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Left: My father bought this 21A Massey in 1948.  Right: We purchased this 27 Massey in 1951. We attached a baler to the back. I used this machine for custom combining.

My Massey combines from 1948 to 1991

Massey combines served David Thompson well. Here is his story

Les Henry has written about the combines he’s operated. Les started with his Dad’s Oliver 30 pull type. I never operated a pull type. I started with a 21A Massey self-propelled. Les claims this combine was a Cadillac compared to his Dad’s Oliver. My Dad bought the 21A Massey combine in 1948. He paid $3,200 […] Read more

The Tempo system uses a positive air system to put seeds in the ground.

Väderstad introduces central-fill functionality

Väderstad’s new Tempo L planters come with central-fill functionality

The company is excited about the launch of central-fill functionality, as it will further increase the capacity of its Tempo L range of planters. Instead of filling in each of the row units, central-fill functionality means growers will only have to fill the 3,000-litre central seed hopper. Working as a pressurized system, seed is constantly […] Read more


Krone claims to be the first company to offer tandem axles and a three-blade cutter system, which help to producer a denser bale.

Krone celebrates large-bale production anniversary

This family-owned Germany manufacturer has been making bales for 25 years

February 2019 marked a production milestone for the family-owned German manufacturer Krone. The company, which produces hay and forage equipment, is celebrating 25 years of large square baler production. Along with that, 2019 marks 45 years of selling equipment in North America. When it began large-square baler production in 1993, the brand claims to have […] Read more

Can Am Defenders 
can be equipped with bolt-on track systems for use in mud or deep snow.

Tracks improve Defender winter performance

Two track systems can extend use of Can Am UTVs and ATVs in snow

For producers who want to expand the on-farm capabilities of their ATV or UTV, Can Am thinks it has the perfect solution: tracks. Not too long ago the brand introduced its “four season” Apache 360 and longer-track version the 360LT line of all-season track modules, which will work on its Outlander ATVs and Defender UTV. […] Read more


The number of authorized Fendt dealers across Canada and the U.S. has doubled in the last 12 months.

AGCO doubles Fendt dealerships

AGCO operations ramp up North American focus on Fendt

If it feels like you’ve been hearing the Fendt name more than usual lately, you’re probably right. Of the four major brands acquired by AGCO since it was formed, Deutz-Allis (which was discontinued), Massey Ferguson, Challenger, and Fendt, AGCO is beginning to put more of its marketing eggs in the Fendt basket here in North […] Read more

John Deere’s 8RX wins Tech for 
a Better World innovation award at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

First tractor wins CES tech honour

John Deere makes history as first tractor earns coveted honour at the electronics expo

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is known for showcasing some of the hottest high-tech tools from innovative companies across the globe. Several of the products that took home top honours in the 2020 Innovation Awards categories were conceptual or not available on the mass market and most were small enough to tuck […] Read more


TRAIL concept vehicle shows the brand’s vision for future off-road vehicles, and uses battery-powered electric drive.

Audi AI: TRAIL Quattro takes a new path

Concept off-road vehicle relies on voltage power

The Jeep is by any measure the granddaddy of off-road vehicles. But Audi’s new AI:TRAIL Quattro makes that venerable four-wheel drive look pretty last century. Or is it that the AI;TRAIL Quattro looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie whose time hasn’t yet really arrived? But the AI:TRAIL is here now, albeit as […] Read more

Developed in cooperation with Bosch, Xarvio uses this display with potted weed plants to demonstrate 
how the system recognizes a weed then activates a boom nozzle to 
spot spray.

New apps and Smart Sprayer could reduce input costs

Plant identification key to scouting and sprayer boom control

At the 2019 Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, Xarvio, a start-up division of chemical giant BASF, had some digital technology to show producers. “We’re showing several things here at the show,” said Warren Bills, Xarvio’s commercialization and partnerships lead. “One is an app called Xarvio Scouting, and it uses image recognition to […] Read more


Poor installation of high amperage, unprotected cables running through a jagged metal opening on this truck could have resulted in a major fire.

Inspect newly purchased machines thoroughly

Poor-quality work put this “new-to-us” truck at serious risk of fire

When a used, new-to-you vehicle or machine arrives on the farm, it’s worth putting on your coveralls and giving it another more thorough inspection than it likely received at the auction sale or dealer’s lot when it was purchased. Doing exactly that saved this heavy truck from what would have been an inevitable fire. And […] Read more

Steyr unveiled its diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor at Agritechnica 2019.

Steyr unveils zero-emissions hybrid tractor

Austrian company’s diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor raised eyebrows

Austrian machinery manufacturer Steyr drew a lot of attention at Agritechnica 2019 when it unveiled its diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor. The Konzept tractor is a study on what the future of tractor production could be and addresses top-of-mind issues such as environmental sustainability, efficiency, connectivity and comfort. At the heart of Steyr Konzept is a […] Read more