Category: Video

Do you know your cover crops?

Can you tell the difference between annual ryegrass and cereal rye? How about radish and kale? If you can’t, it’s time to bone up on your identification skills if you want to get serious about planting cover crops mixes on your farm, says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs soil management specialist Anne… Read more »

Drones could make crop research 10 times more efficient

Every farmer doesn’t need to own and operate a drone for UAV technology to have a positive impact on their farm. That’s the message Scott Ditschun shares with farmers when he discusses how Bayer CropScience is employing drones in its agronomic and product research. He says UAV technology could effectively increase Bayer’s field research efficiency by… Read more »

Clean Seed enters planter business with acquisition of Harvest International

Clean Seed Capital Group — the Canadian company behind the CX-6 Smart Seeder — has announced a deal to acquire U.S. planter equipment manufacturer Harvest International. The company also debuted the first Clean Seed Smart Planter at Ag in Motion on Tuesday, built with Harvest International technology. “Following the granting of Clean Seed patents in… Read more »

MixMate designed to cut sprayer loading times and mistakes by automating chemical blending

Fast loading times are critical for maximizing sprayer efficiency, but mistakes are also more likely to happen when loading in a hurry. An Iowa-based company, Praxidyn, has designed a portable, modular system to shorten the time it takes to blend chemicals and refill the sprayer, while also reducing the chances of errors by automating the… Read more »

Corn School: Aqua-Till trades coulter for water jet

Ever consider replacing your planter disc openers with high-pressured water jets? The concept is called aqua-till. The idea has been pioneered by the South Australian NoTill Farmers Association (SANTFA). Earlier this week, SANTFA research and development manager Greg Butler traveled north to Ontario to showcase the technology for farmers attending the annual FarmSmart Expo near… Read more »

Morris debuts Quantum drill with new frame design and 76% fewer parts

Saskatchewan-based farm equipment manufacturer Morris Industries rolled out a brand new air drill design at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina last month. The Quantum air drill features a stronger, simpler frame design, a new air system, and more row spacing options than previous models, according to the company. “We’ve thought about this product from the perspective… Read more »

Wheat School: CRISPR technology could be a boon for wheat breeding

Wheat breeding is a poor cousin when you compare it to the investment and resources corn and soybean plant breeders have at their disposal to develop new and improved plant genetics. The arrival of CRISPR technology, however, is giving wheat breeders hope that they may finally get a leg up on their big-crop cousins. At… Read more »

Soybean School: Stick to first or second trifoliate when rolling soybeans

OMAFRA soybean specialist Horst Bohner is back on his tractor and rolling soybeans for a second year as part of a multi-year research trial. The fundamental idea behind the research is to somehow induce a response that will cause the soybean plant to become more bushy and produce more nodes. At meetings this winter, growers… Read more »

DOT field robot evolving, with first units to be sold for spring 2019

It’s been one year since the DOT field robot prototype made its first public appearance at Ag in Motion (AIM) near Saskatoon, Sask. The machine has since attracted attention from people around the world who are interested in the future of autonomous farming. Engineers in the DOT Technology Corp. shop in Emerald Park, Sask. have… Read more »

Wheat School: Hot weather narrows the FHB treatment window

Wheat has been progressing rapidly thanks to seasonally high temperatures in many areas over the past few weeks, quickly moving into and through the early flowering stage. Early flower is when a fungicide application to prevent fusarium head blight (FHB) is recommended. “Typically we’d expect flowering to start three days after head emergence, and flowering… Read more »

Chaff deck designed to capture and control weed seeds in combine wheel tracks

Every year at harvest, weed seeds are spread across the field through the back of most combines, setting the stage for weed competition across the entire field. A company in Western Australia has developed a tool to confine those weed seeds to the combine’s wheel tracks. The EMAR Chaff Deck replaces the chaff spreader on… Read more »

Corn School: Fungicide application timing on a variable corn crop

Ontario corn growers will have plenty of variables to consider as they plan fungicide applications in the weeks ahead. An extended five-week planting season has produced huge variability in the crop, with current maturity ranging from the two- to eight-leaf stage depending on where you farm in the province. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn… Read more »

Corn School: Time to trap western bean cutworm

Have you set your western bean cutworm (WBC) traps yet? Setting traps is the most effective means of determining whether the yield-robbing pest is setting up shop in your cornfields. In this episode of RealAgriculture Corn School, OMAFRA field entomologist Tracey Baute shows growers how to set traps and discusses the growing importance of the WBC Trap… Read more »

Peterson Farm Bros. rock out with “Tractorstuck”

The Peterson Farm Brothers are back with their latest parody video that features two things many farmers appreciate: the classic riffs of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and footage of tractors stuck in mud. “Tractorstuck” is the title of the brand new video from the farm celebrity siblings — Greg, Nathan, Kendal, and sister, Laura — who farm… Read more »

New Holland introducing crop density prediction to combine automation

Combine manufacturers are trying to make one of the most intimidating jobs on the farm — driving and setting the machine — easier and more efficient by automating the process. Take New Holland’s new automatic combine setting system, for example. The Intellisense system, designed for CR Revelation combines, uses programmed data (past yields, field topography, combine… Read more »