Category: Ag in Motion

Canola School: What a combine loss monitor can (and can’t) tell you

Combine loss monitors are useful for understanding whether the amount of grain being thrown out the back of a combine is increasing or decreasing, but they’re not a great tool for quantifying those losses, according to research conducted by PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute). The recent project focused on understanding the accuracy of combine loss… Read more »

PAMI takes bin sensors to a whole new level

When bin sensors first came along it was a huge improvement over simply shoving a metal rod through the bin door in some ways. Because sensors are tethered though, you still end up with a linear — rather than a randomly distributed —set of measurements. This means you are not actually measuring a good portion… Read more »

Busting storage myths: Is air drier at night?

There are a lot of competing narratives around grain storage; some may even call them myths. For people who wanted to clear away some of the smoke and mirrors around grain storage, there was a special presentation of “Myth Busters” at the Ag in Motion event this year. It was hosted by Joy Agnew, project… Read more »

InVigor planning to roll out canola seed count packaging in 2020

The concept of buying seed based on number of seeds, rather than weight, is certainly familiar for farmers who grow corn and soybeans, but it’s a new approach for canola. InVigor — which changed owners this week, from Bayer to BASF — plans to introduce seed count packaging to the canola market in 2020. “Starting… Read more »

Keenan moves to a horizontal design for its mixer wagon

Keenan Alltech is going in a different direction with mixer wagons, literally. The company is gong horizontal rather than vertical with its mixer. Field editor Dale Leftwich was at Ag in Motion last month and got a chance to talk to Keenan’s western Canadian sales manager, Brayden Van Driesten, about what can happen when you… Read more »

Xarvio launches weed identification app

What if you could just point your phone at a weed and the phone would tell you what you were looking at? At one time it was a huge breakthrough to be able to take a picture of a weed and send a text message to an agronomist. It still is in fact, but sometimes… Read more »

Degelman adds seeding capability to Pro-Till disc

Farmers are always thinking of ways to be more efficient: why make two or three passes through the field if you only need one? Degelman developed its Pro-Till to work land that had to be brought into shape, but farmers started asking if they could do more with this piece of equipment, explains Laird McLeod,… Read more »

Pulse School: Evaluating different approaches to weed control in peas

We know that peas do not compete very well against weeds. They need some help, especially early on. At the recent Agriculture In Motion field day that was held near Langham, Sask., BASF had a plot to showcase weed control strategies in pulses. In this episode of the Pulse School, field editor Kelvin Heppner talks to Bethany… Read more »

Turn right: Re-thinking grain cart design

Grain carts have traditionally been built to unload on the left side to avoid having the cart auger contact unload augers on combines, which are also mounted on the left side. But there’s a benefit to right-side unloading that has led many farmers in Australia to switch sides and a Manitoba-based manufacturer to introduce right-side… Read more »

Canola School: New tool helps optimize combine settings in the heat of harvest

Fast forward a few weeks. Picture the combine has started rolling in a canola field, and you’re not quite happy with how much seed is being lost through the back of the machine. Should you increase cylinder/rotor speed? Open the upper sieve? Maybe adjust the pre-sieve? Decrease concave clearance? Increase fan speed? Decrease fan speed?… Read more »

7 things we learned at Ag in Motion

It was a warm few days of visiting, walking around, and watching farm equipment in action, as thousands of people from the agriculture community met in a field along Highway 16 northwest of Saskatoon this week for the 2018 edition of Ag in Motion (AIM). The hot weather certainly put a premium on any space… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 19: Day 3 of Ag in Motion

On Thursday’s show, from Ag in Motion near Langham, Saskatchewan: Adjust your clocks accordingly — we are going to be moving to 4:30-5:30 eastern on Rural Radio in a week. Federal cabinet shuffle — MacAulay remains ag minister, while Jim Carr takes over trade — what does this mean for ag? James Humphries of Bayer… Read more »

RealAg Radio, July 17: Ag in Motion Day 1

It’s day 1 of Ag in Motion at Langham, Saskatchewan, and on today’s show (from the Maxim Truck and Trailers exhibit): Today’s ag news, including reports of an imminent cabinet shuffle in Ottawa and Clean Seed buying Harvest International Todd Wilcox of Maxim Truck and Trailer (pictured above) Trent Meyer, Hi-Tec Profiles, on the impact… Read more »

Time to throw the old, dirty tow straps out

It’s just a little dirt or grease and a bit of sunlight, how much harm can it do? When it comes to pulling strength, the elements can take a toll on the ability of tow straps to do their two-part job — to not break and to minimize the risk of human injury when pulling… Read more »

Not too high, not too low — Bayer’s canola seeding rate findings

Canola has been referred to as the “Cinderella of the Prairies,” but the story of Goldilocks might also be relevant. Specifically when it comes to the discussion in the canola community lately about ideal plant populations — not too high, not too low, but just right. The Canola Council of Canada has developed a target… Read more »