GFM Network News


Pictured outside the company’s Brantford offices in 1984, the 9550 prototype was ready to start field trials. 

The combine that never was, part three

White’s attempt at creating a pull-type combine with rotary threshing technology came crashing down in the mid-1980s. Here’s why

After emerging from bankruptcy protection in 1981, White Farm equipment intended to come roaring back to the marketplace — in part with a new four-model line of rotary combines. Its first rotary model, the 9700, had been launched in 1980. It was later updated and renumbered the 9720. The new combines would compliment that model […] Read more

Joe Pender, showing off the combine his father bought brand new in 1939.

The beauty of the harvest

Finally, “next year” came for Prairie farmers in the form of a fantastic harvest

The 2013 crop was “next year” for the majority of Canadian Prairie farmers. Almost all farmers reported pleasant surprises when the combines started to roll. Saskatchewan alone produced 38.8 million tonnes of products that go through a grain auger — exceeding the government target for 2020 of 36.6 million tonnes. Bureaucrats like to pretend they […] Read more


Bill Cockshutt

Cockshutt — a familiar company name

The name Cockshutt is a familiar one on the Prairies. In the late 1800s, this company brand could be found on horse-drawn carts, plows and discers. By the mid-1900s, the name was on combines, warplanes, truck bodies and the groundbreaking Cockshutt 30 tractor. William H. Cockshutt (Bill) witnessed much of it. As a boy living […] Read more