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What’s new in tractors

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[...]
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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[...]
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VIDEO: Big Roy, the finale

VIDEO: Big Roy, the finale

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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[...]
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VIDEO: e-QuipTV: “Big Roy” 2, the restoration continues

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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[...]
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hay bales in a field

Manufacturers say new haying equipment will boost productivity

Updated models introduced last summer should make putting up 
quality hay a little easier and more efficient this year

Reading Time: 3 minutes Last summer, marketing reps from all the major farm equipment brands invited members of the farm media to events in the U.S. to see — and in some cases try — newly introduced equipment, including hay tools and tractors. Much of the focus of last year’s new machine introductions were designed to appeal to livestock[...]
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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[...]
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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[...]
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Project F-250, part one

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most farms have an older pickup truck around that gets all the dirty jobs, like hauling portable fuel tanks, leaky hydraulic hoses and tool boxes back and forth from the field. Usually, they take over from the new, shiny pickup whenever there is a risk of getting it dirty or scratched. When that old truck[...]
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