With a 420-horsepower Caterpillar engine, the Syn Trac is capable of handling heavy work loads. During Agritechnica last November it was displayed with a wood chipper. | Robin Booker photo

Tractor makes attachment hook-up automatic

The Syn Trac from Austria can dock and decouple all attachments with a push of a button and without leaving the cab

Hannover, Germany — A tractor platform being developed by Austria startup Syn Trac automatically unhooks and hooks up to attachments without having to wrestle with hydraulic lines, wires or the power take-off. “On the front and back of the unit there’s an automatic docking system, which connects everything including the driveshaft, six hydraulic functions, and […] Read more

LoRaWAN helps ride the smart-farming wave

This type of network can overcome the challenges of monitoring the environment and infrastructure in rural locations

The technical and financial barriers to entry of smart farming have decreased drastically over the past few years. Smart farming refers to managing farms with modern information and communication technologies, which can provide efficiency gains for farmers. A major component of a smart farm is monitoring the environment and infrastructure, but this can be challenging […] Read more

Deep compaction is largely caused by heavy axle loads and it’s very difficult to fix. A 1,200 bushel single axle grain cart can have an axle weight of up to 40 tonnes.  |  Robin Booker photo

No easy answer for soil compaction

Cover crops can build soil structure, which is considered a defence against compaction, but they are not always feasible

Increasing soil organic matter is one of the best ways to prevent soil compaction, said Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. “Building soil structure is your best defence against soil compaction,” Riekman said. “It’s (organic matter) creating both food and homes for microbiology that’s helping to build soil structure as well. It’s helping […] Read more


The new BFG Implement Control Tire is engineered for pull-behind implements, such as balers, planters, tank sprayers, tillage implements and other heavy loads.  |  Michelin photo

BFGoodrich tires return to the farm

BFGoodrich is returning to the farm with its new Implement Control tire designed for pull-behind implements. And more agricultural tires are coming later this year. BFG has set its sights on carrying a total line of farm tires, according to David Graden, ag manager for Michelin in the United States and Canada. “This is just […] Read more

Titan/Goodyear Farm Tires says the relationship between tire pressure and compaction has joined the long list of agronomic factors that producers must juggle.  |  Goodyear photo

Farmers focus on tire pressure-compaction link

Tires will start to lose sidewall deflection and bite characteristics if pressure drops much from the current recommendations

Agriculture tire technology advances slowly but surely. With those advances, farmers become more of aware of what they have to gain through better tire management. Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan/Goodyear Farm Tires, says the relationship between tire pressure and compaction is now in the forefront of most farmers’ minds. He says tire pressure […] Read more


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