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The CCS option features a 50-bushel central fill seed delivery system.

John Deere 1745 planter offers versatility for corn and soybean producers

It’s compatible with older tractors and ideal for no-till farming, smaller or odd-shaped fields and narrow transport

Bigger isn’t necessarily best when it comes to choosing the right planter. For corn and soybean growers looking for a split-row configuration, planter-applied fertilizer capability and narrow transport, John Deere’s 1745 MaxEmerge 5 Planter, may fit the bill. “The 1745 is an economical planter in a split-row configuration that’s capable of planting soybeans on 15-inch (38 […] Read more

Goodyear Super Single Low Sidewall technology tires on a John Deere 8R series tractor. With this tire setup, total contact area is increased to 3,644 inches from 2,368 inches, which means healthier soil from a compaction standpoint.

John Deere offers Goodyear Super Single LSW tires on 8R series tractors

The setup helps reduce soil compaction and increase yield

Titan International, manufacturer of Titan Tires, Titan Wheels, Goodyear Farm Tires and John Deere have teamed up to offer Goodyear Super Single Low Sidewall (LSW) technology tires on another series of MFWD tractors. The tires can be ordered with John Deere’s 6000, 7000 and 9000 series MFWD tractors and its self-propelled sprayers and combines. Starting […] Read more


John Deere’s AutoPath guidance records the actual position of crop rows and stores the information, allowing for more accurate in-season passes during spraying and harvesting.

John Deere improves guidance with AutoPath

System stores exact row positions for more accurate in-season passes

For those Prairie producers who grow corn or use strip tillage, John Deere is introducing AutoPath row guidance to help improve accuracy during in-season field passes. During seeding or planting, the system records the exact location of the crop row lines and stores that information about the field for later use. How it works: The […] Read more

Fendt continues to develop the 65-horsepower e100 electric drive concept tractor.

Development of Fendt’s e100 electric tractor continues

Fendt’s pursuit of electric drive concepts goes back about a decade

Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced that its engineers were still working on the e100 concept electric tractor it debuted in 2017. It’s apparently a promising design making measurable progress toward possible future commercialization. “The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with a careful use […] Read more


New ag dozer blade from Brandt

This fall, Brandt announced it was adding a dozer blade for ag tractors to its product line. “For the agricultural side of Brandt, this is a new product for us,” says Sheldon Gerspacher, vice-president of sales, dealer channel. “It’s a natural fit for us. We’ve been making heavy-duty construction attachments on the construction side at […] 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


The John Deere AutoTrac Controller 300 is a dealer-installed kit that is easy to set up, calibrate and maintain.

John Deere offers a universal, aftermarket, auto-steer system

The AutoTrac Controller 300 provides customizable precision guidance across multiple brands and platforms

More producers are turning to precision guidance for the productivity gains and cost savings the technology provides. However, moving from machine to machine can mean having to adjust to multiple precision control systems — decreasing efficiency and increasing potential for both frustration and error. John Deere aims to solve that issue via its universal, aftermarket, […] Read more

The system can prevent tired operators from missing an unexpected hazard during a long day of harvesting.

Cognitive Agro Pilot provides autonomous combine navigation

AI-based system eliminates the need for GPS

Recently, major machinery brands have introduced artificial intelligence (AI) features into their combines’ threshing systems allowing them to automatically self-adjust, which minimizes losses and improves grain quality without operator input. At a glance: Cognitive Agro Pilot’s system not only allows a combine to steer itself but also to understand and react to its surroundings. Instead […] Read more


AGCO’s “Virtual Product Showroom” allows for enhanced looks at machinery as well as tours of its Jackson, Minn., assembly plant and visitor centre.

No farm show, no problem

Brands go digital to keep in touch with farmers

There have been many changes to our lives lately because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of farm shows all across North America is just one of them. The trouble for farm machinery brands is those shows have long been an important part of their marketing efforts as places where potential buyers get up close […] Read more

The world’s largest ag tractor, the Big Bud 747, built in 1977, had its original tires replaced with a full set of Goodyear/Titan LSW1400/30R46 tires last summer.

Big tractor, big tires on world’s largest tractor

It took nothing less than a Titan to get replacement rubber on Big Bud 747 after four decades

If you are a consumer of ag-related social media, you’ve likely seen online video of one of the most memorable events involving classic North American farm machinery. The one-off Big Bud 747, which had been stored at the small-town Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa, was brought out into the sunlight for a very special event […] Read more