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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No sour grapes here

In my blog last week, I talked about an ag equipment-related competition taking place in Finland amid the snow and cold weather. AGCO’s Valta tractor brand held the event, which brought together drivers from all over Europe to try their hand at, well, racing tractors on ice. And as I mentioned, I think we Canadians

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Gentlemen, start your engines

This year, according to Environment Canada, Edmonton has set a record for the longest continuous stretch of days with the temperature falling below freezing, almost 170 of them. And this week the forecast calls for more snow and winter-like weather there. Most of the country has seen these crazy low temperatures for months on end,

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Competing with a big dog

Last year I test-drove a couple of new Steigers at a Case IH media event in Iowa. The brand was officially pulling the wraps off of the newest versions of their high-horsepower machines, which use a CVT transmission. That was just a few weeks ahead of their official public debut. And we machinery editors had

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Putting it to the test

If you read my blog entry of a few weeks ago, you’ll be aware I recently enrolled in a driving school to finally get my Class One driver’s licence. This past week that long-time goal of having a “1” written in the classification box on my wallet card finally came to fruition. I’m now legally

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A taxing time

A few days ago, an article appeared in one of the financial publications, which quoted Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor known as “The Oracle”. Think long term and don’t follow the ups and downs of market trends more closely than necessary were his reported comments. In other words, keep calm and carry on. That was

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Time to sign on the DOTted line?

In the past month or so, it seems there have been no end of public guestimations from pundits about when North American roads will be taken over by autonomous cars and trucks. Of course the estimates vary wildly. I’ve seen opinions ranging anywhere from next week to never. And while all that broader discussion is

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Virtual machinery shows

One of the things I constantly hear from equipment brand representatives is that for them to have a presence at the numerous farm equipment shows across North America, the associated costs chew up a lot of their annual marketing budget. That topic came to the fore at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina a couple

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Mid-life crisis?

I think the 1970s deserved the title of “decade of the truck”. (Take my word for it. I was there!) For starters, there was the CB radio craze, which even developed its own language. And there must have been a semi-trailer truck incorporated into the plot of a TV show, at least once per evening.

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Right to repair

Every car and light truck built since the 1996 model year comes with an OBD II (on-board diagnostics) plug-in port, which allows any mechanic to communicate with the on-board ECM. That’s the computer that controls the engine operating parameters. If there’s a problem, just plug in one of those OBD II (II because it’s the

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Form or function?

As a prairie farm kid in the ‘70s, there were times when my brother and I had had enough of “The Tommy Hunter Show” and “Sing-along Jubilee” and wanted to get a look at some different TV shows. (Not that they were bad shows, but you know what I mean. We were kids.) To try

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