Last year we kicked off the first-ever Grainews Machinery Challenge, which we ran in conjunction with the Ag in Motion farm show near Saskatoon. We focused our attention on UTVs and had a pretty broad selection of them to turn over to our judging team. That team, made up of editors from Grainews and our sister publications, definitely put them through their paces.
The end result of all that effort was we were able to provide you, our readers, with some great insight into where each of the machines excelled and where we found things we weren’t too fond of. But the main message coming out of all that effort was each machine had features that would give them an advantage in some applications. There’s no one best UTV for every use. Every machine had something to like—and often dislike.
And with that in mind, this year we’re turning our attention to reviewing agricultural telehandlers. Manufacturers keep telling us they think once Canadian farmers get their hands on these machines, they’ll turn their backs on loader tractors, just as many European farmers do. So our intention is to put that notion to the test. We’re making those brands prove that claim during this year’s Grainews Machinery Challenge.
Our editors will once again head to the Ag in Motion grounds a few days ahead of the public show days and test machines. Then, the group of test telehandlers and some judges will be at the Grainews booth during the show in July to talk to show goers about what we found. That way you can get an impartial evaluation straight from the horses’ mouths. So if you’re interested in finding out what we thought of them, stop by during the show and talk to us.
But this year we’re adding a new element to the judging. We’re inviting you—well, some of you, at least—to join our judging group on July 17. Editor Leeann Minogue is now accepting entries from anyone interesting in being a guest Grainews judge. Just email her a picture of your loader tractor (or whatever kind of machine you currently use) along with your details, and she’ll put your name into the barrel for the draw where we pick who gets to join us, which happens on May 8. So you need to get your entry in soon.
If your name is drawn, Grainews will put you and your significant other up in the Delta Bessborough hotel in Saskatoon, help pay your gas bill for the trip to S’toon and treat you to a dinner out on the town with the Grainews editorial team. So you’ll get to hobnob with the Grainews elite! And really, who wouldn’t want to do that? Okay, so we’re not really elite, but we’re picking up the tab for supper too. I’m sure it’s worth putting up with us just for that.
If you’re interesting in being a guest judge, take a picture of your loader tractor, add your name and address and email it all to [email protected]