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Big carts designed for granular fertilizer

Ontario company Salford holds distinction of building the world’s largest granular fertilizer carts

BRANDON – The growing trend today sees farmers shifting toward precision agriculture and more prudent and exact placement of fertilizer in the soil. Bucking that trend, Salford continues to make a big splash with their granular spreaders. The reason is efficiency. The latest versions of Salford’s BBI and 9620 carry 20 tons of granular fertilizer, […] Read more

Transfer bin; the next step in harvest efficiency?

BRANDON — From the days of scythe and hand-tied grain stooks, hurry and haste at harvest has always been critical. Gather that crop before weather and wild beasts get it. Urgency at harvest is just as strong today, even though we have a long list of new tools such as desiccants, Class 9 combines, speedy […] Read more

Airflow protects pulse pods from combine loss

BRANDON — Spending $15,000 on a combine accessory that can save you five bushels of beans per acre is a smart investment. And that’s not a lot of hot air, according to AWS Airbar rep Carmen Drost, who said the Airbar uses an airflow up to 320 km-h to blow beans and pulse crops up […] Read more

Spraying to become more precise as new machines enter market

Lloydminster — It’s not a new technology but it’s becoming more common. And as more companies develop their own sprayers equipped with pulse-width modulation, it’s going to mean more precise applications and improved productivity for farmers, said a leading spray application researcher. Tom Wolf said as pulse-width modulated (PWM) systems become more common, farmers will […] Read more

Farmer develops tractor control

An Alberta farmer has developed open source software capable of driving tractors autonomously with the use of their existing GPS. AgOpenGPS is a free program farmers can download onto a tablet, which users then plug into a port located on the back of most GPS systems. The tablet also needs to connect to an arduino, […] Read more

U.S. farmers steel themselves against Trump tariff fallout

American farmers and machinery manufacturers are bracing for higher prices if steel and aluminum tariffs are slapped on products from Canada and other U.S. trading partners. It might be good news for U.S. steel producers, but big users of big iron are worried. “With equipment dealers holding very limited implement inventory, higher steel costs are […] Read more

Trade uncertainty has Canadian ag manufacturers anxious

WINNIPEG (CNS) – With Canada in the midst of numerous free trade agreement negotiations, the Canadian agricultural manufacturing industry is feeling on edge. While the future of some trade deals for Canada is bright, others aren’t looking so good. “The lack of clarity around NAFTA is the big issue at the moment. It’s got a […] Read more

Wet seal technology for spray pumps

BRANDON — Wet seals, employed in aircraft and industry for decades, are finally finding their way into agricultural spray pumps built by Pentair Hypro. The big benefit is in situations when the pump runs dry, Pentair fluid specialist Brian Henderson said during Manitoba Ag Days at the end of last month, where he debuted three […] Read more

Keep to the right

It’s a pain in the neck to always look over your left shoulder at harvest time, which is why Australian farmers have been buying right-hand unload grain carts. Some of those right-hand grain carts are built by Elmer’s Welding in Altona, Man. Mike Friesen, an agricultural engineer and owner of Elmer’s who has been building […] Read more

Modifying for right-hand loads


Right-hand unload isn’t exclusive to grain carts. Over the years, a number of combines in bean-growing areas have been modified for conveyors coming out either the left or right side. “The thing with edible beans is you get docked so bad for splits. Splits can cost you a lot of money,” said Mike Friesen, owner […] Read more