Implement-tractor connectivity and the crushing reality of going electric in ag

Nic Dubuc and Shaun Haney at Agritechnica 2023

It’s not just interest rates and the cost of things that’s changed significantly in the four years since Agritechnica was last held in Hannover, Germany, in 2019.

Then, the show was packed with all-electric every thing, or so it seemed. Agritechnica is often the home of prototype or concept machines, but as Nic Dubuc, farmer and ag engineer from near Montreal, Que., shares, many of those ideas presented in 2019 were just shells.

Fast forward four years and the world has changed. You could argue that climate action is at the forefront of many policies and government agendas, but at the show, at least, much of the move to going all-electric has backed off. Dubuc says that much of what he saw was more integration between implement and engine, and more mashing up of electric and diesel.

But changing regulations showed up in other ways, Dubuc says in the interview below, as he echoed what Tom Wolf observed, where non-chemical (tillage!?) weed control has come back in to fashion. Check out Dubuc’s full discussion with Shaun Haney, below, or download the podcast for later.

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