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Many farmers are lobbying for the right to modify the electronics in their modern farm equipment, but dealers say there are many reasons why this isn’t a good idea.  | REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng photo

Case made against right-to-repair

The Western Equipment Dealers Association rejects proposed right-to-repair legislation as ‘unnecessary and divisive’


WINNIPEG — Farm groups and a number of non-farm groups are pushing governments to pass right-to-repair legislation. Industry is pushing back, saying that companies are addressing farmers’ concerns about repairing equipment. Chief among farmer concerns is expensive new equipment that comes to a halt in the field when a computer malfunctions. Farmers attending Crop Connect […] Read more

It’s business as usual at Loftness as employees take over the Minnesota-based manufacturer.  The company is recognized as one of the leaders in the development of grain bagging technology.  |  Bryce Goodall photo

Employees buy into farm equipment maker

The workers used an employee benefit plan that gives them ownership interest in the company for whom they work

As of Jan. 1, Loftness Specialized Equipment became 100 percent employee-owned. Using an American financial tool called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), the 85 employees bought all Loftness shares. Located in Hector, Minnesota, Loftness manufactures a big list of farm equipment. The ESOP they used is an employee benefit plan that gives workers ownership […] Read more

The new 2TS-7T has a maximum lift height of 11 feet, 10 inches and forward reach of seven feet and it can dig two feet below grade. It’s equipped with JCB’s trademark single arm Powerboom. Power comes from a 74 horsepower Kohler engine.  |  JCB photo

Telescopic compact track loader does it all

Telescopic lift, reach and digging capability brought to cramped work sites and for those who move from one site to the next

JCB has introduced a new compact track Teleskid loader equipped with a telescopic boom that lifts, reaches and digs. The 2TS-7T is based on the company’s small platform skid steer chassis. The new machine is aimed at farmers and contractors who want a sub-2,300-pound skid steer. It brings telescopic lift, reach and digging capability to […] Read more


Telehandlers’ ability to hoist heavy loads skyward has made them handy additions on many farms, but that same ability can make them dangerous, with power lines and rollovers being the two most common accidents.  |  Brigade Electronics

Steps to increase safety urged as telehandler accidents continue

Because of its ability to handle so many jobs, serving as a cross between a crane and a forklift, the telehandler is becoming commonplace on more farms every year. There are numerous versatile attachments including winches, pallet forks, snow plows, buckets, bale handlers, back hoes, crane, and forklifts. But there’s a downside to having ability […] Read more

The RSM F2650 is a Russian-made forage harvester that is powered by a 611 horsepower Mercedes engine and can be fitted with a 4.5 metre, six metre and 7.5 metre corn header, a six metre grass header and a three metre pickup for windrows. | Robin Booker photo

Russian forage harvester possible for Canada

The company, which owns Versatile, must first look at what changes it would need to make before entering the market

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 […] Read more



The portable network station sits in the back of a truck, connects to a satellite and then uses an antenna with digital receivers to connect farm equipment to the internet.  |  Robin Booker photo

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 […] Read more

The Triple Star system allows the operator to swing the back of the auger out to the left when making right-hand corners. The driver controls the system from the tractor cab.  |  Devin Toews photo

Device makes auger positioning less stressful

A tractor driver pulling an auger can remotely steer the auger tires left or right while driving either forward or backward

BRANDON — Bigger augers present bigger challenges manoeuvring into position. But for the thousand-plus farmers who’ve invested in a Triple Star Auger-Steer, it’s not the daunting task it used to be. Most inventions you read about in The Western Producer originated with a farmer who was trying to solve a problem. It’s the same with […] Read more


Ben Field installs an IntelligentAg section control unit on a John Deere ground drive 1910 cart.  |  IntelligentAg photo

Old ground-drive air carts get sectional control

This system from Intelligent Ag helps producers make sure their older carts are not left behind in the technology rush

BRANDON — New technology in seeding equipment is geared for larger air carts, including zone control. However, does that makes old carts obsolete because they cannot access the new technology? In most cases, older carts become obsolete because they’re left behind in the technology rush, according to Alan Macdonald of Intelligent Ag. Macdonald was at […] Read more

The Tire Jogger is rated for 1,500 pounds, but the company says some customers report handling ballasted tires up to 4,000 lb.  | Randy Raczynski photo

Tire Jogger helps farmers handle big tires hands-free

BRANDON — Farmers are using sprayers for more purposes and consequently are changing tires more often. Changing tires is more than just a nuisance. There’s also a danger factor to contend with. That’s why many farmers are buying in to the idea of using an attachment to their skid steer loader to handle big tires. […] Read more