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In early 2020, Mack introduced the medium-duty Class 6 and 7 MD truck series.

New players enter the light- and medium-duty truck segment

International and Mack move back into familiar territory

Over the past few decades, many truck manufacturers have retreated from the broad range of models they offered to specialize in specific segments of the market. However, recently, some brands have been expanding their offerings once again and returning to segments they had previously abandoned. Among those going down that path are International (under Navistar […] Read more

The new baler offers more efficient baling in the field, fewer bales per field, more tons per trailer, and savings in both time and transport costs.

New Holland’s BigBaler 340 High Density offers efficiencies and cost savings

The new baler produces ultra-dense square bales

There’s not a hay producer anywhere who would complain about producing too much hay. That said, the reality of hay’s bulkiness is it can be a logistical and trucking challenge. Enter New Holland Agriculture’s BigBaler 340 High Density, which produces large square bales with up to 22 per cent higher density than conventional square balers. […] Read more


Versatile introduced the three-model Nemesis tractor line to the public in 2019.

How to design a tractor, part 1

A unique look at the development process behind Versatile’s Nemesis

Last year, in the pages of Grainews, we informed you about the 2019 launch of Versatile’s new Nemesis tractor line, which are also built as the Kubota M8s. And you probably saw similar announcements of the tractors’ introductions in other publications, but what no one else has done is given you a behind-the-scenes look at […] Read more

For X series combines, 12-, 16- and 18-row CF folding corn heads are available and 12-row heads are available for S series combines.

New combine header line from John Deere

Updated header options for X, S and T series combines

Ever since the initial introduction of the S series models, John Deere engineers have been offering buyers additional ability to spec out green combines to better suit either corn and beans or small grains crops. And this year, Deere has gone another step further with the introduction of a completely new group of headers tailored […] Read more


Last year, in anticipation of rolling it out to Canadian producers, Kubota Canada tested the FastBale with commercial operators growing various crops in varying conditions from British Columbia to the Maritimes.

No need for stops with new continuous round baler

Kubota Canada’s FastBale considered a game changer

Kubota Canada Ltd. recently launched its new FastBale, a twin chambered baler and integrated wrapping system that allows an industry first: continuous baling with no stops for tie-off or bale discharge. “I’d say this is a game changer,” says Travis Grubb, a Kubota Canada product specialist for hay tools and crop care. With our dual […] Read more

Chris Plett of CPC Ag Repair points out a common failure point on the unloading system when harvesting wet grain.

Is your combine field ready?

There are common fail points and things to check on combines following a wet harvest

I can still hear it, the sound got louder and more prominent as we fought our way through the last days of the 2019 harvest season. One of the bearings on our straw chopper was nearing the end of its life, and luckily held together until the shards of the very last soybean stalk had […] Read more


Hardware to control downforce uses the seeder’s existing hydraulic system.

Precision Planting tools maximize emergence and profits

SeederForce and SmartFirmer provide accuracy and key soil measurements

A common problem that exists in seeders is the one downforce setting for the whole machine. A system like this can often lead to underapplying downforce pressure in areas of the field where soil is harder or more compacted. This leads to disk openers riding on top of, or partially in, the soil causing undesirable […] Read more

The Seed Terminator.

Chaff management and mechanical weed control move into the limelight

Equipment available at home and abroad to destroy weeds and weed seed

[UPDATED: May 28, 2020] As resistance to our current herbicide options continues to increase each year, mechanical methods of weed control are moving into the spotlight. The management of weeds being spread by chaff via the combine is gaining attention, and interest is growing in mechanical weed seed impact mills — one of which is […] Read more


Saskatchewan farmers Josh and Jeannie Lade, along with partners, John, Janice, Rayden and Jenn Wiebe, imported two Seed Terminators from Australia to use on the 16,000 acres they farm.

The pros, cons and costs of owning a weed seed smasher

Josh Lade discusses his Seed Terminator and other weed seed-destroying equipment

Along with a growing number of others in Canada, Josh Lade would like his fellow farmers to consider mechanical harvest weed seed control to battle the growing number of herbicide-resistant weeds. With his wife, Jeannie, Lade grows cereals, pulse crops and oilseeds on about 16,000 acres in Osler, Sask., in partnership with John, Janice, Rayden […] Read more

Drone provides a new field perspective

Ground truthing is still important, but drones can identify problem areas

Randi Wenzel says even basic operation of a drone over annual crops and pastures on their south-central Saskatchewan mixed farm provides some very useful management information, along with some peace of mind. Wenzel, who farms with family members south of Central Butte, has been flying a drone during the cropping and grazing seasons for the […] Read more