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John Deere’s upgraded model year 2022 400 and 600 series sprayers offer a new lineup of features and options.

New sprayer lineup from John Deere

The 400 and 600 series models offer new features

In March, John Deere announced its medium- and large-chassis sprayer lines would see a host of changes for the 2022 model year, along with a new model numbering system that makes them now the 400R and 600R series. Like all of Deere’s newest powered machines, the sprayers will get significant upgrades in their digital capabilities, […] Read more

Flush farmers have a reputation for reinvesting in their operations, which has a positive impact on the economy. (Luca Piccini Basile/iStock/Getty Images)

StatsCan shows 2020 farm income up significantly

Farm cash receipts were up more than expenses

Canadian farm income, no matter how it’s measured, was up a lot in 2020, data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada show. Canadian net farm income of $18.1 billion is up $4.8 billion from 2019 — a 36.5 per cent increase. Another measure — realized net farm income (RNFI) — saw farmers take in $9.9 billion, […] Read more


AGCO’s Fendt brand has entered into a long-term partnership with Geringhoff. Germany-based Geringhoff is a combine header manufacturer, which builds a wide range of models, including flex draper headers, corn pickers and headers for specialty crops.

Geringhoff partners with AGCO

Last December, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced it had entered into a “long-term partnership” with Geringhoff, a combine header manufacturer based in the Westphalia region of Germany. Geringhoff builds a pretty wide range of models, including flex draper headers, corn pickers and headers for specialty crops. Geringhoff’s offerings also include the Harvest Star Vario, which features […] Read more

John Deere’s See and Spray Select option activates an individual spray nozzle only when boom cameras detect a green, growing weed below it.

Deere launches new See and Spray Select technology

Automated spot-spray option can reduce herbicide use

It’s no surprise to farmers that herbicide use in agriculture has come under increased scrutiny by the general public in recent years. In some countries, glyphosate may soon be banned entirely, which will cause significant adjustments to cropping practices. And even in those regions where there isn’t yet a risk of losing glyphosate, weed resistance […] Read more


Raven is rebranding the DOT autonomous system, shown here, under the name OMNiPower. (Raven Precision video screengrab via YouTube)

DOT, AutoCart autonomous equipment lines rebranded

Parent firm Raven Industries' products tied to new brand

U.S. precision agriculture equipment firm Raven Industries has set up a unifying brand for its acquired product lines, including the Canadian-born DOT autonomous field tool system. South Dakota-based Raven on May 12 launched the OMNi brand for its autonomous platform, rebranding DOT as OMNiPower and the AutoCart system as OMNiDrive. All of Raven’s intelligent autonomous […] Read more

The display area of Agritechnica has seen some of the most unusual and entertaining machinery displays of any farm show in the world.

Agritechnica postponed until early 2022

Major international show delays November event

Any long-time reader of Grainews has almost certainly read about what we’ve seen when walking the aisles at Agritechnica, the world’s largest and arguably most important ag equipment show. It’s held every second November in Hannover, Germany. And Grainews has been there regularly since the 2009 event. The next show was scheduled for this upcoming […] Read more


U.S. President Joe Biden test-drives the new Ford F-150 lightning truck at Dearborn, Michigan on May 18, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)

Ford wires its electric trucks for business customers

Tesla, GM seen positioning electric pickups as 'lifestyle vehicles'

Detroit | Reuters — Ford Motor Co.’s newly revealed electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup doubles down on a bet that the company can beat Tesla and other rivals by giving new technology a familiar face and convincing longtime fleet and business customers that going electric saves money. Ford officially unveiled the battery electric […] Read more

Ford’s 2021 F-150 offers six engine options, including a new gas-electric hybrid drivetrain that delivers 570 pound-feet of torque.

More, stronger, better: how Ford describes the 2021 F-150

Ford offers V8 to hybrid drivetrain options, boosts pickup performance

The news coming from major machinery brands in recent months has centred around more power and better connectivity. Taking a look at what Ford has to say about its 2021 F150, the news is almost exactly the same — more power (from several engine options), higher tow ratings (up to 14,000 pounds or 6,350 kilograms) […] Read more


Ford subjected the new PowerBoost hybrid F-150 to all the usual durability tests — and added an extra one to make sure engineers had created a reliable design.

Ford F-150 hybrid field test

The automaker exposes the PowerBoost powerplant to extreme conditions

Ford’s new 3.5-litre PowerBoost F-150 made its debut this model year, marking the first time a gas-electric hybrid powertrain has ever been available in the F-150. The PowerBoost drivetrain delivers an impressive 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, which is the highest torque rating ever for an F-150. But like all components that appear […] Read more

The Kenworth W900L offers a classic look meant to appeal to buyers who want some retro cool factor in their trucks.

Want really cool or functional? Kenworth trucks offer both

The classic W900L and newer T880 Class 8 trucks offer producers a choice

Just as modern farm tractors all seem to incorporate similar styling and design cues in their general appearances, the same is true for modern heavy trucks. Aerodynamics figure prominently in modern truck design due to the fuel savings to be had when racking up thousands of kilometres every month. Manufacturers have been influenced in how […] Read more