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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A model of controversy

This past week I was having lunch with a group of machinery product reps. We were talking about new machinery introductions when one asked me if I’d ever been to a European farm machinery show. The answer was, I’ve been to farm machinery shows on three different continents at one time or another. We started

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Gearing up

It’s become a ritual for me, heading over to Hanover Germany every second November to spend a week at Agritechnica, the world’s premiere farm machinery show. During my time as machinery editor I’ve attended many farm shows in countries on three different continents, but none of them can really be compared to Agritechnica. I suppose

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A New Year’s resolution suggestion

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is almost here—again! The year seems to have flown by, but that may be because for me, personally, there have been so many changes. It was the year we made the transition from being involved in farming for decades as well as living there for a long time to

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Mob rule

If you have any self-directed investments in your retirement portfolio, you might be feeling a little like collateral damage in the global trade war these days. With the recent actions of the U.S. and Chinese leaders, the stock markets have been up and down like a kangaroo on the run. That influences the values of

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Shocking news

Last week’s announcement by General Motors that it’s closing the Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario and four others in the U.S. came as a surprise to many. The Ontario plant has been around forever. This is its history, according to GM: “The General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant has been building world class vehicles in Oshawa,

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Haulin’

The warm summer temperatures have clearly vacated the prairies for another year, but that doesn’t mean we at Grainews have given up on our practical machinery testing—far from it. It just means we’re drinking more coffee during the breaks to try and keep warm while doing them. This past week was a prime example of

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Fendt looks to grow

A few years ago I was invited to the official launch of the Fendt 500 Series tractors in Europe, which happened a couple of years before they debuted here. AGCO, which of course owns Fendt, invited two machinery editors from the U.S. and one from Canada, me. We found ourselves at a big event at

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Running late

If you follow along on this blog, you may have noticed I haven’t posted a new entry in a couple of weeks. Sorry about that. Officially, I’m on holiday. Our editorial director emailed me a couple of weeks ago to tell me I had two weeks of unused leave to burn off before the end

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Saying goodbye to an old friend

There were obvious signs of relief in many quarters this week as a new NAFTA agreement was finally reached. At the insistence of the U.S. president, however, it will get a new name. Now it’s the USMCA, which CBC’s comedy show ’22 Minutes” suggested in a tweet sounded like—and should be sung like—the classic line

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Drying up

Last week PAMI (The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute) released some tips for producers who are trying to dry out this year’s crop after getting it into the bin. It looks like some helpful stuff. So rather than me interpret it, here’s a direct excerpt from their press release:   “We know producers are very concerned

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