Hello, and welcome to the first instalment of my blog. As machinery editor for Grainews, it’s my job to keep tabs on what’s new and exciting in the farm machinery marketplace. And there is a lot.
This year’s Western Canada Farm Progress Show (WCFPS) in Regina was proof of that. The event, which hasn’t always seen manufacturers presenting much in the way of new features at their displays, had a lot to offer this year. Even the show, itself, presented a more focused approach on highlighting new technology. With the help of DLG, the German agricultural society that presents the pace-setting Agritechnica machinery show in Hannover, WCFPS organizers ramped up their efforts and worked more closely with exhibitors to draw attention to new innovations.
Arguably, shows like the WCFPS are increasing in importance for producers, who rarely get a chance to actually see new machinery in person. For the most part, buying new farm equipment off the lot has become a thing of the past. The high cost of big-ticket machines has many dealers keeping only the smallest possible inventories. So buying new is a little like ordering from the Sears catalogue. Except if you don’t like what you get, you can’t return it. Having a chance to evaluate competing models from different manufacturers on the same day, at the same place is something potential buyers shouldn’t overlook.
The Regina show had a wide range of new products that spanned most equipment types, but seeding innovations seemed to dominate. And that isn’t surprising. New agronomic practises that offer producers a chance to improve their bottom line all centre on getting the right amount of seed into the ground in the right place and at the proper depth. And, of course, doing it in record time.
All the familiar brand names had something new to show the public, that included everything from high-capacity conveyors that speed up seed cart refill times to new opener designs. And there were a few new faces showing their take on how to place seed efficiently, hoping to grab a share of the air drill market in western Canada.
For a closer look at exactly what was on offer, check out the July/August print issue of Grainews, or read it online at www.agcanada.com. There will be more coverage of new products introduced at the show in future editions, so keep an eye out for further articles.
And be sure to come back to this blog for an on-going discussion of new equipment trends. There is a lot going on in the industry and I’ll have a lot of first-looks to share with you over the next few months. I’ve been travelling to events held by the major manufacturers to see what they have in store for their 2011 equipment line ups. There is some shiny new sheet metal about to land on dealers’ lots. Aside from showing it to you, we at Grainews have a behind-the-scenes look at how engineers came up with their designs. You won’t want to miss it.
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