Category: Machinery

What is the Future for MacDon Industries?

Last week it was reported that family-owned MacDon Industries Ltd is being put up for auction. As one the world’s largest manufacturer of windrowers, Reuters reported that the price tag could be for over one billion dollars. At this point no reasons for the sale have been released but rumors of the potential interested buyers is purely… Read more »

Lely Vector Robotic Cart Mixes, Serves Up Frequent Meals for Cows

Don’t let the rather diminutive size of the Lely Vector TMR fool you. This rather compact unit is designed to deliver frequent, precise dairy rations tirelessly for herds of between 220 and 300 cows, depending on the ration mix. The Vector unit works on its own as a robotic system completed by the Lely feed… Read more »

Corn School: The Many Uses of an S-tine Cultivator

The s-tine field cultivator isn’t the most complicated piece of equipment you’ll have on the farm, but it sure can prove handy, especially in a less than ideal spring planting season. As Jim Boak, with Salford Machinery, explains in this Corn School video, the s-tine unit’s unique vibration pattern means it’s well suited to working… Read more »

Farm Auctions: Tips for a Good Deal or a Great Sale

Ah, nothing says spring like the first robin, mud on your boots and, yes, farm auctions. From a box of random bolts, to a shiny, barely used tillage implement, auctions are a great place to pick up hard-to-find-new items, a good deal or pay far too much for a popular item. As the spring auction… Read more »

Corn School: Top Tips for Planting into Wet Conditions

The drive to get on the field to plant in a timely manner can sometimes overshadow the importance of planting only when the soil is ready. What’s more, if there’s any tillage to be done before planting, a late start can start feeling very late indeed. But if you head out planting before the soil… Read more »

Wheat School: Why it Pays to Wait on Spring Tillage

Timing a spring tillage operation can be particularly challenging when the weather decides to be rather uncooperative for a timely planting season. And while cool or wet conditions can have you stressed out about the need to get on the field, heading out too soon on wet soil can have season-long negative effects. As Jim… Read more »

Using a Planter for Canola? Top Tips to Avoid a Wreck

Canola seed is darn expensive. So is equipment. Buying new equipment to save on seed only makes sense if you make the most of the iron purchase. If you’re one of the many farmers curious about integrating a shiny new or not-so-new planter into the equipment mix with your sights set on saving on canola… Read more »

Winner of the Keys to the Combine Contest Sits In Her New Combine For the First Time

Helen Choquette was the luck winner of the Keys to the Combine contest co-sponsored by Dow Agro Sciences and the Western Producer. Find out more about the Keys to the Combine contest Shaun Haney spoke to Helen moments after she sat in the brand new New Holland CR 9090 valued at $331,000 for the first… Read more »

Canadian February Tractor Sales Were Strong According to AEM

If you cannot see the embedded audio player above, CLICK HERE Farmers in Canada are buying tractors and combines at a much stronger pace than last year at this time. According to a report published by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), tractor unit sales were up 36% during February 2013 in comparison to February… Read more »

Corn School – Getting Your Planter Ready to Roll

Here we go again. It’s time to start thinking about getting into the field. That means taking a real, good look at your corn planter and getting it ready to do the job it’s supposed to do. Not having your planter setup properly is a yield robbing nightmare. In this episode of the Corn School… Read more »

The Evolution of Precision Agriculture Focuses on the Planter

At one time when you heard someone talk about precision ag it was about minimizing overlap of the sprayer and driving the planter straight.  After a winter of farm shows and meetings I have come to the conclusion in certain regions that precision ag is evolving into being about real planting precision. In the corn and soybean… Read more »

LEROY – 1977 JD6600 Plot Combine Retro Fitted with Ag Leader

If you cannot see the above embedded audio player, click here We have discussed retro-fitting older farm equipment with the latest in precision farming technology in the past, but we think that we have found maybe the most significant retro fit ever. Middlesex Soil and Crop has invested in a 1977 JD6600 combine to change it into a… Read more »

Using the Monosem Vacuum Planter for Canola

Planters can offer significant advantages over seeders — precise depth placement, seed singulation and gentle handling of seed, to name a few — but the machines are also best suited for large-seeded, tall-growth crops like corn and sunflowers, not canola. Recent interest in planters for canola has encouraged at least one company, Monosem, to begin… Read more »

Canola School: Planter vs. Seeder— What’s Best for Canola?

There are few things that get a farmer’s blood pumping like a field ready for the seeder and shiny new iron to drag across it. With the growing corn and soybean acres in the west, more farmers have adopted row crop planters, and, inevitably, wondered how good a job they would do on other crops…. Read more »

Switch from Spraying to Fertilizing in a Snap with the Miller Nitrogen Injection Toolbar

Fertilizer management, and especially nitrogen management, can be a bit of an art form when it comes to corn planting. Not only is it sometimes difficult to get all the N down at planting, but using split applications of nitrogen can also just be good risk management. Going in later in the growing season means… Read more »