting down fertilizer, seed and insecticide at the same time,” says Larry Wieler of Väderstad, in… Read more »

Soybean School: Ontario growers better positioned to manage dicamba

In 2017, many U.S. growers struggled to manage dicamba use with increasing acres of dicamba-tolerant Xtend soybeans. The dicamba story in Ontario, however, was much different, as growers had few issues with managing the marriage of the herbicide and the new trait. In this edition of RealAgriculture Soybean School, OMAFRA weed specialist Mike Cowbrough explains… Read more »

Dutch spraying drone applies up to 250 litres per flight

With the ability to lift up to 300 kilograms into the air, the Drones4Agro quadcopter drone on display in the Multi Tool Trac exhibit at Agritechnica was much larger than the average drone we see on farms today. But with that payload, it can also carry much more than the small camera that most drones… 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 »

MacDon agrees to $1.2 billion sale to Linamar

Winnipeg-based grain and forage harvesting equipment manufacturer MacDon has entered an agreement to be sold to Linamar Corporation for C$1.2 billion. Linamar is based in Guelph, and employs 25,000 people around the world — mostly in automotive parts and industrial manufacturing. The company also owns a harvest equipment business in Hungary, which will be combined… Read more »

TechTour: Stalkbuster designed for mechanical control for corn borer

One of Agritechnica’s two coveted gold medals was awarded to Kemper this year, for their Stalkbuster, which breaks up corn stubble, destroying overwintering habitat for corn borer. “In Canada and the U.S. you don’t have a lot of corn borer problems because you have Bt corn,” says Georg Wigger of Kemper, in the following TechTour… Read more »

Harvesting garlic with a 95% reduction in workforce

Finally, the answer to the What the heck is this? Facebook challenge. Inspired primarily by curiosity (and, dare we say confusion?), RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Jason Stroeve set up their equipment in Broch territory, at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. There, they spoke to Jose A. Lostal, about a machine many of us have likely never… Read more »

Where are the robots for cutting grass?

Lawn mowing is a task that some people enjoy, but many would just as soon spend that time doing something else in summer. (Count me among the latter.) The technology for autonomous mowing machines that stay within a wire perimeter has been around for a while, and sales of electric Roomba-like grass-cutters have surged in… Read more »

Real Dream Workshops: Making hydro with Otto Bloemen

Are you planning to build a new farm workshop? How will you power and heat it? Do you want a crane? In episode 3 of Real Dream Workshops, Peter Johnson visits his neighbour Otto Bloemen at Lucan, Ontario-based OJB Industries. Bloeman tells Johnson how he set out to build a cost-effective wood-frame building with high insulation… 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 »

Slurry spreading with precision

Vervaet’s hydro-trike slurry spreader was developed in collaboration with contractors nearly twenty years ago. As its name suggests, it’s a three- or five-wheeled, self-propelled machine, which offers up to 20,000 litres in capacity. And, even the five-wheeled option is built with soil health in mind. “So each wheel has its own track to minimize soil… Read more »

Brandt expanding into the U.S., buying manufacturing facility from Kongskilde

Regina-based ag equipment manufacturer Brandt Group of Companies has announced what it describes as a “major expansion into the U.S. market” with a deal to buy a 200,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Illinois. Brandt is buying a plant and equipment at Bloomington-Normal from Kongskilde Industries, which was acquired by New Holland earlier this year. It’s… Read more »

TechTour: Designing the IDEAL combine

AGCO’s new generation of combine harvester made its first public appearance at Agritechnica in Germany last month. The result of the company’s largest ever product development project, the graphite-coloured IDEAL combine will be sold under AGCO’s Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson brands. “We started from a clean sheet of paper. It’s a complete new combine…and… Read more »