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Sky Agriculture’s Easy Drill debuts in the west

Drill’s ability to seed cover crops may appeal to conventional or organic farmers

There’s a new drill in town looking to impress western farmers. It’s the Easy Drill from Sky Agriculture, which is a division of France-based Sulky. That company has been in business since 1936. But here on the Prairies, it isn’t exactly a household name. Quebec-based Innotag represents Sky Agriculture in this country and had the […] Read more


AGCO updates its digital product with “Connect”

AGCO Connect offers enhanced features across all brand lines

It’s our next-generation telemetry solution. It’s going to provide a web and mobile interface for our dealers and customers,” said Mike Uilk, AGCO Fuse product specialist in late June. “It’s mobile and web based for IOS and Android.” This new telemetry solution, which the company is just rolling out, offers the company’s best-yet suite of […] Read more



Rock picker-rake combo rolls out of Finland

Elho Scorpion 550 is designed to maximize rock picking

A lot of middle-aged farmers across the Prairies can remember being sent out into the field with a “stone boat,” a tractor and pair of gloves with instructions to pick all the rocks. Today even those small- to medium-size rocks can be picked efficiently and quickly without wearing out a pair of gloves. The Elho […] Read more


Grainews takes to the field in Kubota’s M8 tractor

Kubota joins the mid-horsepower club. We test the new line

Back in March when Versatile announced the introduction of its Nemesis line of tractors, Kubota simultaneously announced it entered into an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Versatile to build a larger tractor series for it, too. But Kubota declined to provide any specifics on its tractors, although the inescapable conclusion was it would be […] Read more



Seed Hawk blends technologies into new planting unit

The brand is developing a one-pass canola-planting rig

At the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, Seed Hawk had a concept canola planter unit on display. And this one is a little different than most of the other planters on the market. It blends the big fertilizer capacity of an air cart with the precision seed placement offered by a planter […] Read more


JCB sets tractor speed record

A modified Fastrac recorded a speed of 103.6 m.p.h. (166.7 km/h)

In late June JCB grabbed the world record in Britain for the fastest land speed ever achieved in a farm tractor: 103.6 m.p.h. (166.7 km/h). BBC TV and racing personality Guy Martin (seen here) drove the tractor during the record setting attempt. A modified 7.2-litre, six-cylinder JCB DieselMax engine uprated to 1,000 horsepower moved the […] Read more



Evaluating ASV skid steers and CTL loaders

Grainews reviews features and performance in tough conditions

When ASV launched its newest compact track loader, the VT-70 High Output, it invited Grainews to its manufacturing plant and proving grounds for a look around. The company also offered us a chance to see for ourselves what we thought of the full product line and let us compare their machines to competing models. Naturally, we took them up […] Read more


Major machinery brands win engineer awards at Agritechnica

Deere, AGCO, CNH take home technology accolades

Agritechnica, the world’s largest farm machinery show, is held every two years in Hannover, Germany, and part of the event includes a competition that allows manufacturers to vie for some prestigious engineering awards. Gold and silver medals are awarded for new advancements in equipment design that are truly significant. How significant is what determines whether […] Read more



PHOTOS: Tractor Trek 2019

Vintage machines boldly go into the Manitoba countryside

This past June marked the 10th annual Tractor Trek event in southeast Manitoba. Organized by the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum in Steinbach and the Eden Foundation, a non-profit health care group, the Trek’s purpose is partly to raise funds for charity. But vintage runs like this are also about having fun and showing off an […] Read more