Uniform crop. Straight forward harvest. Chris Zemlak is planning to straight cut over half his canola acres this year. But if he had it his way, he would be straight cutting all of them. “There’s something fun about straight cutting canola with a 40-foot header, at 5 miles an hour and putting 40 to 50… Read More

Recently, the federal government released “emergency” rules regarding recreational use of drones (UAVs), significantly restricting where and when drones could be used. Citing a 200% increase in commercial flight incidents with drones in just two years, the transport minister says the new rules begin immediately, with fines of up to $3,000 for violations. Commercial drone pilots already… Read More

Case IH wants to help farmers take the guesswork out of turning on headlands. The company says tractor operators can now use its new AccuTurn automatic headland turning technology to navigate hands-free, automatic, repeatable turns for increased productivity and reduced operator fatigue. Case IH unveiled the Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) auto guidance technology last week… Read More

Two weeks after meeting with farm and grain industry groups in Saskatoon, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau shared his government’s vision for the future of transportation in Canada in a speech to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. After describing the environmental, safety and consumer-related aspects of the Liberals’ “Transportation 2030” plan, Garneau said the government… Read More

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is introducing a spraying model to North America, as it foresees a day when farmers use swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to control weeds, diseases and other pests. The Agras MG-1 is an octocopter capable of carrying 2.5 gallons and covering 7 to 10 acres per hour, explains DJI’s Jan… Read More

Many farms have bought basic drones capable of taking high resolution pictures from the sky over the last year or two. For $2,000 or less, you can buy a decent quadcopter with a regular RGB colour camera. But the RGB camera is just the beginning when it comes to collecting data with a drone, explains Matt Johnson of… Read More

Many farms have purchased entry level drones over the last few years with the aim of using them to make more informed crop management decisions (okay, and maybe also to take some nice farm yard photos and epic Facebook videos of machinery in action). But as Brunel Sabourin of Antara Agronomy explains in this video,… Read More

Farmers Edge has chosen its partner for expanding what it has to offer farmers in the world of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs.) The multinational precision agriculture and data firm has announced a deal with drone systems provider Green Aero Tech to integrate drone imagery into its farm management platform. “In combining Farmers Edge Precision… Read More

An agronomist from southern Ontario is receiving an international recognition from his peers. Dale Cowan, senior agronomist and sales manager with AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperatives, has been named the 2016 International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year. The award recognizes a certified crop adviser (CCA) who “delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown… Read More

Transport Canada has launched a new drone safety campaign, while at the same time working on simplifying regulations to focus on minimizing the risks with unmanned aerial vehicles. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation, was joined by representatives from law enforcement and the aviation industry at the Ottawa Airport on Monday to unveil the initiative —… Read More

Satellites are helping depict a clearer picture (literally) of what Canadian farmers grow each year. Accurately predicting and measuring production of each crop grown in Canada has been an ongoing quest for the grain industry and government agencies since farming began in North America. Or at least since the start of the 20th century when E.Cora… Read More

 

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