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Keep to the right

It’s a pain in the neck to always look over your left shoulder at harvest time, which is why Australian farmers have been buying right-hand unload grain carts. Some of those right-hand grain carts are built by Elmer’s Welding in Altona, Man. Mike Friesen, an agricultural engineer and owner of Elmer’s who has been building […] Read more


Modifying for right-hand loads

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Right-hand unload isn’t exclusive to grain carts. Over the years, a number of combines in bean-growing areas have been modified for conveyors coming out either the left or right side. “The thing with edible beans is you get docked so bad for splits. Splits can cost you a lot of money,” said Mike Friesen, owner […] Read more


Mice and modern machinery don’t mix

BRANDON — It used to be simple repairing damage to a piece of equipment after mice had eaten into the wiring harness. Those days are gone. Any truck or piece of farm equipment built within the past five years is now digital, and the function of the machine is controlled by delicate sensors and computers. […] Read more



New Claas Torion machines built specifically for agriculture

HANOVER, Germany —  Farmers and contractors that are in the market for a new wheeled loader built specifically for agricultural use now have a new name on the market from which to choose. The new Claas Torion series boasts seven models in three categories ranging from 63 to 228 horsepower built by a merger between […] Read more


New trucks; self-contained power grids

The modern, over-the-road grain hauler or cattle hauler has become an electrical grid unto itself. The truck’s total dependence on clean, stable electricity increases with each new model year. Electricity has replaced belts to drive most compressors and pumps. It’s essential for the ECUs (engine control units), fuel injection, air conditioning, power steering, navigation, display […] Read more



New alternative alternators pack a punch

While some truck manufacturers are meeting the increased electrical demand with dual alternators, others are turning to big single units, such as the new 24V, 250-amp IdlePro Extreme from Prestolite or the 40 SI series from Delco Remy. The new alternators are engineered to meet the new challenges inherent in today’s trucks. The IdlePro has […] Read more


South African fertilizer spreaders come to Canada

RED DEER — Schulte Industries has signed a distribution deal with Radium Engineering to sell South African designed fertilizer spreaders in Canada. Radium Engineering has produced its own fertilizer spreaders since the 1990s, and its distribution network reaches most agricultural areas around the globe. Clayton Rosaasen of Schulte Industries said the spreaders will fit comfortably […] Read more


Autosteer now works on older machines

Outback Guidance’s Rebel line uses hydraulics to take over the steering

Growers running older iron might be interested in the autosteer products Outback Guidance launched at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show. “The oldest vehicle we can install on is 45 years old,” said Mike Bannister, product manager for Outback Guidance. “Anything that is hydraulically driven.” Outback Guidance is able to fit older machines with its […] Read more



New Technotill packer does dual side band

The Technotill packer plate introduced by Walter and Betty Schoenhofer in 1996 has been re-developed with assistance from Saskatchewan farmers and a 3D printer. TNT Version 2 will be available for spring seeding. Where the original TNT had a fertilizer port on only one side, Version 2 is symmetrical with dual band ports. The previous […] Read more


Back to basics with seeders

Expensive, heavy, complicated seeding machines are being challenged by lower-cost, high-speed compact-disc machines and good old-fashioned shank cultivators with narrow knife openers. Over the past two decades, one of the devices that’s become popular among farmers with simple seeding systems is the Technotill (TNT) packer. Although the original Version 1 TNT functions well and continues […] Read more