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Raven is rebranding the DOT autonomous system, shown here, under the name OMNiPower. (Raven Precision video screengrab via YouTube)

DOT, AutoCart autonomous equipment lines rebranded

Parent firm Raven Industries' products tied to new brand

Reading Time: 2 minutes U.S. precision agriculture equipment firm Raven Industries has set up a unifying brand for its acquired product lines, including the Canadian-born DOT autonomous field tool system. South Dakota-based Raven on May 12 launched the OMNi brand for its autonomous platform, rebranding DOT as OMNiPower and the AutoCart system as OMNiDrive. All of Raven’s intelligent autonomous […] Read more

Versatile just introduced the 170- to 210-horsepower Nemesis tractor line. It will also be sold under the Kubota brand. Production is set to begin this summer.

One line, two brands?

Kubota and Versatile partner up to build a tractor

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s been no secret that Winnipeg-based Versatile has had a new tractor line in development for the past several years. But maybe there’s more you need to know. Versatile has long been thought of as a producer of high-horsepower tractors. Historically, though, it has had a presence in a lower horsepower class with production of […] Read more


The AFS Connect Magnum series tractor has been redesigned with new styling and features to deliver exactly what you need to make your life easier and more productive: (A) CAMERAS: Front and rear camera are standard, with optional connections for two additional cameras that hook up easily. All cameras take photos and can be viewed remotely when displayed on the implement monitor; (B) LED LIGHTS ON HOOD AND AT TOP: Operate whenever you need to with lights that provide superior visibility at night; (C) TRI-STRIPE DECALS: Updated styling reflects the latest design seen only on new Case IH tractors; (D) AFS VECTOR PRO RECEIVER: Consolidated components improve guidance consistency; (E) MIRRORS: Telescopic mirrors are controlled from the tractor cab for easy adjustments; (F) BREAKAWAY-STYLE MARKER LIGHTS: Up your visibility with marker lights designed to break away if they encounter an obstacle but won’t break off; (G) 360-DEGREE EGRESS LIGHTING: Located at every angle around the tractor to give you better visibility upon exiting the cab in low light situations; (H) TIRE PRESSURE SENSORS: Monitor and manage proper inflation, all through the AFS Pro 1200 display; (I) CAST WHEEL SPACERS: Machining minimizes tire runout and improves hub retention; (J) SEMI-ACTIVE CAB SUSPENSION: Improved cab comfort reduces operator fatigue for a smooth ride on long days in the field.

The new AFS Connect Magnum tractor

Digital features dominate in the 2020 models from Case IH

Reading Time: 3 minutes For model year 2020, the new AFS Connect series Magnum tractors from Case IH is getting exterior styling that’s reminiscent of the prototype autonomous tractor that the brand showed the public just over two years ago. The similarity is no coincidence. When Bill Weber, Case IH high horsepower marketing manager, spoke to a group of […] Read more

Interior features include basic control designs that feel conveniently located when sitting in the operator’s seat.

New utility tractors for 2019

Deere and Case IH ramp up their offerings in this popular segment

Reading Time: 4 minutes The number of models in John Deere’s 5 Series family of utility tractors has grown by four this year, along with expanded lists of options and available sophistication. The 5090R, 5100R, 5115R and 5125R, which span the 90- to 125-engine horsepower range, will now be available with a list of options that includes a factory-installed […] Read more


Kubota’s current highest-horsepower line of tractors is the M7 line, manufactured in France. (Kubota.ca)

Buhler to build bigger Kubota tractors in Winnipeg

Reading Time: 2 minutes Kubota’s highest-horsepower tractors yet for the North American farm market are going to be made in Canada. Winnipeg manufacturer Buhler Industries, the maker of Versatile tractors, on Thursday announced a “long-term” original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deal with Japan’s Kubota Corp. to “develop and produce a new tractor platform in the mid-range front-wheel assist segment.” For […] Read more

(Versatile-ag.com)

Buhler cutting overhead to boost margins

Reading Time: < 1 minute Tractor and farm equipment maker Buhler Industries has added financing from its majority owner to a regime of cost cuts in a bid to lift its quarterly results out of the red. Citing “depressed” sales due to “weak” commodity prices, the Winnipeg company on Thursday booked a net loss of $4.4 million on $57.3 million […] Read more


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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Deere recalls loader attachments over manual omission

Deere recalls loader attachments over manual omission

Reading Time: 2 minutes Over 1,300 Deere front-end loader attachments sold in Canada are being recalled over what’s missing from their operator manuals. Deere and Co. and Health Canada on Thursday announced a recall for certain 120R John Deere loaders sold from May through September last year. “The ballasting information for the loader when attached to a John Deere […] 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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