Category: TechTour

TechTour: Agrimatics Libra Sends Grain Cart Weights Straight to Your Phone or Tablet

In March of 2014, Agrimatics announced the availability of a new product — the Agrimatics Libra. It’s a cloud-based system that sends weigh scale data from grain carts to a smartphone or tablet. All the operator needs is a small battery-operated device from Agrimatics and the free mobile app. With those two ingredients, any iPhone 4S (or… Read more »

TechTour: Raven’s Hawkeye Precision Nozzle Control

How far off are we from having individual nozzle shut-off and control? We’re not there yet, says Doug Prairie, with Raven, but new nozzle controls systems are improving spray precision dramatically. In this episode of  TechTour, brought to you by Dow AgroSciences, Prairie sits down with Real Agriculture founder Shaun Haney to talk Raven’s new… Read more »

TechTour: New Holland’s New Air Cart Includes a Nod to Its Flexi-Coil Heritage

New Holland unveiled its Flexi Coil P Series air carts this January, with a nod to a history of innovation. “The P Series air carts are a fresh example of Flexi-Coil’s long-standing heritage of innovation,” said Jason Hardy, New Holland crop production marketing manager. “Our product design team conducted extensive research with customers to make sure… Read more »

TechTour: Flexxifinger’s Rotary Rock Picker Allows Operators to Hit the Field in a Skid Steer

If there’s one job on the farm that everyone fights to have, it’s certainly not picking rocks. It’s a dirty, time-consuming task that never seems to end, and no matter how attentive the operator of the pull-type (or walk-type) picker, there will always be rocks left in the field. Though the Flexxifinger ‘Quicker Picker’ doesn’t… Read more »

TechTour: AgSky Lets You Get Bird’s-Eye-View Data of your Fields, Without Buying the Bird

If you’re aerial-image curious but not exactly ready to commit to a UAV purchase, this latest stop on the TechTour may be of interest to you. In this episode of the TechTour, Shaun Haney catches up with Warren Genik, with AgSky Technologies, to talk about what AgSky does, and how the service means you can… Read more »

TechTour: Gearing Down on High-Speed Spraying

On-farm efficiency is certainly a hot topic in today’s agricultural climate. But are we getting a little too keen for speed in the sprayer? We’ve heard often the importance of patience while seeding (check out the Canola School on seeding speed/depth from 2013), but sprayers are often exceeding 15mph in the field. This can have detrimental impacts… Read more »

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 »