U.S. farmers steel themselves against Trump tariff fallout

American farmers and machinery manufacturers are bracing for higher prices if steel and aluminum tariffs are slapped on products from Canada and other U.S. trading partners. It might be good news for U.S. steel producers, but big users of big iron are worried. “With equipment dealers holding very limited implement inventory, higher steel costs are […] Read more

Trade uncertainty has Canadian ag manufacturers anxious

WINNIPEG (CNS) – With Canada in the midst of numerous free trade agreement negotiations, the Canadian agricultural manufacturing industry is feeling on edge. While the future of some trade deals for Canada is bright, others aren’t looking so good. “The lack of clarity around NAFTA is the big issue at the moment. It’s got a […] Read more

Wet seal technology for spray pumps

BRANDON — Wet seals, employed in aircraft and industry for decades, are finally finding their way into agricultural spray pumps built by Pentair Hypro. The big benefit is in situations when the pump runs dry, Pentair fluid specialist Brian Henderson said during Manitoba Ag Days at the end of last month, where he debuted three […] Read more

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


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