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The TatraBears field rollers are large diameter units, but with shorter sections than many rollers of this class. Similar to packer designs seen in both Canadian and European built vertical tillage equipment, the grooved system is effective for rock suppression.  |  TatraBears photo

V-ring design offers field roller improvement

TatraBears from the Czech Republic contributes its own twist to the standard drum roller design with unique changes

Drum and Cambridge rollers are some of the most commonly used agricultural field rollers in the world, but other interesting roller options are out there if producers look further afield. TatraBears, a farm equipment manufacturer from the Czech Republic, has come up with an interesting addition to the global roller market. The company has developed […] Read more

The Hands Free Farm in Great Britain is preparing to grow three different grains on 85 acres thanks to extra funding. These photos are from last year’s project.  |  Hands Free Hectare photo

Autonomous farm project expands in Britain

The project harvests grain using only robots and autonomous machinery, including a tractor, combine and drones


Extra funding has been made available to expand an autonomous arable farming project in the United Kingdom. Initially launched in 2016 by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, the Hands Free Hectare project was designed to demonstrate that one hectare of grain (2.47 acres) could be grown to harvest without humans setting foot on the […] Read more

The Canadian-built Boomerang Chaff Cart will make its debut at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina this month.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Big capacity chaff collection cart Canadian style

With feed shortages looming, cattle producers are thinking about alternative feed sources, such as ammoniated slough grass and chaff. Chaff may have high nutritional value, but it’s a nuisance to handle. Eldon Obach intends to turn that negative perception around 180 degrees with his new high-volume Boomerang Chaff Cart. Last week he completed construction on […] Read more


RoadBib is designed for tractors that split their time between field and road, such as manure, silage, grain carts, water tanks and spreading equipment.  |  Michelin photo

Roading tire change for Michelin

“Bib” the Michelin Man has just introduced a new tire aimed at farmers who put their tractors on public roads on a regular basis, towing slurry or heavy grain carts. The Michelin RoadBib has a revolutionary new tread design. Instead of a traditional lugged tire, it features 52 blocks with a wide footprint and shallow […] Read more

The Danuser MegaMixer handles grain and a lot more, including gravel and bedding.  |  Danuser photo

Feeding with a bucket takes on a new meaning

Adding a hydraulic auger to a front end loader bucket design was a start, adding variable rates and gates finished it

Small cattle operators and growers who need to mix soil for smaller vegetable beds may be interested in the some of the updates Danuser made to its material handling bucket. The Mega Mixer was designed to scoop, mix and dispense material from livestock feed grain to concrete. Mike Willis of Danuser said the company sells […] Read more


The Vibra-Screen has a main deck of one-inch expanded steel welded to its frame. Farmers have a choice between a half inch and three-quarter inch screen that is fitted above the main deck. The variable-speed 115-volt vibrating motor keeps the product flowing while shaking it into the correct granular shape. | Dave Dietrich photo

Vibrator shakes 20 minutes off fill time

Seeding has gone well for Bob Rusk this spring. Last month, he bought a Flexxifinger Vibra-Screen, thinking it would keep his granular fertilizer flowing better so that he would have faster fills. Rusk said last week that the Vibra-Screen works even better than expected. “It’s cut our fill time by more than 20 minutes. We […] Read more

Ohio State University will be conducting tests of the new system, using an Ecolo-Tiger 875 disk ripper like this.   AFS Soil Command control technology helps ensure the machine has the proper settings and adjustments. When shank depth is adjusted, all other functions of the machine automatically react to remain optimized for peak performance, including fore and aft leveling, disk gang depth, leveler depth and crumbler pressure.  |  Case IH photo

Data drives tractor in right directions

We’ve seen data-driven technology improve the performance of combines, tractors, grain-handling equipment and sprayers. Electronic soil sensors and data-driven technology have finally caught up with tillage and planting equipment. Case IH has released a new AFS Soil Command feature, marking major progress in field mapping capabilities and agronomic research. The company says seed bed sensing […] Read more

The addition of a fifth-wheel hitch to Tom Schuurmans’ sprayer-tender trailer provides a rapid loading, all-in-one solution to moving from field to field.  | Tom Schuurmans photo

Farmer develops new, fast connection with his sprayer

An Ontario farmer welded a fifth-wheel pin to the bottom of his sprayer and installed a receiver on the trailer to make his spraying system more efficient. Tom Schuurmans said the hitch shaves at least five minutes off each load and unload of his sprayer. He said his family’s dairy farm near Elmira Ont., needs […] Read more


Shares of Deere, known for its trademark green tractors and harvesting combines, fell as much as 6% to $137.18, as slump in demand for big agricultural machines has forced the company to cut production by 20 percent at two of its large factories in North America. | File photo

Deere blames escalating trade war for worsening outlook

(Reuters) – Deere & Co on Friday missed quarterly profit estimates for the fifth-straight quarter and cut its full-year outlook, as an escalating U.S.-China trade war threatens to further hit farm incomes and demand for the company’s equipment. Shares of Deere, known for its trademark green tractors and harvesting combines, fell as much as 6% […] Read more

The Fire Tamer mounts to the front of most high clearance, self-propelled sprayers, giving them the capacity to be single operator, off-road fire control machines. The water cannon has 180-degree horizontal movement and 70 degrees of vertical, via remote control.  |  Clark Oberholtzer photo

Harnessing sprayers to tame fire

An Alberta farm-invention puts out fire using existing investments, making use of reliable off-road capacity

Self-propelled, high clearance sprayers are great for spraying and have become three-season rigs. As well, in an emergency these could control a serious fire, with the right gear. That’s what Arrowwood, Alta., custom applicator Clark Oberhotlzer figured out. He had seen the damage that fires brought to his southern Alberta and Saskatchewan neighbours in the […] Read more