With the Western Canadian winter wheat harvest about to begin, extra attention needs to be paid to harvest timing. When to swath, when to straight cut and when to combine are integral decisions to your profitability. The biggest threat to your harvest tends to be the weather. Wet weather can greatly impact quality if you… Read More

Getting your winter wheat off the field as quickly as possible is extremely important if you are looking to maintain quality. The longer that crop remains in the field exposed to the elements, the greater the chances are that germ, vigour and overall grade quality can be negatively impacted. That’s were combine efficiency comes into… Read More

This is the first episode of a new segment here at RealAgriculture we call ” Why Should I Buy It?”. In this new series we give manufacturers two minutes or less to tell us why we should buy their product. The first product we take aim at is combines. At the Canola Council of Canada’s… Read More

As commodity prices continue to rise, efficiency at harvest becomes increasingly important. Producers want to minimize loss in every area possible. Harvest is one area farmers can take control of when it comes to increasing efficiency. Depending on how the combine is adjusted and the crop type, some farmers can lose up to 5 bushels… Read More

If you talk about controlled traffic farming in Alberta, you’ll only come up with a handful of names of farmers involved in the practice. Steve Laroque is one of those farmers. We talked to Steve a while back about his involvement in controlled traffic farming and why he thought it had the potential to fit… Read More

When you’re looking at controlling costs on the farm, the issue of overlapping with seed and fertilizer can be a big one. Especially in crops like canola, over seeding and over application of fertilizer can have a very negative impact on growth and development and end up being very costly for the farmer. Controlling that… Read More

Proper storage options for your crops are critically important both before you plant and after you harvest. In most cases, maintaining quality while in storage after harvest means maintaining your crops value. Keeping your seed free from moisture and bugs prior to planting can help preserve and maintain things like germ and vigor. In the… Read More

Everyone does love an auction, and why not, there’s usually something there for everyone. It’s an event that sends bargain hunters and collectors out en masse to look for that “good deal” or that “rare gem” or even that spare part nobody makes anymore. The only problem is that you usually hear about those “good… Read More

Trash can be a major pain for farmers using independent openers come seeding time, especially if residue isn’t managed properly off the combine at harvest. Straw and other material can accumulate around the drill shank pretty quickly affecting seed depth and placement. If you’re running any drill with independent openers, navigating through trashy stubble can… Read More

With the high use of super b’s by many farmers in farm yards to move grain, one of the frustrations is the ability to get the auger properly positioned underneath the hoppers. This can especially be a challenge at night during harvest and when unloading alone. It would appear the Sakundiak has come up with… Read More

Aeration is quickly becoming another important component in most farmers harvest strategy. Weather conditions over the past few years have shown farmers that the window for both seeding and harvesting can be short. With most farms getting bigger, that window can be too short to wait for ideal crop conditions. Leaving the crop in field… Read More

With all this wet weather, disease concerns start to come into play, and protection against things like septoria, powdery mildew, and fusarium head blight become very important. As we look at providing that protection, proper application becomes critical. When spraying fungicides there are many considerations that need to be taken into account. Nozzle selection, nozzle… Read More