John Deere upgrades air cart, drill

REGINA — John Deere has responded to the larger drills and air carts that its competitors have released into the North American market over the past few years. The company’s new C850 air cart was designed to be a good fit when towed behind its new 76 foot version of the 1870 drill. At 850 […] Read more


Electric drive revitalizes worn out 4 x 4 tractor

Autonomous Tractor Corp.’s eDrive conversion is designed to breathe new life into old tractors that have little dollar value because of worn out drive trains. The eDrive conversion uses small diesel engines to spin generators that power electric drive motors installed down at the tractor wheels. One electric drive motor is installed in each drive […] Read more


Versatile gets its colour back

Versatile tractors are going retro. The machines were yellow and red when the first D100 came out in 1966, but that design was replaced by a black, red and yellow motif in 1978 and then by a Ford blue colour scheme in 1989 when New Holland bought the company. Red returned in 2000 when Buhler […] Read more



Horsch un-supersizes air cart for smaller farms

Horsch is offering a smaller version of its 1,000 bushel air cart. “All that has basically changed is we’ve taken one 250 bushel tank off,” company spokesperson Tyler Billay said of the SW 750 cart. “We have the same options on both machines: conveyors, augers, canola tanks, things like that. Just a smaller size.” The […] Read more


Spreader applies four products at once

John Deere’s self-propelled 425 horsepower fertilizer applicator is expected to be released next year

WATERLOO, Iowa — John Deere has turned its attention to self-propelled fertilizer applicators. “Larger farmers like the bigger capacity of these machines, and there are more options when it comes to multiple products,” said Jason Beuligman of Deere’s Des Moines Works facility. “For those doing custom application, (a purpose-built applicator) can make better use of […] Read more



Deere makes tracks in belt drives

The company’s much anticipated articulated tracked tractors are expected to reach producers next year

DES MOINES, Iowa — It finally, officially exists. Farmers will soon have access to a big, green, four-track drive tractor. Speculation about a high-horsepower, articulated, tracked tractor from Deere has been around since Case IH started producing its Quadtrac in 1996. Third-party providers such as ATI and Soucy have been mounting tracks on Deere four-wheel-drive […] Read more


Bourgault expands, upgrades

The machinery manufacturer designed the facility around a Japanese model to improve efficiencies

ST. BRIEUX, Sask. — An expansion covering 4.5 acres and costing $50 million should be in full production at Bourgault Industries Ltd. by summer’s end. “We’re going to improve our efficiencies so we’re going to be able to consolidate our work,” said Rob Fagnou, marketing specialist at the company. Manufacturing of drills and tillage equipment […] Read more


1,000 bushels in less than 10 minutes

Morris Industries has an idea that will deliver 1,000 bushels of up to four products into an air seeder cart in less than 10 minutes, saving up to two hours per day with less field compaction. The technology is so new it needs a name. The company is asking farmers for ideas at the show.



Wanted: two-cylinder JD tractors

A newly formed tractor club is firing on all cylinders — all two of them. The Western Canadian John Deere Two Cylinder Club is up and running and planning its first major gathering July 30-31, just before the annual show at Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. Ken Lewis sold John Deere farm […] Read more


New bagger removes labour, eases transport

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new grain bagger from Loftness Specialized Equipment adds features that the company says will increase its portability and capacity. Dave Nelson from the company said the new XLB10 has separate transport wheels and an integrated braking system, which is used to hold the bagger back as grain flows into the bag. […] Read more