Minogue: In tractors, data is the new tech — August 26, 2014


Boone, Iowa | Grainews — Data was the star of the show when Case IH launched its new lineup here during the U.S. Farm Progress Show. Jim Walker, Case IH’s vice-president for its North American agricultural business, told media that although this year’s launch doesn’t have the quantity of new products farmers have seen released […]

Railway audit inadequate before Lac-Megantic disaster, TSB says — August 20, 2014


Lac-Megantic, Quebec | Reuters — The Canadian government did not adequately audit the railroad company at the center of the Lac-Mégantic crude tanker disaster, which last year killed 47 people, an independent federal agency said on Tuesday, as it called for tougher scrutiny of the rail industry. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which issued […]

Cargill takes signing grain contracts online — August 18, 2014


Farmers signing grain contracts with the Canadian arm of Cargill no longer have to face the fax. Winnipeg-based Cargill AgHorizons announced Monday it now offers farmers the option of signing contracts electronically, using e-signatures connected to their accounts through the company’s website. The company said its e-signature service allows farmers to review and sign contracts […]

Omnitrax puts brakes on crude through Churchill — August 17, 2014


CNS Canada — Omnitrax has announced it will not be shipping oil through northern Manitoba’s Port of Churchill after all. The Denver-based company, which owns the Hudson Bay port facility and rail line serving it, had expressed interest in the idea, but said Friday it had suspended plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable […]

Christian Jungmann, export sales 
manager (l) and Laurent Letzter, Canadian sales manager.

Meeting farmers’ needs with the right tool at the right time

German implement manufacturer Lemken bases its Canadian growth strategy on providing equipment tailored to local needs

This time the conversation was the opposite of what I’m used to. In the last few years it’s become common enough to hear North American machinery executives talk about how they’re going to get their share of the huge new markets in the emerging economies. But in May, I was at implement manufacturer Lemken’s factory […]

N.B. farm-plated trucks may haul for other farmers — August 5, 2014


Farmers in New Brunswick driving farm-plated trucks will soon be able to use those vehicles to haul for farmers other than themselves. Public Safety Minister Bruce Northrup last week announced the province will tweak its Motor Vehicle Act to allow farm-plated vehicles to transport other farmers’ products. Previously, a farmer could only haul his or […]

U.S. senators urge probe of report that oil companies blocked ethanol — July 9, 2014


Washington | Reuters – Two U.S. farm-state senators on Wednesday urged federal regulators to investigate allegations raised by a biofuel trade group that the oil industry uses “strong-arm tactics” to prevent widespread use of higher blends of ethanol in gasoline. A report from the Renewable Fuels Association this week said major oil companies have discouraged […]

Minogue: Feed option may put carinata in Prairie rotations — July 9, 2014


Carinata is poised to become a more economical crop option for Prairie farmers now that the crop’s meal has the federal seal of approval. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently approved carinata meal as feed for Canadian beef cattle. Carinata is agronomically similar to mustard and canola — and according to Steve Fabinjanski, CEO of […]

Producer car application system going online — July 4, 2014


Grain growers wanting to apply for producer cars will be able to do so online later this month. Starting Monday (July 7), farmers who administer their own producer cars, as well as producer car administrators and agents, can apply for an account in the Canadian Grain Commission’s new online producer car application system. On July […]

Russian farm 
equipment brands on display at 
in Germany in November.

Return of the czars

Will the Putin effect hurt global ag equipment manufacturing?

Samuel Allen was blunt. “Today’s world is filled with uncertainty — fiscal, economic, and political uncertainty — that breeds extreme caution, disrupts thoughtful planning, and is generally bad for business,” the John Deere chairman and CEO wrote in the company’s 2013 annual report. Those words from December of last year now seem profoundly prophetic, given […]