The Mobile Sensor Mote being developed at PAMI sits in the grain and transmits moisture and temperature readings to a base station. | PAMI photo

Give bins pills to ensure they stay healthy

Full-coverage bin sensors developed at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute are based on electronic bin boluses

Grain storage sensors being developed at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute use over-the-counter electrical components but offer coverage in large bins that is very difficult to achieve. “The point of them is to try and get full coverage of moisture and temperature throughout a grain bin because we found that the options that are available […] Read more

Harvest is slowly gearing up across the Canadian Prairies, which is expected to pressure prices in the coming days. | File photo

Canola set to bounce around bottom of long-range

WINNIPEG – Contracts on the ICE Futures canola market are bracing for turbulence in the coming days as trade negotiations between Canada and the United States and a looming production report from Statistics Canada takes center stage. According to one analyst, these and other factors may play havoc with the Canadian dollar, which could send […] Read more




The lentil harvest is over half done in Saskatchewan. The weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture estimated the harvest to be at 55 per cent complete as of Aug. 20. | File photo

Sask. lentil yields predicted to be down

Winnipeg – After a year of market woes for lentils, it looks as though the Saskatchewan lentil yield won’t be the best either. “I think overall we would be expecting lentil yields lower than average this year but it’s hard at this point to put a figure or a number on that,” said Carl Potts, […] Read more


The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept the new terms on autos trade, dispute settlement and agriculture to keep a trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Supply management has been a contentious issue in previous negotiations. | File photo

Trump: NAFTA threatened, Mexico deal made

(Reuters) – The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept the new terms on autos trade, dispute settlement and agriculture to keep a trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the White House is ready to notify the U.S. […] Read more

Landen Stronks and other Alberta beekeepers are worried about what happens if and when neonicotinoids are phased out. | File photo

Beekeepers worry about foliar sprays if neonics banned

Beekeepers should be thrilled that Health Canada is banning the use of neonicotinoids because the insecticides have been linked to bee deaths and pollinator decline. Landen Stronks, a beekeeper from Iron Springs, Alta., is definitely not thrilled. Stronks and other Alberta beekeepers are worried about what happens if and when neonicotinoids are phased out. “We […] Read more

The Precision Inflation system is compatible with all ISOBUS screens, giving the operator realtime information on the status of all tires on the system.  |  Precision Inflation photo

High p.s.i. in transit, low p.s.i. in the field

Agricultural tires roll easy and stay cool roading; then they get dirty in the field without crushing it

LANGHAM, Sask. — Bigger, faster and heavier are the words to describe the trend in farm equipment both on the road and in the field. But bigger, faster and heavier puts tremendous demands on tires. The solution to the problem has been obvious since the first pneumatic tires went on tractors 90 years ago: inflate […] Read more


The technology permitting high air pressure in transit and low air pressure in the field will eventually spread to all sizes of ag tires, says Michelin rep Mike Pantaleo.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Michelin rolls out two new tires at Ag In Motion

LANGHAM, Sask. — Growers know that engineering advances in machinery are only as good as the tires that put traction to the terrain. With that in mind, Michelin debuted two new tires at the Ag In Motion farm show held near Langham earlier this summer. Michelin showed its AxioBib2, a new engineering concept that lets […] Read more

The cutting blades in the 50-foot wide BTT Weed Clipper have a three-inch overlap to reduce misses. The BTT Weed Clipper can help conventional growers manage herbicide resistant weeds. | Robin Booker photo

Weed Clipper handles weeds reaching for the sky

REGINA — Bourgault Tillage Tools is selling what is essentially one of the world’s largest mowers, clipping weeds that stand above the crop canopy. The BTT Weed Clipper is a 50-foot wide power take-off driven solution for both organic growers struggling with tall, fast maturing weeds and conventional growers struggling with herbicide resistant weeds that […] Read more