The Stara Imperador 3 outside a company facility in southern Brazil. It is the only large capacity sprayer on the global market with a mid-chassis boom placement. The company says this keeps its boom more stable and helps the overall machine with its balance of load.  |  Stara photo

Triple-tasking applicator does it all: sprays, spreads and seeds

HANOVER, Germany — This Brazilian-built self-propelled multitasking applicator may sound new, but it’s actually a melding of two existing machines — a granular spreader and a liquid sprayer — with a new pneumatic seeder for cover crops thrown in for good measure. Introduced two years ago by Brazilian manufacturer Stara, the hybrid Imperador 3 has […] Read more

The CaseIH Trident in spreader-clothing. The conversion to a sprayer takes about three quarters of an hour, says the company. | Michael Raine photo

Dual-function implement makes economic case

Take one telehandler, two helpers and 42 minutes out of your busy schedule to change the 1,400-gallon liquid tank over to the 330 cubic foot granular tank on your liquid/dry applicator. It’s all in the playbook for the Trident 5550 liquid and dry, single chassis combination applicator, according to Case IH. The company says the […] Read more

MegaMix can be used for a variety of farm applications, including creating these plantation rows with compost and sand. The eight-inch diameter auger not only moves the product in the bucket, but is also capable of mixing heavy materials like concrete.  |  Danuser photo

Multitasking Mega Mixer makes shovel obsolete

The Danuser Mega Mixer helps farmers scoop, mix, carry and dispense a wide variety of materials such as bag-mix concrete, livestock feed and manure. Mega Mixer is a three-quarter yard bucket with a hydraulically driven eight-inch diameter mix auger running side-to-side. The auger can dispense a full hopper of two-inch diameter rock in less than […] Read more


An Agribrink hydraulically driven compressor with a tank feeds the company’s central inflation gear. A gate at each tire valve will drop the air independently, making it one of the fastest in the marketplace at moving from road to field. | Agribrink photo

Does treading lightly grow more?

Putting big shoes on little feet can help spread out the weight of large farm equipment. An Ontario company that has been varying tire pressures for several years feels its tools can do well out West as well. Agribrink is best known in the manure management area of the industry, helping farmers and contractors carry […] Read more

Darcy Goossen invented the Tiregrabber in his farm shop at Ferintosh, Alta. It won the people’s choice Farmyard Invention at Canada’s Farm Progress Show.  |  Karen Briere photo

Tire handling device wins invention of the year

Alberta farmer recognized for his Tiregrabber entry at 
Canada’s Farm Progress Show competition in Regina

Necessity is the mother of invention, according to the proverb, and farmer-inventors prove that true all the time. Darcy Goossen of Ferintosh, Alta. took his Tiregrabber to Canada’s Farm Progress Show last month, where the public voted it the top farmyard invention. “It’s a machine for handling big tires and putting them on and off […] Read more


The new Morris Quantum drill has a stronger frame and more row-spacing options. It will be demonstrated at Ag In Motion in July. The drill has one of the narrowest folding widths on the market at 17 feet 10 inches. | Robin Booker photo

New method gives Morris strength

The company used a tube laser when building its new Quantum drill, which produced stronger joints in the frame

REGINA — Morris Industries toolbars entered a new era with the launch of the Quantum drill at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. “We used to build things using two tubes, weld them together and use fish-plates and gussets. That was the premise of how we would build frames,” said Ben Voss of Morris during […] Read more

The Connect spray attachment built for the DOT autonomous agricultural robot has a 120-foot aluminum boom, a 1,600 U.S. gallon stainless steel tank, and a continuous flow boom. | Photo supplied by Connect

Sprayer built for autonomous ag platform

REGINA — Slightly less than a year after the DOT autonomous agricultural platform was shown to the public at the Ag In Motion Farm show, the first DOT compatible implement built by a “platform partner” is being tested. A newly formed company called Connect, which is closely affiliated with Pattison Liquid Systems, has produced a […] Read more

Agco’s Ideal combine debuted in North America for dealers ahead of the opening of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. Only dealers that qualify will handle the Fendt combine.  |  Michael Raine photo

Fendt grows in N.A. under Ideal conditions

REGINA — Turns out the Ideal combine is a Fendt. At least from an Agco perspective. After seven years of development Agco’s Ideal brand combine was released last fall at Agritechnica. The company developed the machine after consulting engineers, carrying out extensive producer polling and gathering input from around the world. The resulting machine will […] Read more


Controlled traffic farming takes the tramline concept one step further by totally eliminating all tire traffic from 65 to 80 percent of the field.  Every implement track width must fit into a multiple of the chosen tramline width, which is easier said than done.  |  Bruce Barker photo

Controlled traffic farming in Alta.

Editor’s Note: Western Producer journalist Ron Lyseng took an in-depth look at Alberta’s now completed controlled traffic project and report and has provided his analysis. Controlled traffic farming is similar to the time-proven tramline concept, except that CTF takes it all one important road forward. All equipment tires must follow exactly same paths in the […] Read more

Pat Scherman and son Trevor got the idea for their ScherGain Solution System while arguing about combine settings out in the field.  They finally agreed they were wasting their energy arguing when they should instead concentrate their efforts on devising a system for safely collecting grain loss data.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Simplified drop pan reduces combine losses in field

Seed for the ScherGain magnetic drop pan concept can be traced back to a father and son argument out in a field in western Saskatchewan. Pat Sherman recalls that he and son Trevor were having one heck of an argument about which way to go with combine adjustments. The only thing they could agree on […] Read more