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AGCO’s Fendt brand debuted the 500 Vario Series tractors at an event in Germany in 2012. As of this year, they are available in Canada.

Fendt 500 Varios arrive in Canada

AGCO brings the compact-chassis 500 Vario Series tractors to North America

AGCO used this summer’s U.S. Farm Progress Show in Illinois as the venue to finally debut the 107- to 137-PTO horsepower Fendt 500 Vario Series tractors in North America. The models were first introduced in September of 2012 in Germany for the European market, but at that time brand executives explained it would take a […] Read more


Agronic Multibalers compress chopped silage into round bales and wrap them, so silage can be stored as bales rather than in a silage pit.

This is a real silage baler

Agronic Multibaler turns chopped silage into round bales

When you’re walking the aisles at the giant Agritechnica machinery show in Hanover, Germany, you sometimes have to stop and do a double take to figure just what some machines displayed there actually do. That was the case for me when I spotted the Agronic Multibaler. Built by a company in the Netherlands, the two models […] Read more



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VIDEO: e-QuipTV: “Big Roy” 2, the restoration continues

Soon-to-be-completed restoration will see the big Versatile returned to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin

Grainews returns to Versatile’s R&D shop in Winnipeg to check in on Big Roy’s progress, and we talk to Adam Reid, Versatile’s marketing manager, about what else the company has in store for its 50th anniversary celebrations. Video editing by Greg Berg.


1. A pair of models added some bling to McCormick’s X8 display during Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany.


New X8 tractors from McCormick

Italian manufacturer Argo adds larger tractors to its McCormick brand

Italian manufacturer Argo has been in the process of updating the models in its McCormick tractor brand for a few years now. Last year it brought the most recent addition to its line, the X7 Series, to North America, and executives promised there was more to come. At the Agritechnica machinery expo in Hanover Germany […] Read more



Welding equipment manufacturer Victor Technologies has a large training section on its website that anyone can use without logging in or registering.


Free online welding resource

Victor Technologies wants to help bridge the training gap using the Internet

One of the downsides to living in a rural area is not having access to the kind of amenities city residents do. That includes the opportunity to take part-time training courses in many trades that are useful on the farm, like welding. But these days Internet resources can help bridge that training gap. Welding equipment […] Read more


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Baltic index slips to fresh low, demand concerns persist

Reuters — The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped to another all-time low Tuesday on worries about vessel oversupply and slowing global demand. The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertilizer, fell four points or […] Read more


The Big River Resources ethanol plant at West Burlington, Iowa, about 120 km southwest of Davenport. (Steven Vaughn photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Cruz’s Iowa victory could show Big Corn’s waning influence

New York | Reuters — U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s victory on Monday in corn-rich Iowa could represent a major blow to the country’s controversial biofuels program, reflecting its waning influence over politicians even in the U.S. farm heartland. Cruz, a conservative senator from Texas and outspoken opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), […] Read more

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CN to challenge latest grain revenue penalty

Ordered to hand over more than $7 million in Prairie grain handling revenue and related fines for the 2014-15 crop year, Canadian National Railway now plans to challenge the bill in court. Montreal-based CN on Monday filed in the Federal Court of Appeal, seeking leave to appeal the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) Dec. 29 finding […] Read more


An Autonomous Greenbot tractor with attached roto-tiller on display at Agritechnica. 


Heading toward autonomy

On display at Agritechnica: a driverless Dutch-built tractor hits the market

General purpose, completely autonomous (driverless) tractors may be the holy grail of farm equipment design. And over the past few years a wide variety of companies have offered farmers enticing glimpses of what the future may hold in that area. There have been a number of limited-use robotic machines introduced to do specific tasks on […] Read more


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German regulator investigates possible tractor cartel

Duesseldorf | Reuters –– Germany’s anti-trust regulator said Friday it was investigating a possible cartel of companies making agricultural machinery, particularly tractors. It did not name any targets of the probe. German agricultural trading group Baywa said the cartel office had searched its headquarters earlier this week on suspicion that some of its employees were […] Read more