GM pollen: it gets around

Rebecca Tyson has developed a mathematical model to determine the appropriate isolation distance between genetically modified and conventional crops. “Numbers tend to get thrown around and until our paper came out there wasn’t a lot of very good research saying what that distance should be,” said the associate professor of mathematics at the University of […] Read more

Autonomous vehicles not on the radar for most farmers

It seems like the future of almost everything that moves lies in autonomous technology. Small and large companies are spending billions to develop driverless cars and driverless transport trucks. The story is similar in the world of agriculture. Established players like Case IH and machine shop start-ups are working on autonomous farm vehicles capable of […] Read more

Farm wi-fi connectivity opens new world of possibilities

A technology company based in the United Kingdom has developed a new product that monitors temperature and moisture levels in stored grain and sends wireless data to a smartphone, laptop or home computer. BeanIOT is a bean-sized remote sensing device that can monitor conditions in stored grain and warn the user of potential spoilage inside […] Read more

VIDEO: Go narrow or go home

FARGO, N.D. — The split nitrogen trend sent Unverfirth back to the drawing board for a new applicator specifically for split application. While there, they made it the narrowest applicator in the industry. “The NutriMax is definitely a split application machine. That’s what our engineers had in mind when they started with a fresh sheet […] Read more

Autoparts maker buys MacDon; sees ‘growth potential’ in ag

An Ontario company is buying MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg manufacturer of agricultural equipment known for its windrowers and headers, for $1.2 billion. Linamar, based in Guelph, Ont., manufactures auto parts, Skyjack lift equipment and since 1992 with the acquisition of Hungarian farm machinery builder, Mezogep, has produced combine headers under the Harvestec brand. “MacDon is […] Read more

New Gators redesigned for comfort

Red Deer — John Deere has focused on operator comfort in its latest design for the Gator utility vehicle. The gas-powered Gator XUV835 and the diesel-powered Gator XUV865 have three-wide seating, as well as heat and air conditioning in versions that come equipped with the cabs. “All the cabs will be plug and play,” said […] Read more

VIDEO: Speed and quality outrank size

LANGHAM, Sask. — The vertical tillage equipment introduced to Western Canada a decade ago evolved into the latest generation of high-speed compact cultivators. But the story doesn’t stop there. Lemken has been at the forefront of these changes since 2006, but it says terms like vertical tillage don’t apply to its way of thinking about […] Read more

Humungous fungus is largest living organism on Earth

The largest living terrestrial being on Earth isn’t a whale, elephant or giant sequoya. It’s a 9,000-year old mushroom that measures 5.5 kilometres across and eats fir trees. There’s a total of 10 trillion or more types of soil bacteria. There can be more than a million in a teaspoon of soil. When we narrow […] Read more

Harvestlab monitors beginning to end

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Reading the state of forage as it left the chopper opened up producers’ abilities to manage their feed input. Using it after silaging gave real-time cattle management. Now it’s managing what comes out of the livestock. The new model, Harvestlab 3000, has a broader use of the light spectrum than its predecessors, […] Read more

Grain cart design improves side reach, operator visibility

J&M thinks their new Xtended-Reach fixed position auger 
is a better way to deal with high horsepower tractors

FARGO, N.D. — Grain cart engineers at J&M have abandoned their adjustable unload auger concept, opting for a fixed, in-line auger that places the spout closer to the front, nearer to the tractor driver while maintaining good side reach. The Xtended-Reach in-line auger is a more efficient layout for moving grain, according to Shannon Grieshop, […] Read more