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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

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

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

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


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

All three provinces require that farm machinery be covered by a one-year warranty from the date of first use, and that replacement parts be available for 10 years after purchase.

If you’re not happy with your purchase

All three Prairie provinces have protection for farm equipment purchasers, but the provisions differ

If you’ve taken parts or equipment home but they’re not working as promised, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta all have farm implement acts providing for the dealer to repair or replace them. But while the three provinces have some similar protections, they also differ significantly. All deal with the sale, lease and lease-purchase of farm equipment […] Read more


If you dream of getting new iron for this year’s harvest, you need to plan ahead — dealers no longer have a big surplus of equipment on their lots.

Iron backlog gone as equipment makers rightsize

It’s taken a few years, but dealers have finally whittled down inventories

Two years ago, you couldn’t drive past an equipment dealership without noticing the rows upon rows of machines — carry-over of anticipated demand that never came. “In 2013 and 2014, everybody was firing on all cylinders,” said Leah Olson, president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada. “With our record harvests, there was a fundamental shift […] Read more

Leah Olson, president, Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC).

Interview: A taxing time for manufacturers

Ag manufacturers see uncertainty and higher production costs from steel tariffs

The opening salvos in a trade war initiated by the current U.S. administration are already having an impact on all the manufacturing sectors in Canada, the U.S and around the world, most of it negative. For example, it’s been announced that Harley Davidson, that icon of U.S. brands, feels it’s necessary to move some of […] Read more



One of RME’s new outlets, which shows the building design the company hopes to eventually have at all its locations.

Farm equipment sales evolve for 2018

Rocky Mountain Equipment exec Jim Wood talks about Canadian ag machinery sales trends

As U.S. and Canadian farm equipment dealerships wrestled with their hangover from the half-decade of hyper sales activity that ended a couple of years ago, the job of finding new homes for a large number of used machines may have been their biggest problem. For the most part, that trouble has now faded from view, […] 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?

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

John Deere added the 6230R and 6250R to the top end of its 6R line in Europe. Expect to see them become available here soon.

Deere strengthens its tractor promise

More models and a unique fuel guarantee to boost Deere’s European presence

Several years ago, John Deere was one of the earliest brands to give the digital component of its equipment a strong emphasis. Without a doubt they were ahead of all the major brands, which have since recognized the growing importance of that technology. Now, Deere is again getting ahead of curve by using the data […] Read more