Hydraulic reverser takes headache out of tightly plugged cylinder

BRANDON — A plugged threshing cylinder throws cold water on your spirits and sometimes gives you more than just a pain in the neck. A faster, easier reverser is the best remedy. That’s the conclusion Richard Arnold came to a few years ago when working to unplug his CX8070. The Hamiota, Man., farmer pinched a […] Read more

Harvest: the last chance to boost yield

Learning where your losses are occurring at the back of the combine is critical to putting money in your pocket

HUMBOLDT, Sask.  —  Harvest time is another opportunity to increase yield by reducing what stays in the field. Combine losses are typically acceptable at a bushel per acre, depending on the crop. The number is more if it is a heavy feed barley crop and less if it is canola or flax. For every bushel […] Read more

Farmer sold on combine’s easy maintenance

None of the electronics on the Versatile RT490 are essential to operation so if something breaks down, harvest can continue

Kevin Horner was looking for reliable simplicity when he bought two new Versatile RT490 combines for his 3,000 acre farm north of Saskatoon. Horner describes himself as one of those producers who feel the digital invasion of farm implements has gone too far. As a result, he was willing to put his money where his […] Read more

Rainy day boosts farm show attendance

Rainy, windy days make organizers and exhibitors at Canada’s Farm Progress Show happy. Attendance during a stormy June 20 set an all-time record for that weekday of more than 21,000 people. Final attendance figures were pegged at about 45,000 and show manager Rob O’Connor described the event as fantastic. That was even as the show […] Read more

Crop Catcher keeps profit from flying off

REGINA — Not many machinery add-on investments pay for themselves in one or two seasons, but Brad Michel of Humboldt, Sask., found one. He said preventing shatter loss in just one-quarter to one-half of a bushel per acre at the combine’s feederhouse will make it pay for itself after threshing six quarters of canola in […] Read more