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The main atrium at John Deere’s new ISG R&D building in Des Moines, Iowa, is the hub of a unique work environment for engineers and scientists in tech and robotics.

John Deere builds a new home for rare talent

The green brand is on the lookout for 'unicorns' in high-technology fields, and with farm backgrounds

Reading Time: 6 minutes In today’s high-technology world, a new startup tech firm with the potential to go really big is often described as a unicorn. That term is also used to describe a software engineer or skilled programmer with exactly the right background and combination of skills to drive a company forward, simply because both of those are […] Read more

AGCO adds two new models with Dyna-4 “brake-to-clutch” transmissions to its MF 5700 Global Series tractor line.

AGCO adds to its Global Massey Ferguson tractor line

Two new 5700 Series models hit the market for 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the last couple of years, major brands have been producing utility and mid-range tractors with powershift transmissions that don’t require clutching. In October AGCO announced it, too, is adding that type of transmission to its “Global” 5700 Series Massey Ferguson tractor family. Two new models, the 100-horsepower 5710D and 111-horsepower 5711D models will join […] Read more


Dustin Burns farms in Saskatchewan and has had an autonomous field robot working on his farm this spring.


Taking autonomy into the field

Finally, self-drive technology is moving onto real farms

Reading Time: 5 minutes If there was any doubt that how we farm is undergoing a foundational change, this should convince you that there is mammoth change on the horizon. In July the federal government pledged $49.5 million to the Alberta Innovates program to advance research and development in agricultural automation as part of the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN). “The program,” said […] Read more

John Deere has added two new completely redesigned tractors to the mid-spec 6M line, the 6110M and 6120M.

John Deere revamps its 6M tractor family

New models and more options to appeal to different buyers

Reading Time: 3 minutes John Deere has been offering a pretty wide range of tractors designed to appeal to an equally wide group of buyers looking for power in the mid-horsepower class. In the 105- to 250-horsepower group, the green brand’s 6 Family of tractors already offers an impressive 20 models from the economy 6Es to the high-end 6Rs. […] Read more


Kubota’s new headquarters in Grapevine, Texas, was built as part of the brand’s efforts to grow its presence in the North American ag marketplace.

Why Kubota thinks you’ll buy more of its farm equipment

The Texas-based manufacturer sees both end-users and retail dealers as its customers

Reading Time: 5 minutes As I walked through Kubota’s new headquarters in Grapevine, Texas, one particular observation stood out to me. In other companies’ offices and engineering centres that I’ve visited, there was never any shortage of images of the brand’s machines lining the hallway walls. The offices in the Kubota building were stylish and comfortable with plenty of […] Read more

Developed in conjunction with Bosch, the Xarvio Smart Sprayer determines when and what chemical to spray, which requires multiple nozzles or multiple lines to a single nozzle.

Smart sprayer knows which herbicide to apply, and when

BASF’s Xarvio advances application technology

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s clear that public sentiment about perceived food safety and the environment is beginning to have a significant impact on consumer choices. An easy case in point is the marketing of meatless burgers at fast food chains as a way to save the planet from climate change. In crop production, meanwhile, the use of herbicides […] Read more


The new 900 Series tractors takes a key position in the Fendt line of products now available in North America.

AGCO picks Fendt as its global brand

“It’s the year of Fendt,” as the company's new focus puts the brand squarely at the corporate core

Reading Time: 5 minutes In June, AGCO invited several machinery editors to its Jackson, Minnesota assembly plant to hear its news for the coming year. I was included in that group. As we were seated around a large table listening to the initial presentations, AGCO’s media relations manager made an off-the-cuff comment that stuck in my mind. “It’s the […] Read more

DeLaval's OptiDuo Robotic Feed Refresher.

DeLaval rolls out new barn robot to help with feed rations

OptiDuo Robotic Feed Refresher uses a smart navigation system

Reading Time: 2 minutes It has been a year of breakthroughs by companies introducing automation in a number of industries. Outside of agriculture, at least two airports have announced they are experimenting with automated snow clearing of runways. Golf course grass-cutting robots have also made an appearance, and the list goes on. There are already several prototype field robots […] Read more


Staff demonstrate how the DOT autonomous power platform connects to an implement, using the Pattison Connect sprayer.

Autonomous farm machinery drives out into the desert

DOT Technology Corp. holds an impressive demo day in Arizona

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s obvious that Norbert Beaujot invests a lot of time thinking about the coming transformation of ag machinery, and about how to explain it to the farmers who are going to be at the very centre of the action. Beaujot is founder of DOT Technology Corp. and the inventor of the DOT autonomous power platform, […] Read more

The 6x6 HD10 has an 82 horsepower engine to give it a 1,700-pound (771 kg) payload and 3,000-pound (1,360 kg) tow rating, as well as 13 inches of ground clearance for rough terrain.

Can Am grows the UTV

More power and six-wheel drive boost the newest Defender

Reading Time: 3 minutes When the announcement from BRP about its latest and biggest Can Am Defender model for 2020 arrived in Country Guide’s inbox, it was just a couple of days ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The images of the new Defender immediately brought to mind the six-wheel drive military truck that made its first major […] Read more