The 428 horsepower Kirovets K744 will join the MTZ tractor line in Canada in June. Base price for this tractor is just U.S. $198,000.

The Russians are coming!

MTZ Equipment Ltd. reintroduces the Kirovets four-wheel drive tractor

A few decades ago the former Canadian distributor of Belarus tractors included high-horsepower, four-wheel drive tractors in its product line, and they wore the Belarus brand name. But these machines weren’t built in the same factory in Minsk, Belarus that produced the front-wheel assist models that distributor sold here at the time, because the Minsk […] Read more

Deere introduced the StarFire 6000 receiver in June, along with announcing the availability of the SF3 enhanced-correction signal.

New John Deere guidance receiver

John Deere has again updated its satellite guidance product line with the introduction of the StarFire 6000 receiver and new SF3 signal correction. In a June press announcement, the company claims these new product offerings will give customers “greater precision capabilities, accuracy and uptime.” “The StarFire 6000 Receiver offers a full range of differential correction […] Read more

The Loftness XLB10 saves labour when installing new bags.

New grain bag loader from Loftness

The new XLB10 is a new "fully-featured" machine, designed to make the job easier

Last May, Loftness Specialized Equipment introduced its new XLB10 “premium” grain bagger, which, the company claims, makes it easier on operators when it’s time to install bags. A remote-controlled jib crane and trolley system use electric motors to lift bags off the ground and slide them into place on the tunnel. A retractable bag loading apron […] Read more

John Deere adds a 76-foot model to its 1870 air drill lineup and a new 850 bushel cart.

John Deere debuts new air drill and air cart

A third, wider model joins the 1870 lineup, and a new cart puts more product behind it

This year John Deere unveiled a wider air drill and all-new air cart at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. The new addition to John Deere’s 1870 line of air drill toolbars stretches the maximum available working width to 76 feet, joining the existing 40- and 56-foot versions. The 76 footer is a five-section design […] Read more


Farm tech investment drops off after record year

Reuters — Investor backing for agriculture technology startups cooled in the first half of 2016 after record global investment last year, according to industry data released on Monday. Funding from venture capitalists and others totaled US$1.8 billion through the first six months of the year, down 20 per cent from a year earlier, while the number […] Read more

Workers finish their lunch break near the Toby Nollet Bridge and head back out to continue cleaning up the North Saskatchewan, following the Husky oil spill on July 20. Over 200,000 litres of crude oil, dilutants and other compounds flowed into the river. ( Network photo)

North Saskatchewan River users still await all-clear

As the cleanup of the Husky Energy oil spill continues on the North Saskatchewan River, officials had a spot of good news during a recent media call. Collected water samples haven’t exceeded Canadian drinking water standards since July 24. As of Tuesday, over 1,000 water samples had been collected from over 60 locations between the […] Read more

An aerial photo shows 25 to 30 of the antique threshing machines at the July 31 Harvesting Hope world record attempt at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. (Shaylyn McMahon photo courtesy Harvesting Hope)

Manitoba threshing bee yields new world record

Owners and operators of antique threshing machines unofficially cracked the world record for a threshing bee at a fundraising event Sunday for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Manitoba Agricultural Museum. The Harvesting Hope event, held at the museum site at Austin, about 45 km west of Portage la Prairie, saw 139 threshing machines run simultaneously […] Read more

Agrifac’s Condor sprayer took part in a field test recently at the DLG (German Agriculture Society) Field Days in Hassfurt, Germany. 

Sprayer aims at Canadian market

Grainews checked out an in-field demonstration of Agrifac sprayers

If you’ve seen a different coloured sprayer moving through the Prairies, it’s not a custom paint job. Agrifac, a Dutch company with more than 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of self-propelled sprayers, is taking direct aim at the self-propelled sprayer market with two versions of high-capacity, high-clearance sprayers with features and […] Read more