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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[...]

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[...]

AGCO builds the “Ideal” combine

"For me this combine is the star of the show,” said Adam Sheriff, AGCO market development manager for the new Ideal combine series. “Everything is new with this combine.” He and I spoke as we stood near the rear of a new Massey Ferguson Ideal combine at AGCO’s display at the Agritechnica machinery show in Hannover Germany[...]

Pursuing alternative fuels

New Holland has been pursuing alternate fuel possibilities for more than a decade. In 2006 it became the first ag equipment brand to announce its engines were fully compatible with 100 per cent biodiesel. In 2009 it first showed the world its hydrogen powered NH2 concept tractor at the SIMA machinery show in Paris, France.[...]

AGCO's swather factory hits a milestone

"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[...]

Rebuilding Big Roy

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[...]