There is considerable economic concern in Canada and the U.S. due to COVID-19, but for the agricultural equipment industry, economic concerns began months earlier.  The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has released its March Flash Report, and it paints a poor first-quarter for agricultural equipment deliveries in Canada and the U.S. In Canada, (report below) AEM… Read More

IntelliDrive, the variable rate seed metering system, is expanding its Canadian footprint. The company, which uses 12-volt electric motors to control individual sections of seeding equipment to enable variable rate planting, initially focused its efforts on John Deere central commodity system drills. Two years ago, IntelliDrive made its first foray to Canada as an exhibitor… Read More

Does building your corn planting and side-dress fertilizer program around a fertilizer cart make sense? That’s what Blenheim, Ont., farmer Joe De Brouwer does and that’s why he’s on this episode of The Sharp Edge on RealAgriculture. De Brouwer, who farms with his father and two uncles, tells Maizex Seeds’ agronomist Greg Stewart that an… Read More

If you haven’t prepped your planter for 2020, there’s still time to get the job done. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Kearney Planters service manager Shaun Dilliott walks us around a typical corn planter and offers tips on key areas where growers should focus maintenance efforts. The frame segment is the first stop…. Read More

The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) has announced Leah Olson as its new chief executive officer, effective April 13, 2020. Olson joins PAMI with 15 years of senior management experience, including director of Sabanto Ag, Intelliconn, and Ag West Bio. She also served as CEO of DOT Technology Corp., CEO of SeedMaster Manufacturing, and president… Read More

On the heels of releasing its new high-speed 4705 planter, Kinze is also offering upgrades for many of its other planters for the 2021 season. Kinze sales director Eric Broadbent explains that changes are coming for all planters designated by model numbers ending in “05.” In this interview last month at the National Farm Machinery… Read More

A new transmission promises to give New Holland T5 tractor operators a new level of power and productivity, says the manufacturer. New Holland’s claims are rooted in the addition of the Dynamic Command and AutoCommand transmission to the tractor’s spec sheet. With AutoCommand, the T5 features the company’s continuously variable transmission for increased versatility and… Read More

Machinery sales for 2020 have started off on a much weaker tone than 2019, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The current agricultural profitability outlook is bleak due to market access concerns, a bearish tone to commodities in the face of trade disruption, and rising protectionism elsewhere in the world. Without extra disposable income… Read More

Manitoba-based earthmoving equipment manufacturer K-Tec Earthmovers Inc. has announced it is merging with another scraper-maker based in Wisconsin. K-Tec is joining forces with Ashland Industries, which also makes scrapers for the agriculture, construction, and mining markets. The company will be headquartered in Rosenort, Man., with manufacturing and service operations in both Rosenort and Ashland, Wisconsin…. Read More

During planting season, Kearney Planters service manager Shaun Dilliott gets plenty of calls from growers asking for seed meter management advice. Most of those calls come from soybean growers looking for tips on two types of meters — a John Deere radial meter or a Kinze brush meter. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Soybean School,… Read More

A new hitch with telescoping draft links makes the John Deere 4M heavy-duty compact utility tractor one of the most versatile machines in its class, the company says. Deere rolled out the new tractor, available in 52 and 66 horsepower models, at the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) at Louisville, Kentucky. John Deere product marketing… Read More