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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


When it comes to data in the agricultural sector, privacy and access issues are potentially at odds.

It’s YOUR farm data

… but it’s the companies you deal with that are creating an income stream from it

Long before the social media scandal that rocked Facebook and bankrupted Cambridge Analytica, Kelly Bronson was looking into how data is collected, who uses it and how they are benefitting from it in Canada’s agri-food sector. “For a couple of years, I’ve been doing qualitative research into the social scientific aspect of data collection in […] 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

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


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


AGCO is putting more distance between its major brands at the dealership level.

What’s next for Massey Ferguson?

AGCO injects new life into the MF brand in Europe, promising to add “an avalanche” of new products in bright red paint

The attitude of marketing staff and the overall experience of just being at AGCO’s giant display at Agritechnica this year was different than I’d seen in past years. The stand was clearly divided between the company’s two primary brands sold in Europe: Massey Ferguson and Fendt. Then, an incident really drove home the reality of […] Read more

A canola field seeded at 1.8 pounds per acre creates better air flow and allows for an easier harvest.

The reason for Monosem

This European planter isn’t new, but the mindset behind it is grabbing more attention among producers looking to cut costs and boost performance

With the high cost of farmland, the focus for a growing number of producers these days is productivity. But this is productivity managed with an extremely sharp pencil. That helps explain the heightened interest in Monosem planters, because of their potential role in helping growers reduce their seed costs. Many growers have already attempted to […] Read more