Category: TechTour

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 »

TechTour: Light Up the Boom to Extend the Day’s Spraying Window

The best spray application you can do is the one applied at the right time — the right leaf stage, the right point in the disease cycle, the right time of day for insect control. But weather conditions don’t always cooperate, plus with more acres to cover per farmer or sprayer, a product or products… Read more »

TechTour Poll: Which Do You Choose First, Grassy or Broadleaf Herbicide?

Weed control ahead of the crop is so vital to getting the crop off to the best start possible, it’s true, but later emerging or flushes of weeds can strangle a crop in a hurry. As discussed in the first episode of Tech Tour, the sprayer can be a great first place to begin adding… Read more »

TechTour: Finding the Right Precision Ag Set Up for Your Farm

There likely isn’t a farmer around who’d give up their autosteer. Once technology gets integrated into the farming system, it’s more likely that you’re going to add capability, not take it away. That said, when you’re ready move past basic guidance and into true precision agriculture, where do you start? Stuart Lawrence, territory manager with… Read more »

TechTour: Post & Negotiate a Grain Deal from Anywhere with FarmLead.com

Selling grain can be as easy as a phone call, but that’s the exception, not the rule. What’s more, getting a deal done usually requires a bit of back and forth to get the terms that work for your farm. The easier it is for grain buyers and grain sellers to connect and negotiate, the… Read more »

TechTour Poll: What Would Make Herbicide Application Easier?

We all know that farming is a very rewarding career but it is has some very difficult moments.  As we discussed in Episode 1 of the TechTour, there are many hours committed to rolling up and down the field in the sprayer.  One of the goals of the TechTour is to try and save you… Read more »