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No farm show, no problem

There have been many changes to our lives lately because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of farm shows all across North America is just one of them. The trouble for farm machinery brands is those shows have long been an important part of their marketing efforts as places where potential buyers get up close[...]

High tire inflation pressures stunt plant development

Two years ago, AGCO media relations staff introduced Jason Lee at a press event at the AGCO assembly plant in Jackson, Minn. He was the company’s new agronomist and farm solutions specialist and his job — among other things — was to measure the brand’s equipment designs’ effects on crop production. That data, he said,[...]


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[...]

Antique tractors 'trek' for charity

Grainews machinery editor Scott Garvey talks with Earl Reimer of the Eden Foundation about its collaboration with Mennonite Heritage Village for Tractor Trek, an event involving over 40 antique tractors that hit the road on June 8 to raise money for charity. [VIDEO] eQuipTV: Manitoba Tractor Trek 2019 [VIDEO] equipTV: Tractor trekking ingenuity Video editing[...]


Grainews takes to the field in Kubota's M8 tractor

Back in March when Versatile announced the introduction of its Nemesis line of tractors, Kubota simultaneously announced it entered into an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Versatile to build a larger tractor series for it, too. But Kubota declined to provide any specifics on its tractors, although the inescapable conclusion was it would be[...]

DOT spends the winter in Arizona

Continuous field testing of prototype machinery can be a challenge for Canadian ag equipment manufacturers, because our long winters limit access to fields. A good option is to head to southern portions of the U.S. where milder climates make year-round testing possible. Only that way can engineers rack up the maximum number of hours on[...]



PAMI engineer offers combine adjustment advice

Speaking at an event in Brandon in March, Joel McDonald, an engineer working for PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute), gave producers the benefit of his years of experience in evaluating combine performance. “This is a quote I like to use about managing your harvest, and your combine,” he told the crowd. “‘A combine is a[...]


A tractor book for Christmas?

The gift-giving season will soon be upon us, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. Scott Garvey is giving away two copies of Lee Klancher’s latest book, Tractor: The Heartland Innovation, Ground-Breaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses That Mechanized Agriculture. This new hardcover book includes stories of the inventors and entrepreneurs who[...]

GMC Sierra HD truck gets trailer-towing updates

GM thinks size matters — at least when it comes to trucks. The company’s press release announcing the updated design for its 2020 Sierra HD pickup line puts it this way, “The 2020 Sierra HD has a commanding, powerful design rooted in a new architecture with larger proportions.” It’s hard to argue that truck guys[...]