Linamar Corporation says it has completed its previously-announced purchase of Saskatchewan-based agricultural manufacturer Bourgault Industries, as of February 1. As part of the deal, Linamar has acquired 100 per cent of the equity in Bourgault, including the main seeder operations in St. Brieux, Sask., as well as hay handling and livestock feeding equipment-maker Highline Manufacturing… Read More

You can learn a lot about reducing tillage in 35 years. That’s the combined number of years Horst Bohner and Rob Templeman have spent leading Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) soybean research and extension efforts. On the first episode of the 2024 season of RealAgriculture’s Soybean School, OMAFRA’s current and former… Read More

Designed by Stara, Brazil’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturer, the Imperador 4000 sprayer claims to feature the world’s only centrally-mounted boom. The sprayer was introduced in 2010 with a mid-mount boom between the two axles, designed deliver more stability, better targeting and higher spraying quality, says Stara’s export area manager Douglas Fernandez. In this report from… Read More

The massive uncontrollable variable that is the weather can create challenges when benchmarking and comparing agronomic decisions over large geographies. Antara Agronomy is trying to overcome the problem with weather by taking a “small data-first” approach with Antara Insights — an agronomy benchmarking program that was recognized with a runner-up award in the Ag Days’… Read More

Biological products, such as inoculants for pulses and soybeans, have been around a very long time, but the ever-expanding world of biological products now means that growers have options for hundreds of products that are supposed to do everything from stimulating root growth, to helping plants recover from hail, to fixing nitrogen. To help evaluate… Read More

Tar spot was a little late arriving in Ontario cornfields in 2023, but the leaf disease ramped up post tasseling, and with an extended fall, took a late-season bite out of grain yields in southwestern areas of the province. Growers who sprayed fungicides to defend their crop against disease were rewarded with higher yields, reports… Read More

Large seed capacity and the ability to fold into a three-metre (about 10-foot) travelling width are two key features of the new Efecta CM 1200 air seeder from Bednar. In this report from Agritechnica, the company’s business director, Jan Bednar, explains how operators can manage seed flows from the two 6,000-litre tanks and monitor seed… Read More

What’s the most economic rate of nitrogen for corn? Where is that line between feeding the crop the right amount of the yield-producing nutrient and wasting dollars on excess product? University of Guelph sustainable cropping systems professor Dr. Adrian Correndo says a lot of field trials and research brainpower has been invested in identifying an… Read More

With any new crop pest or disease, it takes time to understand the problem and to develop best management practices. It’s been around a decade since verticillium stripe was first confirmed in Manitoba. Both awareness and prevalence of the disease have increased across the Prairies since then, but there are still gaps to be filled… Read More

CLAAS is the latest equipment manufacturer to share its plans to market autonomous tractors. At Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, CLAAS showcased an Xerion autonomy-enabled prototype tractor and a two-step process to automation. In this interview, CLAAS head of technology management, Christoph Molitor, tells RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney that the company’s first step will be a “co-pilot”… Read More

Last month, RealAgristudies asked farmers and ranchers across Canada for their perspectives on their involvement, support, and challenges with producer groups. Over 700 farmers participated to share their thoughts on: Producer group membership and participation Asking for check-off refunds, when available Effectiveness of producer groups Praise for what groups do well and where they need… Read More

When it comes to farm equipment manufacturers, Spalding, United Kingdom-based Horizon Agricultural Machinery is a relatively new kid on the block. The company has a growing dealership across 27 countries and is making inroads into the strip till and planter market, notes Horizon’s technical lead and national agronomist Jon Myhill. With the growth of strip… Read More

 

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