Category: TechTour

TechTour: Getting Good Flotation from Skinny Sprayer Tires

How do you make a skinny tire that damages as little crop as possible but doesn’t just cut through soft soil like a knife through butter? The key is having a flexible sidewall that allows the tire’s footprint to expand. “Basically the ability to make the tire as flexible as possible means you can carry a much higher… Read more »

TechTour: SprayTest Offers Remote Boom Control

Checking nozzles on the sprayer for uniformity can prove rather tedious, as it often means clambering up and down sprayer steps to turn booms on and off, and running behind the sprayer to take a look, all while attempting to avoid drift. SprayTest Controls Inc. has changed that process, with the remote boom control system…. Read more »

TechTour: Two Pieces of Equipment in One — The Neeralta Grain Bagger

Innovations in agriculture are increasingly centred around improving efficiencies to both time and labour. The Neeralta grain extractor and bag roller is no exception. Extracting grain from 9′, 10′ and 12′ bags, it’s easy to operate, quick to transition and can drop grain bags directly onto the back of a truck or trailer. Have you entered the… Read more »

Tech Tour: Collaboration Behind New Holland’s 2015 Harvest Suite Cab

New Holland’s new Harvest Suite cab design is an impressive demonstration of what can happen when a company actively collaborates with its consumers. The Suite, equipped in all 2015 CR series combines, was developed with nearly four years of customer consultations, resulting in increases in leg room, a sloped floor design, more than 110 cubic feet of space, three… Read more »

TechTour: How Much Nitrogen Will You Purchase This Fall?

As the 2014 harvest starts, stalls, rolls on and then feels like you will never finish, you probably have some time to begin to think about next years crop production. One of those considerations usually involves fertilizer pricing and purchase. Don’t Miss: The Latest episodes of the Tech Tour There are many new innovations in… Read more »

TechTour: CX-6 Smart Seeder Brings New Level of Precision to Seeding

In the world of precision agriculture, the CX-6 Smart Seeder from Clean Seed Capital Group stands alone in its ability to customize the rates at which seed and fertilizer are applied to each row in a field. The CX-6 can meter up to six different products right above each row opener, explains Colin Rosengren, vice-president… Read more »

Tech Tour: Fuelling Up on the Field With the Meridian Fuel Express

With larger farms, bigger equipment and longer distances to travel from the farm to the field, the old slip-tank in the back of a pick-up truck simply doesn’t cut it for the fuel needs on the field for many farms. As part of this episode of the Dow AgroSciences TechTour, Meridian’s Ken Pierson describes the new… Read more »

TechTour: Captain the Seed Hawk Seeder From the Cab With Your iPad

If your tractor cab is beginning to look more like NASA’s launch station, you’re not alone. With a monitor for this and a monitor for that, plus your own phone or tablet to track what you’re doing (or stay entertained listening to a machinery podcast or two), before long, you’re out of room or frustrated… Read more »

TechTour: Morris Industries’ New Injected Polymer Openers

This year, Morris Industries unveiled a new, polymer-injected opener, which will allow operators to use liquid or solid fertilizers. The highest wear regions have seen an increase in tungsten carbide by 32%, though the low, narrow profile already minimizes width, wear and reduces soil build-up. Related: When Should I Change My Openers? In this episode of the… Read more »

TechTour Meets Talking to Farmers: How Many Good Spray Days Do You Get?

If there ever was a “perfect” spray day, it would likely be embellished with a flat sprayer tire or a busted hydraulic hose. Let’s face it, some years, even days with good conditions are few.  Something is always on a spray applicator’s mind, whether it’s temperature extremes, the potential for precipitation, high windspeed, an inversion or trying… Read more »

TechTour: That’s a Wrap, Brandon is Not Mexico, and the Screaming Child

Well, that’s a wrap on season one of TechTour. I thought it would be kind of fun to introduce you to someone that helped me tremendously along the way — Erin Bartlett. Erin works for AdFarm and was my “handler” for the tour along the five stops (to think they thought I needed a handler!)…. Read more »

TechTour: Zimmatic’s Fieldnet With Variable Rate Irrigation

Every year, North American farmers adopt more technology, enabling precision, efficiency and, in some cases, more holiday time. Even those with intensive management systems can control and monitor some of the operation from a distance. This is certainly becoming the case with irrigation systems, with a few apps and precision technologies now competing on the marketplace…. Read more »

TechTour: On-Farm Help with Agremote Systems

In 1997, Agremote Systems Inc developed a remote controlled truck chute system that allows producers to control the hoist and chute on a grain truck. This way, when a quick change needs to be made — like stopping the hoist because you were tweeting and over-filling —  it can be done from atop the grain bin or air drill…. Read more »

TechTour: Adding “Eyes” to Implements Improves Efficiency & Safety

While there’s certainly a time to be out checking machinery with your own eyes, there are numerous times you could be stopping to check on hoppers, implements or attachments but you just don’t make the time. Have you entered the TechTour giveaway? Click here to enter to win an LED Light Package for the sprayer!… Read more »

TechTour: Navigating the Crop Protection Product Pipeline

Farmers often hear about the years of work and painstaking trials it takes to bring a new crop variety to market, but how many years do you think it takes for a new crop protection product to make it to market? Randy Smith of Dow AgroSciences sits down with RealAgriculture editor Shaun Haney to discuss… Read more »