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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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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


Chris Dempsey, AFS Connect marketing manager, demonstrates Case IH’s newest digital system to members of the farm media.

Selling hi-tech to farmers

Why is so much effort being put into new ways to sell high technology to farmers?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Several farm machinery writers occupied the two rows of mock tractor seats, each with a control armrest, which lined both sides of a special trailer on a warm January morning. Yes, an actual warm January morning, because the trailer was parked in an Arizona farm field, a location that Case IH had chosen for holding […] Read more

CNH begins 3D-printing spare parts

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a twist on the idea of ordering parts online, the parent firm for New Holland and Case IH is trying out the use of 3D printing to make plastic — and eventually metal — spare parts. British-based equipment manufacturing giant CNH Industrial said Monday it has already produced its first 3D-printed spare parts, making […] 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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


The JCB TM420 offers a higher capacity version of the existing TM320, which the brand claims was designed with farmers in mind.

Lift and load

Three new loaders designed for on-farm handling

Reading Time: 3 minutes In late January, John Deere introduced the new 344L compact wheel loader at an industry show in Las Vegas. Although this machine comes out of the green brand’s yellow construction side, it is also being marketed as an ideal fit for an on-farm fleet. “The 344L is a quick, nimble machine that is optimized for […] Read more

Are Canadian farmer’s machinery choices influenced most strongly by what’s on offer at their favourite local dealer?

The heart of the deal

How significant is the local dealer in determining what you buy?

Reading Time: 5 minutes One evening a year or so ago I sat in a hotel lounge in rural England with a couple of other ag machinery writers. We were gathered there for a machinery event and were all staying in the same hotel. We spent part of that evening discussing the differences between farmer perceptions of machinery in […] Read more


Representatives of the McCormick brand were ecstatic when they went on stage to claim their Best Utility Tractor title during the 
Tractor of the Year awards ceremony at Agritechnica.

And the Oscar goes to…

Brands claim top design awards at home and abroad

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Agritechnica machinery show in Germany, which takes place every two years, has its own set of Tractor of the Year awards. A group of European journalists pick what they collectively think are the best tractors in each of four different categories, including best field tractor, best utility, best speciality and best overall design. This […] Read more

“Customers aren’t used to putting that many hours on those machines,” says Jim Walker, vice-president of Case IH. “They’re not used to repair bills.”

It’s a new market

Get ready for some repair bills, says Case IH vice-president Jim Walker, who predicts farmers are going to have to change how quickly they cycle new machinery through their operations

Reading Time: 5 minutes When Case IH invited farm writers to Ames, Iowa to see their new line of equipment for 2018, the company’s vice-president Jim Walker was also there. At an evening dinner on the last day of the event, he presented his thoughts on the state of the ag equipment industry, and hinted at his strategy for […] Read more