Category: Machinery

TechTour: Extra sets of eyes on machinery improve efficiency

For farmers with plenty of help, it’s the eyes and ears of others around the farm that help with spotting, moving, or monitoring equipment. For farmers like Jim Hale, from Lancer, Sask., cameras installed on some of his machinery have replaced some of that help. A cereal, pulse, and oilseed farmer, Hale runs his farm operation on his… Read more »

Uber launches Uber Freight to disrupt the trucking industry

Just as people in smaller cities are getting the opportunity to experience the ride-sharing service Uber, the company is launching a new way to get a load of freight hauled. Uber Freight is launching in the United States, providing a way for drivers and customers to get hitched through an Uber-based service. According to the Uber blog: Uber… Read more »

Canada’s 2017 first quarter ag equipment sales are stronger than a year ago

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers April 2017 Flash Report, Canadian tractor and combine sales are very strong when you take into account both the month to month and year to date numbers. Here are some highlights: Year to date – 4WD tractor sales are up 48.6% in comparison to 2016 Year to date… Read more »

We can thank technology for 24% of the U.S. corn crop being planted in one week

Have you ever looked across the road at the neighbour and thought, “Man, he has a lot of equipment for the acres he farms!” I think that conversation must be happening more than we think because the USDA has reported that corn planting is 71% complete in the U.S. That’s 1% ahead of the long-term… Read more »

17 tips for getting equipment unstuck

The combination of wet weather and the need to get this year’s crop in the ground is producing a predictable result this spring: pictures of stuck tractors, trucks, and sprayers, even some combines, shared on Twitter, Facebook, and in the coffee shop. While photos of these situations can provide some level of humour for others, there are… Read more »

TechTour: Ramp Up Seeding Turn-Around Times with the Wildcard Trailer

Seeding and harvest are the two main pinch points for time on the farm. Many farmers have gone to wider implements, bigger carts, and huge tractors in an effort to cover the maximum amount of acres per day to make the most of an intense spring start. But going wider and adding capacity creates a… Read more »

Monsanto Cancels Deal to Sell Precision Planting to Deere

Monsanto, the parent company of The Climate Corporation, has cancelled its deal to sell Climate’s Precision Planting equipment business to Deere & Company. The agreement, which was announced in November 2015, was delayed by a U.S. Department of Justice legal challenge. “We are deeply disappointed in this outcome as we remain confident the acquisition would… Read more »

Canadian Farm Equipment Sales Showing Strength

Sales of new farm equipment through the first quarter of 2017 are up compared to the same time last year. Whether it’s due to the currency market benefiting Canadian producers on the selling side, dealer program timing, or a combination of different factors, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ latest report doesn’t go into the “why,”… Read more »

New Holland Claims Soybean Harvest Record

New Holland says it has set a new world record for soybean harvesting in Brazil — specifically the record for soybeans harvested in an eight hour period. (Yep, there’s apparently a record for that!) The new standard was set on April 5 in the Bahia State, where a CR8.90 combine harvested 439.73 tons (16,156 bushels)… Read more »

Feds Announce $4.1 Million for Morris Industries & Canadian Presence at Agritechnica ’17

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale visited Morris Industries in Saskatoon on Friday to announce nearly $3.5 million in federal funding to upgrade manufacturing technology used by the agricultural equipment manufacturer. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support innovation to help companies such as Morris remain competitive in a tough market,” said Goodale. Morris president… Read more »

Väderstad Opens North American Parts Hub in Ontario

Väderstad Sales Inc has opened a new office and parts distribution warehouse at Cambridge, Ont., to serve its growing farm equipment market in Eastern Canada and the United States, according to the Swedish farm equipment company. Väderstad’s North American equipment lineup includes drills, planters, and cultivators. Equipment models available include: Drills – Spirit, Rapid and… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word — April 12: The Dollar Value of Soil, World Record Wheat, and Down Pressure Decisions

We’re racing towards planting season, with field activity about to begin rocking and rolling, Lessons from the new world wheat yield record, the value of soil and subsequent impact of erosion, cover crop management, corn planter down pressure, and more — it’s all in this week’s edition of the Word the RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson…. Read more »

AGI Buys U.S. Grain Storage and Handling Manufacturer Global Industries

Winnipeg-based Ag Growth International (AGI) says it has acquired 100 percent of the shares in U.S. grain storage, handling and drying equipment manufacturer Global Industries. AGI paid US$100 million for the company, which makes grain bins, portable and stationary grain handling equipment, grain drying and aeration equipment, and steel buildings. Global’s main operations are located… Read more »

Tillage ‘Earthquakes’ and What Farmers Can Learn From a Forest

Mike Dorion calls himself ‘the compost kid’ and he believes farmers should think about their fields like he does his garden. The founder of Calgary-based Living Soil Solutions doesn’t suggest cash crop farmers use tea leaves to improve soil health, but he does preach the benefits of reducing tillage, banking organic matter to help increase… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Is Your Boom Too High?

High or low, the height of your sprayer boom doesn’t really matter. Right? Actually, that’s a myth. Welcome to a new season of Spray Tips Special Edition. In our first episode we find our dynamic duo of Sprayers101.com, Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, bickering over… Read more »