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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

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

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

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

Versatile just introduced the 170- to 210-horsepower Nemesis tractor line. It will also be sold under the Kubota brand. Production is set to begin this summer.

One line, two brands?

Kubota and Versatile partner up to build a tractor

It’s been no secret that Winnipeg-based Versatile has had a new tractor line in development for the past several years. But maybe there’s more you need to know. Versatile has long been thought of as a producer of high-horsepower tractors. Historically, though, it has had a presence in a lower horsepower class with production of […] Read more


A full-sized Silverado made out of LEGO blocks was built by school students to help publicize the Silverado and “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.”

Affecting attitudes

GM takes to TV and the movies to get you to buy the new Silverado pickup

One of the most interesting press releases to drop into my inbox this year has come from General Motors. “Chevrolet debuts all-new Silverado marketing campaign,” was the headline. It revealed how The General (as car guys have called the brand for years) plans to convince consumers to take a second look at the updated pickups […] Read more

John Deere’s display at CES.

Farm-wired

Proving that ag technology is on top of the electronic world

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas teems with electronic gizmos and concept technologies of the future — you know, the things none of us had any idea about a year or two ago but soon won’t be able to live without. At this year’s event in January, one unexpected display towered over all […] Read more


The 6230R and 6250R were first shown to the public at Agritechnica in Germany in 2017.

More 6R tractors from John Deere

The green brand imports two new models from Europe

When John Deere introduced its newest offerings to European farmers at the 2017 Agritechnica in Germany, it showed off two new models for the top end of its 6R tractor line. These two tractors, rated at 230 and 250 engine horsepower, packed a lot of power into a compact chassis. And there was more. Deere’s […] Read more

The AFS Connect Magnum series tractor has been redesigned with new styling and features to deliver exactly what you need to make your life easier and more productive: (A) CAMERAS: Front and rear camera are standard, with optional connections for two additional cameras that hook up easily. All cameras take photos and can be viewed remotely when displayed on the implement monitor; (B) LED LIGHTS ON HOOD AND AT TOP: Operate whenever you need to with lights that provide superior visibility at night; (C) TRI-STRIPE DECALS: Updated styling reflects the latest design seen only on new Case IH tractors; (D) AFS VECTOR PRO RECEIVER: Consolidated components improve guidance consistency; (E) MIRRORS: Telescopic mirrors are controlled from the tractor cab for easy adjustments; (F) BREAKAWAY-STYLE MARKER LIGHTS: Up your visibility with marker lights designed to break away if they encounter an obstacle but won’t break off; (G) 360-DEGREE EGRESS LIGHTING: Located at every angle around the tractor to give you better visibility upon exiting the cab in low light situations; (H) TIRE PRESSURE SENSORS: Monitor and manage proper inflation, all through the AFS Pro 1200 display; (I) CAST WHEEL SPACERS: Machining minimizes tire runout and improves hub retention; (J) SEMI-ACTIVE CAB SUSPENSION: Improved cab comfort reduces operator fatigue for a smooth ride on long days in the field.

The new AFS Connect Magnum tractor

Digital features dominate in the 2020 models from Case IH

For model year 2020, the new AFS Connect series Magnum tractors from Case IH is getting exterior styling that’s reminiscent of the prototype autonomous tractor that the brand showed the public just over two years ago. The similarity is no coincidence. When Bill Weber, Case IH high horsepower marketing manager, spoke to a group of […] Read more


Farmers who think leasing equipment will allow them a faster tax write-off may find the opposite to be true.

Lease or buy?

Accountant dispels the tax advantage myth of leasing

It’s been offered as accepted fact in more than a few coffee shop conversations that leasing equipment offers significant tax advantages to farmers. Talk to the sales staff at dealerships and you’ll likely hear them make the same claim. Even so, Lance Stockbrugger, a chartered accountant and cash crop producer from Saskatchewan, says the idea […] Read more

Interior features include basic control designs that feel conveniently located when sitting in the operator’s seat.

New utility tractors for 2019

Deere and Case IH ramp up their offerings in this popular segment

The number of models in John Deere’s 5 Series family of utility tractors has grown by four this year, along with expanded lists of options and available sophistication. The 5090R, 5100R, 5115R and 5125R, which span the 90- to 125-engine horsepower range, will now be available with a list of options that includes a factory-installed […] Read more