Category: Machinery

What to Consider When Buying a Liquid Manure Spreader (Honey Wagon)

The smell of a liquid manure spreader (better known as a honey wagon) is very familiar in many rural areas of Canada. Liquid manure spreaders are very popular in hog and dairy operations. Many people argue that once incorporated, liquid manure is highly beneficial in comparison to its solid manure alternative. In talking to farmers… Read more »

Should There Be An Age Limit on Farm Workers?

By Shaun Haney Agriculture has some untouchable topics that we are just not supposed to talk about.  One of them is dealing with aging farm workers.  On the farm we are taught to respect our elders but in some cases in agriculture we take this to high levels of absurdity.   Recently, in northern Alberta… Read more »

The Silage Blade Gets a Much Needed Facelift

One of my favourite things to do at a farm show is check out some of the cool new inventions that people have come up with. Most of the time the inventions really have limited scope and will provide little value to the greater farming community except for a few neighbours. But once in awhile… Read more »

Wheat School: Prepping Your Seeder For Wheat Planting

It would amaze you how many farmers don’t go through the proper initial prep on their seed drill before they go out to the field.  Just filling the cart tank and running wild it is not necessarily the best way to proceed. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School, Dean Jackson, Stoltz Sales and… Read more »

Have the Correct Tires in Wet Fields to Minimize Compaction

The Western Canadian wet weather has proved many challenges but one things is certain, soil compaction is going to be a massive challenge to manage depending on your soil type. The upcoming fall may even bring the strongest of no-tillers to the dark side for one season and force them to till the ground to… Read more »

Versatile Goes Out On The Power Drive 2010

I am intrigued by neat and cool ideas. While at the Farm Progress Show in Regina, I encountered a really interesting simple marketing concept that gives farmers the opportunity to evaluate machinery more accurately. Versatile is traveling across North America on the Versatile Power Drive 2010.  Essentially this is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers… Read more »

What to Consider When Buying a Grain Cart

In the United States grain carts have been very popular for quite some time. In Canada they are really catching on and becoming more common.  As explained to me by Shawn Berry, Territory Manager, Unverferth, the grain cart provides increased productivity to the farm because the combine never stops to unload the hopper.  Unloading on… Read more »

Canola School: Why Seeding Speed is Important

Seeding equipment continues to get larger and larger which allows for more acres to be covered in a day.  Even with the larger equipment some farmers still find it hard to control the speed of the tractor just so they can say that they covered so many acres in a day.  Everyone needs to remember… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Why Independent Opener Systems Make Sense

I have seen some of my grandfather Mehalko’s old farming photos where they were seeding with twelve foot drills.  That twelve foot drill had a relatively inaccurate rate seeding tool and it was fairly difficult to manage depth.  All of this and not to mention the open cab. I visited the SeedHawk booth to check… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Brian Ellis – The New G40 Graham Seed Treater

Treating your seed has become much more popular through the years as products become safer for the user and the environment.  No longer looked upon as snake oil by farmers, seed treatments provide another form of insurance to getting a great yield.  Whether it is corn, soybeans, canola or cereals, farmers are seeing the benefits…. Read more »

AgriTrade 2009: Glyphosate Damage & Peas

I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked Sarah Foster from 20/20 Seed Labsabout how they are finding lower germination results in peas this winter due to glyphosate damage.  It is essential that you test your saved seed before you make any plans on planting.  Planting high quality seed is critical to giving yourself… Read more »