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The RT 520 is built around the same basic threshing body used in the previous RT 490, but offers a few changes to improve threshing performance along with a much more comfortable cab.

PHOTOS: Versatile replaces the RT 490 combine

The brand makes improvements to the cab and interface in its RT 520 combine

In 2011 Versatile introduced the RT 490 combine. It was the first time the brand — under its current ownership — has offered one since combine production in Winnipeg ceased a few decades ago. Versatile’s parent company combine manufacturer Rostselmash of Russia built and supplied the RT 490 to the Winnipeg brand. Adam Reid, marketing […] Read more

The 1482 pull-type combine was the smaller brother to the larger 1682, which was introduced in 1987.

The era of the pull-type combine: Part 2

A look at how the pull-type design evolved and production eventually ended

In the first part of the pull-type combine story in the January 23, 2018, issue of Grainews we looked at some of the earliest commercial offerings. Now, we pick up the story from World War II until last production in 1991. The war created a serious shortage of farm manpower, which accelerated the demand for […] 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

Seven new product reveals from John Deere

In early June John Deere invited members of the farm media to its Harvester Works facility in Moline, Illinois, to see the full line of equipment it was introducing in 2017. And all of it was parked on the lawn in front of that combine manufacturing facility for reporters to photograph and learn about from […] Read more


The first combine I ran, back in 1955, was an Oliver 30 Grain Master. The capacity was small and travel speed was low in a good crop. There was no unloading auger.

Combines I have known, Part 1

While we’re thinking harvest, Les Henry remembers some combines he’s loved

With harvest sputtering off to a slow start we all have combines in mind. My barley (malt, I hope — perhaps wishful thinking) is safely in the bin and dry. It was my great pleasure to run Curtis Block’s S 680 for a few hours in that crop. For me, that marked 61 continuous years […] Read more

AGCO just introduced its updated S9 Series Gleaner combines.

AGCO updates its Gleaner combines

The S9 Series gets a host of improvements from cab to driveline

Starting this year, the Gleaner combines rolling out of AGCO’s Hesston, Kansas, assembly plant will feature a broad range of upgrades that make them both more comfortable to drive and more efficient than their S8 predecessors. Since the brand introduced the S7 Tritura models back in 2010, S Series Gleaners have seen several updates. Now, […] Read more


Six numbers in agriculture to make you stop and think

It isn’t as quiet as you might think on the home front. Yes, today’s farms seem stable, but the next evolutionary wave is gaining energy

In 2009, total Canadian net farm income was $2.8 billion. Four years later, it was $10 billion more, with Statistics Canada’s saying a $5.6-billion rise in the total value of farm-owned inventories from the year before accounted for almost all of the increase in total net income in 2013 That inventory increase came from a […] Read more

Should I buy or lease that combine?

Angela Lovell asks the experts if buying or leasing is best for new equipment purchases

Should I lease or buy my next combine? Ask most people why they want to lease equipment and they’ll say “for tax purposes.” But that’s not the best reason for leasing, say the experts. “If you’re leasing a combine for $10,000 a year, you get an annual write-off of the full $10,000 a year over […] Read more


For 2016, the S Series combines will have a greater shoe capacity and a new shoe drive system.

John Deere S Series combines get tuned up

More capacity for John Deere's 2016 lineup of S Series combines

John Deere first introduced its S Series combine for model year 2012. “Since then,” said Kevin Ripple, product manager, “we’ve continued to provide additional innovations.” The 2016 models don’t offer major changes, but there are several updates. One of those is greater shoe capacity and a new shoe drive system. Making the sieve longer (a […] Read more

New Holland introduces its new CX8 Series straw walker combines to appeal specifically to the Western Canadian and Northern U.S. Plains small-grains growers.

New Holland debuts new Prairie combines

New small-grains rotary and conventional combines are built for the Western Canadian market

Major-brand manufacturers don’t often debut new machines at Canadian farm shows. But New Holland has chosen to introduce new combines at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina a couple of times now, which, according to executives, is an indication of how much attention they are paying to the small-grains harvesting market unique to Western Canada and […] Read more