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The new 6R models get an improved CommandPRO joystick, which has a more ergonomic design and has 11 programmable buttons.

John Deere adds to its tractor line again

Flagship 6250R model pushes horsepower to 250 in the 6R Series

One of the announcements John Deere made at Germany’s Agritechnica machinery show in November was the introduction of two new models to its 6R tractor line. Although they were just being introduced to the European market at that time, expect to see them become available here in the not-to-distant future. The 230 horsepower 6230R and 250 […] Read more


The sign (written in German) above John Deere’s exhibit at Agritechnica in Germany in November reads, “More affordable, guaranteed.”

John Deere offers performance guarantees in Europe

Maintenance agreements help owners in Europe stabilize machinery costs

What do you think the average field size is in Western Europe,” Thomas Höglmeier, segment manager for John Deere, asked the group of North American journalists clustered around him. A moment later he answered his own question: “Two hectares (about five acres) is the average field size,” he said. Höglmeier was leading a media tour through […] Read more

Is the new Syn Trac a perfect tractor? That was the design objective when the development project began.

PHOTOS: Syn Trac tractor makes its world debut

This Austrian company introduces what its founder believes is the perfectly designed tractor

There were no shortage of uncommon equipment designs under the roofs of the nearly 30 massive buildings that housed the 2017 edition of Agritechnica in Germany in November, but none caught our eye as quickly as the revolutionary Syn Trac tractor. Standing beside the machine on display, Ana Putz, one of the company’s marketing staff and […] Read more


The trailed rake is designed to work with a front mounted section on the tractor, which moves hay before the tractor drives over it.

Reiter redefines the hay rake

Prototype leaves rocks on the ground while reducing leaf loss

At the end of one of the aisles in the grassland pavilion on the grounds of Agritechnica last November was a prototype hay rake that had many show goers stopping for a second look. Known as the Reiter Respiro, this model made its first public appearance at that event. Designed with a nine metre (29.5 […] Read more

New Holland had its most recent methane-powered prototype tractor on display this year.

PHOTOS: A look at Agritechnica 2017

Once again we have extensive coverage of this major equipment exhibition

Several weeks ago I noticed a post on Twitter from someone who described one western Canadian farm show as being “like Agritechnica, only smaller.” I assume that description was somewhat tongue-in-cheek. The truth is, there really isn’t any other farm equipment show remotely like Agritechnica. This show, held in Hanover Germany every two years, stands […] Read more



The Finnish brand Valtra, which is part of the AGCO corporate family, picked up two awards for the new T254 Smart Touch tractor.

Tractor of the Year winners announced

Competition judges reveal their picks in each of the categories at Agritechnica

It’s becoming a tradition at Agritechnica, starting the show off with a ceremony engineers from all the ag equipment brands hold their collective breath for: the naming of the winners in the four categories of the Tractor of the Year competition. This is a competition the Europeans take pretty seriously. The judging panel is made […] Read more


The Ideal combines unload at up to 6 bushels per second and can empty the grain tank in 90 seconds.

AGCO builds the “Ideal” combine

All-new “global” combine design debuts at Germany show

“For me this combine is the star of the show,” said Adam Sheriff, AGCO market development manager for the new Ideal combine series. “Everything is new with this combine.” He and I spoke as we stood near the rear of a new Massey Ferguson Ideal combine at AGCO’s display at the Agritechnica machinery show in Hannover Germany […] Read more

Amazone sprayers go high tech

Amazone sprayers go high tech

The brand builds cutting-edge technology 
into its pull-type sprayers

“Our aim is to offer high-tech solutions to farmers worldwide,” said Christian Dreyer, CEO of the family-owned, German-based implement manufacturer Amazone, speaking through an interpreter during a field day near Bremen, Germany, in September. “Our strategy is to become specialists in crop production.” To do that, Dreyer believes his brand needs to focus heavily on emerging digital technologies as it stretches its offerings to include […] Read more