Farm equipment makers say the next 20 years of innovation and change in machinery technology and design will be at least as dramatic as the last two decades and it will change farming forever.

Debating the future of farm equipment

Some will be large, but there’s also a trend to smaller machines powered by renewable energy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Four leaders of major companies that sell farm equipment in North America came together for a panel discussion on what agriculture will look like in 20 years, during a virtual version of the Commodity Classic. Their predictions are nothing new but the scale of change they predict might be eyebrow-raising. Why it […] Read more

Don’t forget to inspect the rubber track itself. Look for any loose or missing internal guide lugs and external treads and pay special attention to any cuts or rips in the rubber that expose the inner steel cords.

Maintaining tracks improves life and performance

There is a common misconception that track systems increase maintenance time and costs, but companies say no

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Track systems built for agriculture applications have come a long way during the past decade, but as with anything, they require maintenance. There used to be a larger variety of styles of tracked machines equipment manufacturers sold to farmers and they each had different maintenance demands. Now though, most track systems are […] Read more

Bobcat’s new V923 also has a maximum height of 23 feet, but it has 130 h.p. and a 9,000 pound lift capacity.

Bobcat handler gives bigger reach, power

Telehandlers were once seen as a nice option on the farm. For those who have them, they are now a necessary tool

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Bobcat beefed up its telehandler lineup with the introduction of the V923 VersaHandler this summer. The company already offers a V519 telehandler that has 74 horsepower and can lift 5,500 pounds with a 19-foot-high maximum height, as well as a 100 h.p. V723 that can lift 7,700 lbs. and a maximum height […] Read more

Halo AerWay is available in 20, 25 and 30-foot sizes now, and 35 and 40-foot machines in 2021.

Salford puts on a Halo and tills like the devil

Tillage tools come in many forms, but the new high-speed disc with AerWay tool onboard puts a bite on the field

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Salford recently launched a new tillage frame called the Halo that can be fit with different combinations of ground engagement tools. Two models are available. The Halo high speed disc (HSD) comes in five sizes from 20 to 40 feet wide, and the Halo AerWay is available in 20, 25 and 30-foot […] Read more

The METOS MobiLab uses capillary electrophoresis to analyze the nutrients in a soil or plant sap sample, with the company’s 
Lab-on-a-Chip.

Instant samples offer quick decisions on the farm

Whether it is leaves or soils, the lab-in-a-box solution puts portable testing in hands of farmers and agronomists

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The METOS MobiLab provides soil and sap nutrient measurement in less than two hours. “We can measure nitrate and ammonia from the soil analysis part of the mobile lab, as well as the sodium and chlorine,” said Guy Ash of METOS during a webinar. Why it matters: Quick, reliable soil tests can […] Read more


The Massey Ferguson 1800M and 2800M series of compact tractors have new turbocharged, Iseki diesel engines and now look like the rest of the Massey Ferguson tractor lineup.

Smaller tractors make big waves for machinery companies

Two new versions of AGCO’s Massey Ferguson tiny tractors offer premium options seen on bigger machines

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farm machinery companies have been weathering a slower period of sales in the past couple seasons, but small tractors have been a big hit with buyers. Meeting those demands has seen AGCO announce a premium range of Massey Ferguson compact tractors, the 1800M and 2800M, that replaced the 1700 and the 2700 […] Read more

The Deere Smart Connector can transfer data from tractor to phone. It can also capture information, such as barcodes on the machine for identification.

Smart Connector plugs app into tractor

Device allows farmers to monitor tractor information from a smart phone

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers can monitor tractor performance from their smartphone, including engine r.p.m. and coolant temperature John Deere has updated its TractorPlus smartphone app for compact utility tractors and it’s also offering a new Smart Connector that plugs into the tractor’s service adviser port and automatically connects the app to the tractor. The Smart […] Read more

AGCO Challenger tractors will now be offered in Fendt colours, but the new 16.2 liter MAN engine provides a horsepower bump to the biggest tractors in these lineups.

New Fendt tractors receive major upgrades

The 1100 Vario MT is the highest h.p. two-track to offer a CVT transmission and is the company’s largest tractor

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The paint, joystick and warranty are all that differentiates the newly branded Fendt 1100 Vario MT and 900 Vario MT tractor lines from the latest Challenger models, but there have been some significant upgrades to the tractors. The 1100 Vario MT is the highest horsepower two-track tractors to offer a CVT transmission […] Read more


Bollinger Motors’ B1 and B2 models come with an eight-cubic foot trunk and a full length pass-through that enables operators to carry up to 16-foot boards with the tailgate closed.

Electric truck may fit farming needs

The truck has much higher capacity than most urban-targeted pickups

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Electric vehicles under development or already being sold in North America are typically meant for urban environments and have limited use off high-grade roads. But there are exceptions, including the Bollinger Motors 614 horsepower electric four-by-four Class 3 truck, which has 668 pound-feet of torque. It has 15 inches of ground clearance, […] Read more

The Lexion 6900 and 6800 straw walker combines were designed for small grains and they are most comfortable in wheat, canola, and grass seed crops. The 6000 series offers a 25 percent capacity gain over the combine they replace, the Lexion 760.

Claas debuts walkers for small grains

Accelerator drum feeds the cylinder to make for efficiency gains

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The new Lexion 6000 series of straw walker combines are designed to be more efficient than their predecessor, the Lexion 760, with the help of an additional separator drum. Why it matters: The Lexion 760 earned a following with Canadian growers because of its fuel efficiency and precision in crops like wheat, […] Read more