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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Keeping up with the times

This week a news release on a survey about the general public’s attitude toward education arrived in my digital inbox. I’m not sure how I ended up on the mailing list for it. Getting inundated by “news” releases from marketing staff of all stripes, whether or not it has anything to with what we write

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Hand me that fish

There are some days lately—well, many of them actually—when it feels to me like the world is living through one giant Monty Python skit. I mean think of it. This week Boris Johnson’s Tory government in the UK tried to pass a non-confidence bill against itself to trigger an election—and it failed! Even with his

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Fill ‘er up

As I stood at a pump island fuelling up my Jeep, It struck me how unusual it is these days to find a gas station that actually offers a full service choice, like the one I was at. Pumping gas was one of those things a lot of young guys my age started out their

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Some days…

As I sat at my office computer this week with a long list of recorded interviews to transcribe and turn into articles, I couldn’t manage to accomplish anything constructive. It seems some days I just can’t get into it. That’s likely a problem everyone in every profession has experienced from time to time. As I

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A nemesis of the Nemesis?

The introduction of Versatile’s Nemesis tractor and the simultaneous announcement—but not official introduction—of the Kubota M8 tractor line at the same time caused some logistical problems for the two brands when it came to publicity. At the moment the Nemesis models rolled into the spotlight, Kubota confirmed it had an OEM agreement with Versatile to

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The Chronicles of IH

Our latest Grainews machinery book review this summer had us reading through pages of “The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines”, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery coffee table book filled with glossy images that detail the evolution of a brand’s

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Taking AIM

Last week Ag in Motion, the relatively new farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, ran for the fifth time in as many years. Having walked the show site every year from the very first one until now, I have to say that next year I’ll be demanding he boss provide me with some sort of on-site

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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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