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Boom times for farmers a century ago were good for equipment makers, too

It’s one thing about farming that hasn’t changed 
with time. It’s one thing about farming that hasn’t changed with time

Last year was a pretty good one for most Prairie grain farmers — but things were hopping a century ago, too. This 1912 photo of the American Able Company storage yard in Winnipeg is proof not only of good times, but that farmers of that age — like their modern counterparts — were quick to

Devloo Roto Mudscraper takes first prize in Inventor’s Showcase

Two farmer-invented solutions for seeding through muck and trash 
were recognized as top innovations for 2013

Call it the battle of the mud scrapers. Two farmer-invented devices for keeping packer wheels from gumming up in adverse seeding conditions took home the top honours in the Inventor’s Showcase at Ag Days. Winner of the 2013 Top Invention Award, Mark Devloo, said his father originally came up with the design for a rotating,


Don’t forget your map — there are 500-plus exhibits

One of the most read pages in the Manitoba Ag Days program is the Ag Days map. With more than 500 exhibits under one roof, it’s an essential aid for navigating the show and making sure nothing is missed. Farm equipment is always a crowd pleaser and Ag Days features displays from just about every

Tough conditions for Canadian, provincial plowing matches

Neither heat, nor snow, nor rock-hard ground kept enthusiasts from 
competing in the provincial and national championships

A full week of plowing competitions wrapped up last Saturday, with entries from as far away as Ontario and New Brunswick doing their best to turn perfect furrows. Weather conditions on the field owned by the Bob Mazer family ranged from broiling hot sun, to light snow, strong winds, and rain. However there was one

Large Canadian presence at Big Iron

The 32nd Big Iron farm equipment and services show here is like a huge handshake between U.S. and Canadian farmers and equipment manufacturers that do business across the 49th parallel. More than a dozen Manitoba- and Saskatchewan-based companies were exhibiting at the annual event, which typically marks the last of the summer shows in the


Cross-Canada tractor pull

Little house on the trailer: Couple travels across the nation to document 
farmers’ stories and speak to city dwellers about rural issues

A crowd is forming in the downtown Winnipeg parking lot, but it can’t obscure what has sparked the interest — a small red tractor pulling a tiny farmhouse. For more than a year that tiny farmhouse — veranda included — has been home to John Varty and his fiancée Molly Daley. The couple is driving

Original Versatile 4-WDs on display at Austin museum

While the name Versatile is usually associated with four-wheel-drive tractors, Versatile began by manufacturing augers and sprayers then harrow bars. After the company moved from Toronto to Winnipeg to cut shipping costs to its Prairie customers, Versatile moved into the production of swathers and combines. In 1966, Versatile designed an articulated four-wheel-drive tractor and put

Stolen tractor found at bottom of manure pile

A pile of poo wasn’t enough to conceal the crime, and now a pair of suspects charged with stealing a tractor worth $300,000 off a dealership lot near Stonewall are finding themselves in deep doo-doo. Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, RCMP recovered the 2009 Case IH Steiger 485 last week underneath an enormous pile


MacDon to manufacture windrowers for John Deere

Staff / Winnipeg-based machinery farm equipment maker MacDon Industries will be the manufacturer for several lines of self-propelled windrowers and mower conditioners to be sold worldwide under John Deere paint. U.S.-based ag and heavy equipment giant Deere and Co. announced a “strategic agreement” Jan. 27 with Winnipeg-based MacDon, allowing Deere to expand its hay and

New Big Iron is more efficient and environmentally friendly

Ag Days is a signature venue for agricultural equipment manufacturers and is the place where Prairie farmers often get a first peek at new products. A lot of the Big Iron on display for 2012 will be showcasing not just equipment, but some new, factory-installed technology to help make farmers more efficient and environmentally friendly.