Category: Machinery

New Holland unveils ‘methane-powered’ concept tractor

In three years, farmers could be using methane produced on their farms to fuel New Holland methane-powered tractors. In the future, farms could be completely energy independent, producing all the fuel and energy required right on the farm. That’s the vision New Holland unveiled on the first day of the 2017 Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

43% of equipment dealers believe their new equipment inventory is too high

Whether you are running a retail dress shop, bakery or a Best Buy, managing your inventory is critical to achieving financial success.  Having adequate working capital provides flexibility and prevents having all of financial freedom ties up in inventory. These financial realities are very true for machinery dealers as the carrying costs of the inventory… Read more »

AGCO increases investment in Regina based parts distribution center

Waiting for parts can be brutally frustrating during very time critical moments like planting or harvest. Part inventories at the dealership have shrunk and farmers more regularly have to wait for a part to be shipped across the continent or the world. AGCO has announced that they will be expanding their parts distribution facility in… Read more »

Tool makes harvest loss management simple

As a farmer, you take care of our crops all year, pouring thousands of dollars into making sure the final product is up to the standards you expected. So why would you let all that time and money spent go down the drain when you lose a good portion of your crop to harvest loss?… Read more »

Case IH unveils equipment changes and additions for 2018

Case IH announced several changes and additions to its equipment lineup for 2018 on Monday. The Case IH Trident 5550 liquid/dry combination applicator is billed as the fastest converting combination applicator on the market, changing from liquid to dry and back to liquid during the growing season. “Other so-called combination applicators simply are adaptations of… Read more »

When you want to cut the grass (or crop residue) in a hurry…

At 42 feet wide, Schulte Industries has made a tool for anybody who wants to mow acres in a hurry. (It might require removing some trees, but just think about how fast you could mow the yard.) The Englefield, Saskatchewan-based manufacturer says its FX-742 mower is the largest rotary cutter built in the world. As… Read more »

AGCO reaches deal to buy Precision Planting from Climate Corp.

The Climate Corporation has found another buyer for its Precision Planting equipment business. Less than three months after the Monsanto subsidiary cancelled the sale of Precision Planting LLC to Deere & Co., a deal has been struck to sell Precision Planting to AGCO. “As a leading global equipment manufacturer, AGCO is uniquely positioned to enable… Read more »

Taking risk out of climbing grain bins

It’s hard to say how many injuries occur or work hours are lost on North American farms due to falls while climbing grain bins. They don’t all get reported or talked about, but there are many anecdotal stories of people getting hurt, or narrowly escaping injury. Whether checking grain condition, opening or closing lids, or… Read more »

Norbert Beaujot’s vision for DOT

The launch of the autonomous DOT Power Platform this week was the result of a three year quest to make farm equipment more efficient in the context of the labour shortage in farming, says Norbert Beaujot. The U-shaped robot is attracting plenty of attention at Ag in Motion near Langham, Saskatchewan, with crowds watching as… Read more »

Grain bag drying system wins gold award

The requirement that grain must be dry enough to store without conditioning has been the primary drawback for storing grain in grain bags. The DryloBag is designed to be a solution, enabling aeration and heating of grain for long-term storage in plastic polyethylene bags. The innovation, originally developed for peanuts in South Africa, received the… Read more »

Amity brings back Concord name on new drill

Built from the late 70s through the mid 90s, there are still more than a few of the original Concord drills in operation in Western Canada and the Northern U.S. Around 6,000 Concord drills were built, with around 2,000 sold in Canada, but the name disappeared on new seeding equipment after Concord Inc. was bought… Read more »

Canola School: The two parts to a proper spray tank cleanout

Most problems around the farm are better prevented than solved, especially when it takes two weeks for the problem to show up. In this Canola School episode, we talk to Tom Wolf with Agrimetrix and Sprayers101.com about the importance of properly cleaning out your sprayer. “There are usually two parts to a cleanout. The first… Read more »

SeedMaster sister company to unveil autonomous machine for seeding & field work

Editor’s note: This article was updated on June 28 with additional information regarding the Dot Technology Corp, the DOT Power Platform and quotes from DOT inventor Norbert Beaujot. A new sister company to SeedMaster is planning to unveil a major innovation in autonomous agriculture in the next few weeks. The Emerald Park, Sask. company had… Read more »

Seed Hawk takes on Vaderstad name and colours

Nearly four years after being acquired by Vaderstad, Saskatchewan-based air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is now a full-fledged member of its Swedish parent company’s equipment family. Known for their burgundy colour, Seed Hawk drills were on display in Vaderstad’s bright red paint with yellow trim and font at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last… Read more »

Four observations at Farm Progress Show

Farmers from across Western Canada have gathered in Regina to see the the latest in machinery innovation at Fthe arm Progress Show. Real Agriculture has been coming to this show since 2010 and it hass has definitely changed over time, with the increased international visitors, a new competing summer show, and the highs and lows… Read more »