Category: TechTour

TechTour: Soil sensor enables real-time variable depth tillage

A soil sensor that can detect compaction from above the ground in real-time is enabling a concept described as “variable depth tillage” for targeting compacted layers. The Topsoil Mapper made by Austria-based Geoprospectors is an example of a real-time sensor allowing farmers to account for variability as their tractor passes through a field, rather than… Read more »

TechTour: Claas aims for the best of both tracks and wheels

Claas unveiled a fierce-looking hybrid machine that it describes as the first half-track tractor with full suspension at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, Germany. “It’s combining the best of two worlds. We have the traction efficiency with the tracks on the rear, but we have the driveability and comfort of a wheeled tractor integrated,” explains Henning… Read more »

TechTour: Remote drop pan and separator help reduce harvest losses

Driving combine as a custom harvester, Marcel Kringe and a co-worker figured there had to be an easier way to measure how much good seed was being thrown out the back — something more accurate than checking the ground and more safe than running right beside the combine to throw a pan between the wheels…. Read more »

TechTour: The Dash to fill the sprayer faster

With only limited good spraying days and plenty of acres to cover, efficiency is critical when it comes to spraying. Driving faster often comes with increased risks and reduced product efficacy, so the best place to make up ground? Reducing the time spent filling. As Derek Friesen of Crystal City, Man. explains in this latest… Read more »

TechTour: Manitoba farmer gives planters a new look

From the road, it looks like a custom-made air seeder pulled by a Big Bud four-wheel drive tractor. But after your eyes move on from the rare tractor, you might notice something else. Those look like planter row units mounted on the frame. Having grown corn and soybeans in the southwest corner of Manitoba near Waskada… Read more »

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 »