Top 5 Machinery Stories From The Scoop In 2020

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Advances in technology and iron were popular reads on Here are the top five stories from the past year. 

John Deere Tech Takes the Guesswork Out of Guess Rows 

Iowa farmer Bart Harris doubts they would have harvested much of any of their derecho-devastated corn crop this year if it wasn’t for a brand-new John Deere technology.

Harris’s farm was a test cooperator for John Deere’s AutoPath, now available via John Deere dealers. 

GVM Announces New Spreader Line

The Double Duty Standard Rotation Series (SRS) line was created with owners and operators in mind. Designed to increase spreading rate and accuracy for heavy bulk materials while still maintaining the flat accurate and repeatable spread pattern the Double Duty body is known for. 

Raven Commercializes First Autonomy Product

After acquiring Smart Ag in the fall of 2019, Raven has opened pre-orders AutoCart, the autonomous grain cart technology initially developed by Smart Ag. 

Raven plans to have its units in the field with customers in time for the 2021 harvest season. 

AGCO Announces Recipients of 2020 Operator of the Year Donations

In celebration of the program’s 15th year and in recognition of the challenges faced by communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic, AGCO, its dealers, and retailers of past Operator of the Year winners transformed the award to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

CNH Industrial Names New CEO

Scott W. Wine is moving from Polaris to CNH Industrial. Effective January 4, 2021 Wine will be CNH Industrial’s Chief Executive Officer. Since 2008, he had served as CEO at Polaris Inc., and he had been chairman since 2013. 


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