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Reading this book along with a good cup of coffee made for a good way to spend Sunday afternoons.

Winter reading for International Harvester enthusiasts

The family behind the IH brand? Or a book for IH Cub tractor owners?

We’ve come across two books that International Harvester enthusiasts might want to make time to read during this cold winter season. Founding family history This summer we read through The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery […] Read more

After many years as the machinery editor for Grainews, Scott has decided to call it a day.

Farewell from our machinery editor

After 14 years on the job, Scott Garvey says goodbye to Grainews

About 14 years ago I started contributing to Grainews, by creating workshop articles. Before long I was asked to include a wider variety of machinery-related contributions to my to-do list. That included covering what was new and exciting in the farm machinery world. Since then I’ve written about dozens of new machines and attended their […] Read more


Grainews went to Texas to field test the 2020 model year line of Defender UTVs.

Reviewing Can-Am’s newest Defender models

We put the capabilities of the Defender Max and Pro HD10s to the test

Nearly every prairie farm has at least one ATV or UTV kicking around the farmyard. And the odds are that machine or pair of them gets used more than any other piece of equipment in the farm fleet. Can-Am, a division of Quebec-based BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), has recognized that a growing chunk of the […] Read more

Dot Technology Corp. began limited commercial release of its autonomous implement carrier in the spring of 2019.

Dot Technology Corp. opens R&D centre in Alberta

Subsidiary firm, Dot Intelligence Inc., established in Edmonton

With the first season of commercial use of Dot autonomous machine use now coming to an end, Dot Technology Corp., a division of SeedMaster, is continuing its R&D efforts to advance the automation used in its Dot autonomous implement carrier, the A-U1. To do that, it’s opening a subsidiary firm called Dot Intelligence Inc., which will […] Read more


Michelin introduces the high-speed 
FloatXBib tire for spreaders.

Michelin introduces the FloatXBib

New increased flexion 
tire for SP floaters

As the size and top speed of both towed and self-propelled farm equipment grows, the demands placed on tires become ever more extreme. And manufacturers have been struggling to offer tires that meet those demands. Tires must carry heavier loads and travel much faster on roads than previous generations. “Often times on machines today, they’re […] Read more

Michelin’s Tweel airless tire and wheel combinations are now available for UTVs, zero-turn mowers and skid steer loaders.

Michelin adds to its Tweel product line

The brand expands its line special-purpose of airless wheels


About six years ago, Michelin debuted the first Tweel airless tire and wheel assembly, which was originally intended for the skid steer market. Since then it has been expanding its line of Tweel products, which now offers types that fit zero-turn mowers and UTVs “In 2012 we launched our first Tweel targeting skid steer loaders,” […] Read more


More news from rubber track maker Camso

Track component manufacturer offers several updates for 2020

Camso, a rubber track system and components manufacturer, is also an OEM supplier to a few major brands. It builds and provides the engineering for the track systems installed on tractors and other equipment right at the factory. But it also supplies aftermarket bolt-on track systems. This fall the brand had a few announcements to […] Read more

The Nextroad commercial truck tire line debuts in Canada this year.

New truck tire brand hits the market

Nextroad brand jumps into the Canadian marketplace

Prometeon Tyre Group, the parent company of the well-known Pirelli tire brand, is introducing another name to the U.S. and Canadian markets: the Nextroad range of heavy truck tires. As an initial offering, Nextroad will produce 295/75R22.5 and 11R22.5 tire sizes. Beginning in the first quarter of 2020 it will add 11R24.5 to its portfolio. […] Read more


Large R Series tractors 
have been given some design and engineering changes for the 2020 model year.

John Deere 7R versus 8R tractors

With overlapping horsepower ranges, what’s the difference between them?

Across Western Canada, most John Deere dealers will likely tell you that on their lots, 8R tractors far outsell the 7Rs. Given that these two model ranges have overlapping horsepower ranges, what is it that each series offers that might be a better fit to each potential buyer? That was a question that marketing staff […] Read more

Movin’ On

Aside from growing up on the farm in the ‘70s and being around machinery on a regular basis as a kid, the TV show “Movin’ On” was a can’t-miss event for me every week the show ran. (There was no DVR back then!) To my mind, the star of that show was the Kenworth W900 […] Read more