By Ken Coles, FarmingSmarter.com In July I attended the Precision Ag Conference in Springfield, Illinois. I though in my first blog post I would cover my thoughts and observations at the conference. Day 1 Last week Brent Nicol and I attended the infoag, precision ag conference in Springfield, Illinois. (www.infoag.org). Not being a seasoned… 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

Between the internet, the radio the t.v., the newspaper your phone or your neighbour, there are a host of options when it comes to getting your local weather forecast. When you’re farming however, you need a degree of accuracy on a local level that most times can only be provided by a drive to the… Read More

While giving a presentation this week at the Canadian Seed Growers meeting in Hamilton I talked about the critical role that mobile plays in the deployment of social media on the farm. A very bright young seed grower friend of mine asked some very interesting questions during the panel discussion. Eric’s thoughts were, “Every time… Read More

This week, RealAgriculture.com brings you the first episode in a new segment we call Agri Treks. Agri Treks is a quarterly segment that chronicles the worldwide travels of Agri-Trend Group Founder Rob Saik. Each episode Rob visits a new and interesting agricultural or ag- related location. In this episode of Agri Treks Rob visits sites… Read More

Precision agriculture has some obvious benefits when it comes to efficiency and input costs. GPS mapping and technologies are becoming more and more accurate with coverage available in areas previously inaccessible. Seeding overlap is almost non -existent and placement is incredibly precise. With input costs growing and the demand for production rising, the need to… Read More

The Blackberry Playbook was delayed in coming to the market but the challenges have not ended there.  What is interesting is that the Playbook seems to be garnering the either “love it” or “hate it” feelings.  Some of the mainstream tech media has reported that it was released to quickly but from some of the… Read More

The business world has gone mobile. From the smartphone to the rise of the tablet and the advent of the cloud server, people want, and can get their information anywhere and anytime. Agriculture is no different. Long hours in the tractor can now be ( fortunately or unfortunately ) long hours at the office. Every… Read More

Blog post by John Guelly, BSc, P.Eng Wheat and Canola Farmer and Ag Engineer at Westlock, AB So we just ordered a new tractor, state of the art 2011 JD 8260R, complete with all the bells and whistles. We sold our old tractor to some neighbors and I asked them if they also were interested… Read More

The Ipad is one of those little pieces of technology that is really carving out its place in the wide world of tech. Its portability and its functionality are two of the biggest parts of its success. Those aspects are also reasons why it has been so well received in the farming community. The intuitive… Read More

GPS has become  a major component of in-tractor technology.  For many of the applications of GPS, once you have them you sometimes wonder how you did certain things before hand.  Auto-steer is one of those GPS applications that has received lots of marketing and as time moves on more and more farmers are experiencing the… Read More