Category: Harvest

IntelliSense automation adjusts combine settings every 20 seconds

Maintaining proper combine setup as field conditions change throughout a day of harvesting is always a challenge. But that job is about to get a lot easier for operators of CR Revelation combines with new IntelliSense automation system, says New Holland. The goal of IntelliSense is to help combine operators manage and adjust quickly to the… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Sept 19: Surprising soy yields, sprouting corn, plus hay and more hay

Harvest is rolling, rolling, rolling, and the rush is on perhaps more than most years as the Ontario crop is rushing towards dry and even too-dry at an incredible rate. In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson rounds up some pretty impressive soybean and dry bean yields, while silage yields disappoint, though that’s… Read more »

Soybean School: What can you do about green soybeans?

Soybeans are most often grown places that get abundant rain, particularly in August. This usually happens in southern Manitoba, so an unusual problem is emerging there: soybeans are drying down, but staying green. In this episode of the Soybean School, RealAgriculture’s Dale Leftwich talks to Glenda Clezy, regional grow team advisor with Federated Co-op, about soybeans… Read more »

Corn School: Harvest quickly to limit losses to gibberella

If you’re noticing a little fuzzy trouble with your corn crop this year — you’re not alone. With rainfall after rainfall at pollination (but not before!), the weather created perfect conditions for gibberella infection and spread. If you’ve scouted your corn crop and have found pink mould growth at the tip of the cob, chances are… Read more »

Pulse School: Dry bean production under irrigation

Dry beans are not too common on the western plains but they do have a nice fit in certain areas. One of those areas is the Riverhurst irrigation district along Lake Diefenbaker in Saskatchewan. That’s where RealAgriculture field editor, Dale Leftwich, caught up with Riverhurst area farmer, Jeff Ewen for this episode of Pulse School…. Read more »

Claas debuts flex draper header

Claas unveiled its new Convio draper header series at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa last week, including a new model outfitted specifically for straight-harvesting canola. Available in widths of 35 to 45 feet, the Convio Flex draper features up to 9 inches of vertical flex, says product manager Jeff Gray, in the interview below…. Read more »

Deere forage harvester chops 400 tons per hour

John Deere’s new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters claim to deliver both high-capacity harvesting and forage quality. The 9000 Series harvesters, which provide up to 400 tons of throughput per hour, debuted last week at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, Deere senior marketing representative Shaun Fritchey explains how the four new models… Read more »

New GSI grain bins feature automated cleanout with inflatable liners

Tired of brooms and shovels and all that dusty work to clean out grain bins after they’ve been emptied? Farmers who’ve had enough of the ‘clean out’ grind will want to take a look at the new Z-Series bins from GSI. The Z-Series, featuring Flexwave technology, will be available this fall. GSI demonstrated how the… Read more »

Corn School: Will wet weather bring late-season disease?

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs plant pathologist Albert Tenuta is gearing up for his annual pre-harvest corn disease survey, and he’s optimistic leaf disease will not have a significant impact on the 2018 corn crop. Some growers have raised concerns that a rainy late July and August could lead to a flood… Read more »

Early harvest means more opportunity to complete the fall task list

There has been a different feeling to the air over the last week. The days are getting shorter, the evenings a little cooler, and even the whisper of frost has been heard. That’s the mood as Shaun Haney and Trish Meyers compare notes about changing seasons and what makes it onto the fall ‘to do’… Read more »

“Smile on your face, lump in your throat”: Sask. farmer’s passing brings community and combines together

Harvest is an exciting time as we see the hard work of the growing season pay off, but it started on a somber note for the friends and family of Brian Williams — a farmer at Milestone, Sask. who passed away last week. Milestone Mayor Jeff Brown says it’s a tough time for the small… Read more »

Canola School: What a combine loss monitor can (and can’t) tell you

Combine loss monitors are useful for understanding whether the amount of grain being thrown out the back of a combine is increasing or decreasing, but they’re not a great tool for quantifying those losses, according to research conducted by PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute). The recent project focused on understanding the accuracy of combine loss… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 15: Corn disease risks, a sudden potash deficiency, and cloudy conditions

As the summer days stretch and the forest fire smoke settles in over huge areas of the country, farmers are wrapping up wheat harvest in the east and starting harvest in earnest in the west. Late-season agronomy typically centres on harvest management, but diseases and insects are still lurking, especially in the corn crop. In… Read more »

Corn School: Will double-cob corn deliver bonus yield?

If you’re seeing double in your corn crop this year, you’re not seeing things. Double-cob stalks are showing up in many fields this season and farmers want to know — will these bonus cobs amount to anything, and why are they even there? Those are two questions Steph Kowalski, agronomy lead for the Agromart Group,… Read more »

City kids connect farmers to consumers in ‘Before the Plate’

What do you get when you connect two ‘city kid’ filmmakers, a world-class chef, and nine farmers and their families? You get Before The Plate, a genuine behind-the-kitchen-door, on-the-farm look at how food is produced in Canada, and the passion and commitment chefs and farmers apply to their craft. The driving force behind the film… Read more »