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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[...]

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[...]


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[...]

Bourgault introduces seeding equipment updates

For years now, Bourgault has maintained its mid-row banding concept offers growers the best and safest way to place fertilizer, even while most other manufacturers have long pushed the dual-knife opener, side banding concept. When Bourgault announced this spring it was introducing its own dual-knife opener option, the question had to be asked, has the[...]


New Bourgault air seeder tanks

Bourgault’s marketing specialist, Rob Fagnou, had no shortage of new products to talk about this year. The brand has made one of its largest ever single-year new product announcements, including the introduction of new air seeder tanks. “It wasn’t done intentionally,” he says, of the large number of new product designs coming to the market[...]

Unveiling the air planter

In the industry, there are a lot of canola producers that are interested in and playing around with planters, says Rob Fagnou, marketing specialist at Bourgault. “(They’re) trying to get their (seeding) rates down as low as possible and control them at low rates to reduce their costs. And we also see more corn and[...]


New combine header line from John Deere

Ever since the initial introduction of the S series models, John Deere engineers have been offering buyers additional ability to spec out green combines to better suit either corn and beans or small grains crops. And this year, Deere has gone another step further with the introduction of a completely new group of headers tailored[...]



A case of many CASEs

Last October, machinery editor Scott Garvey took a drive out to Lavenham in southern Manitoba to see for himself one local farmer’s approach to farm machinery – a collection of twelve 90 Series CASE tractors. But these are only a part of a fleet of 26 tractors in total on Larry Rodgers’ farm that he[...]

Manitou's 'NewAg' agricultural telehandler

Telehandlers are slowly gaining popularity among Canadian farmers. While they aren’t yet taking the market by storm, manufacturers are beginning to give potential buyers more reason to consider adding a telehandler to a farm fleet, offering models tailored for farm environments and typical agricultural jobs. Bringing them to farm equipment shows helps catch farmers’ eyes.[...]