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Farewell from our machinery editor

About 14 years ago I started contributing to Grainews, by creating workshop articles. Before long I was asked to include a wider variety of machinery-related contributions to my to-do list. That included covering what was new and exciting in the farm machinery world. Since then I’ve written about dozens of new machines and attended their[...]

Grainews’ toughest UTV evaluations yet

At Grainews, we’re no strangers to doing practical equipment evaluations. Over the years, we’ve put a host of machines through tests that measure how well they can perform the typical work they’d be put to on farms. This year, we were at it again. We took a group of side-by-side UTVs and put them through[...]





How to design a tractor, part 2

After Buhler Industries took over the original Versatile assembly plant in Winnipeg from New Holland in 2000, tractors sporting the Versatile brand name once again appeared on the market. Although the company inherited the four-wheel drive and Genesis tractor line along with the Winnipeg factory, both lines were dated and needed upgrades. High and very-high[...]

How to design a tractor, part 1

Last year, in the pages of Grainews, we informed you about the 2019 launch of Versatile’s new Nemesis tractor line, which are also built as the Kubota M8s. And you probably saw similar announcements of the tractors’ introductions in other publications, but what no one else has done is given you a behind-the-scenes look at[...]


FendtONE improves digital access

Among the key trends influencing machinery design across all brands today is operator comfort. As part of that, making digital control and access simpler and more intuitive has figured high for engineering priorities as well. AGCO’s Fendt brand has been working on those priorities too. The latest result of that effort is the introduction of[...]

Fendt expands its North American tractor offering

Fendt’s traditional home and main tractor manufacturing facility is nestled in picturesque Bavaria, in southern Germany, and it’s just a 35-minute cab ride at 210 kilometres per hour on the Autobahn from Munich’s airport. (Trust me on that.) The Marktoberdorf facility is extremely modern and builds the brand’s several wheeled tractor model lines. But here[...]


Replacing worn truck cab suspension

More than a few retired highway tractors find second lives pulling grain trailers on farms. While they may have logged a lot of miles, these trucks are still ideal for short-haul farm duty. But with age comes the need for maintenance. One of the most common maintenance items on today’s older highway tractors is the[...]

New 6000 series straw-walker combines from CLAAS

German ag equipment manufacturer Claas has been steadily growing its presence in Canada and the United States for several years now. The yellow paint scheme once used on its combines sold here was the result of a joint marketing partnership between Claas and Caterpillar. However, the companies parted ways a long time ago, and Claas[...]