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


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



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


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



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


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


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



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


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