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Unveiled to a group of visitors and its purchaser during a special ceremony, the 100,000th swather to be built at AGCO’s Hesston, Kansas, manufacturing facility was centre stage at the facility’s auditorium.

AGCO’s swather factory hits a milestone

Hesston factory builds its 100,000th swather

“Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the 100,000th swather,” said Kyle Kitt, AGCO’s marketing manager, as he stood on stage in an auditorium at the brand’s Hesston, Kansas, combine and hay equipment manufacturing plant in late March. From then on, it was a little like a rock concert. Music played and lights flashed as […] Read more


Farmland prices, on average, were up 12.4 per cent and 10.1 per cent in Manitoba and Canada, respectively, says Farm Credit Canada’s chief economist J.P. Gervais. The annual rise in farmland values is slowing, but still expected to be positive in 2016 so long farm cash receipts remain stable.

Manitoba, Canadian farmland values up again in 2015

Farm Credit Canada says the annual percentage increase in farmland values is getting smaller

Manitoba farmland values led the way with the highest average percentage increase in Canada last year, says Farm Credit Canada (FCC). But the pace of increases the last few years here and across Canada is slowing in step with the plateauing of farm cash receipts, and slower drop in interest rates, J.P. Gervais, FCC’s chief […] Read more






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VIDEO (producer.com): Sask. agriculture debate, March 22

The April 4 Saskatchewan provincial election is just around the corner and five parties with five policies are in contention to guide the country’s largest agricultural province. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and the Western Producer were on-hand to bring producers the agricultural issues from the politicians’ perspectives in a live debate on March […] Read more


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Prairie wheat growers wanted for gluten strength study

What's in it for you? Valuable data about your wheat, and potentially help boost returns for the whole class

Scientists investigating the effect weather, agronomics and genotype have on milling wheat quality are appealing to farmers across the Prairies to participate in their study. The goal is to improve the quantity, quality and consistency of Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat and in so doing increase returns to farmers. In return participating farmers will […] Read more



Putting up to 500 horsepower in a rigid-frame chassis, the new Fendt 1000 Series occupies an all-new tractor category.

An entirely new tractor

The high-horsepower, rigid-frame Fendt 1000 Series is in a category of its own

Two years ago AGCO introduced the all-new 1000 Series rigid-frame tractor to the world with a big splash, using Bavaria’s spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle as the backdrop for the press event. The brand recently followed up on that European introduction with a more conventional official launch of these machines in North America at the National Farm […] Read more


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Don’t be afraid to be safe

Farming is our legacy. But changing practices to farm safety is our future

Farm Safety week comes every March. If you’ve been reading Grainews regularly, you’ll know that I’ve been writing safety articles for this special feature for the past few years. Farming is part of my family. It has been for generations. We have some pieces of our history and our traditions we hold dear. Others must […] Read more



CTA report shows mediocre grain movement

Overall, Canadian Pacific (CP) fulfilled 73 per cent of its hopper car orders the week of January 10 to 16, according to the Ag Transport Coalition’s latest report. That number contrasts to Canadian National’s 95 per cent order fulfillment for the same week. The Ag Transport Coalition reports that CP also started the year out […] Read more


"Big Roy" gets loaded up for the restoration trip to the Versatile plant in Winnipeg.

Rebuilding Big Roy

When restored, the prototype tractor will help Versatile celebrate its golden anniversary

In 1966 Versatile began producing tractors with the G100 and D100 models. That was 50 years ago, so 2016 is the year this brand gets to celebrate a golden anniversary. And it isn’t going to let that milestone pass unnoticed. As part of the celebrations, Versatile has arranged to bring home the most recognizable tractor […] Read more




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