Category: Machinery

What do you Know about the Rotary Hoe?

There are times, in my wanderings on the Internet, that I really do wonder — how did I miss this? Earlier this week, Dr. Tom Wolf, former Ag Canada researcher and current nozzle/spraying expert extraordinaire, alerted me to a certain three minute video featuring his colleague Steve Shirtliffe. Shirtliffe is a professor with the University… Read more »

New Planter Among Drivers for Seed Hawk’s Plant Expansion

Seed Hawk, a Canadian-based no-till drill manufacturer, announced this week that the company plans a two-phase expansion to its manufacturing facility near Langbank, Saskatchewan, that will see a total of nearly 100,000 sq. ft. added to its capacity within the year. Seed Hawk partnered with Vaderstad Verken Ab in 2006 as a first move to… Read more »

Corn School — The Sins of the Spring: Roller Packer Issues, Compaction & Variable Emergence

Early season field scouting serves many purposes. Not only is early scouting a powerful tool in keeping ahead of weed, disease and insect pests, but early season growth of the crop tells the story of planting. Sometimes that story isn’t necessarily a happy tale, as crusting, variable emergence or thin stands can all be traced… Read more »

What’s the Best Nozzle for Fusarium Control?

Targeting wheat heads requires a very different approach when spraying than when looking after the flag leaf — water volume and travel speed play a role, but it’s the upright, thin nature of the head that requires a switch in nozzles for best coverage. In this interview, Ontario cereal specialist Peter Johnson reviews what it… Read more »

Seeder and Planter Manufacturers Continue to Push Envelope of “How Big is Too Big?”

As we discussed last week, biq seeders and planters have stepped up to make sure that the crop gets planted on time across the United States and Canada.  It has made me think about all the times we have asked the question of “how big is too big?” in the past. Here are some videos… Read more »

Corn School: Prepping Your Planter for Storage

As planting season winds down, the To-Do list of little fixes starts to grow. The good news is that a little extra care and attention paid to machinery and equipment now will help speed along the set up process next spring when we get to do this all over again. The planter is such an… Read more »

Soybean School West: Why Rolling Matters & Timing it Right

Rolling soybean fields at or just after planting can be most efficient, but planting conditions aren’t always exactly rolling-friendly. The good news is there is still time to roll long after seeding, with one very specific no-go window. But first, do you have to roll? That’s the question RealAgriculture.com put to Dennis Lange, farm production… Read more »

April AEM Flash Report Shows Combines Continue to Sell at a Strong Pace in US and Canada

According to the latest Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) flash report, in both the United States and Canada, self propelled combine sales are very strong. Both the year to date and month to month numbers are on a torrid pace for the year. In the United States combine sales were up 58.6% in April 2013… Read more »

HORSCH InnoFalcon Transforms Agriculture Advertisements – Super Cool Video

Some advertisements can be poor, good, great, funny, sell tonnes of product and some are just plain cool. I picked up this video tonight in the Western Producer’s twitter feed talking about transformers and farming. Being the nerd I am, I checked it out. WOW!!!! What a great  commercial/video showcasing the HORSCH InnoFalcon seeder. Enjoy… Read more »

Soybean School West: Planter vs Seeder & Row Spacing Considerations

While planters most certainly do a precise job at soybean planting depth, many farmers are still on the fence over whether or not the benefits are worth the added investment of a second (or third) planting implement. After all, does their existing unit do just as good a job? These are exactly the kinds of… Read more »

Susie Veatch Discusses Kinze Opening Its First Production Facility in Lithuania

For row crop planter manufacturers like Kinze Manufacturing, the eastern block presents enormous opportunities for growth. Last week Kinze announced that it will be opening its first production facility abroad in Lithuania. See More Content about Kinze Susie Veatch, Kinze Manufacturing, Chief Marketing Officer spoke to RealAgriculture.com’s Shaun Haney about the new facility and what… Read more »

Canola School: Measuring Seed Damage with a Simple Test

Most seasoned canola growers know a staggering amount of canola seed never becomes a viable plant, and it’s not due to disease or poor germ. An unfortunate side effect of running an air drill is, well, air, or rather the damage that air can do to tiny canola seed as it pushes it through the… Read more »

Canola School: Prepping for Seeding — Tips for New and Not-So-New Seeders

Do you consider a top hat and monocle essential dress for seeding season? Do you carry one of those little dogs in a handbag inside your tractor cab with you? If so, it makes sense that you would be driving around your field throwing canola seed all over the place through broken hoses and missing… Read more »

First Quarter US Tractor Sales Indicates It’s a Great Time to Be in the Tractor Business

Higher commodity prices continue to benefit the financial returns of the agri-business industry. When farmers have strong free cash flow, input and machinery dealers have always benefited. Like any other industry, when farmers have no money the spending clamp gets put on pretty tight. You don’t have to look any further than the tractor sales… Read more »

POLL: What is Most Important Consideration in a Tractor Purchase?

As you drive down the highway and see all the planters and seeders getting pulled through the fields you see many different brands of tractors. In some cases its the same tractor a certain farm has had for 20 years while other farms are constantly trading for new models. The decision making of which tractor… Read more »