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“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

Leah Olson is president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, which represents many Canadian-based ag equipment brands.

Short-liners get aggressive

We sit down with Leah Olson, president of Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, to take the pulse of today’s Canadian short-line equipment manufacturers

Reading Time: 5 minutes In past years, as the calendar began leading up to summer, my email inbox would fill with press releases from short-line ag equipment manufacturers hungry to show off their their new models and boost sales. This year, however, was quiet. There just weren’t as many announcements as I’d come to expect. Yes, there have been […] Read more


With the new CVXDrive CVT transmission, Steigers can move as slowly as three feet per minute, and the brand endorses using tractors equipped with it for installing drainage tile.

Case IH shifts gears

New transmissions debut in the Steiger and Maxxum tractor lines

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cole Carling, marketing manager for Case IH Maxxum and Puma tractors, was telling our group of farm machinery writers what’s going to be different in the 2018 Maxxum tractors we’ll see rolling off assembly lines starting this fall. Carling was talking to us in Boone, Iowa in August, and said, “We’re introducing new styling… It’s […] Read more

Sprayers: The LS11 line of three-point hitch sprayers are available with tank capacities of up to 300 U.S. gallons and 40-foot booms.

John Deere looks to 2018

New combines figure big in the green brand’s plan to get you buying

Reading Time: 3 minutes Stretched out across the large grassy lawn in early June in front of John Deere’s Harvester Works in Moline, Illinois, was a broad assortment of equipment, with marketing staff showing off to the farm media from Canada and the U.S. what Deere would be adding to its product line for 2018. Several of the machines […] Read more


Coop federee to exit machinery parts distribution

Reading Time: < 1 minute Citing “a period of pronounced decline” in its farm machinery business, Quebec farm co-operative La Coop federee plans to get out of parts distribution by next fall. The co-operative announced May 30 it plans to “gradually” close its Dispro farm equipment and parts distribution centre at Trois-Rivieres over a 12- to 15-month period from September […] Read more

Amilcare Merlo (l) greets Manulift president Martin Drolet, whose company retails Merlo equipment in Canada.

‘Senior’ management

At 82, Amilcare Merlo is still planning the long-term future of the company that will be his legacy

Reading Time: 5 minutes In February I was invited to tag along with a group of dealers and their customers as they paid a visit to telehandler manufacturer Merlo’s assembly plant just outside the historic old city of Cuneo, Italy. When everyone had arrived, we stood on a balcony at the plant and watched several telehandlers go through a […] Read more


The Fenix III metering system from Seed Hawk uses an entirely new and more powerful motor design mounted outside the metering body.

Seeding innovations roundup

2016 saw manufacturers introduce several enhancements to their equipment. Here’s a look at the year’s highlights

Reading Time: 6 minutes During 2016, several Prairie-based seeding equipment manufacturers announced new design enhancements to meet customer demand. Here’s a look at the major announcements that will begin production for 2017 model-year machines. Seed Hawk Responding to problems reported on the iCon seeding system it introduced in 2014, Saskatchewan-based Seed Hawk — now owned by Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad […] Read more

An international assemblage of reporters clambers to see the Premos 5000 in-field pelleter in action during Krone’s field day in Hungary in June.

Krone wants you to buy

Is this the right time for offshore brands to make a play for a bigger chunk of the North American equipment market? Is it even possible for them to get onto your farm?

Reading Time: 5 minutes As he stood in front of a group of more than 100 farm journalists from a wide range of countries, Bernard Krone, president of Krone, a family-owned forage equipment brand based in Germany, wanted us to know why his company had partnered with Lemken, another German manufacturer, to hold an international media event in northern […] Read more


The new Pro-Drive Standard tractors add lower-spec “economy” models to the existing X7 line.

More new tractors from McCormick

The Italian brand adds both low- and high-spec utility models

Reading Time: 4 minutes For several years now, ag machinery has been all about technology. But the more advanced our tractor design becomes, the more push-back we see from a segment of the market demanding machines without all the newest features and technology. After all, tractors have been doing farm chores since the early part of the last century […] Read more

Five uses for provincial machinery rate guides

The new provincial Machinery Guides for 2016-17 have been published on each Prairie province’s website. These guides show rental or custom rates for commonly used machinery. Dan Schmeiser, manager of the farm business management services section in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, says “the purpose of the Guide is to provide approximate costs for renting[...]
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