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Model year 2022 8R tractors will offer a Central Tire Inflation System option to vary tire pressures right from the cab.

Deere’s 8 series updates for the 2022 model year

Central tire inflation is among the new tech for 8 series tractors

As part of the updates to its 2022 model year product line, John Deere has thrown a few more features and options at its high-horsepower 8 series. With three different model types, the wheeled 8R, four-tracked 8RX and two-tracked 8RT, the 8 series is the rigid-framed little brother to the articulated 9 series, but offers […] Read more

John Deere has updated the three models in its 9R tractor line.

John Deere refreshes its 9 tractor series

More power and a heavier chassis for Deere’s flagship line

More power, more weight, more cab space and more technology. That about sums up what John Deere has in store for model year 2022, 9 series tractors. And the more power part now pushes the largest articulated 9R and 9RX models to the pole position in the industry’s horsepower race. The model numbering format for […] Read more



The two 2800E models (see here and below), with a larger chassis, offer front-end loader lift capacities of 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms).

New compact tractors from Massey Ferguson

Five new models range from 24 up to 57.3 horsepower

Who would argue that having a compact loader tractor around the yard to help load or unload small but heavy equipment wouldn’t be useful? Those jobs like lifting an air compressor into the back of a pickup to head out to a field repair or even unloading and precisely placing fluid totes in the farm […] Read more


AGCO has introduced an updated line of four MT800 tractors that top out at 673 horsepower.

AGCO updates the MT800 Challenger tractors

Tracked Challengers an updated Fendt alternative

Last December, AGCO gave its Challenger dealers a bit of a Christmas present. It announced an updated line of MT800 Challenger tracked tractors that mirror its Fendt 1100 MT series brothers. The four new Challenger models, with 511, 564, 618 and 673 horsepower ratings, match the Fendts’ power outputs exactly. A spec sheet comparison between […] Read more

Fendt continues to develop the 65-horsepower e100 electric drive concept tractor.

Development of Fendt’s e100 electric tractor continues

Fendt’s pursuit of electric drive concepts goes back about a decade

Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced that its engineers were still working on the e100 concept electric tractor it debuted in 2017. It’s apparently a promising design making measurable progress toward possible future commercialization. “The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with a careful use […] Read more


New ag dozer blade from Brandt

New ag dozer blade from Brandt

This fall, Brandt announced it was adding a dozer blade for ag tractors to its product line. “For the agricultural side of Brandt, this is a new product for us,” says Sheldon Gerspacher, vice-president of sales, dealer channel. “It’s a natural fit for us. We’ve been making heavy-duty construction attachments on the construction side at […] Read more

Farmers prepare for a rally against India’s newly passed farm laws ahead of Republic Day at Singhu border near New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2021. (Photo: Reyters/Anushree Fadnavis)

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capitol ahead of Republic Day

Farmers reject government's offer to suspend ag market reforms

New Delhi | Reuters — Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of Republic Day, and police said they were prepared to deal with the crowds. India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday […] Read more


The John Deere AutoTrac Controller 300 is a dealer-installed kit that is easy to set up, calibrate and maintain.

John Deere offers a universal, aftermarket, auto-steer system

The AutoTrac Controller 300 provides customizable precision guidance across multiple brands and platforms

More producers are turning to precision guidance for the productivity gains and cost savings the technology provides. However, moving from machine to machine can mean having to adjust to multiple precision control systems — decreasing efficiency and increasing potential for both frustration and error. John Deere aims to solve that issue via its universal, aftermarket, […] Read more

The world’s largest ag tractor, the Big Bud 747, built in 1977, had its original tires replaced with a full set of Goodyear/Titan LSW1400/30R46 tires last summer.

Big tractor, big tires on world’s largest tractor

It took nothing less than a Titan to get replacement rubber on Big Bud 747 after four decades

If you are a consumer of ag-related social media, you’ve likely seen online video of one of the most memorable events involving classic North American farm machinery. The one-off Big Bud 747, which had been stored at the small-town Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa, was brought out into the sunlight for a very special event […] Read more