Category: Swathers

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 »

Kickin’ Tires — Ep. 10: Making Farm Safety a Priority

Over 100 adults and children are lost to agricultural fatalities on an average year in Canada. And though that number has started to drop in recent years, there is still much to be done to promote farm safety, particularly around machinery. Check Out All Our Kickin’ Tires Podcast Episodes In this episode of Kickin Tires, special… Read more »

Agritechnica 2015: Canadian Companies Reaching Farmers Around the World

You may think of them as a local manufacturing company employing local people selling to local farmers, but many Canadian agriculture companies have a presence that extends well beyond their backyards. Their global reach was evident at Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag machinery show held in Germany earlier this month — as 65 Canadian companies set up… Read more »

RearSteer Windrower Built for Western Canada

When AGCO set out to build a rear steer option for the Hesston WR9800 windrower, it had western Canadian farmers in mind. At the recent Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, AGCO Hay and Forage Marketing Manager Kyle Kitt told Real Agriculture that its RearSteer design option was really driven by canola growers and grain… Read more »

Glass, Space and Torque: John Deere’s New W260 Windrower

John Deere’s new W260 self-propelled windrower and 500R platform were on display at the Farm Progress Show this year. “The combination of the W260 Windrower and 500R Platform results in improved cut quality and consistent windrow formation to minimize dry-down time and deliver high-quality hay and forage,” said James Petersen, senior marketing representative, John Deere Ottumwa Works, in… Read more »

New Holland Offers 2014 Speedrowers

New Holland is unveiling its new 2014 Speedrowers, replacing the H8000 series, including the 130, 200 and 240 models. The changes in the new series are wide-ranging, but not unlike most new models, there is a heavy focus on operator comfort and user-friendly features. See more: How do I know when to swath canola? Still… Read more »

Canola School: Swath Timing Decisions on Branched Plants and Big Acres

In a perfect world, all canola fields would have uniform maturity and one large, heavily podded main stem, making swath timing decisions easy peasy. The reality, of course, is that emergence problems, hail events and heat stress can all cause maturity variability, excessive branching or yield-heavy secondary stems that need to be included in the… Read more »

IRONSearch.com Launches a New Version of its Website – Scott Derksen

This week Iron Solutions launched a new version of its machinery sales site, IRONSearch.com.  With some great new added personalization features, improved keyword search, and cool tools like changing your searches with visual sliders, the new IRONSearch.com will really impress new and veteran users of the site. Shaun Haney spoke to Iron Solutions, Chief Information… Read more »

What is the Future for MacDon Industries?

Last week it was reported that family-owned MacDon Industries Ltd is being put up for auction. As one the world’s largest manufacturer of windrowers, Reuters reported that the price tag could be for over one billion dollars. At this point no reasons for the sale have been released but rumors of the potential interested buyers is purely… Read more »

Farm Auctions: Tips for a Good Deal or a Great Sale

Ah, nothing says spring like the first robin, mud on your boots and, yes, farm auctions. From a box of random bolts, to a shiny, barely used tillage implement, auctions are a great place to pick up hard-to-find-new items, a good deal or pay far too much for a popular item. As the spring auction… Read more »

National Farm Machinery Show 2013 in Pictures

RealAgriculture.com attended the National Farm Machinery Show for the first time last week.  We will definitely be attending again the future. We have a number of videos and interviews from the show in the coming weeks but until then here is all the photos that Shaun Haney took down in Louisville We think that you will… Read more »

John Deere/MacDon Partnership Rolls Out First Swather Models

From the outside it looks like another piece of John Deere machinery — a swather (or windrower, if you’re so inclined) with the trademark green paint and jumping deer. But underneath all that green and yellow paint is a Canadian success story. What you’re looking at is actually a product of Winnipeg-based MacDon Industries, and… Read more »