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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Women drivers

A few years ago a small group of feeder cattle from our neighbour’s pasture broke through the fence and ended up in my yard. When my neighbour arrived to take them home, he brought his saddle horse and a Collie dog. As he herded that group of yearlings away, I couldn’t help but be impressed

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Space, the final frontier

I received a news release from the Two Hills, Alberta, RCMP last week, and it has to be one of the oddest I’ve ever seen. That detachment has located an old car described as a 1940 to 1949 Dodge. It was abandoned near an oil lease site in Lamont County, Alberta. The Force says, “All

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It’s the real thing, food is

Some of the most famous and effective advertising campaigns ever made came from the soft drink industry. I remember Coke’s “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” jingle, which debuted in 1971. A modified version of it became the song “I’d like to teach the world to sing (in perfect harmony)”, which was recorded

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A long and winding road ahead

Sometimes I find it hard to believe I’ve been at this machinery-writing gig for well over a decade now. Time certainly flies! Before Cory Bourdeaud’hui, then editor of Grainews, called me up and asked me if I could provide regular mechanical and machinery related content for each issue, I’d been doing freelance work for other

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Terrorist activities

Just when I think a week has gone by where the most significant events to comment on in this blog are the usual things we’ve come to expect in our normal lives, I read the paper and I’m proven wrong. It’s become impossible not to have our attention drawn south, across the 49th parallel on

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A new regeneration

It wasn’t all that long ago a check of the oil pressure and temperature gauges was all you needed to determine if the big diesel in your machine was still running properly. Diesels have earned a reputation as sturdy workhorses over the decades. But since the introduction of stringent emissions regulations, the mandatory exhaust after-treatment

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Hitting the horsepower wall

Not all that many years ago, I remember reading a magazine editorial where the writer wondered aloud when we would hit the 500 horsepower mark in production farm tractors. Now, that milestone has long since been surpassed by a healthy margin, as peak horsepower offerings climb well above 600 in tractors from all the mainline

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In spite of it all

I don’t think I’ve heard the word “crazy” used as many times in my life during discussions of global affairs, particularly in matters of trade, as I have in the past two years. Even during the original Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations in the 1980s with all the hoopla and controversy that swirled around that, the

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Back at CFPS

It’s been a prairie farmer’s ritual that happens every June, heading to Evraz Place to take in Canada’s Farm Progress Show. And for us farm equipment writers, it’s more than that. It’s where we go to see what the Canadian short-line manufacturers have been up to in their R&D shops, so we can fill up

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Don’t go away mad…

Early on in the Trump Administration’s initial months, manufacturer associations seemed happy to work with some of the president’s “America first” policies. Getting excited about rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, like roads and bridges, was one of those areas they saw as good for all, including themselves. It’s hard to argue with the value of that aspect

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