International Plowing Match coming to Lindsay in 2020

The Ontario Plowman’s Association (OPA) has announced that Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes will be the site of the 2020 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo. “We looked at several potential locations for IPM 2020 and this one ticked all the boxes,” says OPA President Sheila Marshall. “It’s a great spot, in a fantastic, agriculturally rich community.” […] 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

Leasing can keep expensive machinery up to date an free up cash flow for succession planning.

To buy or, not to buy?

Farm equipment leasing playing an increasing role in succession strategies

This is part of a continuing series looking at succession planning. Can you pay for a $600,000 combine with cash? If not, don’t fret — you’re not alone. As equipment costs and the speed of technological change continue to increase, buying machinery outright is often not seen as a practical business strategy. This is particularly […] Read more

USMCA deal modestly boosts U.S. economy, trade panel finds

Washington | Reuters — The new North American free trade pact would modestly boost the U.S. economy, especially auto parts production, but may curb vehicle assembly and limit consumer choice in cars, a hotly anticipated analysis from the U.S. International Trade Commission showed on Thursday. The ITC report is a crucial step in the push […] Read more

Praxidyn founder Doug Applegate with sons Luke, at left, and Brent focus their energy on developing products like their Mixmate Pro Inductor, in the background, to help streamline the process of filling sprayers.

Potential productivity calculation depends on sprayer fill time

Turn speed can be quicker with smaller sprayers

A bigger implement isn’t necessarily a more cost-effective implement. With sprayers for example, the longer fill time of a bigger sprayer may cut into potential return on investment. Smaller is sometimes smarter. Size is a major consideration in any new sprayer decision. While a larger sprayer is more productive, a grower should try to achieve […] 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

Summers calls their Renegade fresh from the ground up, it is a variable tillage machine because it can perform up to 10 different functions depending on the setup.

More multi-task tillage tools hit the dirt

Some producers startled at the cost of ‘‘one trick pony’’ cultivators

As more farmers gradually move toward more tillage, they’re finding that the old iron they dragged out of the bush is not up to the performance standards of new machines. But in looking at new tillage implements, some growers are startled by the cost, especially on implements that only perform one task. Price tags on […] Read more


Salford’s Valmar 56 box can be mounted or towed.

Tillage tools quickly becoming seeding tools

There are now many options to add cover crop seeding boxes to tillage equipment

As cover crops have increased in popularity, farmers are finding creative ways to plant them. For many farmers that has meant finding a way to get a seeder box onto a tillage implement of some kind. Why it matters: Cover crops can increase available nutrients, water and organic matter and reduce soil erosion over winter. […] Read more

AGCO’s Till Control system enables operators to monitor and adjust the fore and aft-frame as well as the hydraulic lift system from the cab.

Tillage tools reflect need for precision, speed

From electronics to steel, the latest releases in tillage equipment are helping producers turn soil right

Higher capacity and more options when it comes to setting tillage tools have become the latest trend in soil management. During 2019, Deere, Sunflower and Case IH tillage gear are getting new tools that meet this demand. Why it matters: Tillage tools are one of the last bastions of simplicity in agriculture tools, but they […] Read more