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K-Line manufacturing of Australia is making its first foray into the North American market with its Speedtiller disc.

A new machinery brand for Canada

Australian manufacturer K-Line makes a big jump into the North American market

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you were a farm equipment manufacturer in a country that is its own continent, where would you look to make your first expansion into the international market? For the Australian company K-Line, the choice was easy. Head to North America. “It’s really one of the best moves we’ve made, as far as our company […] Read more

Company president Norbert Beaujot, explains the workings of a mock-up of a new metering system inside the R&D shop.

A backstage pass to an R&D shop

Join me on this tour of engineering facilities with a group of senior managers actually willing to talk about product design

Reading Time: 6 minutes When I walked through the front door at SeedMaster’s Regina manufacturing plant, Cory Beaujot, the company’s marketing and communications manager was waiting for me. I had been invited to the factory to meet senior management and hear about the new technology the brand is introducing for its 2017 model year seed drills. They had made […] Read more


The 2000 Series Case IH Early Riser planter will be available in time for the 2017 seeding season.

Case IH planter goes high speed

Introducing an all-new, higher-speed version of the Early Riser planter

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the last generation of planter designers, the goal has been clear. It’s been to achieve ever-higher ground speeds while still seeding the crop with perfect uniformity of depth and spacing. The dream is understandable. A machine that goes faster will cover more acres in a day, which in turn has got to be a […] Read more

At the 2013 Agritechnica, Fendt introduced the X Concept tractor, which is capable of delivering 700-volt DC power to implements. But it is not yet market ready.

ElectricPOWER your farm implements?

These 700-volt systems may be the kickstart the industry needs

Reading Time: 3 minutes For a group of young boys standing around the Fendt display at the Agritechnica machinery expo in Hanover, Germany, earlier this winter, the prototype model Former 12555X electric hay rake on show was a little like a video game. By sliding a finger across a screen, they could use the touch pad computer on the […] Read more


MK Martin
Another new arrival to Machinery Guide, MK Martin is showcasing a number of its gravity boxes and grain carts. A Canadian manufacturer, MK Martin offers four models of its Gravity Box, ranging from 270- to 745-bushel capacities. Whether it’s combined with a Horst wagon or as box-only model to run on your own wagon, you get flexibility and durability for any conditions. With the 5000 and 6500 models, there’s an optional divider that splits the Gravity Box and allows for two separate commodities to be carried at the same time. Each side also comes with its own door for unloading and metering. With Grain Carts, there are two models available  — the MK 650 and MK 850 with 650- and 850-bushel capacities respectively and a front folding auger that increases operator visibility while providing greater reach. The chute on the auger is also equipped with a hydraulic hood for more precise placement of the grain.

PHOTOS: New grain carts, wagons designed to suit your needs

Machinery Guide: Bach-Run, Brandt and MK Martin roll out new models

Reading Time: < 1 minute Harvest is where it all finally comes together. With this instalment of Machinery Guide, we bring you some of the latest upgrades and innovations in grain carts and wagons. Large or small, how you get your harvest from the combine to the semi is emerging as one of the key drivers of harvest efficiency, which […] Read more

Christian Jungmann, export sales 
manager (l) and Laurent Letzter, Canadian sales manager.

Meeting farmers’ needs with the right tool at the right time

German implement manufacturer Lemken bases its Canadian growth strategy on providing equipment tailored to local needs

Reading Time: 5 minutes This time the conversation was the opposite of what I’m used to. In the last few years it’s become common enough to hear North American machinery executives talk about how they’re going to get their share of the huge new markets in the emerging economies. But in May, I was at implement manufacturer Lemken’s factory […] Read more


Get ready to “make hay” with new offerings of mowers and windrowers

Reading Time: 3 minutes If the number of product launches is any indication, there’s a sense of anticipation in forages this year. In this edition of Machinery Guide, you’ll see that mower conditions and self-propelled windrowers make up an exciting segment of offerings from manufacturers wanting to “make hay” in 2014. Check out these descriptions, first, then get ready […] Read more

Being a farmer and knowing what farmers need gave him an edge, Kraaynebrink says.

A good idea goes to market

Converting your bright idea into a commerical product takes determination, plus help from the experts, but it can be done

Reading Time: 4 minutes On his farm near Drayton, Ont., hog producer Jake Kraayenbrink has built and perfected an automatic air inflation-deflation system that reduces the soil compaction caused by heavy manure tankers. Designing the system may have been the easy part, though. The path to launching a commercial version has been a long one. It was back in […] Read more