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New Holland Rolls Out T9 SmartTrax

 New Holland Rolls Out T9 SmartTrax

New Track System Available on T9 Tractors in 2025

By Ryan Ridley

New Holland has recently announced the launch of its T9 SmartTrax for the 2025 model year. This new model promises to bring many enhancements aimed at improving performance, operator comfort, and overall reliability. 

The T9 SmartTrax tractor is available in five different models, ranging from 475 to 645 horsepower, and offers a choice between powershift and CVT transmissions.

Ken Paul with New Holland told that the new track system was designed with three main categories in mind: performance, comfort, and peace of mind.  

The components that complete these tracks include: 

  • Automatic track tensioning system 

  • Track suspension system 

  • Oscillating roller wheels 

New Holland says the oscillating roller wheels create a smooth ride through the field, allow for a  longer belt life, and eliminate the need for manual adjustments. 

Its new track suspension system also ensures a smoother ride, making long hours in the field less taxing for the operator.  

You can also choose from three different track suppliers and select between 30 or 36-inch belt sizes to suit you specific needs. 

Its six roller wheels, compared to the typical four found in other track systems. 

“With six roller wheels, we have a lot more surface area that is making sure the compaction, flotation of the track system is optimized to its best ability,” adds Paul. 

For operator comfort, New Holland has introduced swinging steps that make it easier to enter and exit the tractor. This feature is particularly useful as it adjusts to the movement of the tractor, providing stable and safe access. 

In terms of reliability, the T9 SmartTrax tractor offers peace of mind through its warranty options. Track belts come with up to a four-year warranty, with certain versions extending to five years.  

The tractor’s serviceability is further enhanced by bolt-on systems for easy maintenance, allowing quick repairs that minimize downtime. 

If you are interested in the new T9 with SmartTrax system, you can expect these tractors to be available for order later this year.  

Ken Paul walks you through the new system in the below video. 

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Gurcharn Singh Brar is a wheat breeder whose path meandered from the breadbaskets of Punjab, India, to the sprawling fields of the Prairies. In a candid conversation, Brar shared insights into his journey, the challenges faced, and the undying passion that fuels his quest for better crops.

It all began with a childhood rooted in the wheat fields of Punjab, where agriculture isn’t just a livelihood but a way of life. His fascination with wheat and its potential led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences at Punjab Agricultural University. It was during this time that he encountered the spectre of rust diseases, particularly stripe rust, which plagued the region’s wheat crops. Determined to combat this menace, he set his sights on a journey that would take him across continents.

Venturing abroad for his graduate studies, he found himself in Saskatchewan at the Crop Development Centre (CDC), working under the mentorship of renowned researchers like Randy Kutcher and Pierre Hucl. Here, he delved deep into the world of wheat genetics, focusing on stripe rust resistance — a quest that would shape his academic pursuits for years to come.

After completing his master’s and Ph.D. in six and a half years, he embarked on a professional journey that would see him traverse academia and research. From brief stints as a research officer to landing his dream faculty position at the University of British Columbia’s Plant Science program, his career trajectory was marked by a strong drive to make a difference in the world of wheat.

Despite the allure of British Columbia’s unique agricultural landscape, he found himself wanting to return to the vast expanses of the Prairies, where wheat reigns supreme. He recently returned to the Prairies and is the new wheat breeder at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

“The opportunity to lead an established wheat breeding program at the University of Alberta was a dream come true. With the necessary resources and infrastructure in place, I’m excited to drive innovation and develop high-yielding wheat varieties tailored to the unique conditions of northern Canada,” he says.

Brar, one of Seed World Canada‘s 2024 Next-Gen Leaders, has become known for identifying novel sources of resistance to priority diseases and his efforts in developing wheat germplasm with multiple disease-resistant traits.

In addition to his groundbreaking research, Brar is committed to mentoring the next generation of agricultural scientists.

“I believe in nurturing talent and empowering students to pursue their passions,” he says. “Watching my students grow and thrive in their research endeavours is hugely rewarding.”

As he looks ahead, Brar’s vision for the future of wheat breeding is clear: “My number one target is to develop high-yielding wheat varieties adapted to the northern climates of Canada. By focusing on early maturity and strong straw traits, we can maximize yield potential while ensuring resilience to environmental challenges.”

His decision to also join the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye, and Triticale (PGDC) executive as member-at-large came from a desire to play an even more important role in the world of Canadian cereals.