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New 8R tractors get larger tanks that provide six percent more fuel capacity and 12 per cent more DEF.

Upgrades for 8R and 9R John Deere tractors

Deere makes changes to its highest horsepower tractors

John Deere’s two biggest tractor lines, the 8R and 9R Series, will see a host of upgrades beginning this fall. “For the 2019 model year (8R and 8RT) tractors, we’re making the Premium CommandView III Cab with cab suspension standard on all 8RT Series tractors,” says Tiffany Turner, product marketing manager, large tractors for John […] Read more

Staff prepares an autonomous DOT for a public demonstration during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina in June.

Self-driving versus the lawyers

Fully autonomous farm vehicles are already here, but setting the rules for their use won’t be simple

The Senate of Canada had a pretty simple question when it held the hearings that led to is report, “Driving Change, Technology and the Future of the Automated Vehicle.” It’s a question farmers are asking too. When is all this technology going to arrive? You couldn’t exactly say the experts answered it with precision. Their […] Read more


These retro-styled 150 Series machines are being offered in limited numbers to commemorate 40 years of the Axial-Flow IH combines.

New combines from Case IH

For 2019, the 250 series debuts with impressive new technology

If your goal is to introduce new combines to North America, why not do it right where those machines are built. That was the logic behind Case IH’s July media event at its combine assembly plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. Members of the North American farm media were invited there to get a first look […] Read more

The real surprise in AGCO’s unveiling of the new IDEAL combine was the name it was wearing when it made its North American debut.

The new AGCO strategy

The company gets serious about launching FENDT as its high-tech brand in North America

When I received my invitation from AGCO to attend a media event earlier this summer, I was told there would be a surprise. It was, said the company’s PR agent, to be the unveiling of the new IDEAL combine. Hardly a surprise, I muttered to myself. AGCO had debuted the IDEAL in Germany last November, […] Read more


Industry moves toward allowing producers to share field data.

Practical data

Brands look to break down the barriers that prevent farmers from integrating big data across lines

When telematics and digital data gathering technologies began appearing as options on major brand equipment a decade or so ago, it was a world full of boundaries — between those digital program offerings, that is. Some brands decided early on to go down the path of proprietary systems. Buy a green tractor, pair it with […] Read more

Workers on the line at AGCO’s Jackson, Minnesota plant wear Google Glass safety glasses to allow for quick access to assembly instructions.

Building machinery at a glance

AGCO’s Jackson assembly plant expands the use of Google Glass

Several years ago while I was researching an article on the former Massey-Ferguson combine assembly plant in Brantford, Ont., I spoke to a handful of engineers and employees who had worked there in the 1960s. I distinctly recall one of them mentioning how innovative and advanced it was at the time to see a “computer” […] Read more


The single-unit airless tire and wheel combination from Michelin, called the Tweel, will now be available 
for UTVs.

Rolling with the Tweel

Michelin expands its line of Tweel airless tires to include UTV applications

In mid-May, Michelin held a press conference to announce the expansion of its Tweel line of airless tire and wheel assemblies. The company has already released versions of the Tweel for lawn care equipment, golf carts and even skid steer loaders. Now it’s introducing a Tweel designed for the UTV market, specifically for those UTVs […] Read more

AGCO’s 9255 flex Draper header is capable of changing from small grains to soybeans with minimal in-cab adjustments.

AGCO sees Draper headers top demand

Company says better performance results in customer preference for Draper heads

AGCO launched its 9250 flexible Draper header back in 2010. It was compatible with all the company’s Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger branded combines. Since then, though, engineers have made a few tweaks to its design, and a version of the current design remains in use across all three combine brands. “We’ve had quite a […] Read more


Leah Olson, president, Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC).

Interview: A taxing time for manufacturers

Ag manufacturers see uncertainty and higher production costs from steel tariffs

The opening salvos in a trade war initiated by the current U.S. administration are already having an impact on all the manufacturing sectors in Canada, the U.S and around the world, most of it negative. For example, it’s been announced that Harley Davidson, that icon of U.S. brands, feels it’s necessary to move some of […] Read more

Tilmor is gearing up for its 2019 debut, reinventing the iconic Allis-Chalmers Model G. for the 21st century.

The Allis G tractor roars back to life

Ohio company sees a new opportunity for a very old design

The unique design of the vintage Allis-Chalmers model G tractor (or implement carrier, as it could be more accurately described) makes it one of the most identifiable machines at any antique tractor show. It was manufactured from 1948 to 1955. And as Lydell Steiner, project lead on the Tilmor tractor project, sees it, it may […] Read more