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John Deere inches toward autonomy

Anyone who has purchased — or even looked at — new farm equipment lately is plainly aware of one thing: every brand has incorporated a host of advanced features that take over some tasks from the operator, and they do them much better than even the most skilled driver could. At John Deere, introducing specific[...]

Development of Fendt’s e100 electric tractor continues

Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced that its engineers were still working on the e100 concept electric tractor it debuted in 2017. It’s apparently a promising design making measurable progress toward possible future commercialization. “The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with a careful use[...]


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[...]

How to design a tractor, part 3

In past instalments of this series (see 'Related Articles' links below), we explained why the Versatile Nemesis tractor project came to be, how the design parameters were set and how the components were chosen for it. All of those things are pretty consistent when it comes to developing new tractor lines for any brand. But[...]


John Deere refreshes its 9 tractor series

More power, more weight, more cab space and more technology. That about sums up what John Deere has in store for model year 2022, 9 series tractors. And the more power part now pushes the largest articulated 9R and 9RX models to the pole position in the industry’s horsepower race. The model numbering format for[...]

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[...]


What’s happening outside ag?

We’ve all heard a lot about the development of autonomous farm equipment, but what, exactly, is going on in other sectors? The answer is, quite a lot. A number of presenters at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in January revealed what their companies are doing as they advance the technology. Here’s a sampling of what[...]

X-Steam-inator moves closer to commercial release

How much longer will glyphosate be a viable weed control option for producers? The question itself seems a bit jarring, but the loss of this herbicide could eventually affect production methods globally. Consumer mistrust and weed resistance could eventually spell the end for it. If so, what then? The combination of magnetism and electricity creates[...]


Where is the DOT?

In 2019, SeedMaster’s DOT autonomous implement carriers (or power platforms as they’re now named) started work in paying customers’ fields for the first time. A handful of these machines were sold to farmers in Saskatchewan, all within driving distance of the SeedMaster manufacturing plant in Regina. When the company began commercialization of these units, they[...]

CupWheel moves toward fuller market availability

In 2013, while walking the aisles of the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany, I happened upon a unique-looking tractor tire called the PneuTrac from the company Galileo Wheel out of Israel. Its design turned conventional tire technology on its head. An inverted sidewall, the ability to run with little or no air pressure and a[...]