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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[...]




Understanding hydraulic systems

With so many large implements now demanding multiple oil flows from high-output hydraulic systems, every producer understands meeting those specifications will almost certainly require a tractor with a closed-centre hydraulic system. Less efficient, open-centre systems were once the industry standard. And there are still many new tractors on the market today that rely on them,[...]


Turning combines into hot rods

In the past few years most major equipment brands seem to have recognized the need to offer combines better suited to small grains harvesting, which makes them a bit different than the bulk of machines they build that are tailored to corn and beans growers. Even though new models have hit the market that better[...]

Furrow-finding packer tire

Getting good seed-to-soil contact is critical in ensuring a high germination rate when seeding. On most air drills with independent row openers, the job of ensuring that contact happens falls to the trailing packer wheel. But there are some conditions which can cause a fixed packer wheel to run slightly off the seed row, such[...]





New skid steers from John Deere

According to John Deere, its new, small-frame G Series skid steer loaders were “several years in the making and designed with customer feedback.” Introduced in early February, the one-tracked and four-wheeled models were built to appeal to customers in several different industry segments, including agriculture. The series includes three vertical lift and two radial lift[...]

Two new Tempo planters

With its purchase of Saskatchewan-based Seed Hawk a couple of years ago, Swedish implement manufacturer Vaderstad has made no secret of its intention to become a bigger player in the North American market. In November at Agritechnica in Germany the brand launched two additions to its line of Tempo high speed planters, which are capable of working[...]