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Tillage ‘Earthquakes’ and What Farmers Can Learn From a Forest

Mike Dorion calls himself ‘the compost kid’ and he believes farmers should think about their fields like he does his garden. The founder of Calgary-based Living Soil Solutions doesn’t suggest cash crop farmers use tea leaves to improve soil health, but he does preach the benefits of reducing tillage, banking organic matter to help increase… Read more »

Quiet Dryer Cuts Noise by Half

If you’re looking for a portable grain dryer that purrs like a kitten, take a look at the new GSI Quiet Dryer. GSI rolled out the dryer at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week. In the video below, Jarod Wendt, GSI grain conditioning engineering manager, explains that a new fan… Read more »

Producer Panel: Farming on the Canadian Border, Trade, Immigration, and President Elect Trump

As Canadians, we love to speculate on what the impact will be for farmers under the Trump presidency. The degree of changes as it relates to the EPA, trade, and immigration are all up for debate. At the recent Montana Grain Growers meeting in Great Falls, Shaun sat down with three Montana farmers in this… Read more »

More Time for Combining with Deere’s Folding Head

Can you drive your combine – with the head – down a narrow road to the next farm? Are you tired of header trailers and the need for tow vehicles? John Deere says its new 608FC 8-row folding corn head is the answer to these challenges – just fold the head and go. Deere unveiled… Read more »

Deere Aims for Accuracy with New Nozzle Control

John Deere’s new intelligent nozzle control system promises to help sprayer operators maintain consistent droplet size and pattern through a range of speeds, while reducing overlaps, skips, and drift. The ExactApply system was unveiled earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. In this video, John Deere product manager Lydia Thomas explains… Read more »

Tillage Talk: Does Deep Ripping Fit Your Farm?

Duane Paton is considered one of the founding fathers of deep ripping in Ontario. The Mount Elgin based farmer purchased his first deep ripper – a Case IH ecolo-tiger 730B – back in 1998 and still uses the same unit today. In the latest instalment of our Tillage Talk video series Real Agriculture agronomist Peter… Read more »

New Holland Goes Two-Wheeling For Maneuverability

Looking to make sharper turns and also save money? Beginning in 2017, New Holland will offer a two-wheel-drive (2WD) version of its T6 series tractors. The new tractors, unveiled earlier this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, offer enhanced maneuverability on two wheels for sharper turning, making them a good fit for… Read more »

Corn School: Grain Drying Tips With Helmut Speiser, Part 1

Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is overwhelmed by the number of corn drying questions he’s getting from farmers. We decided it was high time we put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to safe drying of corn. In Part 1 of our Corn School grain drying video series, Johnson… Read more »

Evolution Continues for Canadian Dairy XPO

The Canadian Dairy XPO enters its fifth year in 2017 with plans to create a better experience for both dairy producer and show exhibitors. In 2016, the CDX opened the doors to a new permanent Cow Coliseum at the Stratford Rotary Complex, its permanent site, and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors. This year the show… Read more »

Looking Skyward — This Week in the Grain Markets

The grain market had its eyes on weather reports for the first full week of April while taking a second peek at the U.S.D.A.’s stocks and prospective planting numbers from last week. Profit-taking in palm oil markets in Malaysia has pressured soybeans a bit, while canola has maintained near-January levels as the Canadian Loonie has… Read more »

Case IH’s 2150 Early Riser Planter Makes First Public Appearance

In November, Case IH announced the addition of the 2000 series Early Riser planter, and this week, at National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, the 2150 saw its first public reveal. “This new Early Riser planter series provides the first factory integration of Precision Planting components in North America, resulting in what we believe… Read more »

This Week in the Markets — Dollar Shifts, Interest Rates and COOL

Grain prices have swayed back and forth this week thanks to some aggressive reactions to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest rate increase on Wednesday, as well as a little short-covering, and (barely) bullish weather concerns out of Brazil. Most of the complex ended the week lower though than it started, with oats being the biggest… Read more »

Production of Articulated, 4WD “Tribine” Harvesters to Begin in ’16

It’s been described as the first major innovation in harvester design since the first half of the 20th century when binders and threshing machines were joined to form “combines.” Now the company behind the unique design is planning to begin production of these units in early 2016. The “Tribine” harvester adds a grain cart component to the… Read more »

Look Who’s Leading the Drive for a National Food Policy

To its peril, Canada’s agri-food industry – and indeed, all of Canada — has chugged along for more than a century without a comprehensive agri-food strategy. You’d think whoever is running Ottawa would have made it a priority, given we are active internationally exporting food and so dependent on imports. Consider the consequences if the… Read more »

Adopt a Rancher Program Offers Students Time on the Range

While an Ontario private member’s motion is calling for more agricultural education in the classroom, the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) has already developed a program to encourage high school students to experience curriculum-supported scientific learning outdoors. Adopt a Rancher takes the Science 10 Ecosystems and Climate Change unit, and allows students to… Read more »