Category: TechTour

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 »

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 »