Agco head retires at the end of 2020

Martin Richenhagen has decided to hand over the reins to one of the largest farm technology companies in the world.
After 16 years of running Agco, the often controversial Richenhagen told journalists and the industry gathered for a meeting in Germany last month that his replacement would, “all bullshit aside, (Eric Hansotia) will do a better[...]

Big green machine heads out to harvest

It’s a 10. A big green number 10. Whether the new Deere combine is a Class 10 is a debate for engineers comparing horsepower and thresher size, because it still isn’t a well-defined grouping for combines. But the new machines from Moline have more capacity than most and Deere has branded it the X9. Last[...]

Tough grass, low-volume conditions made for rake

A 260-horsepower self-propelled rotary rake has been developed by Ploeger for windrowing grass in silage production. “It’s a self-propelled belt merger, it has two five-metre-wide elements, which will pick up grass onto the belt and then you can discharge it left or right,” said Niels Antonissen of Ploeger. “Or they can be separated, leaving space,[...]

Spray drone with payloads up to 200 kg.

Hannover, Germany — Volocopter built upon its passenger helicopter technology to develop a cargo drone that has agricultural applications. The Volocopter is a German two-seat multi-rotor electric air vehicle designed for passenger air travel in an urban environment. The company displayed its VoloDrone Demonstrator fit with John Deere spraying technology in John Deer’s future technology[...]

Tractor makes attachment hook-up automatic

Hannover, Germany — A tractor platform being developed by Austria startup Syn Trac automatically unhooks and hooks up to attachments without having to wrestle with hydraulic lines, wires or the power take-off. “On the front and back of the unit there’s an automatic docking system, which connects everything including the driveshaft, six hydraulic functions, and[...]

Russian forage harvester possible for Canada

HANNOVER, Germany — The Rostselmash booth in the Russian section at Agritechnica was well attended, and one of the company’s most impressive offerings, the RSM F lineup of forage harvesters, may soon be available in Canada. Speaking through a translator, Sergey Savenkov of Rostselmash said the company is studying the Canadian market to see if[...]

No cell service? Now bring your own tower

HANNOVER, Germany — Poor rural connectivity is a fly in the ointment for ag tech companies. The power of machine learning and cloud computing will only be completely unleashed to help farmers once broadband internet becomes available out in the field. Low power, wide area (LPWA) networks have been installed and used successfully in cases[...]

VIDEO: Canadian cage mill teams up with JD

A Canadian-built cage mill that attaches to combine choppers and destroys weed seeds during harvest is now on the market. Saskatoon-based Redekop held the public launch of its Seed Control Unit in the John Deere booth at Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany, last November. Redekop owner Trevor Thiessen said the company’s been developing its impact mill[...]

Horsch introduces inter-row cultivator

HANNOVER, Germany — Horsch launched a new hoeing tool for in-the-row cultivation that will interest organic producers and growers struggling with herbicide resistant weeds. “It’s our first inter-row cultivator the company Horsch has built,” said Eileen Nicolai of Horsch during Agritechnica. “We think that the organic farming, at least here in Germany and in Europe,[...]