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The Tribine begins production

Will the Tribine's design become the new standard configuration for combines?

It sort of looks like a combine. But not like one you’ve ever seen before. The Tribine, which was officially introduced to the public at the U.S. Farm Progress Show in August, is the blending of a rotary combine threshing body with a 1,000-bushel grain cart. The result, said Greg Terjesen, Tribine’s VP of sales […] Read more


Remi (left) and Murray Mosset pose beside their 4300.

The International Harvester 4300

A company insider’s memories of introducing this unique machine to the Prairies

In the late 1950s the farm tractor horsepower race was really starting to heat up. International Harvester had just introduced its New World of Power machines — a line up of new, modern, high speed tractors moving away from the old fashioned, the-heavier-the-better concept into more efficient engines, hydraulics and transmissions. At the same time, […] Read more



Under the hood, the 4300 used a 13.4 litre diesel that delivered 204 horsepower to the drawbar.

A look back at the IH 4300 tractor

In the late 1950s the farm tractor horsepower race was really starting to heat up. International Harvester had just introduced its New World of Power machines — a line up of new, modern, high speed tractors moving away from the old fashioned, the-heavier-the-better concept into more efficient engines, hydraulics and transmissions. At the same time, […] Read more


First unveiled to the public in Iowa in August, Versatile has introduced two new 
FWA tractors that boost horsepower up to 360.

Bigger FWA models from Versatile

The Winnipeg brand bumps its rigid-frame models up to 360 horsepower

With Final Tier 4, we’re finding our fuel efficiency is rising dramatically,” said Andrew Winkels, Versatile’s front-wheel assist tractor project manager, as we walked around a new 360 tractor in the company’s Winnipeg assembly plant. A new, Tier 4 Final, 9 litre QSL Cummins diesel is at the heart of the brand’s two new models, the 335 and 360. On this day Versatile was […] Read more



Deere has added a model to the top end of the 8R Series, boosting available horsepower in that model group to 400.

The news from the tractor world

A look at some tractor model updates, additions and refinements for 2017

Updates, redesigns and new track options. There’s plenty of news in the world of tractors. John Deere adds new 8R tractor, refines its 9R Series John Deere announced a change to its 9R tractors this year. The steel fuel tank previously used on these models has been redesigned for better rear visibility and changed to a composite material construction. […] Read more


With up to 335 rated engine horsepower under the hood, JCB thinks their Fastrac is now an ideal choice as a primary field tractor for many western Canadian farmers.

A tractor manufacturer on the fast track

JCB re-engineers the Fastrac 8000 Series

JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope was beaming as he stood on stage in a theatre at the company’s Rocester England World Headquarters. He was there to introduce JCB’s newest ag machines to members of the farm media invited there from most of the countries the brand sells into. The biggest news Burnhope […] Read more



Early model Fastracs roll down the assembly line in 1995.

The evolution of JCB’s Fastrac

First unveiled to the public at the Royal Smithfield farm show in Great Britain in 1990, the Fastrac began production the following year. Offering 125 and 140 horsepower respectively, the first two models to see production were the 120 and 145. Final design of those two initial production models was somewhat different than the original […] Read more


On display during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, a mock up of the new meter design stands beside a computer CAD image that shows what a full-scale version will look like.


SeedMaster updates the UltraPro meter

The UltraPro II on-frame meter is slated for production on 2017 model year drills

Although SeedMaster’s Nova SmartCarts offer a typical bulk metering system using distribution towers to get product to drill openers, the brand’s president and founder Norbert Beaujot is a fan of Individual row metering when it comes to placing seed. Individual row metering significantly reduces the variability in product flow that occurs with bulk metering systems […] Read more



On display during Canada's Farm Progress Show, Diamond Industries of B.C. showed one of their standard, 10-foot workbenches and wall shelving units.

Ready-to-install workbenches

Canadian firm offers standard or customized workshop benches and shelves

It goes without saying, every farm workshop needs a good workbench with lots of counter space to mount vices and work on repairs. You could spend several days building a customized bench and storage shelves to fit a shop and save a few bucks. That’s a great option if you have the time, tools and […] Read more


A pivot point in the opener arm allows the packer wheel to settle into the proper position in the seed trench, even when making turns in the field. 


Furrow-finding packer tire

SeedMaster offers an optional pivoting opener arm

Getting good seed-to-soil contact is critical in ensuring a high germination rate when seeding. On most air drills with independent row openers, the job of ensuring that contact happens falls to the trailing packer wheel. But there are some conditions which can cause a fixed packer wheel to run slightly off the seed row, such […] Read more