Category: Machinery

New tractor sales running 16 percent ahead of last year

New tractor sales numbers in Canada continue to exceed last year’s levels, and sales activity in the U.S. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has released its September flash report on new tractor and combine sales in Canada and the United States. In Canada, four-wheel-drive tractor sales were up almost 80 percent from September of last year,… Read more »

Farmers Edge announces deal with Planet to deliver same-day satellite imagery

Farmers Edge has announced an exclusive arrangement with San Francisco-based aerospace and data company Planet to offer high-resolution, daily satellite imagery to farmers. With over 180 satellites orbiting Earth, Planet operates the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites. Described as a “multi-million dollar, multi-year global distribution agreement,” Farmers Edge says it is now the… Read more »

AGCO introduces classification system for square balers

AGCO has introduced a classification system for square balers and is inviting other baler manufacturers to use the standards. Similar to the classification system for combines based on their capacity, the eight baler classes are defined by plunger weight, which, according to the company, is the most measurable factor impacting density. “Bale density is a… Read more »

Displaying grain quality on the go with Lexion

Claas unveiled a few new features for its 2018 Lexion lineup at Farm Progress Show in Illinois last month. “We’re continuing to make the machine smarter,” says Jeff Gray, product coordinator for Lexion. The changes start with a new grain quality camera, which is mounted on the clean grain elevator, giving the operator a screenshot… Read more »

AGCO eliminates dead-end pipe with C Series Rogator

AGCO has expanded its Rogator lineup, unveiling and exhibiting its C Series this summer at several farm shows, including the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. The new series features a SmartDrive system, updated cab interior and the new LiquidLogic recirculating plumbing. “With the prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the country and the introduction of… Read more »

Salford intros the Valmar 9620, high capacity addition to the Air Boom line

Salford’s Valmar 9620 was on display at Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois last month. The newest addition to Salford’s Valmar Air Boom line features a 660 cubic foot hopper, and 70 foot hydraulic booms, allowing it to cover at least 110 acres per hour, with less time needed to re-fill. In addition, the machine… Read more »

Choosing the right cultivator for your farm

What should farmers look for when planning to purchase a new cultivator? There’s been plenty of cultivator innovation in recent years that farmers need to consider, says agronomist Pat Lynch, who hosted the annual tillage demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. This year manufacturers showed off secondary cultivation units set to finish… Read more »

Poll: Do you consider country-of-origin on equipment purchases?

Earlier this month, Morris Industries saw a change of ownership, with Calgary-based Avrio Capital and Lamont Brown Group acquiring a majority stake in the business. In the press releases and the media coverage of the investment, there was considerable emphasis on the fact that the company remains Canadian. In a conversation with Kelvin Heppner and… Read more »

AEM data shows Canadian new tractor sales up 18.1% in 2017

Every month the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) releases a flash report on new tractor and combine sales in Canada and the United States. Data released this week represents sales up until the end of August 2017. The Canadian market is showing superior strength in comparison to the U.S.. Below are the Canadian numbers, which… Read more »

Kinze introduces prototype split row 60-foot planter

Kinze has debuted a prototype planter that gives soybean growers the ability to plant narrower rows while covering the same ground of a 60-foot, 30-inch corn planter. The split row, centre pivot unit was on display at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois last month. It’s capable of 24-row, 30-inch corn planting and 15… Read more »

Vermeer unveils self-propelled round baler prototype

Vermeer unveiled a new machine — a self-propelled baler — at Husker Harvest Days in Nebraska on Wednesday. The prototype ZR5 comes with patent-pending suspension technology (for those wondering about all the mole hills, no doubt), zero-turn capabilities, and increased automation. “Our patent-pending suspension technology allows operators to better handle the bumps and jostling that… Read more »

New Holland brings Auto Command CVT to articulated T9 tractors

New Holland is now offering its continuously variable transmission (CVT), referred to as ‘Auto Command’ in its T9 Series tractors. “We’ve always had the power-shift transmission, but for the model year ’18, we’re gonna add a CVT transmission option for customers to choose from,” says Ken Paul, marketing manager with New Holland, in the video below,… Read more »

Two planters, one machine: introducing Case IH’s new 2140 Early Riser

The public caught their first glimpse of Case IH’s new 2140 Early Riser at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois last month. The new pivot-fold planter succeeds the 1245, offering 400 gallons of liquid fertilizer capacity, 80 bushels of seed capacity, and split-row configuration options. “The 2140 Early Riser is two planters in one efficient… Read more »

Longer strands in ‘Shredlage’ boost cow health, says Claas

After acquiring ‘Shredlage’ technology from its inventors last year, Claas is emphasizing the cow health benefits of the forage harvesting process. Shredlage, says Matt Jaynes, self-propelled forage harvester product manager with Claas, is a patented term used to describe the harvesting technique that takes corn through a special kernel processor, as well as cutting it… Read more »

Case IH presents ‘fastest converting combination applicator’

Case IH’s new Trident 5550 was on display last week at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois. Like something out of Transformers, the 5550 is a combination liquid/dry applicator, and according to the company, the conversion between the two is the fastest in the industry. Unlike last Christmas, when you and three other adults worked… Read more »