The Nova Flex fertilizer applicator mates to any Nova SmartCart and allows growers to apply granular fertilizer other than during seeding.

Flex fertilizer applicator expands use of Nova carts

With more and more farmers looking to apply fertilizer blends other than during seeding, spreader boxes and floaters are garnering more interest in the marketplace. But SeedMaster engineers think they have developed a product that allows producers to do that job without making another relatively large machinery investment. The brand introduced its Nova Flex applicator […] Read more


“Tuneable” distribution towers are a key feature made possible by adopting the new XeedSystem flow monitoring system.

XeedSystem and “tuneable” towers improve distribution

New features even out product delivery on SeedMaster Nova cart bulk metering system

Walking through the SeedMaster R&D shop, company president Norbert Beaujot stops beside a group of distribution towers that includes one of his company’s along with some competing models currently on the market. He explains the testing work company engineers have done on them to determine how well they distribute product to openers. “The thing we […] Read more



Norbert Beaujot, president of SeedMaster, explains a test procedure inside the company’s R&D shop.

A look behind the scenes

Grainews was invited into the SeedMaster R&D shop

The seeding equipment industry saw a flood of innovations come to market in recent years when farm commodity prices were hitting all-time highs. But this season, many brand exhibits at ag shows seemed pretty tame compared to what was on display two or three years ago. Some companies had a few new features to show, […] Read more


All the machines were on display at the Ag in Motion farm show, and judges were available to answer show goers’ questions about the testing.

The UTV reviews are in

Grainews judges report their findings from the summer UTV Challenge

We’ve accepted many assignments over the years in order to bring you, our readers, useful information about farm equipment, but I don’t think we’ve ever had more fun doing that than when we set to work evaluating side-by-side UTVs at the Grainews UTV Challenge last July. Our objective was to put them to work doing […] Read more



On display during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, Bourgault’s 9500 Series floating-hitch chisel plows offer an updated design

Bourgault redesigns the 9400 chisel plow

New floating-hitch 9500 Series models can handle higher horsepower

We had the 9400 (chisel plow) for many years, and there’s been a resurgence in tillage and deep tillage,” says Rob Fagnou, marketing specialist at Bourgault. “So we went to the drawing board again and redesigned it from the ground up. ” The new 9500 Series models, which made their first public appearance at Canada’s […] Read more


The “third generation” Viking vertical tillage tool from Versatile will also be available under the company’s Farm King brand as the VT3000.

Familiar brands, new tillage implements

John Deere, Case IH and Versatile all showed new equipment at the U.S. Farm Progress Show

With a renewed interest in tillage all across the prairies and the need to deal with higher levels of corn residue in fields across the U.S. Midwest, it’s no surprise there were some new tillage tool introductions at the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, in August. Here’s a look at what the familiar […] Read more



When paired with the Gigant carrier, Heliodor 9 models offer a maximum working width of about 52.5 feet.

Updated compact discs from Lemken

The Heliodor 9 debuts along with an addition to the Rubin 12 Series

Surrounded by a group of English-speaking farm writers, Lukas Voss, a product specialist at Germany-based equipment manufacturer Lemken, walks around one of that brand’s Heliodor 9 compact discs in a farm field in Hungary in late June. The field demos were part of an international press event, held to show off Lemken’s 2016 equipment line. […] Read more


The Heavy Equipment Jack from Eastwood Products is designed to improve safety when raising heavy equipment.

Jack allows for safe, heavy lifts

New heavy equipment jack design takes the risk out of raising heavy equipment

It’s common to find tractors and heavy machines inside farm shops and even dealership service bays jacked up and resting on a stack of wooden blocks while mechanics work underneath them. Sometimes that blocking doesn’t look very safe. Louis Sigouin and Dan Edwards of Eastwood Products in Arborfield, Manitoba, have developed their Heavy Equipment Jack […] Read more



Seed Hawk’s new metering system, the Fenix III, replaces the previous design that was introduced in 2014.

Seed Hawk replaces its metering system

The new Fenix III meter addresses performance issues in the previous design

Back in 2014 Saskatchewan-based Seed Hawk used the Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina to introduce an entirely new seed metering system for its air carts. Control of the then-new modular, meters beneath the cart tanks moved to a wireless system called iCon, away from the Raven controller the company had been using. That metering […] Read more


Salford introduced a prototype 20 ton air boom spreader during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina in June.

New air-boom spreader from Salford

A customer request for an air boom leads Salford to develop an entirely new model

A prototype air-boom spreader on display at Salford’s Canada’s Farm Progress Show exhibit in Regina was the result of the brand deciding to accommodate a special request from a customer, says Dave King, the company’s director of sales and marketing. “Last year at this show we were showing a MagnaSpread big spreader and we also had […] Read more