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The system can prevent tired operators from missing an unexpected hazard during a long day of harvesting.

Cognitive Agro Pilot provides autonomous combine navigation

AI-based system eliminates the need for GPS

Recently, major machinery brands have introduced artificial intelligence (AI) features into their combines’ threshing systems allowing them to automatically self-adjust, which minimizes losses and improves grain quality without operator input. At a glance: Cognitive Agro Pilot’s system not only allows a combine to steer itself but also to understand and react to its surroundings. Instead […] Read more



Equipment dealer chain Rocky Mountain to go private

Publicly traded CNH dealer's top brass make offer

Canada’s biggest farm equipment dealership chain has made a deal to take itself private after almost 13 years on the TSX. Rocky Mountain Dealerships (RME) announced Monday it has an agreement in place with a numbered Alberta company controlled by CEO Garrett Ganden and board chairman Matthew Campbell, for 100 per cent of RME at […] Read more

New 6000 series straw-walker combines from CLAAS

The redesign offers higher capacity and improved straw quality

German ag equipment manufacturer Claas has been steadily growing its presence in Canada and the United States for several years now. The yellow paint scheme once used on its combines sold here was the result of a joint marketing partnership between Claas and Caterpillar. However, the companies parted ways a long time ago, and Claas […] Read more


Chris Plett of CPC Ag Repair points out a common failure point on the unloading system when harvesting wet grain.

Is your combine field ready?

There are common fail points and things to check on combines following a wet harvest

I can still hear it, the sound got louder and more prominent as we fought our way through the last days of the 2019 harvest season. One of the bearings on our straw chopper was nearing the end of its life, and luckily held together until the shards of the very last soybean stalk had […] Read more

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 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

MachineSync allows for synchronized operation of tractor and combine operation during in-field combine unloading.

New software updates from John Deere

Deere’s Gen 4 displays and Machine 
Sync get improvements

In February, John Deere released its 19-1 software update, which it says will “Further enhance the automation, documentation, functionality and security of its Generation 4, 4600 CommandCenter and 4640 Universal Displays.” “It also enables Gen 4 Display compatibility with more John Deere equipment,” said John Mishler, marketing manager for precision ag technologies, in a press […] Read more


Photo 6: This photo was taken on August 23, 2018. On the left is Iver Johnson’s JD S680 combine, with Iver standing. In the middle is Wayne Leonhardt with the grain cart and tractor. On the right is helper Martin Millar on the Block Farm JD S690 combine. This was a very smooth operation, very efficient with no down time.

Combines I have known, Part 3

In the third part of an ongoing series on combines, 
Les Henry goes for the green paint

This is No. 3 in an occasional series on combines. When completed, the series will span the 63 years that I have spent running combines. Some years just a few hours, but a bit in each of the years. The first piece included a bit about a Case K2 combine. I did not have an […] Read more

Case IH held a media event at its Grand Island, Nebraska, combine assembly plant to introduce its two new combine lines. These retro-styled 150 Series machines are being offered in limited numbers to commemorate 40 years of the Axial-Flow IH machines.

Case IH introduces the 250 Series combines

The next generation Case IH combines debuted at Grand Island factory

In July Case IH invited members of the farm media to the combine assembly plant it shares with sister CNH Global brand New Holland in Grand Island, Nebraska. That’s where the brand wanted to give journalists their first look at the new 250 Series models. Available for the 2019 season, the 250 Series offers a […] Read more