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Bourgault is offering an air planter option on its 3820 and 3335 drills.

Unveiling the air planter

Bourgault introduces an air planter option for its drills

In the industry, there are a lot of canola producers that are interested in and playing around with planters, says Rob Fagnou, marketing specialist at Bourgault. “(They’re) trying to get their (seeding) rates down as low as possible and control them at low rates to reduce their costs. And we also see more corn and […] Read more



At the 2016 edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, Sask., Salford first showed its concept air boom applicator.

New air boom applicator from Case IH

Case IH and Salford team up to offer another option for Titan floaters

In August, Case IH, in partnership with Salford Group, introduced the FA 1030 air boom applicator, which is now available directly through Case IH on the Titan 4540 floater. The company says this applicator is built to carry more product, improve productivity and deal with uneven field surfaces. By July 2021, Case IH expects to […] Read more

CupWheels are now available for tractors, skid steers and combines.

CupWheel moves toward fuller market availability

Inverted sidewall tire advances from prototype to market

In 2013, while walking the aisles of the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany, I happened upon a unique-looking tractor tire called the PneuTrac from the company Galileo Wheel out of Israel. Its design turned conventional tire technology on its head. An inverted sidewall, the ability to run with little or no air pressure and a […] Read more


Kubota launched its initial two-model powershift M8 tractor line to about 80 North American dealers at an event in Grapevine, Texas, in August of 2019.

How to design a tractor, part 3

With Kubota involved in the project, the new tractors take shape and go public

In past instalments of this series (see ‘Related Articles’ links below), we explained why the Versatile Nemesis tractor project came to be, how the design parameters were set and how the components were chosen for it. All of those things are pretty consistent when it comes to developing new tractor lines for any brand. But […] Read more

Kubota Canada Ltd.’s new LX series of compact tractors bridges the gap between Kubota’s small, compact B series and its large, compact L series utility tractor lines.

Kubota’s new LX series compact tractors designed for versatility

Operator comfort and functionality top priorities for the LX’s three models

Kubota Canada Ltd.’s new LX series of compact tractors, unveiled in the spring, bridges the gap between Kubota’s small compact (B series) and its large compact (L series) utility tractor lines. Boasting bigger tires and higher horsepower than the B series, as well as a quick-transfer K-Connect front hitch system, the LX series is designed […] Read more


Three of the UTVs in our UTV challenge.

Grainews’ toughest UTV evaluations yet

Real-world testing shows each has its own design advantages

At Grainews, we’re no strangers to doing practical equipment evaluations. Over the years, we’ve put a host of machines through tests that measure how well they can perform the typical work they’d be put to on farms. This year, we were at it again. We took a group of side-by-side UTVs and put them through […] Read more

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