Category: Tractors

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 »

New Holland unveils ‘methane-powered’ concept tractor

In three years, farmers could be using methane produced on their farms to fuel New Holland methane-powered tractors. In the future, farms could be completely energy independent, producing all the fuel and energy required right on the farm. That’s the vision New Holland unveiled on the first day of the 2017 Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

Case IH unveils equipment changes and additions for 2018

Case IH announced several changes and additions to its equipment lineup for 2018 on Monday. The Case IH Trident 5550 liquid/dry combination applicator is billed as the fastest converting combination applicator on the market, changing from liquid to dry and back to liquid during the growing season. “Other so-called combination applicators simply are adaptations of… Read more »

Norbert Beaujot’s vision for DOT

The launch of the autonomous DOT Power Platform this week was the result of a three year quest to make farm equipment more efficient in the context of the labour shortage in farming, says Norbert Beaujot. The U-shaped robot is attracting plenty of attention at Ag in Motion near Langham, Saskatchewan, with crowds watching as… Read more »

Canada’s 2017 first quarter ag equipment sales are stronger than a year ago

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers April 2017 Flash Report, Canadian tractor and combine sales are very strong when you take into account both the month to month and year to date numbers. Here are some highlights: Year to date – 4WD tractor sales are up 48.6% in comparison to 2016 Year to date… Read more »

Monsanto Cancels Deal to Sell Precision Planting to Deere

Monsanto, the parent company of The Climate Corporation, has cancelled its deal to sell Climate’s Precision Planting equipment business to Deere & Company. The agreement, which was announced in November 2015, was delayed by a U.S. Department of Justice legal challenge. “We are deeply disappointed in this outcome as we remain confident the acquisition would… Read more »

Canadian Farm Equipment Sales Showing Strength

Sales of new farm equipment through the first quarter of 2017 are up compared to the same time last year. Whether it’s due to the currency market benefiting Canadian producers on the selling side, dealer program timing, or a combination of different factors, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ latest report doesn’t go into the “why,”… Read more »

What Will Farmers Do When They No Longer Drive Tractors?

Think about how much time is spent driving on a farm. Sitting in a cab operating a truck or tractor is a fundamental part of what farming is today. So what would farmers do if they didn’t have to spend that time driving machines? As artificial intelligence advances and faster computing speeds enable machine-learning, driving… Read more »

Maxxum 2WD Tractors Return for 2017

Smaller horsepower tractors with the ability to maneuver in tight spaces were all the rage at last month’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Several manufacturers showed off new models for the category. From Case IH come the new Maxxum series 2WD tractors that combine efficient power with enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning… Read more »

New Deere 5R Tractors Carry the Load in Tight Spaces

John Deere has leveraged technology from some of its larger tractors to increase operator comfort, tractor manoeuvrability and visibility in its new 5R Series tractors. The tractors where unveiled last month at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Product manager Chris Lammie explains that the tractors, which range from 90 to 125… Read more »