Category: Machinery

Big Lender Urges Farm Equipment Dealers to Reinvent Themselves

One of the world’s largest agricultural lenders suggests North American farm equipment dealers “transform” to improve returns on invested capital. In a food and agribusiness research and advisory missive, Rabobank’s senior analyst for farm inputs, Kenneth Zuckerberg, says the equipment sector is being rocked by three years of declining sales, along with shrinking net income… Read more »

‘Intelligent’ Baler Delivers Uniformity and Reduces Operator Fatigue

New Holland’s new IntelliBale system is designed to increase productivity by automating round baling functions to reduce operator fatigue and produce more uniform bales. New Holland unveiled the technology at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, hay and forage marketing manager Seth Doman explains that New Holland’s IntelliBale uses ISOBUS 3 technology… Read more »

GSI Bin Sweep Adds Durability To Keep Grain Flowing

Looking to avoid downtime when uploading grain? Tired of shovelling grain away from the bin wall that the sweep can’t reach? These are two headaches GSI wants to remedy with its new grain bin direct gear drive (DGD) power sweep. The company showed off the DGD power sweep last month at the Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

AGCO’s New Folding Corn Head Reduces Downtime

It takes time to detach a corn head, roll in a cart, and transport the header to another field. AGCO says its new 3200 Series folding corn heads will eliminate that downtime and keep your combine rolling. The company introduced the new heads at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video,… Read more »

Reduce Runoff with Reservoir Tillage

There’s a new conservation tillage practice in town. Move over no-till, reduced till and strip till, here comes reservoir tillage. The RT850 reservoir tillage tool from Minnesota-based Willmar Fabrication is designed to run between crop rows and make depressions in the ground using 10-inch teeth to create better water infiltration and reduce runoff. “You’re just… Read more »

Growers Tweet #selltheswather, Proving the Growth of Straight-Cutting Canola

Judging by conversations with farmers across the prairies, social media, and conferences, 2016 is the year of straight-cut canola. Not long ago, canola straight-cutting was a fringe activity but it appears to be going mainstream. Increase in canola straight-cutting is due in part to tailored hybrids, growers learning from each other, and a focus on lower… Read more »

Claas Adds Overload Response and Improved Slope Compensation to ’17 Lexion Combines

Engineers keep designing harvest equipment to make it harder to do a poor job combining. An automatic overload response system and improved slope compensation are two highlights for 2017 Lexion combines from Claas, explains product coordinator Jeff Gray in this video, filmed at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa. Updating the 3D cleaning system that’s… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 21: Drought Tolerance Comparisons, the Cost of Delaying Wheat Planting & Diplo-what?

It’s late September, the days are warm, and the combines are starting to roll into the edible beans and soybeans. Corn silage harvest has also started and that means we kick off this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word with a reminder and a plead — stay safe and use those lights! From there, we head into… Read more »

Nuhn’s Lagoon Crawler Stirs It Up

Three years ago Nuhn Industries’ first Lagoon Crawler emerged from the company’s Sebringville, Ontario plant. Today, the amphibious vehicle designed for agitating lagoons can be found on farms across North America and also in Russia and China. Real Agriculture caught the Lagoon Crawler in action last week at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario…. Read more »

If Only Your Tractor Could Talk

Agricultural advocates encourage farmers to tell their story. Maybe the most interesting storyteller on the farm would be the tractor. We’re seeing tonnes of innovation in autonomous and intelligent machines — what if a tractor could tell its own story? Every tractor would have a very interesting tale to tell. The tractor pulls many implements,… Read more »

Agrimatics Bringing Weighing and Data Platform to Feed Mixers

A Saskatoon-based company known for its wireless grain cart (or buggy, if you prefer) weighing and data management system is bringing the technology to feed mixers in feedlots and dairies. Agrimatics will be introducing its Libra TMR (total mixed ration) system shortly, explained co-founder and CEO Ian Meier, as we caught up with him at… Read more »

Pink Skid Steers, Soaring Heights, & The Word Live — It’s the 2016 Outdoor Farm Show Wrap up

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is in the books for another year, and the 2016 edition of the wrap up features not only resident agronomist Peter Johnson (@WheatPete) but also Lyndsey Smith’s (triumphant?) return to RealAgriculture’s signature farm show wrap. Covering a show of this magnitude takes a team, and Peter and Lyndsey highlight what they,… Read more »

Case IH Brings AIM Command Flex to 2017 Sprayers

Case IH has unveiled its latest offering in spray technology, known as AIM Command Flex. All 2017 Patriot sprayers will come factory-equipped with the nodes required to run the ISO Virtual Terminal (VT) compatible Flex system, explains Mark Burns, Case’s marketing manager for application equipment, in this video. “It’s the new generation of spray technology… Read more »

Let ‘er Rip! Subsoiling is Back

Twenty years ago agronomist Pat Lynch had no love for subsoiling and deep rippers. But times have changed and so has Lynch’s view. As 10 different deep rippers tore across a field at the Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show tillage demo earlier this week, Lynch told the gathered crowd that the evolution of farming over the past… Read more »

US Ag Slowdown Making Late Model Equipment Harder to Find

Tight profit margins are leading many farms to hang on to equipment longer before trading it in. The major manufacturers have also slowed down production significantly, coinciding with the drop in demand for new iron. And all of this means there’s less late model machinery hitting the market. “It’s getting really hard to find a… Read more »