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AMC producer panel (l to r): Scott Garvey, Adrienne Ivy, Warren McCutcheon, and Anton Borst.

Brand loyalty cuts deeper

Farmers tell manufacturers how and why they buy new equipment

Reading Time: 5 minutes When a few hundred staff and executives from the Canadian equipment brands that belong to AMC, the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, gathered for their 48th annual convention in Winnipeg in December, they used the opportunity to find out a bit more about their customers. AMC organizers had invited producers from different segments of the farming […] Read more

Kubota has introduced its second-generation M7 tractor series, the M7-2.

Kubota updates its flagship M7 tractor line

The M7-2 series brings new technology and introduces the Deluxe model

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was a poorly kept secret in 2018 that Kubota was about to introduce an updated version of its most powerful tractor, the M7 Series, into North America. In fact, the brand showed a newer M7-2 at the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany in 2017. Now, however, the updated tractor line has finally arrived on […] Read more


Repairing today’s farm machines is now a much more complex matter than it used to be, both in how to and who can do it.

The ‘right’ solution

Manufacturers and dealers make their case in the divisive “right-to-repair” debate

Reading Time: 6 minutes Here at Country Guide we’ve discussed the so-called “right to repair” machinery debate, most recently when a joint press release from a major dealer association and AEM, the association that represents most North American ag equipment manufacturers, announced concessions to allow for more access to the “brain” of machines to facilitate repairs. Our previous discussion […] Read more

Australian farmer David Ricardo has developed a farm machinery maintenance and service app.

Easy service scheduling for farm machinery

Australian smartphone app puts farm fleet service records on your device

Reading Time: 2 minutes Growing up on the farm, I can remember the small garage in the yard had a long list of oil change dates written on the inside wall by the door. At the time, that seemed a fully adequate maintenance record. After all, there were only two tractors to keep track of. Today, however, tracking equipment […] Read more


Model diesel engines under heavy load no longer belch out black soot than those of a couple of decades ago, thanks to today’s sophisticated engine emissions systems.

Chipping away

Tinkering with the environmental control systems on your new tractor or combine could cost a whole lot more than the $3,000 chipset

Reading Time: 6 minutes A few months ago I was talking with Jim Wood, chief sales and operations officer, at the Rocky Mountain Equipment dealership chain. He voiced concern at the time about equipment owners who were deleting the emissions systems in their late-model equipment. Aside from the issues this creates at dealership service departments, he expressed concern that […] Read more

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 6 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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