Category: Canada’s Farm Progress Show

Grain bag drying system wins gold award

The requirement that grain must be dry enough to store without conditioning has been the primary drawback for storing grain in grain bags. The DryloBag is designed to be a solution, enabling aeration and heating of grain for long-term storage in plastic polyethylene bags. The innovation, originally developed for peanuts in South Africa, received the… Read more »

Amity brings back Concord name on new drill

Built from the late 70s through the mid 90s, there are still more than a few of the original Concord drills in operation in Western Canada and the Northern U.S. Around 6,000 Concord drills were built, with around 2,000 sold in Canada, but the name disappeared on new seeding equipment after Concord Inc. was bought… Read more »

SeedMaster sister company to unveil autonomous machine for seeding & field work

Editor’s note: This article was updated on June 28 with additional information regarding the Dot Technology Corp, the DOT Power Platform and quotes from DOT inventor Norbert Beaujot. A new sister company to SeedMaster is planning to unveil a major innovation in autonomous agriculture in the next few weeks. The Emerald Park, Sask. company had… Read more »

Seed Hawk takes on Vaderstad name and colours

Nearly four years after being acquired by Vaderstad, Saskatchewan-based air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk is now a full-fledged member of its Swedish parent company’s equipment family. Known for their burgundy colour, Seed Hawk drills were on display in Vaderstad’s bright red paint with yellow trim and font at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last… Read more »

ADM entering fertilizer market in Canada

ADM is a major player in the U.S. fertilizer market, but it has had very little presence in the crop input business in Canada. That could be changing, however, as the company plans to open a fertilizer distribution facility at Lajord, Saskatchewan by spring of 2018. “This is our first opportunity to put some bricks… Read more »

Drew Lerner’s summer forecast for Canada and the midwest United States

The weather feels like it has been the story of 2017 across North America. Many areas have felt the extremes of mother nature this growing season — too hot, too cold, too dry, too wet, too windy, depending on where you are. There was significant rain in Ontario last week, parts of the Great Plains… Read more »

Axtens named Sask’s Outstanding Young Farmers

A grain farming family that places a unique emphasis on building soil health has been named ‘Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ for 2017. Derek and Tannis Axten, along with their children Kate and Brock, operate Axten Farms at Minton, Sask., seeding around 5,500 acres. (Minton is near the U.S. border south of Regina.) Living in one… Read more »

CGC to reduce user fees for 2017-18 crop year (amended)

Editor’s note: The earlier version of this story said the federal government had approved a reduction in user fees for the 2017-18 crop year earlier this week, according to the commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission. A senior CGC communications staff member has since informed us the commissioner “misspoke,” and that the commission is still… Read more »

Four observations at Farm Progress Show

Farmers from across Western Canada have gathered in Regina to see the the latest in machinery innovation at Fthe arm Progress Show. Real Agriculture has been coming to this show since 2010 and it hass has definitely changed over time, with the increased international visitors, a new competing summer show, and the highs and lows… Read more »

Seed Flow Sensor and Tunable Tower Improve Row-by-Row Air Seeder Distribution

When it comes to row-by-row seed distribution, let’s just say there’s room to improve the accuracy of bulk metering systems on many air seeders. “Right now in the marketplace, with bulk metering that delivers the product through those manifolds, the deviation is approximately 20 to 23 percent throughout industry at this time,” says Owen Kinch,… Read more »

Stabilo System Keeps Articulated Loader Tires on the Ground

A Dutch tractor manufacturer has developed a stabilizer system to improve safety and driver comfort when operating articulated loader tractors. Giant’s Stabilo System made its Canadian debut at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last month, participating in the Farm Progress Innovation Showcase. As Frank Michielsen of Prairie Side Equipment at Taber, Alberta explains in this short… Read more »

Pillar Hybrid Disc/Hoe Drill Built to Offer Benefits of Both Opener Designs

Disc drill or hoe drill? Does it have to be an ‘or’ question? Since 2008, Pillar Lasers Inc., based at Warman, Saskatchewan, has been making hybrid disc/hoe openers that are designed to give the grower the best of both worlds. As Pillar’s Mike Friesen explains in this video filmed at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in… Read more »

SeedMaster Brings Seeding Technology to New Granular Applicator

SeedMaster is bringing some of its seeding technology to the application of granular herbicides and fertilizer. The Emerald Park, Saskatchewan-based company debuted its 70′ Nova Flex granular applicator bar at Canada’s Farm Progress Show ’16 in Regina. As research manager Owen Kinch explains in this video, the unit connects to SeedMaster’s Nova cart, either tow behind or… Read more »

BioMulcher Automates Composting, Quickly Turns Mortalities into Soil Nutrients

As with other aspects of farming, automation is finding its way into the process of managing mortalities. Dutch Industries, based at Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, has designed what looks like a big top-heavy green box that it calls the “BioMulcher.” The unit heats, grinds and mixes, composting up to 2,500 pounds of material per batch. “After… Read more »

Chembine’s New Knife Designed to Empty Jugs with Speed

Freeform Plastics describes its Chembine as “a cutting-edge way of mixing and blending your chemicals.” The chem-handler offers a 66 gallon (US) capacity designed for increased agitation, and faster jug emptying time. Vertical ribs lock the tank into its stand, and, combined with a powerful vortex cycling jet system, step up agitation in the tank. The square knife… Read more »