Category: Ag Days ’16

FieldValues App Keeps Costs Current During the Growing Season

Do you know which fields make you money and which ones don’t? At what point in the year do you sit down and determine what your breakeven costs are for a specific piece of land? The FieldValues app was designed to help farmers keep information about costs and break-even prices current throughout the growing season…. Read more »

Canola School: Keeping the Chinese Market Open — The Canola Council’s Position on Quinclorac Herbicide

China imports about one-third of the canola grown in Canada. It’s critical Canadian canola meet the requirements for selling into the Chinese market. That’s why the Canola Council of Canada is advising against the use of quinclorac herbicide on canola in 2016, explains Brian Innes, vice president of government relations for the CCC, in this Canola School… Read more »

Felling Trees from the Comfort of the Cab — No Hydraulics Necessary

Not only can it mount easily on ATVs, tractors, skidsteers and dozers, The Perfect TreeSaw requires no hydraulics. It merely relies on the back-and-forth movement of the machine its attached to, making it incredibly safe to use. Designed to clear underbrush as well as fell trees, the saw cuts flush with the ground, or even beneath… Read more »

Canola School: Solving the Mystery of Heated Canola

Maybe it’s due to news traveling faster on social media than it used to, but there have been a fair number of reports of canola heating in the bin this winter. Producers who find themselves in these unfortunate situations are often left scratching their heads wondering why it happened. Was it harvested too early? Was it straight-cut or… Read more »

Entomologist Recommends Proactive Approach to Neonics on the Prairies

Regulatory restrictions are not on the radar in Manitoba, but the province’s agriculture entomologist suggests farmers in Western Canada should ask themselves “why?” before using neonicotinoid seed treatments. The Ontario and Quebec governments are restricting the use of insecticide-treated seed in response to concerns about neonics hurting bee health, but there haven’t been the same problems with pollinator populations… Read more »

Twitter Reacts to Spray Fill Xpress

We always love to see when content sparks further discussion among viewers and readers. Discussion is what fuels learning among the agriculture community. We tweeted this: New unit from Summers Mfg designed to cut down on sprayer fill times — thoughts?https://t.co/lgQYy1vTST — RealAgriculture (@realagriculture) February 1, 2016 Creating efficiency is not easy for product developers…. Read more »

What’s Old is New Again: Steel Wheels

A Winnipeg-based company thinks farmers might find value in going back to steel wheels. The yellow 12″x16.5″ steel skid-steer wheels made by Evolution Wheel were on display in the Inventor’s Showcase at Ag Days in Brandon, Man. last week. “Evolution Wheel was designed for the user who needs to accomplish traction and address tire puncture issues,” explains… Read more »

Spray Fill Xpress Preloads Products to Cut Fill Times

In the ongoing quest to boost spraying efficiency, North Dakota-based Summers Manufacturing has developed a unit designed to cut down on fill times by preloading chemicals before the sprayer comes in for a pit stop. “When the sprayer (operator) pulls up, all he has to do is hook the hose up to the sprayer, fire up… Read more »

Do-It-Yourself: Making a Driverless Grain Cart Tractor

Advancements in farm technology often come from major investments in research and development by large companies, but there are still cases where farmer ingenuity is part of developing something new. Matt Reimer, a young farmer from Killarney, Manitoba, has received plenty of attention after posting videos on YouTube last summer of his work automating a John Deere… Read more »

TWORA — Canada’s Economic Tractor & the Farmer’s Side of the Story — Jan 21

We’re talking about everything from the state of the US and Canadian economies to SaskCanola’s effort to share how many farmers view modern ag technology through the “License to Farm” film. After spending most of the week at Ag Days in Brandon, Kelvin Heppner host of this week’s news podcast and is joined by a… Read more »

MB Crop Insurance Changes Announced at Ag Days

Manitoba farmers will see their crop insurance coverage increase by an average of seven percent while average premiums per acre will decrease by four percent in 2016. Manitoba Ag Minister Ron Kostyshyn made his annual crop insurance program announcements at Manitoba Ag Days on Tuesday, the last day before the pre-election blackout on Manitoba government… Read more »