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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

FCA’s Ram brand pickups incorporate a “mild hybrid” drivetrain.

New farm trucks

Detroit’s Big Three are redesigning their pickups for 2019

This year, Ford, GM and FCA’s Ram brand marketing staff had a lot to talk about at the major auto shows. All three have given their pickup truck lines some serious overhauls, with new engines and a wider range of materials in their bodies and chassis, plus new drivetrain configurations all working their way into […] Read more


Yes, farmers will get stronger right-to-repair laws. But will the companies simply change their electronics to stymie the move?

Feeling the heat

Manufacturers and dealers grapple with potential “right to repair” legislation

It has to rank right up there as one of the most hotly debated topics in the farm machinery industry, and it has become known by the catch phrase “Right to Repair.” John Deere was (and arguably still is) the primary focus of fury, with many both inside and outside the ag sector railing against […] Read more

John Deere has added one more model to its 100 Series lawn tractor line and uprated their model designations to the E100 Series.

Keeping the place up

Manufacturers offer new yard care machines for 2018

As the warm weather comes on, a job on every farm is to pull the yard care equipment out of storage and get it running again. If that’s getting to be a nuisance, you might want to look at some of the new offerings in the lawn and sub-compact tractor segments that manufacturers have introduced […] Read more