The most advanced grain harvesting technology from front to back is featured in the combines and headers John Deere is introducing for model year 2018 production. This includes four new S700 Combine models (S760, S770, S780 and S790) that offer producers significant improvements in “smart” technology, improved operator comfort and better data, along with the 700C/FC Series Corn Heads and 700D Drapers for more efficient grain harvesting.

Building on the proven field performance of the S600 Combines introduced in 2012, the new S700 Combines incorporate the latest in automated harvesting technology. Many of these changes make it easier on the operator by allowing the combine to make needed adjustments automatically, on the go.

To make it easier for operators to maximize the performance of their new S700 Combine, John Deere introduces the Combine Advisor package. Combine Advisor incorporates seven technologies to help operators set, optimize and automate the combine for the most effective harvesting performance based on their crop and field conditions.

Auto Maintain is a function within Combine Advisor that is supported with ActiveVision cameras.

Another addition to the S700 Combines is Active Yield technology that automatically calibrates the mass flow sensor. This saves time by eliminating the need for manual calibrations and ensures the best data is collected.

The biggest physical difference customers will see in the S700 Combines compared to previous models is in the cab. This starts with a new state-of-the-art CommandCenter, providing a common user experience across Deere’s larger tractor and self-propelled sprayer lines, that emphasizes customization and operator comfort.

Machine performance features of the CommandCenter include a Gen 4 interface and monitor with 4600 processer; CommandArm and multi-function control lever with greater ergonomic design and customizable buttons; premium activation with AutoTrac, RowSense and HarvestDoc; and Extended Monitor and mobile device features. In addition, operators will find set up and start up much quicker and easier, thanks to more intuitive harvest run and setup screens.

The new cabs feature either leather or cloth seats that swivel 7.5 degrees left and 15 degrees right for improved visibility; enhanced seat ventilation for greater comfort; improved seat cushion with optional leather seat; and additional grain tank mirrors for improved visibility of the grain tank.

New corn head and platform, too
Along with the S700 Combines, John Deere is introducing the 700C/FC (folding corn head) Series Corn Heads with the RowMax row unit. The RowMax row unit provides up to a 50 percent increase in the life of the row unit gathering chains and features solid-alloy bushings that reduce pin and bushing wear.

The 700C/FC Series Corn Heads are available in 6- to 18- row models, in 20-, 22- and 30-inch row widths. The StalkMaster stalk-chopping option is available on all models. Folding corn heads are available on 8- and 12-row units, which allow operators to spend more time harvesting and less time and hassle disconnecting, trailering and reconnecting heads when moving from field to field.

For corn growers harvesting high moisture corn, there are several enhancements available specifically tailored to better handle this demanding crop. High moisture corn enhancements on the corn head include an auger floor insert to ease crop handling and a lower auger height to minimize crop damage.

For small grains, Deere introduces the 700D Rigid Draper, which provides a 20 percent increase in capacity in tough harvesting conditions over the previous model. The 700D features a top crop auger that’s 50 percent larger in diameter (now 18 inches) with heavy-duty drives, high-performance gauge wheels, and a new center section seal kit that reduces center section grain losses by up to 45 percent in canola.

For more information on the new S700 Combines, 700C/FC Corn Heads, 700D Rigid Draper and other harvesting solutions from John Deere, see your local John Deere dealer.
New Holland Agriculture has set a new World Record by harvesting 16,157 bushels of soybeans in eight hours with the CR8.90 combine. The record-breaking performance, which took place in the Bahia State of Brazil, was certified by independent adjudicator RankBrasil.

The performance
On record setting day, harvesting started at 10:30 am and finished at 5:30 pm, having harvested approximately 222 acres (90 hectares). CR8.90’s average throughput was 2,020 bushels/hour in a crop yielding an average of 72.6 bushels/acre, and 17 per cent average moisture content. The record-setting performance and efficiency was achieved by harvesting 73.5 bu of soybean per gallon of fuel.

The CR series
The CR8.90 follows the footsteps of the range topping CR10.90, which proved it is the world’s highest capacity combine when it captured the World Record for harvesting an impressive 29,321 bushels of wheat in eight hours in 2014 – a title it holds to this day.

For more information on the CR series, click here.

Jan. 8, 2016 - XiteBio PulseRhizo now replaces previously registered XiteBio PeasRhizo, expanding on an enhanced label. PulseRhizo features the following enhancements:

  • product use expanded to include faba bean
  • on-seed compatibility with most popular seed treatments extended to 48 hours
  • application methods expanded to include in-furrow as well as on-seed treatment

XiteBio PulseRhizo works to invigorate the natural microflora in the soil while also adding fresh rhizobia for optimum nitrogen fixation.

According to XiteBio Technologies Inc., PulseRhizo, the liquid inoculant for pea, lentil and faba bean, enhances crop performance and nodulation while maximizing yield. Along with XiteBio SoyRhizo, a liquid inoculant for soybean, XiteBio PulseRhizo is becoming the outstanding option for producers, exclusively available from XiteBio and its North American distributors and dealers.



Combine header selection is just one of many factors growers have to evaluate when considering straight cutting canola. In a three-year project launched in 2014, researchers in Saskatchewan are evaluating different header types to find out whether or not there are differences in headers and what factors make a difference.

The project started in 2014 at two locations in Saskatchewan: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Indian Head Research Farm/Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF); and Swift Current, at the Wheatland Conservation Area’s (WCA) southwest Agricultural Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) site. A third site was added in 2015 at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) site in Humboldt.

“We are using full-scale machinery and very large replicated plots for the trials,” explains Nathan Gregg, project manager with PAMI. “The combine is a CR 9080 and header widths are 35 or 36 feet, depending on the treatment, with individual treatments about 80 feet wide and 400 to 1000 feet long. The project is focused on combine header performance, not optimal combine performance, so we are using a fixed ground speed and other settings for better comparison between headers.”

The four harvest treatments include swathing and belt pick-up as a control compared to a draper header, which is fairly common throughout the Prairies, a rigid auger header and a new style header (Varifeed) with an extendable knife. “The Varifeed header style has been used in Europe for a few years and is starting to be used in Western Canada,” Gregg says. “This header has an extendable cutter bar that can be moved forward about 23 inches. The one we are using in the project is hydraulically activated and can be moved from the cab, while there are other fixed attachment options that have fixed extensions.”

Two canola varieties are being compared, standard hybrid variety InVigor L130, and shatter resistant variety InVigor L140P. In 2015, Dekalb 75-65 RR was added to the treatments. Factors such as yield, header loss and loss location, environmental shatter loss and various quality components will be measured.

Although there are still two more years of data collection for the project, preliminary observations from the 2014 harvest so far aren’t showing any clear differences between the headers. “We are trying to evaluate specific treatments to determine if one header performs better than the others,” Gregg says. “However, in terms of yield in year one, we didn’t see any significant differences between harvest treatments. We measured header losses through the use of pans for shatter loss and throw-over from the header, and again the performance was very similar with relatively low losses. The Varifeed appears to show some advantage, although we need more data. It appears that the extended knife may be able to collect shatter losses induced by the reel a little better and may provide for smoother crop flow.”

Researchers also tried to identify the location of the header losses by putting pans across the width of the header and into the zone just beyond the header into the adjacent crop. As expected, most of the shatter losses were concentrated at the perimeter of the header around divider points.

Gregg says preliminary findings validate the assumption that the divider point contributes a good portion of shatter losses, while the reel isn’t contributing as much loss as initially anticipated. “We need to investigate further why we are tending to see a higher proportion of the losses at the divider and perimeter, and again near the centre of the header as the material moves into the feeder house.”

Header dividers are of interest so the project researchers compared powered side cutters including a vertical knife on some configurations and a rotary knife on others. In 2015, passive end point dividers have been added to the treatments. “In 2014, we did see losses increase at the edges of the header,” Gregg explains. “The powered knife may be causing higher losses because sometimes whole pods and branches are lost compared to a passive divider that may shake the plants and cause a few pods to open. Although this is fairly common in swathers, the powered knives may be causing some additional losses, particularly in drier conditions.”

Environmental shatter losses were also measured by putting out pans in adjacent crop at the same timing as the swathing treatment. The pans were collected just prior to straight cutting harvest treatments.

The varieties performed fairly similar across all treatments, except at Indian Head in 2014 where a significant wind event caused substantial losses in the standard hybrid as compared to the shatter resistant variety. In those trials, the control swathed and combined standard hybrid plots out-yielded the other standard plots by about four bushels per acre. The shatter resistant variety performed well in all harvest treatments, with no significant difference in yield.

“We expect to be able to provide more details at the end of the three-year project and provide some recommendations to growers,” Gregg says. “At this point, although we may find some differences in headers, any slight advantages may be marginalized relative to all of the other decisions and management practices that growers use. One header might reduce losses by a couple of bushels. However, losses overall may be reduced by properly timing harvest activities, making sure plant densities are optimized and other good agronomic practices that produce a good even high yielding stand.”

Gregg notes there are generally intrinsic risks and losses with both systems and it comes down to which ones you want to manage and which ones fit your farm. “Straight cutting is just another tool in the toolbox, and works for some people on some farms in some years,” Gregg adds. “There is a whole management aspect of straight cutting that needs to be considered along with all of the other factors in a compressed harvest window.”

A farm with a lot of combine power and labour availability might find straight cutting a good option because crops can be combined the day they are ready. However, growers have to be patient and may have to wait a bit later in the season. On the other hand, a smaller operator with limited combine capacity and limited labour may want to include swathing to spread out the already compressed harvest window.

Preliminary project results will be presented over the winter at various extension events, and the straight cutting research will be included in upcoming 2016 field days. Once the project is complete, an economic analysis will be completed with final project results available in early 2017.

The project is jointly funded by SaskCanola, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward II Bilateral Agreement, and the Western Grains Research Foundation.


Aug. 25, 2015, Olathe, Kansas – John Deere is helping customers improve productivity and profitability during harvest with enhancements to its grain harvesting equipment lineup. For model year 2016, the company is adding performance boosting features to its S-Series Combines, 600C Series Corn Heads and 600F HydraFlex Draper Platforms, as well as introducing a new 12-row folding corn head.

Jon Gilbeck, division marketing manager for John Deere Harvester Works, says these are some of the most extensive updates to John Deere harvesting products since the introduction of the S-Series Combines years ago.

"We are constantly listening to our customers and looking for ways to boost their grain harvesting productivity by improving the performance, quality, and technology of the Deere equipment they are using. This includes enhancements to the combines as well as improvements to the different headers and platforms in the lineup."

S-Series Combine Updates

John Deere is making some significant improvements starting with the workhorse of its grain harvesting equipment – the S-Series Combine. Internally, customers will notice a 12 percent larger cleaning sieve and a new shoe drive system with a beefed up, wider belt with double the tensile strength and durability.

In shoe-limited conditions this new Dyna-Flow Plus cleaning system increases combine capacity up to 10 per cent in corn and 13 per cent in wheat and canola and reduces tailings as much as 28 per cent. The combines are designed with stronger internal bearings, pulleys and support structure for increased durability and uptime.

In addition, John Deere is making Active Terrain Adjustment available as a factory-installed option for all 2016 models of S-Series Combines. Active Terrain Adjustment automatically controls the fan speed and sieve/chaffer openings as the combine travels up and down hilly terrain. This optimizes the harvesting performance of the combine and minimizes grain loss on slopes. On uphill slopes of 12-16 degrees the results can be a US$32-64 savings per acre while reducing tailings by as much as 35 per cent. And when harvesting on declining slopes, the greater the slope and greater reduction in foreign material.

To improve accuracy and reliability of yield data collected during harvest, John Deere introduces Active Yield with automated calibration. This feature greatly reduces the time operators spend calibrating the yield monitor and provides more accurate yield data from field to field. Active Yield is available as a field-installed attachment for 2016 S-Series Combines and is compatible with earlier model S-Series machines.

Lastly, John Deere has added an onboard air compressor to new 2016 combines. This addition makes routine combine cleaning and maintenance more convenient, especially when operators are in the field or remote locations.

"These enhanced features make the S-Series Combines even more productive when harvesting all types of grain crops, provide more accurate yield information, and allow operators to spend more time harvesting and less time with calibration and maintenance," Gilbeck says.

New in Headers and Platforms

Along with the updates to the S-Series combines, John Deere is expanding its lineup of 600C Series Corn Heads and updating the 600F HyraFlex Draper Platforms. For the first time, the company is offering a folding 12-row corn head (612FC model). The 612FC can provide productivity of up to 30 acres more per day versus harvesting with a traditional eight-row corn head and six more acres per day versus a traditional 12-row while reducing operating costs by 15 per cent. And John Deere is equipping all 600C corn heads with an improved row unit slip clutch and drive shaft interface for longer life when harvesting today's more robust hybrids.

For soybean and small grain producers, the company has taken many of the features unique to the recently introduced 645FD and built them into other models of HydraFlex Drapers, including the 630FD, 635FD and 640FD. These features include new streamlined end dividers that reduce grain loss and crop knock down; a wider center-feed section that increases material feeding by 15 per cent to better match combine capacity; and 30 per cent stronger reel fingers for greater durability and improved crop pickup.

"These improvements, along with doubling the life of the reel finger support tube bearings on all HydraFlex Drapers, help producers harvest more acres per day with less downtime and lower cost of operation," Gilbeck adds. "Collectively, the changes we made to the combines, corn heads and HydraFlex Drapers provide customers with the most advanced harvesting equipment available."


Feb. 9, 2015 - Alberta's new Farm Implement and Dealership Act will continue to ensure Alberta farmers are treated fairly when purchasing and maintaining farm equipment, according to the province's Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO).

"The Farm Implement and Dealership Act helps protect the investment that Albertan farmers make in farm implements by establishing minimum requirements for sale agreements, warranties and the availability of spare parts," Jeana Les with the FAO says. "The Act also provides a mechanism for resolving disputes regarding farm implements."

The new Farm Implement and Dealership Act is a blended act combining the old Farm Implement Dealerships Act and the Farm Implement Act. The two acts were combined on December 17, 2014, when Bill 6, the Statutes Amendment Act, received royal assent. Bill 6 also includes numerous changes to sections of the former Farm Implement Act.

"The revised statute addresses gaps in the legislation and adds more clarity. This legislation has been around since the mid-1960s and, like any good legislation, it needs to keep evolving to meet the realities we're facing. We've also taken this opportunity make our Farm Implement and Dealership Act more consistent with equivalent legislation in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba."

As the administrator for the Farm Implement and Dealership Act, the FAO provides support to the Farm Implement Board, employs a farm implement inspector, and manages licensing for dealers and distributors. The Farm Implement Board is comprised of three farmers, three industry representatives, and one member appointed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

"The FAO strives to resolve complaints through the Farm Implement Inspector to help limit costs and ensure expediency for affected farmers," said Les. "In 2013-14, the farm implement inspector spoke with approximately 240 different farmers and agri-business owners, mediated 155 disputes and completed over 20 farm implement inspections. As a result, the Farm Implement Board did not need to review any disputes in 2013-14."

More information on these changes is available on the FAO website. The new legislation will come into force in 2015, once the required amendments to the regulation are completed to align with the amended legislation. Updated copies of the Farm Implement and Dealership Act will also be available on the FAO website once they become available.



by Ken Panchuk, PAg, Provincial Specialist, Soils

After a large crop there is bound to be plenty of wear and stress on your straw chopper's components.

Did you feel any unusual vibration when operating the combine last fall? If so, this is a good time to investigate and determine the cause. If the straw chopper is the source of the vibration, get the straw chopper serviced and balanced.

Many things can happen in short order when putting heavy crops through the machine, from uneven wear on chopper flails and knives to a bent, cracked or even broken shaft. Premature bearing failure or a worn shaft can also be the source of the vibration. Checking closely for hairline cracks on the bearing mounts and pans will also provide hints of an emerging problem. Rotation or replacing the flails and knives may be all that is needed to keep the chopper in top condition for harvest.

Remember, the first important step in zero-tillage is chopping and spreading the straw and chaff uniformly using a fine cut chopper that is standard on most combines.



In 2013, a bright red 490-horsepower Class IX combine, the Versatile RT490, will be out of the shop and in the field, ready to compete head on with the biggest names in North American agriculture.

The RT490 was introduced at the Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina in June, and in on-farm demonstrations for the 2012 harvest. It is a Class 9 combine, based on guidelines supplied by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers that include grain tank size and engine capacity.

It will be competing against other Class 9 or larger combines manufactured by Case, New Holland, John Deere and Claas.

A mixture of world-leading technology is brought together in the Versatile RT490, according to Adam Reid, Versatile director of marketing, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Russian investment
The RT490 is manufactured in southern Russia’s port city, Rostov-on-Don, by Rostselmash, with assembly completed in Winnipeg. Rostselmash, a global combine manufacturer, builds roughly 17 percent of the world’s combines and holds about 60 percent of the market share in Russia. Rostselmash builds a wide range of combines. Several years ago, the company started developing the rotating concave rotary combine (RCR) as a product for the global market. Rostselmash purchased 80 percent ownership in Manitoba’s Buhler Industries, including access to the Versatile brand, in 2007.

“The results in Russia were terrific. It went into mass production in Russia in about 2009, and we started looking at introducing it to North America,” says Reid. “This is a unique threshing system that we’re seeing in the RT490. We were waiting until it was released for full production in Russia before looking at it for North America.”

Testing on the RT490 combine in North America has been underway since 2010. 

“We’ve tested them in pretty much every crop grown in North America to determine how they compare in terms of power and capacity,” notes Reid. “We brought three to western Canada in 2010 to get them into wheat, barley and canola. We brought over five additional combines in 2011 and we sent those all over Canada and the US. We did rice, soybeans, corn, milo, wheat, oats and barley. The combine performed very well in all the crops we tested it in.”

Reid says the combine is rugged, reliable, and simple to maintain and service. 

“The capacity and the performance of this machine will go toe-to-toe with any other Class 9 that’s out there now,” says Reid. “Versatile has been known since 1966 for being simple, reliable, easy to service and maintain. This combine lines up with those values. In terms of daily service checks and the maintenance required, they are very low maintenance and easy to work on.”

New technology
The RT490 rotating concave rotor (RCR360) threshing system, according to Versatile, is different from – and better than – ones in AGCO, Deere, CNH and Claas combines.

Most rotary combines have a rotor turning in a stationary setting. The rotor has a partial cage around it and one or two pinch points for threshing.  For the RCR360, the rotor is enclosed completely by a 360-degree concave. It has three pinch points.

“That concave is turning against the rotor very slowly, at about 8 rpm. The rotor can turn full speed within the concave.

There are three points of threshing as the crop is going through the rotor, so grain is threshed three times in each rotation,” says Reid. “You get better threshing, better capacity and better cleaning. Because the concave turns against the rotation of the rotor, you get fantastic cleanout.”

Versatile claims the moving concave makes RT490 more productive than combines with stationary concaves in high-yielding or difficult crop conditions. To feed the RCR360, Russian engineers replaced conventional feeder house designs with an inclined, four-stage beater chamber. 

“This spreads the crop more evenly before it enters the rotor. It means less chance of matting and less chance of closing,” Reid says. 

The new technology considerably increases processing stability and productivity, by allowing a uniform layer of material to enter the rotor.

North American version
Engineers at Rostov-on-Don spent a year developing a version of the combine for North America, and for the Versatile brand. They equipped it with a familiar built-in-Indiana Cummins QSX 11.9L engine. Cummins engines are standard power units for Versatile tractors.

The QSX meets interim Tier 4 emissions standards with Variable Geometry Turbochargers that also help improve fuel economy. It is tuned up to 490 horsepower for adequate power in tough crop conditions. 

The RT490 brings some familiar technology to the table for Canadian and American farmers to consider, too. MacDon Industries in Winnipeg, is supplying conventional headers and draper headers for the Versatile RT490. Versatile is offering headers at up to 35 feet wide and up to 12 rows for the combine. Corn headers will be available from suppliers such as Capello and Geringhof. Raven Industries is supplying a yield monitor, moisture sensor and autosteer. 

The drive line has a lot in common with the Claas combines from Europe, notes Reid. MudHog is supplying an optional all-wheel-drive system. Future options may include tracks or dual wheels. 

Two modes are available from the straw chopper. It has a two-speed shred and scatter mode for spreading debris evenly across the swathed area. Or, it can drop crop debris straight behind the combine for later pickup. One button and a pin will raise and lower the chopper. 

The 340-bushel grain tank features standard hopper extensions that are controlled from the cab. Unloading capacity on the 19-foot auger is about three bushels per second

Inside the RT490 cab, operators will find a familiar and very comfortable sitting place. “One component we decided to change was the seat and the buddy seat,” says Reid. “We install the driver seat and the buddy seat here at the Winnipeg factory. It’s the same seat that we put in our Versatile tractors.”

The cab isn’t big on ‘bells and whistles,’ adds Reid, but he calls it “adequate and not a hard place to spend a day” at work.

Winnipeg workers also put North American tires on the red combines and make a series of other minor changes. In addition, they perform full inspections before sending the new combines to dealers.

Aug. 24, 2012, Duluth, GA - Challenger, a global brand of AGCO, introduces new 500C Series combines that set a higher standard for harvesting capacity and fuel efficiency compared to previous models, thanks to a redesigned crop inlet and threshing system, plus new in-line positioning of the industry-leading AGCO POWER 9.8-liter seven-cylinder engine. Both the 540C [Class 7] and 560C [Class 8] combines offer 350-bushel bin capacities and best-in-class peak unloading rates of 4.5 bushels per second.

“The new 540C and 560C combines feature an all-new multi-zone crop inlet that improves capacity and control of crop material in the segmented rotor and concave sections, which we’ve also redesigned,” says Kevin Cobb, product marketing manager, combines. “These changes, along with the repositioned engine, boost throughput, reduce power needs and dramatically improve overall efficiency of the power train, reducing fuel use.”

The redesigned threshing system includes twelve modular concave sections. This allows one person to easily change out the individual concave sections with a choice of three options and fine-tune the machine for optimal threshing performance. Consistent threshing is delivered by the new H-frame-designed concave support system, which keeps concaves concentric with the rotor throughout the adjustment range, but also includes a unique suspension system to allow large “slugs” of material to pass through without plugging or damage.

Tier 4i engine with AGCO e3 technology for more power, less fuel

The AGCO e3 technology in the AGCO POWER 9.8-liter, seven-cylinder engine provides outstanding fuel efficiency compared to other Class 7 and Class 8 combines. Advanced e3 clean-air technology minimizes fluid costs by varying the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) rate based on real-time emission measurements.

Horsepower ratings at 2,100 rpm for the 540C is 370 HP (276 kW) with an unloading boost of 426 HP (318 kW) and ratings for the 560C are 460 HP (343 kW) with an unloading boost of 502 HP (374 kW), respectively.

Fuel efficiency gets even better by turning this impressive power plant 90 degrees, so the engine is in-line with the rotor. As a result, 500C Series combines achieve an engine-to-rotor transfer efficiency that tops 90 percent. In-line engine positioning offers several other advantages, including requiring fewer moving parts, which reduces servicing needs and downtime.  

The new engine alignment also makes room for the V-Cool cooling system, which draws air into the system from the cleanest part of the machine — at the top of the combine. The V-Cool system is designed with a variable-speed, reversing fan, which blows chaff and dirt off the inlet screen. The “smart” V-cool system measures ambient air temperature, as well as temperatures of machine functions, then operates at the optimum speed needed to maintain proper cooling. This reduces power and fuel needs, especially on cooler fall days. And because the cooling elements are not stacked, as found on conventional designs, chaff is not trapped between coolers. This virtually eliminates the need for cleaning the cooling elements during the harvest season.

Standard, optional features to enhance performance

With the growing popularity of navigation systems, Challenger 500C Series combines will arrive on dealer lots guidance-ready from the factory. Optional Nightbreaker HID and LED lighting puts plenty of attention where it is needed during late hours in the field. A heated and cooled operator’s seat provides extra comfort on both cool fall days as well as warmer days earlier in the harvest season. Factory-installed video-ready options for up to four Ag Cam cameras help the operator monitor hard-to-see areas for convenience and safety.

The Challenger 500C combines will be on display and in the field at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, and at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. For more information about these combines, see your local Challenger dealer or visit


AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, is a global leader focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as related replacement parts. AGCO products are sold through four core machinery brands, Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra, and are distributed globally through 3,100 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Retail financing is available through AGCO Finance for qualified purchasers. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA. In 2011, AGCO had net sales of $8.8 billion.

July 2012 - Crary Industries, Inc. has partnered with Michel’s Industries, Ltd. to distribute Crop Catchers to the United States and Eastern Canada.  

The Crop Catcher is a combine header attachment designed to nearly eliminate grain loss due to shattering by the retractable finger, as well as, reduce feeder house build up. With the Crop Catcher, you will be able to put more crop in your hopper, not on the ground. Giving you more bushels per acres and increasing your profits. The Crop Catcher fits most makes and models of combines.

 Features and benefits of the Crop Catcher include:

U.V. and Scratch Resistant Marguard Glass
Designed and built with strong and dependable U.V. and scratch resistant marguard glass, the Crop Catcher will last for years of reliable service.

A Variety of Crops
The Crop Catcher has been proven effective in a range of crops, such as, canola, soybeans, barley and wheat. You will be able to save up to 1/4 bushel or more per acre on Canola!

Adjustable Positions
The Crop Catcher is adjustable, allowing the operator to find the most desired position for each crop and field condition. Operators can completely fold down the Crop Catcher for trouble-free storage.

Crary products are offered through professional agriculture dealerships.

July 4, 2012, Monheim – Bayer CropScience announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement to purchase AgraQuest, Inc. for a purchase price of US$ 425 million (approximately EUR 340 million) plus milestone payments. AgraQuest, headquartered in Davis, California, USA, is a global supplier of innovative biological pest management solutions based on natural microorganisms. This acquisition will enable Bayer CropScience to build a leading technology platform for green products and to strengthen its strategically important fruits and vegetables business, while also opening new opportunities in other crops and markets. Green products control a broad spectrum of pests and diseases and offer farmers integrated pest management programs to minimize development of resistance and maximize crop yields. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

“The growing fruits and vegetables market, which today accounts for more than 25 percent of our sales, is of strategic importance for us. We plan to achieve EUR 3 billion sales in this segment by 2020 and with the acquisition of AgraQuest we are underlining our growth ambitions,” said Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience, sending a strong signal to the market. “We are the first in our industry to offer farmers a truly comprehensive range of integrated crop solutions based on seeds, traits and combined chemical crop protection and biological control,” she added.

The tailor-made portfolio and promising R&D pipeline of AgraQuest will help Bayer CropScience to build a broad-based technology platform to bring a new generation of innovative products to the market. Furthermore, this acquisition will help to optimally use R&D, manufacturing and market synergies creating value for both Bayer CropScience and its customers. “AgraQuest expands our existing biological pest control portfolio centered on our successful Votivo biological nematicide, and it allows us to further leverage the biotechnology platform we have acquired through Athenix Corporation,” said Sandra Peterson.

“We are proud to become part of Bayer CropScience,” AgraQuest CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith commented. “AgraQuest is ideally positioned as a technology leader in the global biological market and by joining forces with Bayer CropScience we will be able to develop revolutionary, tailor-made biological solutions. Every AgraQuest employee is passionate about developing innovative solutions for better food, and now the products developed through their hard work will be made available to farmers in every corner of the world.” AgraQuest has its own sales force in the NAFTA crop protection market, and sells its green products through a network of distributors and partners in other global regions.

May 26, 2012, Kelowna, BC, - The Harper Government is helping to boost the availability of gluten-free foods to meet growing market demand. Member of Parliament Ron Cannan (Kelowna—Lake Country), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $245,000 to the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) to enhance existing food safety systems to include specific controls for gluten-free foods.
"Food safety is a priority for this government, and this is another example of enhancing national, government-recognized food safety systems for Canadian products," said MP Cannan. "This investment will help provide consumers with the gluten-free foods they need and boost consumer confidence in Canadian food."
The CCA works to increase awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and it provides advice and information to manufacturers and distributors on gluten-free foods. This investment will help the CCA work with ExcelGrains Canada, a farm food safety program for grain farmers managed by the Canada Grains Council, as well as the Packaging Association of Canada and the Canadian Health Food Association to develop specific controls and the supporting tools for each of their existing food safety systems.
These specific controls—or "modules"—will help remove the risk of gluten contamination in grains, packaging materials, and bakery products, benefiting the entire value chain. Once developed, these controls will be adaptable and transferrable to other industry stakeholders across the country.
"On behalf of the nearly three million Canadians who suffer from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, I'd like to thank the federal government for their contribution of financial support," said Jim McCarthy, Executive Director of the CCA. "It's very important for consumers, government and industry to work together to ensure that foods labeled "gluten-free" truly are safe for the consumers who need them. For these consumers, the only treatment is a 100% gluten-free diet, which is very difficult to achieve at present."
This federal Growing Forward investment is being made through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative. The Government of Canada is helping organizations develop national, government-recognized on-farm and/or post-farm hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) or HACCP-based food safety systems. To find out more about this initiative, please visit

Apr. 16, 2012, Ottawa, ON - CropLife Canada has strengthened its chemistry capacity with the addition of Dr. Maria Trainer as managing director of regulatory affairs.

"Maria will be of great service to our member companies and the plant science industry as a whole," says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada. "The ever-changing regulatory environment of the manufacturers, developers and distributors of pest control products will require key strategic and technical input."

Dr. Trainer holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry and PhD in Bacterial Molecular Genetics. Her professional experience includes having been program director with the Council of Canadian Academies where she had the lead responsibility for the Expert Panel on the Integrated Testing of Pesticides, which released its report Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment earlier this year.

As managing director of regulatory affairs at CropLife Canada, Dr. Trainer will help liaise with government departments and work on various regulatory and policy issues, as well as provide guidance in a number of areas related to CropLife Canada's business.

Tools like pesticides and plant biotechnology play an important role in ensuring farmers in Canada and around the world can supply an abundant supply of safe and affordable food for the growing population. Thanks to these tools, Canadian families save about 58 per cent on their weekly grocery bills.

Canadian farmers continue to embrace innovative new technologies as a way to produce more while minimizing their impact on the environment.

"Our industry is committed to providing solutions for farmers and many other segments of society to help them overcome the pest challenges they face on a daily basis. Maria will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to help ensure Canada's farmers have access to the tools and technologies they need to feed the world," says Hepworth.

Trainer is located in Ottawa and can be reached through email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 613-230-9881 ext. 3230.

About CropLife Canada

CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science innovations — pest control products and plant biotechnology — for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings.

Apr. 9, 2012, Rochester, NY - SIGMA Marketing Group, the customer intelligence-driven, direct and digital marketing services firm, today announced the launch of a new, improved website for FMC Corporation, Agricultural Products Group -- North America. The site,, offers a new, features-rich design focused on the needs of the FMC customers, including U.S. growers, Star Retailers, distributors, consultants, as well as Canadian growers, retailers and distributors.

SIGMA was assigned as a Digital Partner by FMC in 2011, partnering with Swanson Russell, creative design partner to FMC, and has since worked on this comprehensive site to create digital platform services that consolidate five previously unrelated websites. The site offers key information from one source in an easy-access format to serve FMC audiences. Features include:

-- This highly personalized web platform delivers industry news, content and tools highlighting FMC’s growing portfolio.

-- A robust content management system delivers customized content to different groups of web visitors.

-- Growers can zero in on weather patterns, fine-tune the right product to treat their crops for maximum effectiveness, view video testimonials of other grower experiences of FMC products, and find an FMC Star Retailer, Aerial Applicator, or a Consultant in their area.

-- The website includes a Canadian version at which can also be accessed from

“This website was a year in the making, and it sets a new standard for digital platforms in our industry,” said Robert Trogele, North America Area Director at FMC North America Crop. “The new FMC site delivers a completely unique relationship tool that sets it apart from competitors and offers customers a valuable resource for everyday use.”

About FMC

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. North American operations are one of five Agricultural Products Group operating units has throughout the world, including Asia-Pacific, Europe-Middle East-Africa, Latin America South and Latin America North. Learn more about the entire company at

About SIGMA Marketing Group

SIGMA Marketing helps clients like Xerox, Nationwide, AAA and Citizens Bank engage with their customers through Analytics + Strategy + Technology. We turn data into customer intelligence and innovative marketing solutions -- online and offline -- with direct and digital solutions that focus on multichannel marketing strategies, data and technology integration, web analytics and sales enablement. SIGMA builds long term customer relationships and drives Marketing ROI. Visit us at and at our Fifth Gear Analytics blog: .

Mar. 1. 2012, Calgary, AB – It is estimated that 2,500 men in Alberta will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this coming year. Prostate cancer will kill approximately eight men every week in our province. This spring, with sponsorship from agribusiness, and in collaboration with rural doctors and nurses, and organizations, Alberta communities are coming together with Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) and Prostate Cancer Canada to launch a Combines for Cures™ pilot project in central Alberta. Through this initiative, PCC, Prostate Cancer Canada and its partners will work to improve rural health, one man at a time. 
“We care about the well-being of our customers and friends. And we know that healthy rural families and communities benefit the entire agricultural industry. For this reason, Agrium has chosen to partner with Prostate Cancer Canada to help move their initiatives forward. We encourage other organizations to do the same,” says Mike Wilson, President and CEO of Agrium.
Limited time and proximity to healthcare facilities dramatically affect the number of men over 40 years of age in rural regions being tested. Donations to Combines for Cures™ will go to the purchase of a MAN VAN for rural Alberta, a mobile testing unit for men who live on farms, ranches and small communities.
“The Prostate Cancer Centre and Prostate Cancer Canada are working hard to develop programs and services and are conducting research that will help eliminate advanced prostate cancer. Our state of the art research facility in Calgary is focused on early detection and treatment of the disease, with comprehensive, patient-focused programming,” says Pam Heard, Executive Director of the PCC.  “This spring, a MAN VAN event will be at a community near you. Please take the simple PSA blood test. It could save your life.”

The Combines for Cures program is also offering farmers an opportunity to support the cause. Farmers are able to make grain donations at their local Crop Production Services (CPS) retail outlets from March to August.  Pledge forms explaining the program are available in CPS retail stores. “We encourage central Alberta farmers to visit their local CPS retail outlets soon to get more information. Farmers are a generous and caring group. And, because the program is accepting all of the major crops, we expect they will be generous to this cause.” says Tony Overwater, Strategy & Business Development Manager, CPS.  “As well, we have added support from Western Feedlots Ltd., a key grain handling partner. Western Feedlots will also be accepting feed grains on behalf of the program. Their support will be critical to the success of this program”, says Overwater.

MAN VAN events
are taking place throughout Central Alberta in March.Events are scheduled in Lacombe (March 5), Delburne (March 7), Olds (March 21), Crossfield (March 25), Trochu (March 29) and Didsbury (June 23) at the Rural Ride for Dads. PCC also encourages rural communities to host their own unique fundraising activities in support of Combines for Cures.

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