A new look at old tractors

At the 2013 edition of Agritechnica (the massive machinery show) in Germany, there was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the diesel engine. Of course Rudolph Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, hailed from that part of the world, so it isn’t surprising that country would honour his invention. But the intent behind the

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Resolving to be creative

With Christmas behind us and a new—and so far very cold—new year ahead, what resolutions have you made that you’ll now have to follow through on? If you’re like me, New years resolutions tend be forgotten very soon. But the truth is the New Year is a good time to sit down and seriously think

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A blue (or red) Christmas

This month two prairie farm families had reason to repeat some infamous lines spoken by the Grinch: “It came without wrapping. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.” The “it” is the use of a whole new line of farm equipment for next season, compliments of the Rocky Mountain Equipment dealership

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Almost the last chance to shop

As I write this, there are pitifully few shopping days left until the big day. Christmas, I mean. That’s a big problem for procrastinators, like me. If you haven’t ticked off everyone on your need-to-buy-gifts-for list (I don’t mean it that way) you’ll need to get cracking. So I should probably cut out of here

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The tricky world of international trade

At the 2015 Agritechnica show in Hanover Germany there were a lot of equipment brands from developing nations on display. Their spokespersons made no secret of the fact that they then saw the entire globe as a potential marketplace for their machines, and they were getting ready to try taking the world by storm—at least

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Agree to disagree

I recall reading an analysis of the performance of CEOs of major corporations, which was published a few years ago. It was a study that looked at whether or not the compensation packages paid to leaders of the largest corporations in the United States had a direct correlation to the performance of the firms under

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Seeing the Agritechnica sights

Grainews readers will certainly have heard us talk about this November’s Agritechnica machinery show in Hannover Germany. We’ve been covering the event since 2007, and this year we even arranged to round up a bunch of our readers and bring them along with us as we made our way across the Atlantic. Both Leeann Minogue

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Brand evolution

A few months ago I had a chance to sit down with Leah Olson, president of AMC, the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, which is the industry association that represents most Canadian short-line ag manufacturers. One of the topics we discussed was how the generation of innovators behind many of those companies—more than a few of

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Sessions offer tips on improving farm profitability

  Alberta Canola is running a series of one-day information sessions across Alberta with a focus on AGRONOMY, MARKETING  & MANAGEMENT. Although the players may change, depending on location, the sessions promise to offer information to help your farm be more profitable. And that’s a pretty good return on investment considering there is no cost

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Bin thinkin’

By now most harvest operations in the west have wound down and machinery is back in the yard. Soon farmers will be busy power washing the dust off combines and chaff out of radiators, along with all the other post-season inspections equipment needs before getting put to bed for the winter. This fall AGCO’s GSI

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