Articles

Rare tractor rolls into auction

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Oct 28, 2019

Written by Scott Garvey, Machinery Editor for Grainews Magazine. The tractor collector hobby in North America has slacked off a bit in the past few years, which is clear from the now lower prices for the common models that made up the bulk of most collections. It’s likely that can be attributed to demographics. An […]

Consumers and Chemicals: New and old tools to reduce your chemical input

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Oct 17, 2019

The feud between farmers and pests is a never-ending story, and changes in consumer preferences might force producers to look at new ways to battle their microscopic foes. While farmers are in the midst of a constant struggle to protect their crops against bugs and diseases, at the same time consumers on a wide scale […]

Agriculture and Autonomy: Scott Garvey interviews Sask. DOT owner

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Sep 30, 2019

We’ve heard lots about the coming revolution of self-driving cars. Some of the biggest tech giants on the planet like Google and Tesla are working hard to bring this to roads around the world. But closer to home, with far less fanfare, farmers are already bringing autonomy to the field in the form of SeedMaster’s […]

New Case IH RB565 baler capable of silage and dry hay operation

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Aug 30, 2019

New Case IH RB565 baler capable of silage and dry hay operation Written By Scott Garvey, Grainews Machinery Editor.  According to Case IH, the new RB565 Premium HD round baler is designed for the “ultimate crop flexibility,” which means it’s capable of being used to put up wet silage bales as well as dry hay and straw. “The RB565 […]

Alberta College Offering Hemp Production Course

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Aug 28, 2019

As hemp production jumps across the Prairies, more first-time producers are being drawn to the crop, prompting an Alberta college to offer a course in how to grow it. NorQuest College offers two courses, one on hemp production and another on processing and products. The Edmonton community college aims to equip continuing education students with the skills […]

Seeding in Cypress River

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Jul 30, 2019

In May I spent a day with Christian Wytinck, a long-time friend and farmer from Cypress River, Manitoba. He recently started farming full time and invited me to spend an afternoon on his farm to see some of the tools and tech they’re working with. Wytinck says some of the best investments they’ve made on […]

DOT’s winter research in Arizona

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Jul 08, 2019

DOT spends the winter in Arizona Written by Scott Garvey | Machinery Editor, Grainews Continuous field testing of prototype machinery can be a challenge for Canadian ag equipment manufacturers, because our long winters limit access to fields. A good option is to head to southern portions of the U.S. where milder climates make year-round testing […]

John Deere’s 2019 upgrades for 5R Tractors

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Jul 08, 2019

John Deere 5R tractors get upgrades for 2019 Written by Scott Garvey | Machinery Editor, Grainews Since John Deere introduced the 5 Series family of tractors several years ago, the number of available models has grown substantially, along with their options range and available level of sophistication. That’s no surprise. This horsepower class is the […]

Getting an advance look at Deere’s R Series tractors

  • By Spencer Myers
  • May 08, 2019

Last December I was invited to Mannheim, Germany, for a sneak peek at John Deere’s new 6230 and 6250 R Series tractors before their North American debut. Along with a group of approximately 45 Canadian farmers, I had a chance to see these new models in person and tour John Deere’s production lines at both […]

Kubota updates their flagship M7 tractor line

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Mar 11, 2019

Kubota updates their flagship M7 tractor line by Scott Garvey, Machinery Editor | Grainews It’s been a poorly kept secret during the past year that Kubota was about to introduce an updated version of its most powerful tractor Series, the M7s, in North America. In fact, the brand showed a newer M7-2 at the Agritechnica machinery […]

Farmers and Technology: How Canada’s Ag industry embraces new technology

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Jan 26, 2019

Do you use your phone to check the weather forecasts? How about using the computer to compare machinery prices, or flying a drone to scout crops? Whether you’ve noticed or not, the agriculture industry is quickly becoming a source and supporter of some of the most advanced technologies to date. In an industry where so […]

Michelin’s new Crossgrip ag tires

  • By Spencer Myers
  • Nov 05, 2018

Tires aren’t the first thing you think of when you hear “advanced technology”, but there are actually many ways that companies are trying to improve how agricultural tires perform as the machinery continues to advance. One of the new products from Michelin is the Crossgrip tire, designed for year-round use on roads, grass, and snow. […]