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AGCO buys forage group Lely

AGCO adds European forage equipment manufacturer

In a mid-march press release, AGCO announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire the forage division of Lely Group. Lely’s forage division manufactures balers and loader wagons in Europe, primarily for that market. The deal is expected to close by the fourth quarter of 2017. However, it’s still subject to regulatory […] Read more

New monitors for AGCO tractors

Both MF and Challenger 
brand high-horsepower 
models get a digital upgrade

2018 models of AGCO’s Massey Ferguson 8700 and MT600E Challenger tractors will leave the Jackson, Minnesota, assembly plant with a new in-cab monitor. The MF version will be called the Datatronic 5, while Challenger systems will be known as the Tractor Management Center (TMC). The new nine-inch, touch screen terminals get a simplified menu, easily […] Read more

Back to basics: Tractor operation 101

Tractors are essential to farm operations. From field work to feeding livestock to cleaning snow, tractors are the most used machine on the farm. As simple and as commonplace as these machines are, the fact remains that the majority of agriculture machinery-related fatalities involve tractors. Reminders on basic safety while operating tractors can help everyone […] Read more

John Deere introduces the 5R Series tractor

The green brand offers yet more choices in the utility tractor segment

The number of tractor models John Deere has been offering in the utility and mid-horsepower tractor classes has been large, to say the least. It already offers more model choices there than any other brand. At the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in February, the green brand introduced even more models that land in the utility segment. The all-new 5R […] Read more

New guidance bar and display from Topcon

A new ‘cost effective’ light bar system and ‘Modular’ digital monitor introduced

If you haven’t made the jump to light speed — figuratively speaking — when it comes to having full auto guidance in your sprayer (or other machine) and don’t plan to have one with that capability anytime soon, this is news you’ll like. In February Topcon Agriculture announced the release of its new SI-21 Lightbar. […] Read more

Case IH introduces the new AccuTurn

Automated headland turning feature comes from robotic tractor project

Case IH may not yet be ready to put a retail price on the autonomous Magnum tractor it showed last year, which started the industry talking, but some of the technology from that concept vehicle is beginning to make its way into the brand’s existing line of tractors. The software logic used in the guidance […] Read more

More AFS equipment from Case IH

UAV kit and new GPS receiver 
added to Case IH AFS product line

Back in February Case IH ramped up its precision farming offerings with the addition of an unmanned aerial vehicle kit that will be available for purchase later this spring. The brand is partnering with UAV firm DroneDeploy to offer this kit. The DJI Phantom 4 UAV will come with an RGB camera, hard carrying case, […] Read more

How to check for a faulty relay

If a component isn’t working, is the relay to blame? Here’s how to check

Many electrical components in a vehicle or machine are controlled by a relay. So if a component isn’t working because electricity isn’t getting to it, there is a possibility the relay may be faulty. But determining whether or not a relay is defective requires a little basic investigation. Here’s how to go about it. First, […] Read more