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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Owning it

Have you ever walked into a business and been ignored by clerks who wouldn’t break up a personal conversation long enough to answer one of your questions? That can be pretty frustrating. On the other hand when you find someone who puts a full 100 per cent effort into their job, dealing with them is

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Coulda, woulda, shoulda

It seems there is a lot of good news concerning agricultural commodity prices these days. According to an article on Bloomberg.com, world stocks of grains are declining, and corn stocks are at their lowest point since 1974. The chances of any grain stock growing significantly after this summer season are remote, it adds. That should

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Adding bling

As companies vie for attention from visitors at farm machinery shows, every year there seems to be a little more bling. That notion first dawned on me when I walked through New Holland’s display at the 2009 Agritechnica event in Hannover, Germany. Due entirely to good luck, rather than good management, I happened to be

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Do you have a favourite machine?

Over the last several weeks I’ve passed by a lot of new-machinery exhibits at shows and trade fairs. Looking at those displays really emphasizes just how impressive and diverse modern technology has become. But when talking to farmers or machinery enthusiasts, it often seems to be an older machine—usually a tractor—that really holds their respect.

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Brandon zero-tillage workshop

Now that the Ag Days farm show in Brandon, MB. is wrapping up, another important event will soon begin in that city. The Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Workshop is set to start. Getting a chance to sit down and discuss leading edge production research at events like this one could be the best investment of

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AG Connect Expo

One of North America’s newest farm machinery shows opened its doors on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2011 AG Connect Expo, the second to be held, was paired with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) convention at the Georgia World Congress Center. Members of ASABE are the ones who design the farm

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A Saskatchewan refugee

When I started on this blog, I didn’t intend to include any topic more political than debating favourite machinery colours. But after a visit from a neighbour this weekend, I felt obliged to to break that rule. Here’s why. That neighbour brought some legal papers with him when he came to see us. He asked

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Merry Christmas

2010 is almost history, and overall things have been reasonably good on the agricultural front. Commodity prices aren’t too bad—although they could always be better. And depending on which expert prediction you read, there is a fair chance that will continue. Farm machinery manufacturers think so too. Here’s how John Deere’s fourth quarter financial report

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Deal or no deal?

Last wednesday, Reuters News Agency reported that AGCO’s chairman, president and CEO, Martin Richenhagen, publicly stated he wanted to buy CNH Global, the company that controls New Holland and Case IH. Mr Richenhagen reportedly revealed during an interview with an Italian newspaper that he had met with Sergio Marchionne, Fiat SpA’s chief executive, to discuss

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World’s first Tier 4A tractor

On December 1st, Case IH announced it had just shipped the first production tractor that meets the U.S. EPA’s Tier 4A emissions standards—a 180 Magnum, as it turns out. Officially, tractors over 175 horsepower manufactured after January 1st must comply with that regulation if they are to be sold in the U.S. Although Canada’s federal

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