Russian combine manufacturer Rostselmash continues to test its harvesters in hopes of introducing them to the North American market within the next few years.
"There are some combines now in testing. We are working with Cummins to install Cummins engines. Next year, you'll see a few more combines and in a couple years, yes, we'll try to sell some, " says Dmitry Lyubimov, president of Buhler Industries. Rostselmash is the primary shareholder in Buhler.
He says they believe their machines are competitive with other top combine brands. "We know that the last version of Rostselmash combine is absolutely competitive in terms of performance and reliability. We just need to convince farmers that Russia is able to make a good combine," Lyubimov says with a chuckle.
Rostselmash currently holds around 60 percent market share when it comes to combines in Russia.
Meanwhile, Lyubimov says Buhler is also working on marketing its Farm King line of agricultural equipment in Russia. "We have noticed growing demand for grain handling equipment as farmers start caring about handling and storing their crop. We expect growing demand," he says. Farm King products are manufactured in Morden, as well as Fargo, North Dakota and Willmar, Minnesota.