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John Deere’s concept autonomous tractor is powered by electricity.

The move to electric accelerates

When you talk about electric drive for farm machinery, don’t say “if.” It’s “soon”

Reading Time: 6 minutes When General Motors chairman and CEO, Mary Bara, made her presentation to an online audience during the Consumer Electronics Show in January, what she had to reveal was worth listening to, to say the least. GM, an automotive brand that has been building vehicles with internal combustion engines for over 100 years, is committing to […] Read more

The original 8R concept tractor built by Designworks remains on display at Deere’s Iowa assembly plant.

Now that’s a beauty of a tractor

The look of today’s John Deere tractor starts in its partnership with BMW Designworks

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you walk into a BMW-owned automotive design studio, you’d expect to see scale models and concept drawings of all sorts of sleek automobiles. Seeing a scale model John Deere bulldozer among them might be a bit of a shock. But if it’s the BMW Designworks studio in Newbury Park, California, that you walk into, […] Read more


Farmers prepare for a rally against India’s newly passed farm laws ahead of Republic Day at Singhu border near New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2021. (Photo: Reyters/Anushree Fadnavis)

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capitol ahead of Republic Day

Farmers reject government's offer to suspend ag market reforms

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Delhi | Reuters — Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of Republic Day, and police said they were prepared to deal with the crowds. India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday […] Read more

Martin Richenhagen has been CEO of AGCO for 16 years.

Career in ag machinery true to form

Assessing the legacy Martin Richenhagen leaves behind at AGCO

Reading Time: 7 minutes [UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2020] Having spent many years covering ag machinery, I recall all the times I found myself having a drink with other machinery writers at the end of a busy day, only to notice how often we’d all be agog at something we’d heard AGCO CEO Martin Richenhagen say. To be clear, we […] Read more


NH North America’s vice-president Bret Lieberman introduced New Holland’s autonomous T7 at the same time CaseIH introduced its autonomous tractor at the 2016 farm show.

Awaiting the autonomous tractor

How soon will there be a self-driving, autonomous tractor in your shed?

Reading Time: 9 minutes Over the years, all the major machinery brands have shown autonomous concept tractors to the public at farm machinery shows. They clearly wanted to get the message out that they have the engineering ability to build them. For example, CaseIH displayed its concept autonomous Magnum tractor at the U.S. Farm Progress show in 2016 where […] Read more

AGCO adds two new models with Dyna-4 “brake-to-clutch” transmissions to its MF 5700 Global Series tractor line.

AGCO adds to its Global Massey Ferguson tractor line

Two new 5700 Series models hit the market for 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the last couple of years, major brands have been producing utility and mid-range tractors with powershift transmissions that don’t require clutching. In October AGCO announced it, too, is adding that type of transmission to its “Global” 5700 Series Massey Ferguson tractor family. Two new models, the 100-horsepower 5710D and 111-horsepower 5711D models will join […] Read more


John Deere has added two new completely redesigned tractors to the mid-spec 6M line, the 6110M and 6120M.

John Deere revamps its 6M tractor family

New models and more options to appeal to different buyers

Reading Time: 3 minutes John Deere has been offering a pretty wide range of tractors designed to appeal to an equally wide group of buyers looking for power in the mid-horsepower class. In the 105- to 250-horsepower group, the green brand’s 6 Family of tractors already offers an impressive 20 models from the economy 6Es to the high-end 6Rs. […] Read more

Kubota’s new headquarters in Grapevine, Texas, was built as part of the brand’s efforts to grow its presence in the North American ag marketplace.

Why Kubota thinks you’ll buy more of its farm equipment

The Texas-based manufacturer sees both end-users and retail dealers as its customers

Reading Time: 5 minutes As I walked through Kubota’s new headquarters in Grapevine, Texas, one particular observation stood out to me. In other companies’ offices and engineering centres that I’ve visited, there was never any shortage of images of the brand’s machines lining the hallway walls. The offices in the Kubota building were stylish and comfortable with plenty of […] 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