John Deere, Kinze Manufacturing, and Ag Leader Technology say they’ve reached a collaboration agreement that will make it easier for farmers to integrate their technology and equipment, while also ending a dispute over high-speed planter design patents. The agreement will allow farmers who run Kinze and Ag Leader planting and display products to “seamlessly integrate”… Read More

CNH Industrial — the parent company of Case IH and New Holland — says it has completed its purchase of global satellite navigation company Hemisphere GNSS, as of October 12. The deal, worth US$175 million, was originally announced in March 2023, and includes Hemisphere’s subsidiary Outback Guidance, which sells agricultural autosteer products in North America… Read More

AGCO is set to become a majority owner of Trimble’s precision agriculture business. The two companies have entered a joint venture agreement, which will see AGCO pay Trimble US$2 billion for an 85 per cent stake. JCA Technologies, the Manitoba-based autonomous tech company which was acquired by AGCO in 2022, will also be brought into… Read More

CNH Industrial — the parent company of Case and New Holland — has entered into an agreement to purchase global satellite positioning company Hemisphere GNSS, whose subsidiaries include Outback Guidance. Hemisphere is owned by Unistrong, which is based in China. “This move enhances our automation and autonomy tech stack and broadens our talent pool,” said… Read More

A Grande Prairie, Alta. company that designed an aftermarket remote-control system for controlling a tractor’s PTO and hydraulics has now developed a driverless system for grain bagging. RCFarmArm’s new GPS-controlled steering system for grain bagging tractors was on display as part of the Innovation Showcase at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon, MB this week. “It’s… Read More

The StarFire 7000 is John Deere’s newest GPS receiver the company says this model offers several improvements over the last. Tyson Miazga, product systems specialist with John Deere, met with Real Agriculture’s Atley Hamlin at last week’s Western Canada Crop Production Show at Saskatoon to talk about the StarFire 7000 receiver. Miazga says, it is… Read More

An Edmonton-based autonomous agriculture start-up is developing a camera-based system that allows self-driving tractors to recognize and respond to changes in their surroundings. Mojow Autonomous Solutions was incorporated in early 2020. “We’ve developed an autonomous navigation and control kit that uses a camera for its main sensor,” explains founder and CEO Owen Kinch. “It allows… Read More

AGCO says it has acquired JCA Industries, Inc., a Manitoba-based company that develops software and electronic systems to control and automate tractors and agricultural machines. Headquartered in Winnipeg, JCA has worked behind-the-scenes with many agricultural equipment manufacturers on their electronic designs in the past, including projects focused on automation and robotics. For example, JCA worked… Read More

Trends and opportunities always seem to crop up in people’s minds as the end of the year draws closer and as we enter into a new one. In terms of digital technology, there are some new opportunities for applications in farm management. Casper Kaastra, general manager of crop production at Sollio Agriculture, recently spoke with… Read More

Not all concepts exhibited at Agritechnica make it to commercialization. Instead of moving an individual piece of equipment forward, it’s usually a concept that clicks, is picked up by engineers, and moves forward. For Wes Lefroy, agricultural analyst with RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness — Australia and New Zealand, one of the most interesting aspects of… Read More

After identifying a need for aerial spraying services on large farms, an Ontario-based start-up has developed a fully-automated unmanned aerial vehicle for the Canadian market. “Typically most drones you see out there for aerial spraying are fairly small capacity… and for North American farms…it’s just not going to cut it,” says Meng Wei, CEO and… Read More

Ag Growth International Inc. is making a minority equity investment of US$15 million in Farmobile, Inc. Farmobile, headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, is an independent agriculture technology company, providing hardware and software services for the real-time collection, organization, analysis, and storage of farm data. The Farmobile device collects and streams real-time, geo-tagged agronomic and machine data… Read More

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