Category: Machinery

When Deep Ripping Might be Your Best Bet (Plus What It Will & Won’t Fix)

The struggle to get the crop off in wet conditions has left its scars on fields across parts of Western Canada, leaving farmers with tough decisions on how to manage ruts and soil compaction. A deep ripper or subsoiler might have a fit in helping fix the damage, says a biosystems engineering professor from the University… Read more »

Canola School: Babysitting High-Maintenance Canola in the Bin

As if canola harvest hasn’t been hard enough with all the snow and rain, the work won’t end when this crop enters the bin. It’s going to require some babysitting. “Number one when you’re taking off tough grain like this is it’s not ‘put it away and forget it’. It’s a 24-hour job type of thing…. Read more »

Kongskilde Deal Sees New Holland Expand Tillage and Forage Lineup

New Holland plans to add tillage equipment to its product lineup after signing a deal to purchase Kongskilde Industries’ tillage and forage equipment business. The Danish company manufactures and sells farm equipment under several brands, including Kongskilde, Överum and JF. “The acquisition of the tillage and hay and forage activities of Kongskilde adds a key… Read more »

Trading Your Plow for a CurseBuster

Arthur, Ontario farmer Carl Brubacker has had it with the plow. Over the years, Brubacker has seen too much erosion and watched his topsoil layer get thinner and thinner. “We try plowing shallower every year and we just keep bringing up stones.” Brubacker says plowing is not going to work long-term. “We’re looking for simplicity… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 26 — A New World in Seed Treatments (again), High Test Weights, & Strip-Till vs No-Till Beans

Harvest is rocking and rolling for most corn and soybean growers in Ontario save for @WheatPete himself who took an equipment breakdown as a chance to get the Word done early this week. This week’s Wheat Pete’s Word covers a lot of ground, including the why behind high test weight corn, the nitrogen connection to high… Read more »

Case IH Rolls Out New Strip-Till Applicator

As North American strip-till acres continue to grow, Case IH has rolled out a redesigned strip-till applicator — the Nutri-Tiller 955. It’s a one-pass seedbed prep unit that looks after crop residue, soil tilth and nutrient availability, explains Dave Long, Case IH’s seeding equipment and fertilizer applicators marketing manager, in this video filmed at the 2016 Farm… Read more »

Designing Tracks for the Field And Road

As farms grow and span larger geographies, tractors are putting on more road miles than ever before. “It’s definitely a concern we’re getting more and more from farmers. They need to travel more and more and it does have a big impact on the tracks, going these distances,” says Eric Blondeau of Camso (formerly Camoplast Solideal)…. Read more »

Tires Versus Tracks: The Compaction Angle

A wet harvest has led some Western Canadian farmers to make the switch from tires to tracks on combines, tractors and grain carts. “The tracks are going to give you the decrease in slippage and a bit of extra floatation, and that’s what people are looking for right now,” notes Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with… Read more »

A Smooth Ride For Fertilizer Spreaders

It all comes down to more acres per day for John Deere’s new F4365 high capacity nutrient applicator. At the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, John Deere product manager Jason Beuligmann showcased the new, 330-cubic-feet dry spinner spreader. He explained that the company’s engineers had two goals in mind for the design – operator comfort,… Read more »

Continuous Rinsing Saves Time and Reduces Spray Residue

Looking for a faster way to triple rinse your sprayer? OMAFRA’s application technology specialist Jason Deveau has an idea for you. At Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS), Deveau teamed up with HJV Equipment’s Adam Ireland to demonstrate the concept of continuous rinsing. In this video, Deveau notes that the concept comes from Europe where there… Read more »

Deere, Ag Leader Strike Deal on Precision Planting Equipment

Deere & Company has reached a deal to provide a precision agriculture competitor with products from the planting equipment company it’s in the process of buying. If Deere completes its acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto’s Climate Corporation, it will provide Ag Leader with licenses and technology to manufacture and sell Precision Planting’s SpeedTube, and… Read more »

What’s the Best Way to Plant Cover Crops?

When it comes to cover crops, there are many equipment and planting options. But regardless of the tools you choose, seeding at the right depth and achieving an even spread pattern are key for success. In this video, Real Agriculture’s resident agronomist Peter Johnson visits the Elgin Soil and Crop Improvement Association field demonstration day… Read more »

Big Lender Urges Farm Equipment Dealers to Reinvent Themselves

One of the world’s largest agricultural lenders suggests North American farm equipment dealers “transform” to improve returns on invested capital. In a food and agribusiness research and advisory missive, Rabobank’s senior analyst for farm inputs, Kenneth Zuckerberg, says the equipment sector is being rocked by three years of declining sales, along with shrinking net income… Read more »

‘Intelligent’ Baler Delivers Uniformity and Reduces Operator Fatigue

New Holland’s new IntelliBale system is designed to increase productivity by automating round baling functions to reduce operator fatigue and produce more uniform bales. New Holland unveiled the technology at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, hay and forage marketing manager Seth Doman explains that New Holland’s IntelliBale uses ISOBUS 3 technology… Read more »

GSI Bin Sweep Adds Durability To Keep Grain Flowing

Looking to avoid downtime when uploading grain? Tired of shovelling grain away from the bin wall that the sweep can’t reach? These are two headaches GSI wants to remedy with its new grain bin direct gear drive (DGD) power sweep. The company showed off the DGD power sweep last month at the Farm Progress Show in… Read more »