Category: TechTour

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 »

TechTour: What Drives Herbicide Research & Innovation?

The factors involved in weed management decisions vary greatly from farm to farm, so many herbicide research projects deal with variances in weather, soil and weed population presence. Products and even rates, for example, will often be catered to a specific soil zone. And, with the growing threat of herbicide resistance, it boils down to more… Read more »

TechTour: Keep Crop Protection Solutions at your Fingertips with the Ag-Chem Expert

If you’re overwhelmed by trying to keep track of every new crop protection product, formulation, tank-mix and re-cropping restriction, you’re not alone. While many farmers and agronomists have a well-marked-up copy of the Guide to Crop Protection, could there be a place for technology to make selecting crop production products easier? Absolutely! Enter Ag-Chem Expert…. Read more »

TechTour: Managing Spray Pressure with Pinpoint Control

The theme of TechTour is simple — highlight products and services out there that save farmers time, money or both. A recent poll we ran here on RealAgriculture suggested that the sprayer is one busy implement, which makes it incredibly important for spraying to be accomplished efficiently. But efficiency doesn’t mean just going fast. The… Read more »

TechTour: Manage Mud with the Roto Mud Scraper

For anyone who has ever had to seed in wet or very wet conditions, mud is a four letter word. For those in heavy, sticky clays, mud is also synonymous with a poor planting job, often gumming up the equipment and messing up the seed bed. While there’s no point in pushing hard when it’s… Read more »

TechTour: Telematics on the Farm — Managing time, farm labour & more

No matter what colour of equipment you run on your farm, there are so many ways to gather information, and yes, it can all talk to each other. But just because you’re gathering information doesn’t mean it’s useful data — there has to be a reason for tracking things or tallying up differences. As Trevor… Read more »

TechTour – Farm at Hand Makes Record Keeping Easy and Affordable from a Mobile Device

What shape is your farm record keeping system in? Do you write things into a journal? Do you write your records on a sheet of paper and then watch it blow around the truck all summer and possibly out the window as you drive down the highways at 120 km/h. There are other options.  Get… Read more »

TechTour: Wirelessly Track What’s in the Bin with BinSense

There’s incredible effort and expense put in to growing a crop. Once it’s in the bin, however, the job is only mostly done. Storing grain safely, especially over the long term, means keeping tabs on bin conditions. Bin monitors and sensors are the first step — how you track and monitor what those sensors are… Read more »

TechTour: In One Season, How Many Operational Hours Do You Put on Your Sprayer(s)

The sprayer has become on of the most utilized pieces of farm machinery on farms across North America.  Everyone likes to talk planters and combines but the unit that gets the most trips up and down the field is the sprayer.  In this weeks TechTour Poll we want to ask you about your sprayer hours…. Read more »

TechTour: Driving Marketing Decisions with Know-Risk Software

The risks of waiting for a market high can be huge, and the consequences are often detrimental to any amount of profitability. So, market analysts will often suggest farmers target margin. But knowing market movement, fixed costs and trying to run a farming operation can be incredibly overwhelming, not to mention time-consuming. Decisive Farming offers a… Read more »

TechTour: Aerial Application Innovations & the Future of UAVs for Field Work

A high-clearance sprayer simply can’t compete with the efficiency of aerial application of some crop protection products. But just because a plane can cover farm more acres than ground units doesn’t mean there isn’t a drive to do the job better and more efficiently. On this stop of the Dow AgroSciences’ TechTour, Paul O’Carroll, of… Read more »

Tech Tour: Strategies to Reduce Downtime in Spray Operations

If there’s one thing farmers are focused on during the spray season, it’s efficiency. A spray operation must accomplish its goal of getting the right product on, but time is of the utmost importance, especially during the hectic early season or when, say, conditions for disease progression are ideal. Learn more: What’s an inversion? Tom… Read more »

TechTour: “Smart-Scout” Your Field with some help from GEOSYS

The only data that’s useful is data you can…well…use. On the farm, that means data that can translate into a decision, without the use of an interpreter, quickly and efficiently. Many companies currently offer all kinds of data collection services for your operation. The real question is, how will that impact what you do tomorrow?… Read more »

TechTour: Acoustic Monitoring System “Listens” for Trouble in Your Air-Seeder

It’s been described as a stethoscope for your air-seeder and that’s actually a fairly accurate analogy for how Intelligent Agricultural Solution’s Wireless Blockage and Flow Monitoring System works. The product monitors the openers on your drill with an acoustic-based system to not only detect blockages and reduced flow rates but also give you a broad… Read more »

TechTour: Access & Manage Farm Data Anywhere with the Agri-Data Solution

Most farmers know which crops are their best money makers. Naming your most productive field is likely pretty easy, too. But do you know how profitable each field or area of a field is? If you could create a profit map by field zone, would it change the way you farm? You likely would, and,… Read more »