Category: Machinery

Autonomous seeder with close ties to SeedMaster to be unveiled in coming weeks

SeedMaster is involved in plans to unveil a major innovation in autonomous seeding in the next few weeks. The Emerald Park, Sask. company had a prototype “residue wheel” seeding toolbar on display at the Farm Progress Show in Regina last week. The prototype features spoked wheels evenly spaced between seed openers. As SeedMaster engineer Matt… Read more »

Seed Hawk takes on Vaderstad name and colours

Nearly four years after being acquired by Vaderstad, Saskatchewan-based air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is now a full-fledged member of its Swedish parent company’s equipment family. Known for their burgundy colour, Seed Hawk drills were on display in Vaderstad’s bright red paint with yellow trim and font at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last… Read more »

Four observations at Farm Progress Show

Farmers from across Western Canada have gathered in Regina to see the the latest in machinery innovation at Fthe arm Progress Show. Real Agriculture has been coming to this show since 2010 and it hass has definitely changed over time, with the increased international visitors, a new competing summer show, and the highs and lows… Read more »

Deere introduces ‘smarter’ S7 series combine

John Deere’s new S700 series combine made its Canadian debut at the Farm Progress Show in Regina this week. While the physical appearance hasn’t changed much from the S600 lineup launched in 2012, the new machines feature significant improvements in automation designed to optimize performance, explains Deere’s Les Bobyck in the video below. “The machine… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Choosing the right water volume

Higher water volumes are always best when spraying crops. Right? Actually, that’s a myth. In this episode of Spray Tips Special Edition we find our Sprayers101.com dynamic duo – Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – enjoying a well-deserved coffee break. Enjoying their java, the spray… Read more »

TechTour: The Dash to fill the sprayer faster

With only limited good spraying days and plenty of acres to cover, efficiency is critical when it comes to spraying. Driving faster often comes with increased risks and reduced product efficacy, so the best place to make up ground? Reducing the time spent filling. As Derek Friesen of Crystal City, Man. explains in this latest… Read more »

TechTour: Manitoba farmer gives planters a new look

From the road, it looks like a custom-made air seeder pulled by a Big Bud four-wheel drive tractor. But after your eyes move on from the rare tractor, you might notice something else. Those look like planter row units mounted on the frame. Having grown corn and soybeans in the southwest corner of Manitoba near Waskada… Read more »

Canadian dealer listed in top 10 North American Krone outlets

Krone North America has announced their highest retail sales volume dealers for fiscal year 2016 and a big surprise is that a Canadian retailer made the list. Krone manufactures and sells hay and forage equipment in 40 countries around the world but has relatively small distribution in Canada. With a heavy focus in the forage market, Krone… Read more »

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 »