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A variable chamber design increases pressure on the bale as it grows in size to maintain an even density.

New balers from AGCO

These Lely-influenced balers join the MF family in North America

After announcing in March 2017 that it had acquired the hay and forage division of European equipment manufacturer Lely, AGCO strode its way into the Agritechnica farm machinery show in Germany that November and proudly introduced a new Massey Ferguson baler based in large part on the engineering it inherited in the Lely purchase. There […] Read more

Lozova plans to first introduce itself to Canadian farmers with its Ducat disc harrow.

Building their Canadian base

While the rest of us had our eyes turned south, Ukrainian manufacturer Losova used CUFTA to set up shop in Canada

If we’ve heard about NAFTA and USMCA once during the past 12 months, we’ve heard about them a million times, and for good reason. As the U.S. president’s rhetoric around the renegotiations heated up, the risk to established supply chains in virtually every manufacturing sector kept business executives up at night. Now, with a new […] Read more


Summers Manufacturing introduced the VRT Renegade this season, which includes on-the-go adjustability controlled from an iPad.

PHOTOS: Digging into tillage

New tillage tools on the market show manufacturers are finally setting their engineers free to rethink some of our most basic jobs

The steady advance in technology across the farm machinery sector has caught up with the design of good old-fashioned tillage equipment too. We’ve seen a steady stream of new and more sophisticated versions introduced this year from many brands. Take a look at just some of what debuted in the past 12 months. Versatile introduced […] Read more

California-based Thor expects to begin truck production in 2019.

A jolt for heavy trucks

In contrast to the farm sector, electrification is making rapid gains in heavy trucks

Over the past several years, whenever Country Guide has tracked progress toward electrification in ag equipment, we’ve seen a stop-and-go process with manufacturers showing several new concept models one year, followed by little if anything the next. The contrast with the heavy truck sector is striking. There, we’re seeing a consistent and rapid march toward […] Read more


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