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The Chronicles of IH

Our latest Grainews machinery book review this summer had us reading through pages of “The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines”, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery coffee table book filled with glossy images that detail the evolution of a brand’s […] Read more

Taking AIM

Last week Ag in Motion, the relatively new farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, ran for the fifth time in as many years. Having walked the show site every year from the very first one until now, I have to say that next year I’ll be demanding he boss provide me with some sort of on-site […] Read more


Maximum warp, Mr. Scott

Over the years farm equipment manufacturers have done a variety of things to celebrate anniversaries and production milestones. For example, IH—among others—was famous for giving some tractors a special paint job and calling them anniversary editions. Case IH has still been doing a bit of that in recent years. But rarely is setting a land […] Read more

The greening of AGCO

Last week I wheeled my rental car into Jackson, Minnesota, home of AGCO’s Rogator and MF and Challenger Tractor assembly in North America. I along with several other machinery writers were there at the invitation of AGCO’s marketing staff. We were told we would get an early preview of the launch of one of the […] Read more


Eastbound and down

When I sat down to write my blog entry this week, I started into a serious discussion of the major topics affecting farmers lately: the China syndrome, inaccurate press coverage of key ag topics in some non-farm publications—due to a significant lack of understanding of the issues by those reporters covering them—and so on. Then […] Read more

Taking in the classics

When I first started writing about tractors and machinery, I was only looking at older machines, anything vintage, rare, unique or just plain interesting. Or perhaps more accurately stated, anything that was interesting to the editors I was supplying articles to, which meant almost anything old on Canadian farms. That’s because my first customers as […] Read more


Out of the Morning

In a radio broadcast to the people of occupied France during World War II, Winston Churchill reassured them that liberation would come. “Sleep well,” he said, “For morning will come”. On June 6, 1944 as the sun rose, morning had truly dawned. It was D Day. The largest seaborne invasion fleet ever assembled began to […] Read more

DIY testing

Over the past few years, we at Grainews have been conducting practical tests to provide our readers with insight into what some of the various machines commonly used on the farm really have to offer. And we’ve already covered a pretty wide variety of them. Of course we can’t just saunter into a dealership and […] Read more


Two plus two equals more

At Grainews we value reader feedback, and we actively solicit it. Any we get related to our machinery content ultimately ends up on my desk. So I get a sense for what subscribers want to see in the Machinery and Shop section. And, of course, we try to accommodate that. Over the years I found […] Read more

Winter is coming, again!

I haven’t been bold enough yet this year to put my winter jacket away for the season, even though we’re now well into May. Our daytime high temperatures have been consistently below the yearly averages now for months. So I don’t think we can say winter has truly left us yet. But an article I […] Read more