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The Kenworth W900L offers a classic look meant to appeal to buyers who want some retro cool factor in their trucks.

Want really cool or functional? Kenworth trucks offer both

The classic W900L and newer T880 Class 8 trucks offer producers a choice

Just as modern farm tractors all seem to incorporate similar styling and design cues in their general appearances, the same is true for modern heavy trucks. Aerodynamics figure prominently in modern truck design due to the fuel savings to be had when racking up thousands of kilometres every month. Manufacturers have been influenced in how […] Read more

Model year 2022 8R tractors will offer a Central Tire Inflation System option to vary tire pressures right from the cab.

Deere’s 8 series updates for the 2022 model year

Central tire inflation is among the new tech for 8 series tractors

As part of the updates to its 2022 model year product line, John Deere has thrown a few more features and options at its high-horsepower 8 series. With three different model types, the wheeled 8R, four-tracked 8RX and two-tracked 8RT, the 8 series is the rigid-framed little brother to the articulated 9 series, but offers […] Read more


The book chronicles the history of a great Canadian company and its role in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of trucks, construction and agricultural equipment in Canada.

Book details International Harvester’s Canadian history

Former employees relate stories about their time at the brand

Here at Grainews, we like to profile books that offer interesting looks behind the scenes at machinery brands when we find them. Now, a book that came to our attention a few years ago called A History and Memories of International Harvester Canada, 1903-1985 is available for sale online, which makes it much easier to […] Read more

John Deere has updated the three models in its 9R tractor line.

John Deere refreshes its 9 tractor series

More power and a heavier chassis for Deere’s flagship line

More power, more weight, more cab space and more technology. That about sums up what John Deere has in store for model year 2022, 9 series tractors. And the more power part now pushes the largest articulated 9R and 9RX models to the pole position in the industry’s horsepower race. The model numbering format for […] Read more


John Deere showed some of its newest technology at the Consumer Electronics Show this year tackling the topic of the inevitable advancement of autonomy in agriculture.

John Deere inches toward autonomy

Is a driverless machine in your farm’s future?

Anyone who has purchased — or even looked at — new farm equipment lately is plainly aware of one thing: every brand has incorporated a host of advanced features that take over some tasks from the operator, and they do them much better than even the most skilled driver could. At John Deere, introducing specific […] Read more



Seven reasons to consider controlled traffic farming

Seven reasons to consider controlled traffic farming

CTF benefits may make the practice worth another look

Each time you drive across your field, you’re squeezing the life out of the soil beneath your tires. Sound overdramatic? Studies show as much as 80 per cent of compaction happens during equipment’s first pass. The downsides of compaction are many and varied, and all ultimately lead to lower soil health and decreased crop yields. […] Read more

The redesigned Fendt Xaver seeding robot could soon see commercialization.

Fendt’s Xaver robotic project continues to evolve

Second-generation field robot debuts at global event

Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand had a lot it wanted to talk about publicly, and it wasn’t about to let COVID-19 prevent that from happening. The brand live-streamed a digital press conference online. A few European farm machinery writers and editors were physically present at the event held at the Marktoberdorf, Germany, brand headquarters and […] Read more


The two 2800E models (see here and below), with a larger chassis, offer front-end loader lift capacities of 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms).

New compact tractors from Massey Ferguson

Five new models range from 24 up to 57.3 horsepower

Who would argue that having a compact loader tractor around the yard to help load or unload small but heavy equipment wouldn’t be useful? Those jobs like lifting an air compressor into the back of a pickup to head out to a field repair or even unloading and precisely placing fluid totes in the farm […] Read more

AGCO has introduced an updated line of four MT800 tractors that top out at 673 horsepower.

AGCO updates the MT800 Challenger tractors

Tracked Challengers an updated Fendt alternative

Last December, AGCO gave its Challenger dealers a bit of a Christmas present. It announced an updated line of MT800 Challenger tracked tractors that mirror its Fendt 1100 MT series brothers. The four new Challenger models, with 511, 564, 618 and 673 horsepower ratings, match the Fendts’ power outputs exactly. A spec sheet comparison between […] Read more