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CropPro Consulting uses this truck to pull its SWAT BOX, enabling it to gather soil electrical conductivity reading when fields are soft or in snowy conditions. The SWAT BOX can also be mounted on farm implements. | Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: VR mapping services win national award

LANGHAM, Sask. — CropPro Consulting won an Equipment Manufacturers of Canada award for top new product in the agribusiness services category for its SWAT MAPS service. SWAT MAPS is the company name for its variable rate process. It stands for soil, water and topography maps and it details changes across fields and enables creation of […] Read more

The drive system on Kramble Industries’ remote-controlled electric drive system retrofit for straight grain augers has a motor mounted on each drive wheel. | Robin Booker photo

Grain auger mover eases pain-in-the-back chore

LANGHAM, Sask. — A remote-controlled, electric drive system retrofit for straight grain augers promises to make moving them around the yard much easier. “It’s very handy and a lot better than trying to push them around by hand and getting into chiropractor bills,” said Doug Kramble of Kramble Industries at his vendor booth at the […] Read more

Producers collect petals and send them to the lab for quick results.  |  File photo

Quick turn test for disease popular

Rapid disease testing aids spraying and timing decisions, giving producers real-time control information

LANGHAM, Sask. — Lab technicians at Quantum Genetix are working around the clock testing crop tissue samples to help farms make informed decisions in their fungicide program. “It’s a busy time of the year for us. We up our staff and we run 24 hours to make sure our machines are working,” Heather Deobald of […] Read more


India could be back in the lentil market later in 2018-19 because it appears the country will have a 250,000 to 300,000 tonne shortfall of supply.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Red lentil prices could rise

REGINA — Traders and analysts believe red lentil prices have bottomed out but greens still have a ways to go. Vishal Vijay, head of business development with Agrocorp International, doesn’t think red lentil prices will fall below current levels of 15 to 15 1/2 cents per pound. “This is getting pretty close to the bottom […] Read more

Brian Tischler demonstrates how he’s able to drive his tractor autonomously using software on a laptop.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

VIDEO: Alta. farmer’s autonomous tractor working well

Brian Tischler, who demonstrated his technology at canolaPALOOZA in Lacombe in late June, says safety is crucial

LACOMBE, Alta. — Brian Tischler stands in front of a moving tractor. Nobody is in the driver’s seat, but the machine stops. It senses he’s there. He then decides to get out of the tractor’s way. The machine notices he’s no longer there and carries on with business, moving forward. “We went around this field […] Read more


VIDEO: Pea prices expected to improve early next year

REGINA — Lost South Asian markets will hamper movement, but peas are expected to be in be demand early next year. Yellow pea prices should be up in 2018-19, but growers are going to have to wait a while for that to happen, says an analyst. “Probably when you reach the new calendar year, that’s […] 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

The pork industry has determined that a lot of consumers don’t know how to cook its product.  |  Getty images

Pork industry strives for consumer simplicity

National Pork Board in the United States works with meal kit providers to supply consumers with ready-to-cook products

DES MOINES, Iowa — People don’t know how to prepare and cook pork. So now the food and pork industries are preparing it for them and showing them how to cook it. The U.S. pork industry is working with “meal kit” providers to help supply ready-to-cook, pork-based ingredient packages to consumers’ doors. “It’s a great […] 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

Mark Abt, senior radar technologist with Environment Canada, controls a parabolic radar antenna, which is 9.15 metres in diameter. It rotates once every 10 seconds and scans 17 elevations in six minutes. This larger dish provides more accurate and higher quality weather information compared to older techology of the previous Radisson, Sask., weather radar. |  William DeKay photo

A look inside a radar station

Photo Essay | The newly constructed, fully automated Radisson Radar, located near Radisson, Sask., provides critical weather information as part of Environment Canada’s reporting network. | William DeKay photos