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Ray Robertson, of the Ontario Forage Council, says foreign markets are an opportunity for Canadian forage growers.

Rain means much of Ontario first cut hay is yet to be harvested

Forage quality declining with each passing day

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wet weather that has much of the Ontario first cut hay crop still standing in the field hasn’t yet changed the price for hay. Typically, the first cut hay harvest is mostly complete by the first of July, but regular rains in June this year have left hay in the field and declining in quality each […] 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

For Monea, as for the other operators in the article, success takes business discipline, and solid customer relations.

Custom business

Custom operators like Troy Monea are under pressure to boost customer service and to intensify their business management. In this game, there’s less and less room for the uncommitted

Reading Time: 10 minutes The same stories get told over and over again. For instance, when Troy Monea was growing his busy custom farm business near Falun, Alta., he reached out to a potential competitor. “They had got so big so fast, I didn’t know how I could compete,” Monea recalls. “I couldn’t offer what he was offering, so […] Read more


Dan Schmidt, vice-president of agricultural sales for North America, introduces the Fastrac 4000 Series to journalists at a media event in Savannah, Georgia, in March.

JCB finds niche in the North American farm equipment market

JCB used to be a construction brand. Now it is a farm brand too, with advanced materials-handling capability

Reading Time: 5 minutes In early March I spent a day in a Georgia field with a line of JCB equipment designed especially for the ag market, including the unique Fastrac tractor that is capable of breaking speed limits in the field. Then that evening, I joined other ag journalists in Savannah for dinner with some of the U.K.-based […] Read more

Krone Easycut F 360 CR Glide

Forage equipment sees major technology boon

Machinery Guide looks at forage equipment from Krone, New Holland, Vermeer, Claas and John Deere

Reading Time: 4 minutes Don’t stop with the models we’ve highlighted from the five manufacturers below. We’re bringing you news on some of the most innovative and efficient models, but forage equipment as a sector is experiencing a major technology boom. Most manufacturers have unveiled multiple new designs in the past 12 months, particularly Deere, New Holland and Vermeer. […] Read more