Category: Machinery

Case IH Releasing Silver Anniversary Patriot Sprayers

It was the fall of 1991 when Tyler Industries started building its Patriot high clearance sprayers at Benson, Minnesota. Bought by Case IH in 1998, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary for the Patriot sprayer. “This is our opportunity to celebrate a significant milestone with this product line,” explains Mark Burns, application equipment market manager for… Read more »

Kickin’ Tires: Intelligent Machines and Iowa State Troopers — Highlights from Farm Progress ’16

Back home from the US Farm Progress Show in Iowa, Bern Tobin and Kelvin Heppner take over the Kickin’ Tires podcast for this episode to reflect on what they saw and heard at the massive farm equipment and technology trade show. With crowds exceeding 100,000 over three days, many companies use Farm Progress to launch… Read more »

No Screens to Clean in Mixed-Flow Dryer

Are you tired of cleaning grain dryer screens? If so, Sukop’s new mixed-flow grain dryer is worth a look. “We’ve had a lot of customers say they are just tired of cleaning screens… They want a screenless dryer and the mixed flow gives us that capability,” says Sukop dryer sales director Kerry Hartwig. Sukop showed… Read more »

The Future of Hagie Sprayers With John Deere

For those who closely follow the equipment industry, there was something unique about John Deere’s deal with sprayer-maker Hagie Manufacturing. The two companies announced a joint venture this past spring that saw Deere acquire a majority stake in the Iowa-based company known for its innovative front boom, high clearance sprayers. Unlike most of its other… Read more »

New Holland Goes Big on Bale Density

The latest generation of New Holland’s flagship BigBaler promises to raise the bar for big square density and uniformity. New Holland unveiled the BigBaler 340 Plus last month at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, New Holland hay and forage marketing manager Seth Doman explains that the key feature making this… Read more »

Liming Where You Need It — New Soil Mapping Options from Veris Technologies

A huge amount of field productivity variation is tied to what lies beneath. Underlying soil type, quality, health, and nutrient levels all play a role in what each acre can produce. Across even just one, acre, however, you may have two or more different soil types, varied organic matter levels and significant pH swings. Tyler Lund,… Read more »

Drone Giant DJI Bringing a Spraying Drone to North America

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is introducing a spraying model to North America, as it foresees a day when farmers use swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to control weeds, diseases and other pests. The Agras MG-1 is an octocopter capable of carrying 2.5 gallons and covering 7 to 10 acres per hour, explains DJI’s Jan… Read more »

Carbon Fibre Sprayer Booms: Can They Take a Licking and Keep on Ticking?

Would a carbon fibre spray boom be strong enough to withstand the rigour of continuous field spraying? That’s a question John Deere intends to answer as it continues to look for ways to substitute the composite material for the steel and aluminum traditionally used in farm equipment, such as boom sprayers. At its annual product… Read more »

Ben Dillon’s Tribine Dream Becomes Reality

It was more than 20 years ago that Ben Dillon of Carroll County, Indiana returned from working off the farm and found himself assigned to driving the grain cart tractor. “I was sitting there watching the combine and I said ‘this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. I have to fix this,’” he says…. Read more »

Driver Optional With New Holland Autonomous Tractor

It looks like a standard New Holland T8 tractor, but there’s one thing missing – the driver. The New Holland NH Drive autonomous concept tractor was the second driverless tractor unveiled at this week’s Farm Progress Show. But unlike the Case IH concept machine, the high horsepower New Holland version maintains a traditional cab, allowing… Read more »

3,000 Bushel Movable Field Bin Designed to Reduce Waiting and Compaction

Demco’s new-to-North America movable field bin was on display at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa this week. The 3,000 bushel Harvest Link (56′ long, 12′ wide and 12.5′ high) was designed to reduce the time grain cart and truck drivers spend waiting in the field, explains Benji Vande Griend, Demco’s ag products sales manager,… Read more »

New Challenger Tractor Delivers Power and Flexibility

AGCO has introduced what it calls an entirely new category of tractors with its new Challenger 1000 Series. Dubbed the largest fixed-frame tractors in the world, the Challenger 1000 is touted as a single solution for both heavy draft and row crop work. The new tractor series was unveiled at a media event at the… Read more »

Highlights from Day 1 of Farm Progress Show

Farmers got a glimpse of the future on Day 1 of the Farm Progress Show. Case IH rolled out an autonomous concept tractor and John Deere talked about plans for a carbon fibre farming revolution that could see sprayer booms and more made of the material in the near future. Real Agriculture’s Kelvin Heppner and… Read more »

Case IH Unveils Autonomous Concept Tractor

The day when tractors drive themselves on farm fields across North America feels a little bit closer than it did yesterday. CNH Industrial — the parent company of Case IH and New Holland — became the first of the big tractor manufacturers to publicly unveil its own autonomous unit, lifting the veil on a cabless… Read more »

Coyote Flats: Celebrating the Heritage of the Prairies

Agriculture has a very rich tradition that involves adversity and hardship. Today we view adversity as a dip in the futures market or the air conditioning suddenly breaking down. But the adversity faced by the pioneers is like nothing we experience today. It was mentally and physically exhausting; there was no infrastructure, just a vision and… Read more »