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The X Concept used a diesel engine, but focused on replacing hydraulic and PTO drives with electric power.

High voltage: Electric tractors on the horizon

Fendt remains a leader in this blue-sky technology with its e100 project

Glacier FarmMedia – Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced that its engineers were still working on the e100 concept electric tractor it debuted in 2017. It’s apparently a promising design making measurable progress toward possible future commercialization. “The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with

GrainViz engineer Braden Pierce explains the system to farmers at Ag Days at Brandon, Man. in 2018. (Screengrab from GFM/Greg Berg video)

Agco to buy GrainViz system’s Winnipeg developer

System due out in limited release this fall

U.S. farm machinery firm Agco has set up a deal to buy its Winnipeg partner in the development of the GSI GrainViz grain monitoring system. Georgia-based Agco announced Friday it now has an agreement to acquire 151 Research, with which it had signed an “exclusive technology partnership” back in December 2018 to develop the GrainViz


Agco plans to have its IdealDrive joysticks in North American fields in 2021. (Photo courtesy Agco)

Fendt takes (out) the wheel on new combines

Agco says it's first of majors to offer joystick steering

Agco has officially declared itself to be the first major farm equipment player to put joystick steering in a combine. The ag equipment manufacturer unveiled IdealDrive on Thursday during the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, billing the new steering system for its Fendt Ideal combines as “the first joystick steering system on a combine from

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Michelin to buy ag track maker Camso

The Michelin Man is set to take on much more field work with a US$1.45 billion deal for Quebec off-the-road track and tire manufacturer Camso. The deal, pending regulatory approval, calls for France’s Michelin to combine its off-the-road (OTR) business with Camso in a new division. “By joining forces with Camso, Michelin will create the

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Deere sues Precision Planting, claiming patent infringement

Reuters — U.S. farm equipment maker Deere and Co. on Friday sued Precision Planting and Agco Corp., accusing them of infringing on 12 of its patents. In filings to the U.S. district court in Delaware, Deere alleged that products made or sold by Precision Planting, including vSet seed meters along with SpeedTube products, infringed on




Taking part in Agco’s Aug. 24 groundbreaking ceremony (l-r) were Greg Wells (operations manager, Agco Parts, North America), Lee Fuchs (Nick’s Service, Emerald Park, Sask.); Gerald Swystun (Full Line Ag, Swift Current, Sask.); Jeffrey Fluney (Dennills Agricenter, Dewberry, Alta.); Sean Ferguson (Full Line Ag); Warren Orth (Agriterra Equipment, Lacombe, Alta.); Rod Anderson (Wynyard Equipment, Wynyard, Sask.); Darren Parker (director of sales and marketing, Agco Parts, North America); and Chris Maas (Agriterra Equipment, Weyburn, Sask.). (Agco/BusinessWire photo)

Agco to ramp up Regina parts distribution

Prairie farmers using Agco equipment brands such as Massey Ferguson and Challenger can expect more types of parts to be in stock more often at the company’s Regina warehouse. The U.S. farm equipment firm’s Agco Parts arm on Friday announced a major expansion of its parts distribution centre in Regina, to be completed by early


AGCO to acquire Precision Planting from The Climate Corporation

Equipment manufacturer AGCO has made a deal with The Climate Corporation to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business. “Precision Planting is a strong business that plays an essential role in the growth and adoption of innovative precision ag practices that help farmers enhance their productivity,” said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate

(Lely.com)

Robot milker firm Lely to shed forage equipment business

Dutch dairy equipment manufacturer Lely, best known in the Canadian market for its robotic milking systems, plans to focus on that business and sell its forage equipment lines to Agco. The two companies announced Monday they have an agreement in principle for Lely to sell its forage division, including two German manufacturing plants, to U.S.-based