Category: Machinery

Take a Tour of Versatile’s Award-Winning ML Series Drill

Versatile rolled out its ML Series drill just a few years ago, but the unique mechanical linkage set up quickly caught the attention of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, a group that awarded the design an AE50 Award designation this year. At last week’s Manitoba Ag Days, Lyndsey Smith asked Trevor Jubenville,… Read more »

Retro-Fitting Equipment – Teaching An “Old Dog” New Tricks

You don’t mess around with a good thing. Every farm has a tried and true, trusted piece of equipment that you just can’t part with. You know it’s quirks, it’s comfortable…it just works well. The problem now is that technological advancements are available to help you do the job better, but the equipment is out-dated…. Read more »

The Roto Mud Scraper Keeps the Packer Wheels Clean

One of the big highlights of the 2013 Crop Production show was Mark Devloo and the Roto Mud Scraper. Initially designed by his father, the Mudscraper is a great invention that in a very clean and simple way keeps your packer wheels free of mud during seeding time. See More Crop Week 2013 Coverage   According… Read more »

Crusin’ the Prairies at Harvest: The View from a Gyrocopter

While you wouldn’t catch me in one of these gyrocopters — EVER — I sure am glad that Paul Golphy is willing to share his experience of flying one over the Canadian Prairie at harvest. The views are spectacular and a great reminder that the Prairies are anything but boring, especially with the busy combines… Read more »

John Deere Precision Farming Set Up Eliminates Need for Added Tower

If one-inch pass-to-pass accuracy is your goal when it comes to precision farming, you’re going to need more than a basic guidance system to get there. That said, creating an extremely accurate guidance system for all equipment can require several components, including extra receivers and RTK towers. Each component is going to cost you, so… Read more »

What’s Your Precision Farming Plan?

Every farm has a business plan. It may be a well-referenced physical document or it may only exist in your head. In the same way, Stuart Lawrence, with AgLeader Technology, encourages each farmer to sit down (or dream up) their own precision farming plan. Not every farm is going to farm by the inch or… Read more »

Managing Sprayer Cleanout Waste with a Biobed

Proper tank clean-out is a key aspect of avoiding herbicide injury, but the waste water created from tank cleaning needs to be handled responsibly to avoid unwanted plant injury or water contamination. Using a biobed — essentially a clay-lined, dedicated area rich in microbes where tank water is emptied for further degradation by microbes —… Read more »

Year 3 of CTF: Establishment, Water Infiltration and Harvesting Differences

Steve Laroque is starting to see some significant differences on his farm north of Drumheller, Alta., after three consecutive years of practicing controlled traffic farming. After learning some hard lessons in the first few seasons — their measurements were off when setting up a hitch for inter-row seeding — 2012 offered a glimpse at some… Read more »

Ritchie Bros Sells More Than CA$1 billion of Canadian Equipment in 2012

The world of machinery is really getting smaller.  Ritchie Bros announced today that they sold more than one billion dollars worth of machinery in Canada in 2012.  This is a new company record according to the company. Follow @RitchieBros on Twitter The Tweet From Ritchie Bros NEWS RELEASE: We sold more than CA$1 billion of… Read more »

Seed the Most Acres Per Fill — There’s an App for That!

Beyond Agronomy’s Steve Larocque is rolling out the Air Cart Maximizer, an app for Android and iPhone that quickly calculates the maximum acres per fill one can achieve with their air cart based on tank size, fertilizer and seeding rates. “It will tell you where to put seed and fertilizer and how much product to… Read more »

Soybeans in the West: Why You Don’t Need a Planter, Tips for Inoculating & More

To say that soybeans are the hottest topic in Manitoba right now is an understatement. The excitement around the crop is perhaps eclipsed only by the recent opening of Ikea. The N-fixing crop is definitely turning heads and has many farmers asking how they can jump on the soybean bandwagon. And so it was, that… Read more »

Tips for Getting in on the Auction Action

Farm auctions have long been a gathering place, a chance to meet with old friends and maybe even make new ones over a round of spirited bidding. While auctions have changed some, with many people attending via Internet, they’re still a great place and sometimes the only place to find much-needed items. In Western Canada,… Read more »

Comparing Manure Spreaders at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Here at RealAgriculture.com we’re all about convenience. It’s in that spirit that we’d like to keep you from having to drive from dealership to dealership this winter to shop around for manure spreaders. In this video we take you back to the grounds of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to visit four different manufacturers and get… Read more »

Bring Your Boots, We’re Checking Sprayer Nozzles

Knowing whether or not the nozzles on your sprayer are doing the job they’re supposed to is something you shouldn’t have to learn the hard way. Being able to evaluate things like spray pattern, flow, wear and performance before you hit the field saves you time and money. In this video featuring OMAFRA’s Helmut Spieser,… Read more »

Six Tips for Winterizing your Sprayer

The high clearance sprayer isn’t the sexiest of machines on the farm, but so much is riding on it doing a perfect job every time. Fall is a great time to give your sprayer a little attention and the respect it deserves so it’ll be ready to roll first thing in the spring. We caught… Read more »