Implement sales in doldrums

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Farm machinery and the farmer are inextricably linked, so any talk of what might happen in the implement industry ultimately leads down a dusty road back to the farm. Charlie O’Brien, who heads the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ agriculture division, remembers what happened in the United States after the last period of […] Read more

North America gets world’s biggest fixed frame tractor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The crowds that crushed around the Fendt 1000 seemed to grow larger throughout the day after the world’s biggest, non-articulated, four-wheel drive tractor was unveiled in North America. With 500 horsepower and seven foot tall rear tires, the machine appeared from a distance to look not much different from other tractors of […] Read more

Breathing new life into old air carts

Ground-drive air carts built before the dawn of the modern digital age can be upgraded with the installation of a new Air Cart Monitor displaying five main functions. Introduced at Ag Expo in Minot, North Dakota, last month, the device from IntelligentAg monitors bin levels, meter roll shaft, meter box, fan speed and ground-drive clutch […] Read more

Canadian farm equipment high on American agenda

BRANDON — Machinery Pete told a full theatre of producers that their farm equipment is, in some cases, golden. “There is a lot of demand for farm used farm machinery, if you have the right stuff,” said the farm auction watcher. “Canadian equipment is a hot topic in the U.S. right now, even in the […] Read more

New machinery lines take time, money

Small machinery makers have the ability to develop products more quickly but they must be hassle-free for dealers

WINNIPEG — Short-line machinery makers need to focus on keeping their dealers happy by satisfying farmers early and often, says the former head of New Holland. Al Ryder said equipment companies need to invest well and wisely in product development if they are going to remain profitable for the long term. He said machinery companies […] Read more

John Deere expands during market downturn

Every two years, the agricultural machinery and technology industry gathers in Hannover, Germany, creating the world’s largest farm show. More than 400,000 attendees were expected. The Western Producer’s managing editor Mike Raine filed this report from the show. Look for more in future issues and at HANNOVER, Germany — A slower agricultural market has […] Read more

Case IH makes case for bigger carts

Case IH’s new air seeder carts have jumped from the company’s previous 580 bushel capacity limit to a 950 bu. unit, with a 760 bu. stop along the way. Size isn’t everything when it comes to seeder carts, but prairie farmers prefer fewer reloads and as a result, larger seeder capacities. Joe Michaels, who heads […] Read more

Case’s new tractor line taps forage, livestock sectors

DECATUR, Ill. — Haying and forage operations don’t usually warrant tractors specific to that use, but Case IH aims one of its new machines at that market. The Optum isn’t designed as a single-use tractor but by adding an ISOBUS Class 3 facet to its LB3 and 4 square balers, Case has paired the new […] Read more

Deere increases threshing capacity

WATERLOO, Iowa — John Deere’s 2016 combines didn’t get bigger when it came to horsepower, but they did get larger. The Deere S series has received a larger cleaning sieve and a new shoe drive system. As well, a beefier drive belt keeps the bigger grain processor running. The company says it has double the […] Read more

Old baler at farm show

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A rare New Holland 1283 self-propelled baler was on hand at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock last week. The balers were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The one at the farm show sported a Ford 240 cubic inch, six cylinder, gasoline engine, but a 300 was also available. Many had […] Read more