Category: Machinery

TechTour: How To Build A Driverless Tractor

Innovation is a constant part of life on most farms. A farmer’s mind is often focused on figuring out how to make something run more efficiently. Together with Dow AgroSciences we’re excited to launch the 2017 season of the TechTour here on RealAgriculture. Over the coming months we are going to shine a spotlight on innovations that have occurred… Read more »

A Burning Reminder to Check Your Grain Bins

When we first saw the above photo on Twitter early this month, we weren’t sure what to think. Is it real? Has it been Photoshopped? Reports of heated canola aren’t unusual, but a whole bin seemingly on fire? Well, it unfortunately was real, as around 1,600 bu of canola was destroyed on the farm near Kelvington, Saskatchewan…. Read more »

More Options for New Holland SmartTrax

New Holland is expanding its SmartTrax offering for 2017. The new SmartTrax options for T9 Series tractors were rolled out earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, New Holland cash crop marketing segment lead Dan Valen explains the evolution of the company’s SmartTrax technology and how it compares… Read more »

Going Shallow? Let’s Talk Tickle Tillage

Two inches. That’s deep enough tillage for Dutton, Ontario, farmer Dave Durham. He uses a Great Plains Turbo-Max vertical tillage unit to “tickle” a wide rage of soils on his farm, including muck, sand and clays. In the latest episode of Real Agriculture’s Tillage Talk, agronomists Peter Johnson and Al McCallum quiz Durham about his… Read more »

John Deere Debuts Electric High-Power Tractor Prototype

John Deere has unveiled its first electric high-power tractor ahead of the upcoming SIMA agriculture show in France. Built on the chassis of Deere’s 6R tractors, the SESAM (Sustainable Energy Supply for Agricultural Machinery) prototype features a set of 130kW lithium-ion batteries which power two independent 150 kW electric motors, producing the equivalent of roughly… Read more »

How Deep Ripping Can Make A Compaction Problem Worse

If it’s done right, deep ripping can help address a compaction problem in the field, but if you’re not careful, it can also make it worse. As with any kind of tillage, you have the potential of breaking up soil aggregates with a deep ripper or subsoiler, but that’s not all, notes Aaron Daigh, soil… Read more »

More Time for Combining with Deere’s Folding Head

Can you drive your combine – with the head – down a narrow road to the next farm? Are you tired of header trailers and the need for tow vehicles? John Deere says its new 608FC 8-row folding corn head is the answer to these challenges – just fold the head and go. Deere unveiled… Read more »

New Holland Adds NutraBoss To Self-Propelled Sprayers

New Holland has added some nutrient delivery innovation to its self-propelled sprayer line-up. Earlier this year, the company reached an agreement to give its sprayer customers access to the NutraBoss dual fertilizer placement tool. In this video interview from the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, New Holland’s Jarrod Angstadt explains how the lightweight… Read more »

Deere Aims for Accuracy with New Nozzle Control

John Deere’s new intelligent nozzle control system promises to help sprayer operators maintain consistent droplet size and pattern through a range of speeds, while reducing overlaps, skips, and drift. The ExactApply system was unveiled earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, John Deere product manager Lydia Thomas explains… Read more »

Tillage Talk: Does Deep Ripping Fit Your Farm?

Duane Paton is considered one of the founding fathers of deep ripping in Ontario. The Mount Elgin based farmer purchased his first deep ripper – a Case IH ecolo-tiger 730B – back in 1998 and still uses the same unit today. In the latest instalment of our Tillage Talk video series Real Agriculture agronomist Peter… Read more »

New Holland Goes Two-Wheeling For Maneuverability

Looking to make sharper turns and also save money? Beginning in 2017, New Holland will offer a two-wheel-drive (2WD) version of its T6 series tractors. The new tractors, unveiled earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, offer enhanced maneuverability on two wheels for sharper turning, making them a good fit for… Read more »

Corn School: Vent Placement Crucial for Drying Success

Where are the vents located on your grain bins? If they’re too low, you could comprise grain quality by creating a pool of hot, moist, dead air at the top of the bin that can rain on your grain. You can learn how to avoid this problem and properly place vents when you check out… Read more »

Alberta Government Proposes Helmet Law for Off-Highway Vehicles

Today the Alberta NDP government introduced legislation to make it mandatory for all ATV riders (with some exemptions) to wear a helmet. At this time, some of the exemptions include: private and indigenous land and farm and ranch workers. Future exemptions will be added based on machines that have roll bars and seat belts. In… Read more »

Deere Stock Hits All Time High, Up 11% on the Day

Remember during the US election when many accused the economy of separating from results on Wall Street?  May I present to you what happened at Deere today on Wall Street.  John Deere report its quarterly earnings and the stock hit an all time high. At a time when corn is struggling in the doldrums of… Read more »

Corn School: Grain Drying Tips With Helmut Speiser, Part 1

Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is overwhelmed by the number of corn drying questions he’s getting from farmers. We decided it was high time we put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to safe drying of corn. In Part 1 of our Corn School grain drying video series, Johnson… Read more »