Innovation featured at farm show

Many of the tools producers use today on the Canadian Prairies were seen for the first time at what’s now Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina.

From Power Pin to the first air seeders, the new products and inventions section of the show has ushered in everything from waves of safety to step-changes that brought billions of dollars in new revenue to the region and in many other parts of the world.

In its 40th year, the show’s inventions and innovations lineup, which includes existing and new companies, will likely be worth the trip to town for producers.

A noteworthy new invention will come from a manufacturer that has had repeated tools at the event — Seed Master.

Norbert Beaujot has been debuting farm equipment at the show for more than half of its history, whether it be single-pass, reduced tillage seeding, singulated corn from an air drill or some of the largest seeding tools on the planet.

“This one goes back to the very beginning of Seed Hawk,” said the grinning Saskatchewan inventor and owner of Seed Master.

“This has been an issue for continuous cropping forever, and we might have solved it.”

Every farmer knows that multiple ranks of toolbars are needed on every tillage and seeding frame to allow for material clearance. If all the openers were in one long line, it would be an effective stubble rake, and not much else.

Beaujot has dealt with the problem his entire career: added steel, difficulties designing machines that will fold easily for transport and the inevitable climb under the implements to reach those buried components.

Since stepping back from day-to-day operational management of the company, Beaujot has had time to consider new solutions to old problems.

“Getting this finished is in part a product of having more hours to consider things,” he said.

He put a rotary set of foot-long spokes between units in a single rank toolbar. It is attached to a central hub and short axle that runs between a few of them. Each set of spokes is attached to the ones next to it with a parallel, flexible rubber and canvas belting.

The belting is key to maintaining the driven power of the rig without causing the trailing arm hoe drill units to be forced to move up and down in unison.

Forward motion of the drill causes the tines to bite into the soil and work with their partners to spin out any soil and straw blockages that are forming between the shank units.

“It’s amazing the way it causes the material to fly out of there,” said Beaujot about the design.

The new product will be on display at Farm Progress along with about 30 others.

Saskatoon’s Bill Baker from Agtron will have his latest sensor there. It is designed to provide feedback from the air seeder’s tanks to ensure there is material delivery.

When it comes to big, Degelman Industries will be rocking the show with an eight-foot-wide, five-cubic-yard bucket rock picker, dubbed Rock King.

Dynamic Ditchers takes its Wolverine line into bale shredding.

Ontario’s Salford Group will bring its latest pneumatic Valmar unit, a 20-ton pull-type boom machine and its BBI precision fertilizer spreader, capable of reaching 120 feet. It is also bringing a new series of Valmar applicator to the market.

Bourgault will bring a harrowing experience for producers with its XR 770 heavy harrow and the company’s new vertical tillage unit, the SPS 360.

Variable rate streamer nozzles from T-Jet will be there, and Saskatoon’s Wilger Industries is showing off its latest technology in ultra-low drift tools. The company is also bringing its new electronic flow indicator, designed to give producers peace of mind for blockage and leak detection in fertilizer applications.

Troo Corp. is letting farmers see its lower-cost yield monitoring system that wirelessly feeds data back to the farm office or mobile device.

Want to know when the septic tanks are full? Duck Mountain Environmental has an app for that, and a sensor.

Greg Setter will bring the Drylobag, a bagged-grain fan system.

John Gehrer from Never Spill Spout will be at Farm Progress with his independent shank air drill units, which can use a sweep opener providing tillage weed control along with the advantages of independent depth management and packing.

Lewis Cattle Oiler has a new take on pest control in the pasture.

CropPro is bringing its latest soil, water and topography maps and apps for precision planning in the field.

Agroliquid is making the move from the United States to Canada and will offer producers a look at its managed release fertilizer products that use byproducts of the forest industry, along with custom blends of a wide variety of nutrients in a liquid format.

Agrimatics has software tools that use tablets and smartphones to retrofit and manage feed rations from mixers, letting producers better manage their operations.

Advance Wash Systems will be at the show with a replacement pressure washer nozzle that allows a producer to change the direction of spray on the fly, going from 45 to 90 degrees for those hard to reach places such as radiators and feed hoppers.

The show runs June 21-23.

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