A bale is loaded into the Maximizer. Inventor Emil Gulbranson of Vanderhoof, B.C., says it costs about $3 per bale to dry it down to acceptable levels, plus the cost of loader and operator.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: New hay dryer saves leaves and bales

The British Columbia-built machine can dry 18-24 bales an hour, allowing producers to harvst hay when quality is best

NOBLEFORD, Alta. — In the Vanderhoof, B.C., region, 2016 was a bad year for hay. There was lots of rain and not enough time between showers for the swaths to adequately dry for baling. Emil Gulbranson and his son, Chandler, were frustrated by the weather, so they sought hay-drying solutions. They looked around Canada and […] Read more

The Tempo L 24 has a 140 bushel on-board granular product tank and adjustable fertilizer coulters. | Robin Booker photo

New planter can ‘drastically’ reduce seeding rates

REGINA — Vaderstad has tweaked its Tempo L planter to better fit broad acre and small oilseed producing farms. Its latest offering, the Tempo L 24, is specifically designed for small seed capacity and is offered up to 40-feet wide. “The small seeds kit was a redesign of a Tempo metering system that permitted the […] Read more

A side view of the 50-year-old John Deere 95 combine with much of the tin cut away shows the inner workings.  |  Les Dunford photo

Project offers look inside a 50-year-old combine

Alberta man converts the machine into a demonstration model to show people how the old equipment worked

People driving in the country at harvest time see the big yellow, green and red combines moving through fields of grain, canola or pulse crops, with chaff and straw blowing out behind, and hear the hum of the machine. Some may see them unloading their bounty into grain carts or trucks, sometimes on the go. […] 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 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

Amazone pull-type sprayers have a re-circulation system that prevents product from sitting idle in the boom or at the nozzles. The two axles have independent steering, hydraulic suspension, air-drum brakes and the machine has the ability to transfer four tonnes of trailer weight to the rear of the tractor.  |  Amazone photo

Pull-type sprayers make a comeback

LANGHAM, Sask. — A 12,000 litre tank capacity combined with the most advanced sprayer technology might prompt a comeback for pull-type sprayers. The obvious advantage of pull-type sprayers has always been gallonage. There are a number of companies around the globe actively developing, building and promoting giant new pull-type sprayers all the way up to […] Read more

Many combine fires can be prevented by keeping dust off hot turbo and exhaust surfaces, which is what this kit from South Dakota accomplishes with a fan funnelling filtered air into a shroud surrounding the exhaust system.  |  Daniel Humburg photo

Filtered air won’t fan combine sunflower fires

A new system from South Dakota prevents the conditions that allow sunflower combine fires to get started in the first place

Sunflower debris in a combine ignites at temperatures 20 to 30 C lower than corn or soybean residue. However, most crops harvested in hot, dry weather can set your combine afire. Armed with this fact, engineers at South Dakota State University developed an air filtration kit they think will prevent most combine fires that start […] Read more

Volunteers Jake Hamm, left, Nathan Sims and Helmut Neufeld have brought a 1929 Massey Harris 9B combine back to life after much work.  |  Ed White photo

Rare combine to take to fields once more

The 1929 Massey Harris 9B combine in Manitoba is believed to be the only one of its kind operating in the world

AUSTIN, Man. — Jake Hamm and Helmut Neufeld have the attitude it takes to rebuild farm mechanical history. “There’s always a way,” said Hamm, a retired farmer and mechanic, about the 1929 Massey Harris 9B combine he, Neufeld and other volunteers worked on daily throughout July. It’s an aged creation of metal and wood that […] Read more

The new Demco 22-series grain carts feature a 22-inch diameter unload auger that empties the 1,330 bushel cart in less than two minutes.   Auger height adjusts from 11-feet, eight-inches up to 15-feet, seven-inches.  Demco rep Benji Vande Griend says prices on the new line will be available in November.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

New wagons and carts debut at outdoor show

LANGHAM, Sask. — Demco brought its new line of two-wheel 22-series grain carts and smaller four-wheel SS-series grain wagons to the Ag In Motion outdoor farm show. The 22-series carts feature a 20-inch horizontal mechanical drag in the bottom and a 22-inch unload auger capable of emptying the 1,330-bushel cart in less than two minutes, […] Read more

It doesn’t make economic sense to tie up a tractor to babysit your conveyor when you can have a totally self-contained self-propelled machine, according to Kevin Malica of Meridian.

Tractor-less conveyors gain foothold in small grains market

LANGHAM, Sask. — The practice of tying up a tractor to move and power your conveyor is not efficient, which is why manufacturers now offer tractor-less conveyors that are totally self-propelled and self-contained. The inefficiency compounds itself if you have bins in two or three different locations, forcing you to tie up two or three […] Read more