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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

All teams competing in the Indy Autonomous Challenge will use the same Dallara race car. Only the software and digital technology created by teams will differ. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hosting an all-autonomous 20-lap race at the famous “Brickyard” in October.

What’s happening outside ag?

The state of autonomous development in other sectors

We’ve all heard a lot about the development of autonomous farm equipment, but what, exactly, is going on in other sectors? The answer is, quite a lot. A number of presenters at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in January revealed what their companies are doing as they advance the technology. Here’s a sampling of what […] 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

Honey Bee Manufacturing will work with the inventor to refine the design of the X-Steam-inator, and build several pre-production models in time for field trials this summer.

X-Steam-inator moves closer to commercial release

Inventor partners with Honey Bee to produce prototypes

How much longer will glyphosate be a viable weed control option for producers? The question itself seems a bit jarring, but the loss of this herbicide could eventually affect production methods globally. Consumer mistrust and weed resistance could eventually spell the end for it. If so, what then? The combination of magnetism and electricity creates […] Read more


In early 2019, the DOT Power Platform, now owned by Raven Technologies, was shown to a group of producers and manufacturers’ representatives at a demonstration day in Arizona.

Where is the DOT?

Under Raven ownership, DOT continues on “validation program”

In 2019, SeedMaster’s DOT autonomous implement carriers (or power platforms as they’re now named) started work in paying customers’ fields for the first time. A handful of these machines were sold to farmers in Saskatchewan, all within driving distance of the SeedMaster manufacturing plant in Regina. When the company began commercialization of these units, they […] Read more



FieldBots can be positioned where needed on a farm to provide sensor data and control a variety of different machines or systems.

Could FieldMicro run your farm?

Australian tech company offers whole-farm digital operating solution

As producers come to fully recognize the opportunities offered by today’s wide-ranging offerings in digital technology for agriculture, an Australian company, FieldMicro, is adding to those possibilities. Last June, the company announced the introduction of its FieldBot remote-sensing and control devices and the SmartFarm online command-and-control, cloud-based system they pair with. Together, they offer a […] 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