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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

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 single-unit airless tire and wheel combination from Michelin, called the Tweel, will now be available 
for UTVs.

Rolling with the Tweel

Michelin expands its line of Tweel airless tires to include UTV applications

In mid-May, Michelin held a press conference to announce the expansion of its Tweel line of airless tire and wheel assemblies. The company has already released versions of the Tweel for lawn care equipment, golf carts and even skid steer loaders. Now it’s introducing a Tweel designed for the UTV market, specifically for those UTVs […] Read more


FCA’s Ram brand pickups incorporate a “mild hybrid” drivetrain.

New farm trucks

Detroit’s Big Three are redesigning their pickups for 2019

This year, Ford, GM and FCA’s Ram brand marketing staff had a lot to talk about at the major auto shows. All three have given their pickup truck lines some serious overhauls, with new engines and a wider range of materials in their bodies and chassis, plus new drivetrain configurations all working their way into […] Read more

John Deere has added one more model to its 100 Series lawn tractor line and uprated their model designations to the E100 Series.

Keeping the place up

Manufacturers offer new yard care machines for 2018

As the warm weather comes on, a job on every farm is to pull the yard care equipment out of storage and get it running again. If that’s getting to be a nuisance, you might want to look at some of the new offerings in the lawn and sub-compact tractor segments that manufacturers have introduced […] 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

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

The company may do a limited production run of its one-off silver anniversary edition front-wheel assist tractor if customer demand warrants it.

Versatile debuts new machinery for 2018

Winnipeg-based manufacturer shows new combine, anniversary tractor

The regional Manitoba Ag Days indoor farm machinery show in Brandon takes place every January, but isn’t exactly known as the kind of event where major manufacturers debut new machines — with one notable exception. Versatile, whose manufacturing plant is just two hours down the highway, has embraced the event as a place to show […] 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

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

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


A cutaway view of a Xaver robot shows it is built on a modular design, and in the future it could potentially be repurposed to do jobs other than seeding corn.

‘Xaver’-ing success

AGCO’s MARS project lands a new name ahead of its market release

Several months ago Country Guide reported on the field robot project called MARS, which is an acronym for Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms. It began as a joint research project between the European Commission and AGCO’s Fendt brand. At the Agritechnica machinery show in Hanover, Germany, in November, AGCO revealed the project has moved beyond the […] Read more

The new AmaSpot sprayers use sensors that can detect weeds and spray chemical only where needed, even at night.

Amazone sprayers go high tech

Is this the next brand you should look at in sprayers?

There’s no shortage of short-line ag implement manufacturers, and in almost any of them, the corporate executives will tell you they are now playing in a crowded marketplace. But the head of Germany-based Amazone is more bullish, saying his firm has the recipe for growth, and that he’ll be able to continue finding new markets […] Read more