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Used farm equipment offers good value

Higher costs for new equipment make used machines more attractive to buyers

Over the course of the past few years, several factors have combined to push up sticker prices on new equipment. And the recent dramatic fall in the value of the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. Greenback has been one of the biggest influences. Not surprisingly there has been a significant cooling off of new equipment […] Read More


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AGCO strikes for the Pole in a tractor

A team of adventurers drives a Massey Ferguson 5610 tractor to the South Pole

We could make any number of comments about how normal it is for Prairie farmers to operate their tractors during severe winter weather. But for 38-year-old Manon Ossevoort, a Dutch actress and adventurer, driving a tractor through conditions like that was a dream come true. A few years ago Ossevoort left Holland on a unique […] Read More




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Nokian ag tire sets world speed record

Hakkapeliitta TRI tires get the company a place in Guinness Book of World Records

It’s almost impossible to watch TV these days and not see some advertisement for an automotive product — or the latest Hollywood movie — with sporty cars drifting sideways around corners at high speeds. Seeing an ag tractor do that, however, is unusual to say the least. But if you log onto Nokian Tyres’ website […] Read More



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Reactions mixed on U.S. biofuel policy role in Canadian market

CNS Canada — The climate of the Canadian renewable fuel market could shift when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalizes its new targets, some industry professionals say. Revised biofuel targets recently proposed by the EPA would reduce standards put in place in 2007. The changes would adjust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) regulations by reducing volume […] Read More

NORAC's boom height control systems are already compatible with several Topcon products. (TopconPositioning.com)

GPS firm buys sprayer boom control maker NORAC

Saskatoon tech firm NORAC Systems, best known today for its automated boom height control systems for field sprayers, is set to become part of a major U.S. GPS systems firm. California-based Topcon Positioning Group announced Wednesday it will buy NORAC for an undisclosed sum, as the latest of Topcon’s recent plays in the precision ag […] Read More


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Premises ID now online for Sask. livestock producers

Saskatchewan’s premises ID (PID) system for livestock producers has officially gone online, the provincial and federal ag ministries announced Monday. While the province’s livestock commodity groups and provincial ag ministry have so far helped about 1,400 producers register their operations, the new system will allow producers to sign up, log in and make changes to […] Read More

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Belarus tractors are back

A new North American distributor officially announces the reintroduction of the Minsk-built line of tractors

The Minsk-built line of tractors offering low purchase prices and simple mechanical technology, formerly marketed in Canada as Belarus, is officially back. Their distributor claims the tractors still offer what it calls simple, durable and easy-to-repair designs. But this time the machines wear the MTZ brand name, not Belarus. “It’s the same manufacturer, for sure,” […] Read More



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ISOBUS compatibility sees improvement under AEF system

Machines using the new communications standard are designed to 'play nice'

In 2008 engineers at the major manufacturers and a few other brands decided to work together to create a standard for tractor-implement digital compatibility. That led to the creation of the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF), which now has over 170 member companies and groups. The ultimate goal of that organization was to create a […] Read More