Category: Machinery

An in-depth look at Twin Fan Nozzles, Asymmetrical Angles & Spray Drift

The twin fan, or double, nozzle concept is not new, but several new design tweaks on this nozzle had many farmers asking some great questions at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Tom Wolf, spray application specialist and Wheat School regular, hosted a sprayer demo at the show in early September, to compare the coverage differences between… Read more »

Ten Steps to Prepare Machinery for Storage

Winter is in the forecast for some regions of Canada and the United States, and as harvest wraps up, it’s time to start thinking about storing your equipment. If you’re completely knackered from the go-go-go of harvest, sit down, have a cup of coffee, read this and then begin delegating. As tempting as it is… Read more »

Soybean School West: Header Selection & Why the Combine Manual is a Must-Read

Is the soybean setting on the combine really where you should start when setting up the combine for harvest? And is a flex header really necessary or just a nice-to-have sort of piece of equipment? The answers are yes and yes, and in this video, Harvey Chorney, of the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute and a… Read more »

Canola School: Tips for Safe Storage & Avoiding Bin Losses

Canola that goes in the bin dry but hot is still at risk for spoilage. The same can be said for grain with high weed seed,  insect parts or just dockage in general. While it seems obvious to some, reports of full bin losses happen every year — losses that could be avoided simply by… Read more »

Do-It-Yourself Tiling Unit Makes for a Quick Return on Investment

Tackling huge tasks, including tiling land, isn’t for everyone, but for the ultimate do-it-yourself (DIY) land improvement project, Leibrecht Manufacturing offers a tow-behind tiling unit. RealAgriculture.com caught up with Jordan Wallace, of GPS Ontario, and Mark Leibrecht, Leibrecht Manufacturing, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show at Woodstock, Ont., to talk about the Leibrecht Tile Plow. In… Read more »

Wheat School: Evaluating Drill Row-Units & Considerations for an Air Cart

Phil Needham’s main message for anyone aiming for maximum wheat yields is always to pay most attention to the actual seeding pass. The potential of any crop is established at seeding and emergence, and achieving maximum potential requires quality seed, high seeding rates and the all-important precise seed placement. Several types of drills will do… Read more »

Conservation Tillage Equipment: The Number One Question Farmers Need to Ask

Hands down, the one-pass seedbed prep demo was the most popular event at this year’s Outdoor Farm Show held at Woodstock, Ont. Farmers by the hundreds eagerly followed behind each implement, kicking soil and evaluating the job of over 20 conservation-minded tillage units. The sheer volume of farmers present speaks to farmers’ interest and, dare… Read more »

AGCO FUSE Technology Works to Connect Equipment, Data, Support & Service

As equipment becomes more sophisticated and tech-reliant, farming has become an increasingly precise and data-driven business. It’s rare though that each tractor or piece of equipment and implement is purchased at the exact same time, complete with software interface, all from the same brand. And, even if they did, no brand of equipment has a… Read more »

Thumbs up, Thumbs Down: COFS ’13 Tornado Escapes, Celtic Bands, the Detroit Tigers & More

It’s time once again for the least serious 10 minutes in ag news! And this time the RealAgriculture production team has gone above and beyond the call of duty and put together a truly entertaining package of highlights from Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. In this mostly-not-serious edition of Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Shaun Haney and… Read more »

New Holland Genesis T8 Tractor Built for Tight Turns, Saving Fuel & a Comfortable Ride

While the new Genesis line harkens back to its beginning 20 years ago, the brand new Genesis T8 line is anything but dated. RealAgriculture.com’s Bernard Tobin (@AgBern on Twitter) got the grand tour of the T8 line at this year’s Farm Progress Show, held at Decatur, Illinois. Changes to the Genesis T8 line start right… Read more »

KINZE’s Automation Project Looks at the Future of Ag

Ever since I was a kid, everything “futuristic”, in books and TV pointed to automation as the pinnacle of what the future would hold. From the Jetsons and their automatic sidewalks and dishwashers to my personal favourite, the old “Science International – What Will They Think of Next” tv show, automation was the future of… Read more »

How to Increase Straw-Chopping Performance on Your Combine & Why It Matters – Phil Needham

It’s important, when you’re going about the business of farming that you really think about it not as a series of distinct and separate seasons, but as a series of interconnected processes. Not just in an obvious “seeding naturally leads to harvest” kind of route, it’s more like, “how I set my machine at harvest… Read more »

A Tour of the Case IH Patriot with AIM Command Pro

Covering ground in a timely manner is only half the equation when planning your spray operation. Accuracy, coverage and limiting over-spray have a huge impact on product performance and cost effectiveness. So when it comes to choosing a sprayer and spraying technology, it’s not wonder there are big options with truly high tech precision farming… Read more »

New Hollands’s P2080 Disc Drill Focuses on Longevity to Minimize Downtime

Whether you’re planting beans or wheat, depth control and seed placement are key settings on the drill to establish an ideal plant stand. With that in mind, precise depth consistency, ideal flotation and seedbed moisture conservation are all features on the P2080 disc drill, featured at this year’s Farm Progress Show. RealAgriculture.com’s Bernard Tobin caught… Read more »

Kinze Features “Next Big Innovation” Planter at Farm Progress Show

The 4900 Series of planter has been five years in the making. Why? Because the engineers designing this planter changed just about everything, from the frame, to the row unit, to the metering system. Kinze’s 4900 planter is all about big capacity, best in class in fact, says Rhett Schildroth, but all that capacity gets… Read more »