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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[...]

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[...]



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[...]


Fendt’s Xaver robotic project continues to evolve

Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand had a lot it wanted to talk about publicly, and it wasn’t about to let COVID-19 prevent that from happening. The brand live-streamed a digital press conference online. A few European farm machinery writers and editors were physically present at the event held at the Marktoberdorf, Germany, brand headquarters and[...]

New compact tractors from Massey Ferguson

Who would argue that having a compact loader tractor around the yard to help load or unload small but heavy equipment wouldn’t be useful? Those jobs like lifting an air compressor into the back of a pickup to head out to a field repair or even unloading and precisely placing fluid totes in the farm[...]


New DeltaCut shares available for Lemken’s Karat 9

Germany-based Lemken introduced its Karat 9 cultivator to Canada several years ago, and last November it announced Canadian farmers would be able to expand the Karat 9’s range of tillage capabilities with the new 35-centimetre (13.7-inch) wide DeltaCut Shares (or shovels, if you prefer). The DeltaCut shares are designed to allow for tillage operations as[...]

New ag dozer blade from Brandt

This fall, Brandt announced it was adding a dozer blade for ag tractors to its product line. “For the agricultural side of Brandt, this is a new product for us,” says Sheldon Gerspacher, vice-president of sales, dealer channel. “It’s a natural fit for us. We’ve been making heavy-duty construction attachments on the construction side at[...]


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[...]

Cognitive Agro Pilot provides autonomous combine navigation

Recently, major machinery brands have introduced artificial intelligence (AI) features into their combines’ threshing systems allowing them to automatically self-adjust, which minimizes losses and improves grain quality without operator input. At a glance: Cognitive Agro Pilot’s system not only allows a combine to steer itself but also to understand and react to its surroundings. Instead[...]