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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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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Hydrogen tractor displayed at farm show

A few months ago I was asked to help Farmers Weekly, a publication in the United Kingdom, put together a snapshot of Canadian farming statistics for one of their issues. One of the questions the editor wanted me to address was how much Canadian farmers are paying for marked diesel fuel. Of course the exact

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Swathing tips

To say the weather this season has been extraordinary would be an understatement. The virtually non-stop rain that made spring seeding difficult is now making harvest a challenge. It’s not hard to find lodged crops in fields. Getting them swathed will test the limits of machines. In the last issue of Grainews, Lyndsey Smith had

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Introducing the 700 Series Lexions

If last weeks topic—Gleaner’s new transverse rotaries, in case you didn’t read it—wasn’t enough to satisfy your desire to see new combines. Here are some more for you to look at it. Claas has just unveiled its new, 700 Series Lexions. Claas has five models available for 2011 in its new 700 Series Lexion combine

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The new Gleaner

  The S77 Tritura is the first of the new breed of transverse rotary Gleaners. Photo: courtesy AGCO. Earlier this year, Grainews was the first western Canadian farm publication to break the news AGCO intended to release updated versions of its transverse rotary Gleaner combines. A few weeks ago, on this blog, I promised you

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Shut it down

“Roger, go with throttle up” is one of the most memorable statements heard in recent history. Those words were spoken by the space shuttle Challenger’s commander just moments before it exploded. For producers, a variation on that phrase, “Go with throttle down” sums up what engineers have bee encouraging them to do. Run equipment at

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AGCO shifts gears

Right from its formation in the mid 1980s, AGCO’s strategy to add new products and technology to its line was to purchase additional companies. In the process, it wrote a lot of cheques to get new engineering. Today, however, under a new CEO and with its own R and D team, AGCO has changed gears.

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Rake it up

  The unusually wet weather across most of the prairies this season gave grain growers a real headache. Cattlemen, on the other hand, were smiling. Pastures and hay crops have rarely been better, a pleasant change after last year’s dismal yields. But getting that hay harvested is posing a challenge. Continuing rains mean livestock producers

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