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Greig: Farmer trust key to big data’s future

The marketplace for precision agriculture technology is sorting itself out, but it still has a way to go before it will be mature and have predictable uses for farmers, says a U.S. agriculture economist. Dr. Keith Coble, chair of the Mississippi State University’s department of agricultural economics, says we’re in the “overexuberance” phase of technology […] Read more

CN’s conductors serve strike notice

The unit of the Teamsters representing Canadian National Railway’s (CN) conductors and yard operations staff has served notice that its members may be walking the line come Tuesday morning. Montreal-based CN said Saturday it had received 72-hour strike notice from the conductors’ unit of the Teamsters Canadian Rail Conference (TCRC), putting the unit in strike […] Read more

Stats from 2016 show uptick in net farm income

Statistics show slightly lower costs for fertilizer, fuel and cattle and calf purchases in 2016, against higher crop sales and program payments, led to a rise in realized net farm income last year. Statistics Canada on Wednesday released data showing Canadian producers’ realized net farm income — the difference between cash receipts and operating expenses, […] Read more

Two new implements from Bourgault

Bourgault has designed these new tillage tools to work in difficult field conditions

Farmers don’t need reminding that getting crops seeded and harvested in the last few years in many areas has presented some unusual challenges, due to extreme weather. With that in mind, Bourgault has introduced two new tillage implements it claims can help quickly get fields back into condition for seeding: the SPS 360, which it […] Read more

FREE to good home: Farm Progress Show tickets

Haven’t got your tickets yet for Canada’s Farm Progress Show? We might. Glacier FarmMedia, Canada’s largest publisher of newspapers and magazines for farmers, and operator of this website, has a pair of free single-day show passes (value: $30 per pair) for you if you’re one of the first 30 people to contact us by e-mail. […] Read more

Seeding smartphone tips

Cellphones have been dubbed “smartphones” but sometimes the way folks are addicted to them causes dumb problems. I’ve read three articles that suggest that cellphones are creating isolation, poorer communication and less robust relationships.
 Stress rises when there is a million-dollar crop to get in the ground, excess moisture, and too many jobs for the[...]
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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[…]
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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[…]
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Early reviews positive for grain transportation bill

Long-awaited amendments to the Canada Transportation Act that Prairie grain farmers and shippers hope will result in better rail service were tabled Tuesday in the House of Commons. At press time Tuesday farm organization and grain company officials were still assessing Bill C-49, which also deals with other transportation issues, including air travel. At first[...]
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