Claas, Kemper take Agritechnica gold

Two gold medals for innovation at Agritechnica have been awarded to Claas for its Cemos Auto Threshing system and to Kemper for its StalkBuster, developed jointly with John Deere. As well, a further 29 silver medals were awarded to a host of different entries from smart technology to practical engineering. Cemos Auto Threshing is the […] Read more

Claas debuts suspended front, tracked rear axle tractor

Claas has introduced the first tractor that is achieving new parameters of operator comfort with both front and rear suspended axles. The semi-tracked Claas Axion 900 Terra Trac is the first tractor that has a suspended front and rear axle and also has a substantially larger contact area compared to triangular tracks, which results in […] Read more

U.S. machinery giant Agco has just launched a new combine that will be marketed across three brands: Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson. | AGCO photo

Agco launches Ideal combine across three brands

U.S. machinery giant Agco has just launched a new combine that will be marketed across three brands: Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson. It is a new-generation rotary combine range that Agco says promises a major step forward in performance and productivity for business-orientated farmers. In the United Kingdom the combine will primarily be offered by […] Read more


AGCO’s Fendt division is the home to innovation at the company.  Its MARS system of multiple, small field robots is that company’s current product in development when it comes to autonomous field tools. It is shown here in the field in Marktoberdorf, Bavaria in Germany.  |  Agco photo

MARS robot a taste of hired hands of the future?

DECATUR, Ill. — New technologies are a hot topic with producers at farm shows this season. The release of the DOT, autonomous farming system at the Ag In Motion show in Saskatchewan made a big splash with its promise of removing the tractor from most fields, relying instead on smaller, decentralized power and multiple field […] Read more

The Fendt 1050, also known as the 1000, was difficult to get close to at the Agritechnica event in Hannover, Germany, with crowds eager for a look. The largest fixed frame tractor in the world recently was awarded Tractor of the Year for 2016 in Europe.  | Michael Raine photo

World’s biggest fixed-frame tractor on its way

HANNOVER, Germany — Agco will deliver its new 500 horsepower Fendt Vario 1000 tractor to North America next year, says company head Martin Richenhagen. Richenhagen, who was commenting well ahead of formal announcements about the North American release, said the big machine was designed to meet the needs of that market. The tractor was selected […] Read more


A wide variety of manufacturers are present at Agritechnica. Known by Canadian farmers as a tractor builder, Deutz-Fahr is a full line company in other parts of the world.  |  Michael Raine photo

Machinery sales better than expected

HANNOVER, Germany — Farm machinery sales in North America and Europe are lower than they were in 2013 and 2014 because farmers are sitting on their wallets. Companies will likely have to wait out the physical and taxation depreciations of the machinery that has already been bought unless they can give farmers a competitive edge, […] Read more

Versatile DeltaTrack, left, drew large crowds at the Agritechica event in Germany. An identical machine was branded as a Rostselmash product, above, and labelled “Made in Russia. There was speculation by many familiar with the machine that is was actually a Winnipeg assembled unit.  |  Michael Raine photos

From Canada to Russia with love

Not everything a farmer might find at the Agritechnica farm show in Germany will seem to make sense to broad acre producers from the semi-arid Prairie. A lot of tools are aimed specifically at vegetable country, and some of the biggest at the show are sugar beet machines. When I say big, I mean gigantic […] Read more

Farmers lined up to take a look at the Krone Premos 5000, a mobile pelleting plant at Agritechnica.  |  Krone photo

Big bales or little pellets, farmers can soon choose

HANNOVER, Germany — In modern times, forage has moved from field to feedyard in one of two ways — wet or dry, silage or bales — but another concept was introduced in Germany last week: pellets. There is a lot of competition at Agritechnica, the world’s largest farm show, to capture the imaginations of producers […] Read more


A new Lexion combine waits for completion at the Claas plant in Harsewinkel, Germany. The company employs 3,300 of its 11,400 staff in the small community in northern Germany.  Factory floors cover 50 acres of the 100 acre Claas site in Combine City. | Michael Raine photo

Machinery maker says sales strong

HARSEWINKEL, Germany — One of the world’s largest combines slowly made its way from a narrow, European country road into a field of well-aged corn. Traffic patiently waited for the big machine to clear the road and put up with it tossing a little chaff onto vehicles as it cut its way into the tightly […] Read more

A tractor is dismantled piece by piece before a crowd of farmers in the Systems and Components Hall at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, earlier this month.  |  Michael Raine photo

Video: Farmers get inside scoop as tractor torn to pieces

Agritechnica technicians dismantle machine

HANOVER, Germany — Working in a giant, German fishbowl, mech-anics tore a perfectly good tractor down to its parts. “Farmers love their machinery. They always want to know what goes on inside a piece of machinery,” farm equipment engineer Raffaele Talarico said about his project to show off what makes a modern tractor tick. “No […] Read more