Category: Machinery

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 »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 22: Episode 100 Tackles Snirt, Early Fertility Applications, Sulphur Forms and More

Ladies and gentlemen, farmers and agronomists, we’ve hit triple digits! That’s right, this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word is number 100, and from all of us here at RealAgriculture thank you for following along and making this podcast a huge success in a short time. Host Peter Johnson has made the most of this… Read more »

What Will Farmers Do When They No Longer Drive Tractors?

Think about how much time is spent driving on a farm. Sitting in a cab operating a truck or tractor is a fundamental part of what farming is today. So what would farmers do if they didn’t have to spend that time driving machines? As artificial intelligence advances and faster computing speeds enable machine-learning, driving… Read more »

Global Innovation Touches Down at Canadian Dairy XPO April 5 and 6

The Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) returns for its fifth year at the Stratford Rotary Complex April 5 & 6. This year the show coincides with the Spring Discovery Show in Ancaster (April 3 to 6) and the National Holstein Convention in Markham (April 5 to 8). With three national dairy events happening in southwestern Ontario during… Read more »

Coulter Option Delivers High Speed and Low Disturbance

Case IH is equipping its Nutri-Placer 930 fertilizer applicator with new high-speed, low disturbance coulters the company claims will help the unit provide a superior field finish at speeds up to 11 mph. At that speed, Case IH says operators can cover 510 acres in a 12-hour day for increased productivity, lower tractor hours and… Read more »

Lely Focusing on Robotics, Sells Forage Division to AGCO

AGCO is expanding its forage equipment business, acquiring the forage division of Lely Group. Lely, which is known more for its dairy equipment in North America, manufactures balers, loader wagons, mowers and rakes in Europe. The two companies have reached an agreement-in-principle, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. “The integration… Read more »

Maxxum 2WD Tractors Return for 2017

Smaller horsepower tractors with the ability to maneuver in tight spaces were all the rage at last month’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Several manufacturers showed off new models for the category. From Case IH come the new Maxxum series 2WD tractors that combine efficient power with enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning… Read more »

6,500+ Acres in 24 Hours: Agrifac Claims Spraying Records

Dutch sprayer manufacturer Agrifac says one of its machines smashed a pair of spraying records last week in Australia, with a single high-clearance sprayer covering over 6,500 acres in 24 hours. Although the company doesn’t say where this record is registered, a local justice of the peace was present to adjudicate on the farm of Karolyn, Tony… Read more »

Corn School: Turning Agronomic Insight Into Yield Results

With corn planting just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of agronomic advice we learned this winter and take it to the field. In this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School, Bernard Tobin and Pride Seeds market agronomist Aaron Stevanus review research findings and agronomic management insights that emerged during the winter meeting… Read more »

New Deere 5R Tractors Carry the Load in Tight Spaces

John Deere has leveraged technology from some of its larger tractors to increase operator comfort, tractor manoeuvrability and visibility in its new 5R Series tractors. The tractors where unveiled last month at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Product manager Chris Lammie explains that the tractors, which range from 90 to 125… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, March 8: Winter Wheat Survival, Tillage and OM, and Phos Draw Down

Peter Johnson is back from his agriculture mission in Zambia, and ready to rock and roll with this week’s edition of Wheat Pete’s Word. From how different organic matter additions can speed up or slow down residue breakdown, to why rotation matters so very much, to a talk on phosphorus as-applied vs. actual, Johnson gets… Read more »

Hagie Sprayers Target Split N Application

As interest in split-applied nitrogen for corn increases, sprayer manufacturers continue to look for ways to help farmers deliver nitrogen when the crop needs it most. At the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Hagie Manufacturing showed off its STS16 sprayer, which gives growers flexibility to deliver a combination of in-crop nitrogen and… Read more »

Massey 8700 Tractors Add Precision Technology

A new control terminal will bring more advanced technology to Massey Ferguson’s 8700 high horsepower tractor series. Technology advancements include Massey’s new Datatronic 5 terminal, AGCO’s common electronic architecture and full integration of on­-board precision technologies. AGCO says this combination will provide farmers with the tools and flexibility needed to improve the accuracy and efficiency… Read more »

Horsch Sees Growing Interest in Planting Canola

Growing farmer interest in planting canola with a planter rather than seeding it with a traditional air drill was evident at Ag Days 2017 in Brandon. The expansion of soybean and corn acres in Western Canada and the Northern Plains is a primary driver, making it easier for canola growers to justify purchasing a planter,… Read more »