Available in both agricultural and industrial colours, both versions of the 9030 were essentially the same.

Nemesis tractor series designed with loader potential in mind

New tractor lines are unlikely to include a new bi-directional unit popular with some farmers

Early this spring, Winnipeg-based Versatile announced the introduction of the Nemesis tractor series that adds power to the low end of the company’s current tractor line-up. The new models land squarely in the mid-horsepower range. Why it matters: A reliable utility tractor is an indispensable tool for many farmers. “In that 170- to 250-horsepower range, […] Read more

The features available in John Deere’s model year 2019 5R Series tractors put them on par with the brand’s larger models when it comes to high-end options.

John Deere 5R tractors get upgrades for 2019

More high end options are being installed on smaller-sized models

Since John Deere introduced the 5 Series family of tractors several years ago, the number of available models has grown substantially, along with their options range and available level of sophistication. That’s no surprise. This horsepower class is the biggest seller in North America for most brands, and Deere has populated its line with tractors […] Read more

About 160 people attended a demonstration day at the University of Arizona at Maricopa in March.

Autonomous platform moves from R&D to commercial sales

DOT and its team spent the winter further developing the platform in Arizona

Continuous field testing of prototype machinery can be a challenge for Canadian ag equipment manufacturers, because our long winters limit access to fields. A good option is to head to southern portions of the U.S. where milder climates make year-round testing possible. Only that way can engineers rack up the maximum number of hours on […] Read more

The first Lely-inspired MF RB baler made its debut at Agritechnica in Germany last November.

AGCO introduces the RB Series round baler

Lely-influenced round balers join the Massey Ferguson family in North America

European expatriates will certainly be familiar with the Lely brand of equipment. The brand has had a presence here in North America for several years as well, and long-time Canadian dairy operators will be well aware of their barn systems. But the brand has had a strong presence in the hay and forage sector overseas […] Read more

The Case IH Maxxum was tested in the field to evaluate the new ActiveDrive transmission features.

Case IH Maxxum tractor with ActiveDrive taken through paces

Clutchless transmission offers auto shift features

When Case IH held a recent media event in Arizona, members of the media got a chance to get behind the wheel of tractors from three of the brand’s lines. One was the Maxxum. It was our second chance to drive a Maxxum with the ActiveDrive semi-powershift transmission. We first drove one in Iowa ahead […] Read more


Deep ripping to eliminate a compaction layer should only be done after doing some work to find out exactly how deep that layer goes down in the soil profile.

Farmers should focus on reducing soil compaction

Digging holes can show how deep the problem of compaction lies below the surface

To till or not to till, that is the question. The question is simple but the answer isn’t. Ask different people for their opinions and you’ll get a variety of answers. The real answer might be “maybe. But if you do, do it properly.” Tillage specialists from Case IH said during an Arizona field tour […] Read more

It looks like Versatile’s new Nemesis tractor line could also wear Kubota name badges.

Kubota-Versatile deal not a surprise

The Winnipeg company will begin to build a mid-range horsepower tractor for Kubota ‘immediately’

When the news release from Versatile (Buhler Industries) first popped up in my email inbox with the name Kubota in the heading, I thought, “Here it comes.” There’s a good reason I was bracing for a really big announcement between those two brands. The rumours around a deal between them have swirled through the agricultural […] Read more

The M7-2 tractors keep the same horsepower ratings but offer a new transmission option and several upgrades.

Kubota M7 tractor update brings more flexibility in options

The M7-2 models debut new features in North America, including more hydraulic system flexibility

It’s been a poorly kept secret during the past year that Kubota was about to introduce an updated version of its most powerful tractor Series, the M7s, in North America. In fact, the brand showed a newer M7-2 at the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany in 2017. Now the updated tractor line has finally arrived […] Read more


The Hustler MDV has a 23.4 horsepower diesel engine and a top speed of about 60 km/h.

Hustler MDV debuts in Canada with unique hydraulic lift bed

The bed can lift 750 pounds (340 kilograms) allowing heavy cargo to be rolled onto it at ground level

UTVs are common workhorses on farms today and there are more than a few different brands to choose from. But there may be only one that offers a hydraulic, self-loading rear bed, the Hustler MDV. UTVs can help producers with a wide range of farm duties and have become especially important as farm sizes grow […] Read more

Landon Fahlman won the Gold Innovations Award for his fuel lock invention.

A keyless security system can protect your fuel

Two versions were designed to accommodate both large and small operations

Nearly every farmer has had fuel go missing from farm storage tanks. And with recent high-profile incidents surrounding farm security, now is a good time to think about keeping all that expensive fuel right where it belongs. A new invention is designed to do exactly that. Fuel Lock allows for keyless control of fuel transfer […] Read more