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Driving a loaded grain truck

Are you really ready to safely operate your fully loaded farm truck?

The horrific traffic collision that involved the Humboldt Broncos hockey team this spring has, among other things, sparked a debate around the safe operation of heavy trucks and the training of drivers. The truck involved in that incident belonged to a commercial carrier, not a farm. But across the Prairie provinces farmers enjoy some major […] Read more


NH expands SmartTrax availability

T9.530 and T9.565 now get a track option

This season New Holland is expanding its SmartTrax rubber track option by making it available on the brand’s two mid-range four-wheel drive tractors, the 470 horsepower T9.530 and 500 horsepower T9.565. SmartTrax modules are already available on the three largest models in the T9 Series. The brand claims the T9 SmartTrax track modules have the largest […] Read more



New packer option for Carrier

Väderstad adds another feature to the options list for its tillage implements

Väderstad’s Carrier L and XL disc tillage implements get one more feature added to their options lists for 2018. The Double SteelRunner rear soil reconsolidation packers are one more choice buyers get when spec’ing out a new Carrier. “Double SteelRunner, which creates a very effective reconsolidation and clod breaking, is a very interesting complement to […] Read more


Camso offers remanufactured track for farm machinery

Retreaded rubber tracks and mid rollers offer lower-cost replacements

Camso, the rubber track manufacturer that sells track systems directly to both farmers and OEMs, introduced a new program in March, which involves offering farmers remanufactured replacement rubber tracks as a lower-cost alternative to buying brand new ones. The process involves applying new tread bars onto used tracks that are ready for replacement. The program […] Read more



New “Comprima” balers from Krone

The brand offers a new round baler series with a brand new look

This spring Krone introduced its new line of “Comprima” round balers that offer a variety of both fixed, variable and semi-variable bale chamber sizes. The brand is describing them as “new look” machines. The Comprimas use the company’s NovoGrip belt and slat system, which Krone claims helps produce a denser bale in both dry hay […] Read more


UTV tracks from Can-Am

Can-Am’s Maverick Trail UTV now gets an add-on tracks option

Can-Am has previously introduced track options for its line of ATVs with its Apache 360 track systems technology line. This year it’s introducing a track package for the Maverick Trail side-by-side UTV called the Apache Back Country track kit. The company says the system is engineered to match engine output and “supports chassis performance while […] Read more



A book for farm equipment enthusiasts

The Nordic Tractor looks at tractor history in an unfamiliar country

Last fall I had a chance to sit down with British ag equipment journalist and author Justin Roberts. We had chance to discuss his new book The Nordic Tractor. If you’re like me, you’ve read any number of detailed histories of North American-based ag equipment brands, which chronicle the evolution of their tractor designs over […] Read more


Bayer Digital Farming launches Zone Spray

This new cloud-based program helps farmers spray only the right acres

This summer, canola growers will likely again be faced with the tough decision of whether or not to spray fields with a fungicide to protect the crop from sclerotinia. Spraying unnecessarily can mean wasted inputs, but failing to protect crops when needed could also mean significant yield losses. Even if producers decide to spray fungicide, […] Read more



AGCO debuts “Class 8” baler

Hesston by MF baler offers high density and large capacity

In February, AGCO announced it had established a system of categories to define square baler capacities. It has divided balers sizes in to eight classes. The square baler classification system uses rated plunger load to define each one. According to the brand, plunger load was chosen because it is the most measurable factor impacting the […] Read more


New features for John Deere lawn tractors

Simplified oil changes are one of several upgrades on 100 Series tractors

Changing the oil in an engine is without a doubt the easiest way to extend its service life. But with the number of engines on a typical farm that need service, sometimes the small motors in augers and lawn and garden equipment get overlooked. John Deere’s new 30-second oil change feature on 2018 model year […] Read more