Category: Machinery

In the Dirt with Salford: Must-Have Tools for Planter Evaluation, Plus a Tillage To-Do List

Editor’s note: Welcome to a new series from RealAgriculture.com — In the Dirt with Salford Machinery. This 10-part series will look at crop production from the ground up, focusing on soil management and the role tillage plays in managing this resource.  Many farmers have their favorite tools in their crop scouting kit, but how many… Read more »

Wheat School: New Sprayer Series to Unravel the Mystery of Product Performance

You’ve gone out to check fields. Last week’s herbicide application should be in full force, but when you get out to the field, targeted weeds aren’t showing the signs they should, or the crop looks sickly or both. Was this product failure or human error? Both or neither? Spraying pesticides — be they insecticides, fungicides… Read more »

Optimal Fertilizer Application Timing for Hay Fields

Whether you’re using commercial blends or manure, shortly after first cut is a great time to fertilize forage fields. But, wait, aren’t perennial crops low-input? Top notch hay producers will tell you that fertility is paramount to getting top production out of a hay corp and to ensure maximum persistence of that stand. In this… Read more »

Beef Research School: Make the Most of Manure Applications

There are two things you’re always going to have with livestock — deadstock and manure. Both byproducts, if you will,  present their own type of challenges. And then there are rules and regulations to contend with. Unlike some other byproducts of beef production, however, manure is a truly valuable resource if handled, stored and used… Read more »

What do you Know about the Rotary Hoe?

There are times, in my wanderings on the Internet, that I really do wonder — how did I miss this? Earlier this week, Dr. Tom Wolf, former Ag Canada researcher and current nozzle/spraying expert extraordinaire, alerted me to a certain three minute video featuring his colleague Steve Shirtliffe. Shirtliffe is a professor with the University… Read more »

New Planter Among Drivers for Seed Hawk’s Plant Expansion

Seed Hawk, a Canadian-based no-till drill manufacturer, announced this week that the company plans a two-phase expansion to its manufacturing facility near Langbank, Saskatchewan, that will see a total of nearly 100,000 sq. ft. added to its capacity within the year. Seed Hawk partnered with Vaderstad Verken Ab in 2006 as a first move to… Read more »

Corn School — The Sins of the Spring: Roller Packer Issues, Compaction & Variable Emergence

Early season field scouting serves many purposes. Not only is early scouting a powerful tool in keeping ahead of weed, disease and insect pests, but early season growth of the crop tells the story of planting. Sometimes that story isn’t necessarily a happy tale, as crusting, variable emergence or thin stands can all be traced… Read more »

What’s the Best Nozzle for Fusarium Control?

Targeting wheat heads requires a very different approach when spraying than when looking after the flag leaf — water volume and travel speed play a role, but it’s the upright, thin nature of the head that requires a switch in nozzles for best coverage. In this interview, Ontario cereal specialist Peter Johnson reviews what it… Read more »

Seeder and Planter Manufacturers Continue to Push Envelope of “How Big is Too Big?”

As we discussed last week, biq seeders and planters have stepped up to make sure that the crop gets planted on time across the United States and Canada.  It has made me think about all the times we have asked the question of “how big is too big?” in the past. Here are some videos… Read more »

Corn School: Prepping Your Planter for Storage

As planting season winds down, the To-Do list of little fixes starts to grow. The good news is that a little extra care and attention paid to machinery and equipment now will help speed along the set up process next spring when we get to do this all over again. The planter is such an… Read more »

Soybean School West: Why Rolling Matters & Timing it Right

Rolling soybean fields at or just after planting can be most efficient, but planting conditions aren’t always exactly rolling-friendly. The good news is there is still time to roll long after seeding, with one very specific no-go window. But first, do you have to roll? That’s the question RealAgriculture.com put to Dennis Lange, farm production… Read more »

April AEM Flash Report Shows Combines Continue to Sell at a Strong Pace in US and Canada

According to the latest Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) flash report, in both the United States and Canada, self propelled combine sales are very strong. Both the year to date and month to month numbers are on a torrid pace for the year. In the United States combine sales were up 58.6% in April 2013… Read more »

HORSCH InnoFalcon Transforms Agriculture Advertisements – Super Cool Video

Some advertisements can be poor, good, great, funny, sell tonnes of product and some are just plain cool. I picked up this video tonight in the Western Producer’s twitter feed talking about transformers and farming. Being the nerd I am, I checked it out. WOW!!!! What a great  commercial/video showcasing the HORSCH InnoFalcon seeder. Enjoy… Read more »

Soybean School West: Planter vs Seeder & Row Spacing Considerations

While planters most certainly do a precise job at soybean planting depth, many farmers are still on the fence over whether or not the benefits are worth the added investment of a second (or third) planting implement. After all, does their existing unit do just as good a job? These are exactly the kinds of… Read more »

Susie Veatch Discusses Kinze Opening Its First Production Facility in Lithuania

For row crop planter manufacturers like Kinze Manufacturing, the eastern block presents enormous opportunities for growth. Last week Kinze announced that it will be opening its first production facility abroad in Lithuania. See More Content about Kinze Susie Veatch, Kinze Manufacturing, Chief Marketing Officer spoke to RealAgriculture.com’s Shaun Haney about the new facility and what… Read more »