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What’s new in tractors

A roundup of the recent tractor introductions and updates making news this fall

There’s been no shortage of news this season when it comes to new tractor model unveilings and improvements to existing machines. Virtually every brand had something new to show off this year on that front. Many of those new machines debuted at the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, in August. To help you

Highlights from the U.S. Farm Progress Show

Grainews went to Iowa to see what was on display at the Midwest's largest outdoor ag show

Each year the U.S. Farm Progress Show attracts tens of thousands of visitors. It’s the premier outdoor ag event in the Midwest, and it alternates between show sites at Decatur, Illinois, and Boone, Iowa. This year’s event was in Boone, and despite the downturn in the ag equipment market, it was clear manufacturers haven’t cut


VIDEO: Big Roy, the finale

After months of restoration work, Versatile finally let Big Roy out from behind closed doors at a special event in early July. The company held a reception for buyers of the Legendary Limited Edition tractors at its Manitoba R&D facility, and gave those customers, some special guests and the media a first official look at the restored Big Roy. Drone


VIDEO: e-QuipTV: “Big Roy” 2, the restoration continues

Soon-to-be-completed restoration will see the big Versatile returned to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin

Grainews returns to Versatile’s R&D shop in Winnipeg to check in on Big Roy’s progress, and we talk to Adam Reid, Versatile’s marketing manager, about what else the company has in store for its 50th anniversary celebrations. Video editing by Greg Berg.


VIDEO: Eight-wheel drive tractor “Big Roy” begins restoration at Versatile

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Winnipeg-based Versatile brought its model 1080 prototype eight-wheel drive tractor, dubbed Big Roy, home for a makeover. Although it’s now officially owned by an agricultural museum, the tractor will play an as-yet unspecified role in Versatile’s celebrations through public appearances arranged by the brand this coming season. Age

If you only use an implement occasionally, should you consider renting it to minimize capital costs?

Buying or renting occasional-use farm implements

Could renting some equipment, instead of buying it, reduce production costs on your operation?

For Matthew Avison of Arborg, necessity started him off in the equipment rental business. As he explains it, he needed a particular tillage implement on his farm and his only option at the time was to buy one. There was no equipment rental company in the area that could provide him with what he wanted.

E-Quip Blog: Agco to introduce smaller RoGator

Last year Agco announced it was “retiring” its SpraCoupe brand of sprayers, which catered to farmers who want smaller-sized application equipment. That left Agco with just its RoGator and TerraGator lines of higher-capacity machines. But with the recent announcement of the pending introduction of the RG700 RoGator, it’s clear the company still sees a market


EQuip Blog: Every which way but loose

If the title of this week’s blog had you hoping I’d be talking about Clint Eastwood movies, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It’s just that another restoration project is getting up to speed in my workshop, and I’ve done little else lately than spend time trying to loosen very rusty bolts, nearly all of which

Is vertical tillage right for your farm?

From the September issue of Grainews Over the last few years, the term vertical tillage has slowly crept into many farmers’ vocabulary. And while many have recently made a leap of faith and purchased one of these machines, others are still trying to understand just exactly what vertical tillage is all about. To give farmers