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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Maximum warp, Mr. Scott

Over the years farm equipment manufacturers have done a variety of things to celebrate anniversaries and production milestones. For example, IH—among others—was famous for giving some tractors a special paint job and calling them anniversary editions. Case IH has still been doing a bit of that in recent years. But rarely is setting a land

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The greening of AGCO

Last week I wheeled my rental car into Jackson, Minnesota, home of AGCO’s Rogator and MF and Challenger Tractor assembly in North America. I along with several other machinery writers were there at the invitation of AGCO’s marketing staff. We were told we would get an early preview of the launch of one of the

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Eastbound and down

When I sat down to write my blog entry this week, I started into a serious discussion of the major topics affecting farmers lately: the China syndrome, inaccurate press coverage of key ag topics in some non-farm publications—due to a significant lack of understanding of the issues by those reporters covering them—and so on. Then

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Taking in the classics

When I first started writing about tractors and machinery, I was only looking at older machines, anything vintage, rare, unique or just plain interesting. Or perhaps more accurately stated, anything that was interesting to the editors I was supplying articles to, which meant almost anything old on Canadian farms. That’s because my first customers as

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Out of the Morning

In a radio broadcast to the people of occupied France during World War II, Winston Churchill reassured them that liberation would come. “Sleep well,” he said, “For morning will come”. On June 6, 1944 as the sun rose, morning had truly dawned. It was D Day. The largest seaborne invasion fleet ever assembled began to

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DIY testing

Over the past few years, we at Grainews have been conducting practical tests to provide our readers with insight into what some of the various machines commonly used on the farm really have to offer. And we’ve already covered a pretty wide variety of them. Of course we can’t just saunter into a dealership and

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Two plus two equals more

At Grainews we value reader feedback, and we actively solicit it. Any we get related to our machinery content ultimately ends up on my desk. So I get a sense for what subscribers want to see in the Machinery and Shop section. And, of course, we try to accommodate that. Over the years I found

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Winter is coming, again!

I haven’t been bold enough yet this year to put my winter jacket away for the season, even though we’re now well into May. Our daytime high temperatures have been consistently below the yearly averages now for months. So I don’t think we can say winter has truly left us yet. But an article I

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Let’s be careful out there

As has become usual in the last couple of years, some late-season snow fell across much of the prairies, stopping any seeding work that may have already started. In several locations the moisture it brings with it has been far more welcome than any frustration at the unseasonable conditions. Any machines that had been working

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Are you in a buying mood?

There’s no doubt the commodity market news as of late has been a little gloomy. Much of the unease has come from the actions of the Chinese, who seem determined to punish Canada for locking one of their white-collar crooks. Among other things they’ve decided to take a swipe at Canadian farmers. They randomly locked

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