Walking around the grounds of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, it is clear manufacturers’ R&D departments are still hard at work. There is a lot of equipment here with updated features. And, of course, more than a few entirely new machines and models. So it’s clear the downturn in new ag equipment sales hasn’t completely caused companies to sandbag themselves and wait for better times.
In fact, the pile of press releases in the media room at the show grounds announcing new products is actually pretty deep. That means we need to wear out some shoe leather this week getting out onto the grounds and checking out all those displays.
When it comes to new designs that are clearly grabbing farmers’ attention, Morris and Horsch are showing seed cart tenders that can load all cart compartments at once. The idea is to speed up refill stops and let producers cover more acres in a day. And there is the new double-barrel grain auger that won an innovation award.
Those machine improvements are targeted at increasing capacity to make a single farm worker (or farmer) more efficient, something that has been the focus of ag equipment for decades.
There is one notable machine on display that clearly demonstrates the longevity of that trend. It represents a look back, rather than ahead. But it, too, was built to improve productivity in its day. That is the tractor built by the Honey brothers in 1979. They eventually turned their manufacturing skills into a business under the Honey Bee brand name. There has been a constant crowd around this machine. More than a few visitors clearly realize that getting to see a piece of machinery history like this in person is a real treat.
But as the show starts to wind down, there are still more shows ahead that we at Grainews will cover in the pages of upcoming issues. If you want to see video footage highlighting some of the equipment on display in Regina, field editor Lisa Guenther and I shot our fair share of it. So watch for those videos to come online here at Grainews.ca in the coming weeks.