Category: Machinery

Methane-Fuelled Milk Truck Pays Its Own Way

Can we capture the energy from manure that dairy cows produce and use it to fuel the trucks that pick up and deliver milk? The short answer is yes, but we’re not going to see bio-methane pumps around town any time soon. RealAgriculture.com caught up with OMAFRA’s Don Hilborn at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to… Read more »

Fine-tuning a Manure Toolbar for In-Crop Nutrient Delivery

Better timing of manure application with in-crop needs was the motivation behind developing a new low disturbance, shallow injection manure application toolbar. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (OMAFRA), along with industry partners, developed the multi-coultered toolbar to try and find a made-in-Canada solution for in-crop manure applications for not just pastures… Read more »

How Does Disc Wheel Diameter Impact Seeding?

Larger discs sure do look menacing. They also require far more horsepower to pull, but they wear out more slowly than smaller-diameter discs. But there are two very important considerations when choosing planter disc size. The first is trash management (guess which one cuts through straw better? You may be surprised) and the second is… Read more »

An Introduction to Controlled Traffic Farming and Tram Lines

The concept of controlled traffic farming — that is, running all equipment on set paths in a field to reduce compaction — is one RealAgriculture.com has explored before. In this video, Steve Laroque discusses what he’s learned in the second year of adopting the practice. Alberta is most certainly the leader of the practice in… Read more »

Wheat School: The Impact of Seeding Depth & Nitrogen Application

Uniform seeding at a consistent depth is the first step to a banner wheat crop, but the first mistake many farmers make — seeding too deep — hurts them twice over. Wheat seeded too deep means fewer plants emerge and those that do are slower to grow and produce fewer tillers. It’s an issue for… Read more »

Wheat School – Seed Drills – A Comparison

Shopping around for farm equipment can be a little daunting. Every manufacturer makes claims that their equipment is the best and the best fit for you. While you may have an idea what you want, the actual performance of that equipment can only be seen once you’re in the field. That can leave farmers with… Read more »

Why Should I Buy?: Choosing a Moldboard Plow

This ain’t your grandaddy’s plow, no way. Moldboard plows have come a long way, and with the updating has come renewed interest in moving some soil around. New features and more depth control brought onlookers in the hundreds to demo plots at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to see these plows in action. For Pat Lynch’s… Read more »

The Return of the Moldboard Plow

Whether it’s wet springs or just farmers exploring their options, it appears as though the moldboard plow is making a bit of a comeback. It is though, as Agronomist Pat Lynch explains, not the moldboard plow you knew before. The newer plows are much more adjustable, doing their job much better than their older counterparts…. Read more »

Jaylor Makes a Mixer for Every Size Farm

It seems farming equipment gets bigger and bigger every year, but instead of only striving for bigger, Canada-based Jaylor developed its line of mini TMR mixers to suit any sized operation. From a self-contained mini unit, to a tractor-mounted version or even a pick-up truck ready mixer, Jaylor’s line of mini mixers has a size… Read more »

Lely Rolls Out Its Automated TMR Mixer

The name of the game for dairy at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is automation. Lely Canada has been showcasing its robotic milker set up at the Outdoor Farm Show for 12 years, but has expanded its automation technology to feeding, cleaning and all things dairy. This year’s show highlights all of these units. We caught… Read more »

Wheat School – Residue Management Is Critical For Uniform Emergence – Phil Needham

A successful no-till system starts or stops at the combine. This according to Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies. As Phil explains, it’s the even spreading of the residue out of the combine that will allow for uniform depth at seeding and uniform emergence as well as other benefits to your crop. SEE MORE WHEAT… Read more »

A Great Start to the Day…Not Really

Do you ever feel like you should of just stayed in bed?   We have all had these days.  It seems though during harvest some things tend to pile up.  In the case of @jeff_elder’s tweet, the grain has piled up.   No doubt, we have all been here.  If you cannot see the below… Read more »

Wheat School – Check Your Drills Before Seeding

The stretch from spring seeding to winter wheat planting isn’t really that long, but a lot can happen over that period. During the time your equipment sits it’s subject to all kinds of weather variations from late spring snowstorms to summer heat waves. Those kind of swings can wreak havoc with your equipment in ways… Read more »

Will You Shop in the US for Farm Machinery this Fall?

Usually producers talk about buying equipment in the US when the Canadian Dollar swings above par. This time though the deals on US based farm machinery are being driven by the severe US drought. With the US corn and soybean harvest looking very poor in comparison to prior years, US farm machinery dealers have a… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 12 – Big Displays & Cool Tech at Agritechnica

There is no getting around the massiveness that is Agritechnica. It covers 388,000 square meters and had over 2700 exhibitors. As with any ag show, the bulk of that space is filled with the best, newest and most innovative products manufacturers can offer. That can make for a bit of sensory overload as you try… Read more »