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The breakthrough in farm machinery

Could this field robot be the tipping point in equipment design?

It left me saying to myself, “Get your head around that!” There was no real doubt about it, after all. The industry’s biggest surprise this summer was the out-of-the-blue introduction at the Ag in Motion farm show near Saskatoon in July of SeedMaster’s autonomous new implement carrier, dubbed the DOT. Not only is the DOT […] Read more



Storms worsen summer slump in U.S. diesel supply

New York | Reuters — U.S. diesel stockpiles did something this year that has never happened in the summer before: They shrank. And that was even before Hurricane Harvey landed, knocking out a quarter of U.S. refining capacity, crippling production of fuel products. Thanks to surprising summer demand, particularly from exports, inventories of diesel, jet […] Read more

Dieci Agri Tech 35.7 VS

One of the two telehandlers Grainews put to the test this year was the Dieci Agri Tech 35.7 VS. It’s a hybrid design meant to appeal to farmers, with a rear PTO, hydraulic remotes (two on our test machine) and a three-point hitch. It comes in at a price point lower than the Merlo, with[...]
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Kubota SSV 75 skid steer

Most farmers are no strangers to a skid steer loader. There are several makes and models popular with farmers on the market now, so we included Kubota’s largest model, the SSV 75, in our test group. We wanted to see how it stacks up not only to other skids steers but where it lands in[...]
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Merlo Multifarmer 40.9

Of the two telehandlers tested in the Grainews Machinery Challenge, the Merlo Multifarmer 40.9 stood out as the most capable and highly optioned. And with that honour, as you’d expect, it had the highest MSRP of any machine in the group, $241,800 as equipped with the grapple and over $60,000 of other included options.
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Giant V761T Tele

Certainly not yet a household name here, the Dutch company Giant is looking to expand its presence in the western Canadian market, and it wants farmers to consider its machines for ag use.
 The machine we tested was the V761T Tele. It’s window sticker MSRP was $168,000, but was offered at a show special of[...]
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Feds step in to restore rail service to Churchill

CNS Canada — The federal government says it’s prepared to restore rail service to Hudson Bay at Churchill, Man. The Hudson Bay Railway, running from The Pas to Churchill, was closed in the spring of 2017 after flooding damaged multiple sections of the route to the northern Manitoba community. U.S. rail operator OmniTrax, the line’s[...]
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Right from the farm

Farmer-owned Capricorn Bay bridges the planter-drill divide

The Prince family runs a large-scale family farm in southwestern Manitoba, where for years they have wished for a single, effective piece of seeding equipment that they could use for all of their crops. Now, they’ve turned that dream into a market-ready implement and a fledgling equipment brand. Their on-farm creation, the PPS planter, can[…]
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