GFM Network News


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,[...]

Kinze introduces the 4700 planter

In February Kinze introduced its 4700 planter, which is a newly designed model offering a narrow 20-inch row spacing. It uses a three-section frame capable of 15 degrees of up and down flexing to maintain ground contact. The 4700 uses the brand’s Blue Vintage display and Blue Drive electric drive system along with True Depth[...]



Running a classic tractor fleet

I often hear people discussing when they should replace their farm equipment with new or updated machines. But that level of investment might not be the most sensible plan for all farms. Keeping an older equipment fleet operating might be the best strategy for some. That’s what brothers Les and Larry Rodgers, who farm near[...]


Germany’s Dammann sprayer comes to Canada

Anyone who’s ever walked the aisles of Agritechnica, the giant German farm machinery show, will understand that Europeans have taken sprayer technology to an entirely new level. A relatively intensive agriculture regime coupled with extremely stringent regulations and intense public scrutiny of herbicide use has demanded it. At the same time, farmers are still looking[...]

Engineers study machine-related soil compaction

It wasn’t all that long ago that many agronomists in Canada weren’t even willing to concede soil compaction might be a problem. The freeze-thaw cycle, many argued, significantly mitigated it. But now with more available data and new thinking, most seem to agree that the seasonal temperature cycle doesn’t fully eliminate the problem. And preventing[...]


Horsch opens North American research centre

The German tillage and seeding equipment brand Horsch has had a presence that includes manufacturing facilities in North America for some time. And now it’s opening a crop production research centre, adding to the list of other such facilities it operates around the world. The new Agro Innovation Center is located at Downs, Illinois, and[...]

Mahindra adds more horsepower

A panel of executives from the India-based Mahindra brand held a press conference to speak to journalists at Agritechnica Last November. They were there to introduce three new tractor series, the 6000, 7000 and 9000, which push the maximum available horsepower up to 120. They give the brand a solid presence in the utility tractor[...]



New compact track loader from ASV

Minnesota-based ASV has introduced its first mid-frame, vertical lift compact track loader, the Posi-Track VT-70. It features a vertical lift loader linkage capable of extended reach while maintaining level bucket loads, which is useful for loading pallets. ASV says it has incorporated the company’s patented Posi-Track rubber track suspension into the VT-70’s design. That’s a[...]