GFM Network News


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

Harrows are more effective earlier on, when weeds are at the white thread stage.

Comparing mechanical weed control options

Considering adding a mechanical option to your herbicide rotations? Try these

Mechanical weed control is not anything new. Farmers have been using harrows and various tillage tools to control weeds for centuries, and for organic farmers mechanical weed control remains the only option. What is new is the technology that is available to help make mechanical weeding more efficient and effective, like GPS or camera-guided systems […] 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

In early 2018 John Deere marked the 25th anniversary of its high-tech Intelligent Solutions Group at the same time it opened this new building to house much of those operations at Des Moines, Iowa.

John Deere marks 25 years of digital technology

Deere's ISG’s ultramodern facility designed to keep software development on pace

In a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, John Deere has built a new home for its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) tech specialists that is as unique in its design as software once was to farm machines. The new ultramodern facility is designed to help engineers and scientists collaborate and reach innovative solutions in the shortest […] Read more


GM has built its Sierra HD series truck bigger for the 2020 model year, with a longer wheelbase their both longer and taller and heavier duty.

GMC Sierra HD truck gets trailer-towing updates

GM adds the ability for drivers to “see through” the trailer they’re towing behind

GM thinks size matters — at least when it comes to trucks. The company’s press release announcing the updated design for its 2020 Sierra HD pickup line puts it this way, “The 2020 Sierra HD has a commanding, powerful design rooted in a new architecture with larger proportions.” It’s hard to argue that truck guys […] Read more

John Deere debuts the industry’s first line of rigid-frame four-track tractors.

John Deere introduces 8RX line of tracked tractors

Grainews reviews John Deere’s industry-first, 4-track rigid- frame tractor

[UPDATED Nov. 4, 2019] Today John Deere officially unveiled its new line of 8RX tractors, which are — wait for it — rigid-frame four-tracked models. Anyone who has walked the aisles at Agritechnica, the world’s largest farm machinery show in Germany, will have noticed four-tracked rigid-frame tractors on display. But those are the result of […] Read more


AGCO Connect telematics’ offering is compatible with both IOS and Android systems.

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

The Ehlo Scorpion 550 combination rock picker and rock rake is made in Finland and now available in Canada.

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


Seed Hawk and its parent company Väderstad look to grow interest in using a planter for canola seeding by developing a one-pass planter-air cart combination.

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

The IDEALDrive steering system in AGCO’s IDEAL combine that uses a joystick instead of a conventional steering wheel won a silver award.

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