Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey

Grainews' machinery editor Scott Garvey follows trends and innovation in equipment technology, takes a look at new farm machinery offerings, tracks their performance and goes into the workshop to find better ways to keep them up and running.


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Playing by the rules

Maybe you’re old enough to remember when Detroit automakers sent out their first cars with pollution control systems in the early 1970s. The car companies were forced to reduce tailpipe emissions and the car-buying public didn’t exactly meet those first, rather complex systems with overwhelming approval. The first thing many owners did after getting their

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Getting a lift

So far, North American farmers haven’t really taken to the telehandler the way their European cousins have. There’s no question farmers over there have a real passion for these machines. Of course, some of the operations European farmers need them for aren’t common here.   For example, most Canadian farmers, especially on the prairies, usually

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The broader view

With all the kafuffle going on south of the border in the last little while involving, well, turbulent actions coming out of the Whitehouse, I’ve been consuming a lot of online news. Not from Twitter or Facebook, although I’ve looked at some comments there as well, but from mainstream news sources in several countries. I

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It’s the little things

Every farm show seems to have its own character, from the smallest regional one to the mega event Agritechnica that happens ever second year in Germany. As it happens, Agritechnica will open its doors to the public again this November for what I’m sure will be another spectacular event.   It’s a mammoth show that

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Does this mean war?

Even if you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you’re likely aware of the controversy over trade U.S. president-elect Trump has created with his promises during the election campaign and his tweets since. Adopting a protectionist stance, he has promised to walk away from trade deals and impose new tariffs on imports.

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Merry Christmas

Last December we bought a snow blower for the little tractor that’s assigned to take care of all the chores around the farmyard. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we didn’t get much snow all through last winter, and the snow blower was only used in anger once all season. Even then, it really wasn’t necessary to

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Check it out

I received a press release from the Insurance Bureau of Canada last week that started off with the headline, “Auto thieves in western Canada love their Ford trucks”. According to the IBC’s statistics, the dirt bags that steal vehicles in this part of the country prefer to steal early-to-mid 2000s Ford Super Duty pickups. Remarkably,

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The key to organization

A couple of weeks ago I decided that the rusty old truck tool box that’s been cluttering up a corner of my workshop needs to either get fixed or taken to the dump. It was just occupying space that would be better taken up by some kind of shiny new workshop tool. And Christmas isn’t

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Legalizing autonomy

I had a chance to speak with Jim Walker, VP of Case IH, during the U.S. Farm Progress Show last August. As we stood in front of his brand’s autonomous Magnum tractor we discussed the factors that were bound to affect the widespread introduction of robotic field tractors, just like that Magnum. One of the

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