The W170 fits within Deere’s windrower lineup below the biggest, but with enough swather power for heavy crops and hilly terrain.   |  John Deere Photo

Deere looks to canola growers for new swather’s market

Many producers are looking to cull their swathing process in canola, however that isn’t likely a practice that will work for all conditions. Deere is betting on a remaining need for swathers with a new tool aimed at the oilseed and small grains market. John Deere is putting their new W170 into the marketplace this […] Read more

The Deere 1895 takes the small-grains disc drill wider, increasing up to 60 feet for 2018. This can add up to 100 acres per day, says the company.  |  John Deere photo

Deere’s big disc drill to slice into small grains

Making equipment wider or faster in the field are popular concepts with producers because it translates into acres per day. John Deere took its biggest, Indian Head, Sask., born precision hoe drill up to 72 feet two years ago. Now its small grains and oilseeds disc drill has been increased to 60 feet from 43. […] Read more

The new Mach Till, designed by Degleman in Saskatchewan and built by Kinze in Iowa, belongs in a new class of cultivation, which Kinze calls hybrid horizontal tillage.  |  Kinze photo

Kinze continues tuning its tillage tools

Mach Till cuts and throws soil at an angle to avoid creating a smear or compaction lay

Tillage technology continues to evolve as farmers move toward precisely controlled cultivation. That process took another step forward when Kinze introduced four new devices, spotlighting hybrid horizontal tillage. Vertical tillage was the big buzzword in field preparation a decade ago. Although most manufacturers still build vertical tillage machines, hybrid horizontal tillage is the latest step […] Read more


The Lexion is showing a JD display and the JD machinesync feature. The lighter blue area depicts a European-built S680 coverage working in the same field as the Lexion, depicted with the deeper blue. Data exchange is handled with JD modems. This is the first bridge Heupel released to the market in 2015. Agra GPS photos

Green guidance on off-color combines

Move your Greenstar to the red, yellow, blue, orange or purple implement of your liking

Tt’s not unusual to see a prairie farmyard with mainly green implements, and then combines in other colours contrasting with the other machines. The farmer with the mismatched combines is probably cursing because he can’t get his favourite combine GPS to communicate with his trusty Greenstar Starfire. That’s the situation in which Johannes Heupel was […] Read more

The drop pan is held up tight against the combine with electromagnets.  Because there is no wiring or bolts, it can be moved from one combine to another in a matter of seconds.  A radio remote control lets the operator drop the pan while driving at the normal speed with all adjustments in their normal position.  |  Marcel Kringe photo

Magnet solves old drop pan problem

Move BushelPlus from one combine to another in a matter of seconds

BRANDON — Grain loss monitors don’t document how many bushels end up on the ground. Conventional drop pans are a nuisance and dangerous. The BushelPlus magnetic drop pan addresses those issues.  If checking combine losses was convenient, farmers would do it. But it isn’t, so they don’t, according to Marcel Kringe of BushelPlus in Brandon.  […] Read more


Martin Reichelt helps farmers get the best performance out of their combine. | Robin Booker photo

Dr. Harvest makes field calls to solve harvesting problems

BRANDON — Martin Reichelt, a.k.a. Doctor Harvest, is an engineer who specializes in fine-tuning combines. Although he lives in Germany, he travels to Canada whenever his list of patients merits. Reichelt was at Manitoba AgDays this winter, working with the BushelPlus company at its display. “I make the trip to Canada a couple times a […] Read more

Hard, lumpy fertilizer gets ground into pea-sized pellets by the LumpBuster. It keeps up with the auger, regardless of speed and lump size.  |  WestCap Ag photo

Bustin’ up lumpy granular to make it flow

Solid lumps found in granular fertilizer are more than just a nuisance. They cost time and money. Those really big heavy lumps waste hours if you try to bust them up. They waste both hours and dollars if you haul them to the landfill or bury them. Medium size lumps can jam up an auger. […] Read more

The electric 23e from Schaffer delivers emission-free operation, eliminating exhaust gases and noise, which is a significant advantage in sectors such as working with cattle. The company offers a five year warranty on the lithium-ion batteries.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Small loaders get major update

German wheeled loader expert Schaffer is busy manufacturing its range of agricultural and construction machines for an expanding customer base. With new models in both ranges, new eye-catching modern designs and a dip into the electric loader sector, Schaffer is pulling out the stops to ensure it exactly meets customer needs. The company said it […] Read more


The late-model, low-hour farm machinery supply in the United States has been reduced to a trickle, pushing up prices for good used equipment and sending many producers off to their dealers to look at new rigs.  |  File photo

American machinery glut is gone

If you didn’t take advantage of recent farm machinery deals south of the border, now is too late


Canadian farmers who ventured south to the United States in recent years looking for hot deals on late model equipment were mostly satisfied. But the glut is now gone and so are the hot deals. Used farm equipment expert Greg Peterson, better known as Machinery Pete, said it’s taken five years for the market to […] Read more

As farmers gradually incorporate more tillage into their field operations, they are faced with buying a number of new implements, some of which are used only very rarely.  Schulte hopes to alleviate that situation with its new VTX, which can handle a wide array of different tillage operations.    |  Schulte photo

One tool fits all

We’re seeing more new tillage tools come 
to market as farmers gradually move away from zero till

A decade ago, we were still seeing the introduction of new and innovative zero till implements. However, the innovation trend today is in tillage equipment. Zero till is certainly not dead, but a general increase in wet field conditions has pushed farmers into remedial action to dry saturated soil. Also, the layer of organic matter […] Read more