Category: TechTour

TechTour: Extra sets of eyes on machinery improve efficiency

For farmers with plenty of help, it’s the eyes and ears of others around the farm that help with spotting, moving, or monitoring equipment. For farmers like Jim Hale, from Lancer, Sask., cameras installed on some of his machinery have replaced some of that help. A cereal, pulse, and oilseed farmer, Hale runs his farm operation on his… Read more »

TechTour: Using solar energy to power irrigation pivots

The way we farm is continuously changing, including the way farms with irrigated acres power their irrigation pivots. The idea of using solar energy to help offset the cost of operating pivots once seemed foreign, but there’s growing interest some early adopters have setup solar installations. Merlinds Farms Ltd, near Grassy Lake, Alta. was the first in… Read more »

TechTour: Ramp Up Seeding Turn-Around Times with the Wildcard Trailer

Seeding and harvest are the two main pinch points for time on the farm. Many farmers have gone to wider implements, bigger carts, and huge tractors in an effort to cover the maximum amount of acres per day to make the most of an intense spring start. But going wider and adding capacity creates a… Read more »

TechTour: More Than Photos — The Many Applications of the UAV

Pretty field pictures and awesome harvest videos aside, drones, or UAVs, are proving their worth on the farm through field scouting and development of management zones for precision farming applications. But there are many that see drones as an overblown camera or a fun toy, not fully recognizing the present usefulness and future potential of the… Read more »

TechTour: If You Can’t Buy it, Build it — SSG Fusion Feedlot Software

In the feedlot business, as elsewhere, necessity is the mother of innovation. So when Stronks Feedlot at Picture Butte, Alta., couldn’t find software to fit its operation, they invented it. On this season of the TechTour, together with Dow AgroSciences, we’re shining the spotlight on on-farm innovations and inventions that improve efficiency and productivity. Hampered by the… Read more »

TechTour: How To Build A Driverless Tractor

Innovation is a constant part of life on most farms. A farmer’s mind is often focused on figuring out how to make something run more efficiently. Together with Dow AgroSciences we’re excited to launch the 2017 season of the TechTour here on RealAgriculture. Over the coming months we are going to shine a spotlight on innovations that have occurred… Read more »

TechTour: Kverneland’s i-Plough Named ‘Machine of The Year’ by DLV

It’s hard to imagine a plough that does more than…well, plough. But Kverneland, a Norway-based agricultural machinery company, decided it was time to put some ‘intelligence’ in the system. The company showcased its 2500 i-Plough at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, where RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney stopped by the booth to find out more. “It can handle… Read more »

TechTour: John Deere Makes Combine Changes to Boost Capacity

John Deere’s W- and T-Series combines underwent a comprehensive redesign for 2016. The new models have larger active separation and cleaning shoe areas; faster unloading rates and crop conversion; 40km/h top speeds; and more power. “The goal from the new development of the new T-series was to increase the capacity of the machine,” John Deere’s Christian… Read more »

Techtour: Horsch Unveils ‘Millennium Falcon’ of Sprayer Sensors

Most modern boom sensors look to the terrain immediately ahead to adjust for changes in terrain. Besides mitigating the risk of drift, these systems also offer one less thing for the sprayer operator to have to worry about. Horsch’s new BoomSight offers a slightly different, higher perspective. BoomSight was unveiled by Horsch at Agritechnica in Germany… Read more »

TechTour: Bye-Bye Mechanical Transmission, Hello Electric Hay Rake

It’s been an exciting year for Fendt’s forage branch. The company presented their brand new rotary hay rake at Agritechnica in November and have since received two silver awards for the innovation. The first, from Agritechnica itself, and the second from the International Agricultural Machinery Fair, FIMA, in Spain. “We believe that there is a… Read more »

TechTour: Adding 1.7 Tons of Tractor Ballast with the Press of a Button

Having your tractor hop up a hill is never a good feeling. Besides being downright uncomfortable, it’s a powerful reminder that the tractor isn’t operating to its full potential (think fuel consumption, tire wear and drawbar performance). But proper ballasting can be a big job, making it an easy job to overlook. That’s where John Deere’s new, aptly named, EZ… Read more »

TechTour: Seagull’s Telescopic Combine Reel Pulls In Its Plumage

Many of the new innovations from machinery companies at Agritechnica’s 2015 show seemed to be inspired by transportation issues, and the Seagull Telescopic Reel from STW srl Italy was no exception. The harvester header combines the aforementioned telescopic reel technology with a folding cutting platform to compress widths during transport, allowing the header to shrink to one-third… Read more »

TechTour: Nurse Truck Design Drives Spraying Efficiency

Few farmers would argue that getting more acres covered per hour is a priority during spraying season. The easiest way to cover more ground is to minimize the amount of time the sprayer spends standing still when conditions are conducive for spraying, emphasizes Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix and Sprayers101.com, in this TechTour episode. “A big part of… Read more »

Techtour: John Deere Brings Synchronization to Forage Equipment

John Deere wins at the Agritechnica’s 2015 Innovation Awards had RealAgriculture representatives hopping in Hanover, Germany in November. You’ve already seen footage from their ProCut technology and their GoHarvest combine simulation system. In this episode of the TechTour, we move over to forage production, and Deere’s “Active Fill Control Sync” (AFC Sync). Don’t Miss Out: Enter to Win a Meridian… Read more »

Techtour: Krone’s Mobile Pellet Harvester Attracts Attention at Agritechnica

Krone’s Premos 5000 won an innovation gold at Agritechnica this year. It’s the world’s first mobile pellet harvester, and, according to Krone, it uses just half the energy of its stationary counterparts. Pellets can be made of straw or forage crops, and can be used in bedding, as part of a total mixed ration, or… Read more »