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The wrapper attachment on the RB 4160P Protec baler is relatively compact to make storage and transport easy.

Massey adds the RB 4160P Protec to its RB baler series

One-pass baling and wrapping improves feed quality: AGCO

AGCO has added the RB 4160P Protec combination baler and wrapper to its Massey Ferguson line of equipment. The unit combines all the features found on the Massey RB series silage balers, which debuted in 2018, with an integrated bale-wrapping unit, allowing producers to harvest and ensile high-moisture forages in one pass. “In climates with […] Read more

Modern draper belts are specific to the brand of header and are made from a polyester fabric that can better withstand UV light.

When it comes to belts on farm equipment, condition is everything

Worn or improper belting will affect machine operation

Few things can be more frustrating when putting up hay than having great weather to bale, but a baler that won’t work properly. Often round baler problems are directly related to poor roller belt condition. Ensuring belts are field-ready is key to, well, making hay while the sun shines. Grainews spoke with Chad Haugen, senior […] Read more


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U.S. FTC votes to make ‘right to repair’ a priority

Commission also drops 1995 merger policy

Washington | Reuters — The U.S Federal Trade Commission voted Wednesday to make it a priority to address the issue of manufacturers pushing consumers to use licensed dealers to repair items ranging from smartphones to farm equipment, a practice that critics call anti-competitive. The five commissioners, three Democrats and two Republicans, voted unanimously to approve […] Read more

The new Kuhn 301 hay merger is designed to work with mower conditioners that have nine- to 18-foot working widths.

New hay mergers from Kuhn

The 01 series models are available in working widths up to 42 feet

Packing as much material as possible into a baler in the shortest amount of time helps maximize the feed quality of bales that come out the back end of it. When balers pound away at hay inside their chambers, leaf material is lost — and that is the best part of the feed. Merging swaths […] Read more


Farmer and Grainews columnist Toban Dyck inspects wheat on July 6, 2021 near Winkler, Man., where hot and dry weather has led to thin, uneven stands. (Photo: Reuters/Rod Nickel)

Saskatchewan raises salvage threshold for parched crops

Stock watering program also boosted; APAS, Tories' ag critic had called for more drought aid

Saskatchewan’s provincial crop insurance agency is raising the yield threshold at which drought-damaged crops can be grazed, baled for greenfeed or cut for silage with no penalty on future coverage. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. said Wednesday it would double the “low yield appraisal” threshold values on cereal or pulse crop acres put to feed. SCIC […] Read more

AFS Connect Farm offers more features for mapping and large square baler data.

Case IH updates AFS Connect Farm

The brand's digital platform gets more features

As the major equipment brands continue to compete for dominance in ag machinery’s digital realm, Case IH announced recently that it has released the first major update for 2021 to its AFS Connect Farm desktop platform and mobile app, which is intended to give producers even more data access and management flexibility. The latest update […] Read more



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Glacier’s outdoor ag shows preparing digital event lineup

Each show to host multiple online events during 2021

The company hosting Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and its western counterpart, Ag in Motion, plans to use the online platforms it set up in 2020 to instead host multiple smaller online events this year. Both outdoor ag shows hosted by Winnipeg-based Glacier FarmMedia — the owner of this website — went online in 2020 due […] Read more


The Precision Disk 500 series air drill is now available with a single rank design, using 15-inch row spacings.

New equipment from Case IH

Updated big square baler and new seeding options introduced

Despite the recent difficulties and disruptions in production caused by COVID-19 at all equipment manufacturers, CNH’s two brands, New Holland and Case IH, had several new or updated machines to debut this past year. Among those introduced wearing Case IH red are an addition to that brand’s large square baler line along with new drill […] Read more

These farms have lots of items, all of which are depreciating. In addition, most items will be sitting idle for most of the year and not generating any profit for the farm.

Do you really need all that machinery on your farm?

Hidden profit robbers, Part 3: Unused machinery, too much diversification could be affecting your profitability

In this series of articles, I looked at various profit robbers on the farm and how to address them. In Part 1, I examined the biggest offender — machinery depreciation — and how sneaky it is, since it’s a hidden cost that doesn’t affect your cash flow. To minimize this cost, I suggested you consider […] Read more