Robin Bingham’s dairy farm in Northern Ireland is using a plasma reactor to reduce ammonia emissions from its 1,200 cows.  |  Chris McCullough photo

U.K. farm fixes nitrogen with plasma reactor

The company that developed the process says it could save farmers up to 20 percent of their artificial fertilizer costs and reduce ammonia

A large dairy farm in Northern Ireland is testing a new system that can reduce ammonia emissions while also producing its own liquid nitrogen fertilizer. This new concept, developed by Norwegian company N2 Agri, involves passing manure or digestate through a plasma reactor to produce liquid nitrogen fertilizer. This process, says the company, could save […] Read more

Quick change metering cassettes provide a range for seed or fertilizer from 1.4 to 357 pounds per acre. The large diameter cassettes keep the peripheral speed of the seed low to reduce damage.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Speed offsets size in new disc drill

Growers place more importance on precision than size when seeding high-value crops that require precise placement

LANGHAM, Sask. — Speed and seed placement are more important than size when selecting a disc drill. Amazone attended this summer’s Ag In Motion farm show to promote that idea, debuting its new Cirrus 4003 drill. The German-built drills are available as one hopper or two hopper units with a capacity of 102 bushels, says […] Read more

If Rubicon failed to satisfy your lust for big iron, the six-wheel drive Hexx Traxx 12-row one-pass beet harvester tops the beets, digs them, cleans them and conveys them up into the 30 ton hopper.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

The best of Big Iron

FARGO, ND – If you go to a farm show that flaunts the macho title “Big Iron” you’d expect to see some pretty large implements, right? We found them at the 2018 Big Iron Show in Fargo last week, and here’s a sampling of some Big Iron stories we’ll be bring you in the near […] Read more

This swather sits idle southeast of Delisle, Sask., as rain slows the harvest in Saskatchewan. | Paul Yanko photo

Wet and cold weather slows harvest progress in Sask.

Winnipeg – Cool and wet weather stalled harvest progress in most of Saskatchewan, according to the provincial crop report released Sep. 20. Sixty-two per cent of the Saskatchewan crop is in the bin, which is ahead of the five-year average of 53 per cent. Twenty-six per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to […] Read more

Morris introduced its new Quantum drill at Ag In Motion, billing it as a seeding machine with a possible double-duty future as a cultivator.  The morning demo featured the cultivator component.  The afternoon demo featured the drill component.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Driller and tiller: seeder has heavy-duty ideas

LANGHAM, Sask. — The new dual purpose Morris Quantum was demonstrated at this summer’s Ag In Motion farm show as both a seed drill and an experimental cultivator. In the 11 a.m. cultivation demonstration on each day of the show, an experimental version of the Quantum did a pass outfitted with 16-inch sweeps and a […] Read more

Combines covered in snow sit on Jerome Isaac’s farm near Debolt, Alta., after a recent snow.  |  Jerome Isaac photo

Farmers brace for what might again be another wet harvest season

Worries over another difficult harvest were running high in northern Alberta and B.C. last week as snow blanketed fields in the regions. Anywhere from five to 15 centimetres fell last week across both provinces, with the Peace River area taking the brunt of the snowfall. Many farmers were raising concerns about potentially facing another wet […] Read more

A partnership of Canadian companies bought the rail line and port facilities at the Port of Churchill, Man.  |  File photo

Ottawa to invest $117 million in Churchill and rail link repairs

The federal government plans to spend $117 million over the next 10 years to restore rail service between The Pas, Man., and the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba. In a Sept. 14 news release, the government of Canada said it is committed to restoring rail service on the Hudson Bay Railway. The railway — […] Read more

Radouga Distilleries’ vodka and vodka liqueurs are already available across Western Canada and in several American states.   |  Brian Cross photo

Distiller relies on good water

This is the first of five business features highlighting Saskatchewan companies that are finalists in the Sask. Trade & Export Partnership’s 2018 Exporter of the Year Award.  If you’re an entrepreneur who’s looking for a spot to set up a new alcohol distillery, bottling facility and distribution center, there’s a good chance that the wheat […] Read more

Australia increases live cattle shipments

Beef production in Australia was almost brought to its knees when the government banned all live cattle shipping to Indonesia in 2011 because of concerns about animal welfare. Indonesia is a major market for Australian live beef cattle, taking in about 700,000 cattle per year. The ban lasted one month but it had severe knock-on […] Read more

Smaller soy crop expected in Man.

Like most crops grown this year, Manitoba’s soybean yields have been highly variable. While early reports point to smaller production overall, lower-than-average yields won’t translate to higher prices, given the large U.S. crop prospects. Manitoba soybean yields are “anywhere from 20 to 50” bushels per acre, said Mark Jorgenson of Delmar Commodities. He said the […] Read more