Japanese tractor company Kubota has announced a deal to purchase Salina, Kansas-based equipment-maker Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. Kubota will acquire 100 percent of Great Plains’ shares for a stock price of approximately US$430 million, subject to provisions in the agreement. The deal expands on a North American alliance Kubota had with Great Plains’ turf and… Read More

Having your tractor hop up a hill is never a good feeling. Besides being downright uncomfortable, it’s a powerful reminder that the tractor isn’t operating to its full potential (think fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance). But proper ballasting can be a big job, making it an easy job to overlook. That’s where John Deere’s new, aptly named, EZ… Read More

Deutz-Fahr won a silver medal last fall in the Agritechnica Innovation Awards for its “Driver Extended Eye” technology. The system consists of three cameras located behind the radiator grill on the tractor, showing blindspots in the tractor’s monitor. But it doesn’t stop there. The cameras can actually detect humans, and can intervene in the transmission… Read More

Real Agriculture first reported on the new Fendt 1000 Vario tractors at Agritechnica 2015 in Germany last November. Earlier this month, we were on hand for the North American debut at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. At the launch, Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin waded through a crowd of farmers to take a tour… Read More

Since visiting Agritechnica in November, I have been sharing presentations on some of the cool innovations and products in agriculture. One of the most popular topics to discuss is the opportunity of autonomous tractors. The autonomous tractor product example that I chat about with audiences is the Greenbot. We’ve also seen Manitoba farmer Matt Reimer receive… Read More

Advancements in farm technology often come from major investments in research and development by large companies, but there are still cases where farmer ingenuity is part of developing something new. Matt Reimer, a young farmer from Killarney, Manitoba, has received plenty of attention after posting videos on YouTube last summer of his work automating a John Deere… Read More

Tractors keep getting bigger and bigger, but with the advent of automation, do we really need 500 HP tractors? Ohio State University (OSU) professor Scott Shearer doesn’t think so. He believes future tractors will get a lot smaller and become autonomous units that make farm soils more productive. “The current trend to increasingly larger equipment… Read More

Versatile sparked plenty of buzz on social media with news the tractor company is going back to its old colours for a run of 50th anniversary models in 2016. The online hoopla moved into the real world at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon last week as the first retro-looking model to roll out of the… Read More

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

A large silver tub hangs in place of a front-end loader, accentuated by its own strikingly red grapple. “It’s an all-in-one machine,” Fliegl’s Christoph Hierl explains in the video below. “So with one tractor, you have the possibility to load…the bale, to cut the bale, to mix it, and to feed.” Don’t Miss Our Next TechTour… Read More

The line between what’s a traditional clunky tractor monitor and a user-friendly household tablet is disappearing, as evidenced by Trimble’s latest version of its TMX-2050 display. On the market for two years, Trimble introduced several upgrades to the Android-based 12-inch touch screen unit earlier this year, explains TJ Schulte in the video below, filmed at… Read More

Many of the Canadian companies who participated in Agritechnica — the world’s largest ag trade show — in Germany last month were there as part of a delegation led by the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership, also known as STEP. As president and CEO Chris Dekker explains below, STEP is a unique private-public partnership that receives… Read More

Is your farm secure? That’s a question farmers need to ask themselves says security specialist Larry Wallace. As traditional rural farm communities become more urban, farms become larger and valuable equipment fills yards and drive sheds. That means farmers need to be more diligent in their security practices, says Wallace, who founded Wallace Risk Management… Read More

 

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