Category: Tractors

Kubota’s fully autonomous tractor to hit fields in Japan

Kubota’s fully autonomous tractor is offering Japanese agriculture an innovative solution to the challenges of an aging demographic. “Really we’ve been developing this technology for the local market in view of the fact that in Japan, much of the farming population is aging, and we’re starting to see some labour shortages,” says Kubota’s Mel McGlinchey…. Read more »

Canadian tractor and combine sales were strong in 2017

December ended with very cold weather across Canada, but overall Canadian tractor and combine sales numbers reported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) were hot, compared to 2016. The December 2017 the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Canadian Flash Report shows 2WD farm tractors up 15.1%, 4WD farm tractors up 24.5% and self propelled combines… Read more »

Techtour: 1.5 tonnes of bolt-less ballasting in under 30 minutes

Proper weight distribution is key to unlocking a tractor’s full potential, in terms of fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance. At the 2015 Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany, John Deere showcased its 1.7 tonne drive-over EZ Ballast System. Since then, the EZ Ballast offering has expanded to include a new, wheel weight system. The wheel… Read more »

Canadian tractor sales continue to show strength in comparison to the U.S.

The Canadian tractor market has maintained its strength according to the November 2017 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Flash report. One of the trends over the year has been the strength of the Canadian market in comparison to the U.S. numbers on a percentage basis. November total farm tractor sales in Canada were up 15.4… Read more »

Fendt debuts all-electric compact tractor

Automation is not be the only innovative path the agricultural machinery world is headed down. Fendt unveiled an all-electric tractor — the e100 Vario — this fall, and had it on display at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. “We’ve removed the diesel engine and the diesel tank and have installed an electric motor with a 100kWh… Read more »

Armoured tractor designed to protect driver in dangerous areas

Landmines and flying bullets are certainly not a concern when driving a tractor in many parts of the world, but there are places where this is a real risk. With a matte military brown colour, bulletproof glass and armored steel, the ReboRack tractor stands in stark contrast to the rest of the shiny metal and… Read more »

New Holland brings autonomy to the tracks

If you were to see a New Holland tractor equipped with NHDrive, you might think it looks fairly typical of the machines of today. But beyond its stylish blue and silver exterior is a fully autonomous, unmanned vehicle. NHDrive was developed by CNH Industrial in collaboration with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Incorporated. It allows tractors to… Read more »

TechTour: Claas aims for the best of both tracks and wheels

Claas unveiled a fierce-looking hybrid machine that it describes as the first half-track tractor with full suspension at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, Germany. “It’s combining the best of two worlds. We have the traction efficiency with the tracks on the rear, but we have the driveability and comfort of a wheeled tractor integrated,” explains Henning… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Innovative Farmers take action on compaction

What happens when 400 innovative farmers, a team of agronomy and extension specialists, and a leading soil compaction researcher descend on an Ontario farm? You get Compaction Action – likely the most ambitious and insightful ‘hands-on’ farm research day ever attempted in the province. The event, hosted by the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario (IFAO), featured… Read more »

Deere adds narrow tracks for row crops

John Deere has introduced three new narrow track tractors the company says are an ideal fit for row crop farming. The new editions to the 9RX tractor lineup made their debut at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Equipped with a narrow undercarriage, the four-track tractors will fit 22, 30 and 40-inch row… Read more »

AGCO drops curtain on new Challenger track tractor

Every year it seems AGCO drops a curtain at the Farm Progress Show to reveal a new version of Challenger brand tractors. 2017 was no exception. At the annual industry showcase this week in Decatur, Illinois, AGCO unveiled the latest version of its ‘Cadillac’ tractor – the Challenger MT700 series – billing it as the… Read more »

Case IH outfits articulated tractor models with CVT

Case IH had their Quadtrac 540 CVX tractor on display this week at Farm Progress Show in Illinois. The tractor is the ‘flagship’ of three models, all outfitted with continuously-variable transmissions (CVT), something that the company says has not been available in 4WD articulated tractors until now. “CVX can bring a wide range of engine,… Read more »