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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Agribition week

Now that the Agri-Trade Exposition in Red Deer has wrapped up, the Western Canadian Agribition is kicking off its 40th season in Regina. This year machinery exhibits will play a bigger role in that event according to Jason Pollock, the show’s CEO. New facillites on site at Evraz Place will allow more indoor space for

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Coming soon: an AGCO air seeder

Last week Amity Technology and Wil-Rich, implement manufacturers, announced they are merging; and, most significantly, they have agreed to form a joint venture with AGCO for the distribution of air seeding and tillage equipment. AGCO’s press release describes the Amity seeding equipment as something that could compliment its equipment line in North America and Eastern

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AGCO’s Operator of the Year award

Now that field work for the 2010 season has wrapped up, ag retailers and custom applicators have time to take stock of the last few months and get some rest before the spring rush starts all over again. If you run a custom ag services business and would like to reward one of your sprayer

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Renewable fuel regulations

Canada hasn’t exactly been embracing renewable fuels. For the most part it’s been regular petroleum or nothing, but it appears we have been quietly—and slowly—moving forward with efforts to encourage their use. The announcement on September 1st that the federal government will enact a mandatory renewable content for gasoline is one front on which we’re

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To till or not to till, that’s the question

One of the things the last two or three decades on the prairie will be remembered for—from an agricultural point of view—is the widespread adoption of no-till farming. Tillage had become a dirty, or at least a dusty, word. Cultivators and most types of tillage equipment that were in high demand up until the 80s

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From slide rules to computers

One of the great things about being a machinery editor is you occasionally get invited to vist engineering and assembly plants. R&D facilities, where machines are designed and tested, are fascinating. Watching new tractors go through a variety of tests intended to break them is something to see. The testing bays at R&D facilities belonging

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A century of prosperity

According to Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s chairman, president and CEO, the company hasn’t yet reached the level of sales it would like to see for its equipment in North America. Speaking during a recent interview on the U.S. Fox News Network, he said most of the organization’s sales occur in the remainder of the world. A

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Why I like farm sales

It’s farm auction sale season again. Aside from being places where producers can do some serious buying and selling, these sales are also social events. Local farmers get together at them to talk to neighbours and see if they can pick up a bargain in the process. But in the last few years, the number

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Are we cool yet?

Nope. That headline wasn’t meant to refer to the weather. Something I saw this week made me wonder if we farm machinery enthusiasts might be on the verge of being considered “cool”. As I staked my claim to the sofa and the TV remote control in order to watch all twenty-odd hours of this fall’s

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Take your time

When—or if—the rain finally stops, farmers will be logging some pretty long hours in combine cabs to try and catch up before the snow falls. But after a couple of solid 12 or 14 hour shifts, fatigue can start to set in. That is exactly when accidents start to happen. And it’s far too easy

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