WASDE paints a bearish crop picture for the coming year

It all adds up to too much. Canola, wheat, corn, soybeans, there is more than expected by the grain trade and that isn’t for good prices. The U.S. corn crop was big in 2017-18, but now that the tallies are in, it was bigger. Today’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (PDF format) aren’t […] Read more

VIDEO: Plant breeding charts future

CALGARY — Biotech pioneer Rob Fraley feels the biggest benefits to agriculture from genetic tools haven’t come from inserting genes or building custom chemical compounds to support plants, but in plant breeding. “And Canadian farmers have benefited greatly from this technology,” he said. The head of Monsanto’s global research program said the current success and […] Read more

The little plane that did

A farmer and a Toronto entrepreneur have taken their dream from door knocking to delivery in 2 1/2 years. Norm Lamothe and David MacMillan came together to lift agricultural aerial drones to the level of large-scale service provider. “When you have a family farm with limited acres you need another plan to ensure you have […] Read more

Connecting the DOTs

DOT is what happens when farming processes are examined carefully. Does seeding require bigger machines? Does spraying mean going faster and wider? Does anyone need to pilot a field roller? Or any other field machine, except maybe a combine, for now? The new machine design, the DOT, retires the tractor and giant airseeder and drill […] Read more

Ont. manufacturer buys MacDon for $1.2 billion

An Ontario company is buying MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg manufacturer of agricultural equipment known for its windrowers and headers, for $1.2 billion. Linamar, based in Guelph, Ont., manufactures auto parts, Skyjack lift equipment and corn and sunflower headers under the Harvestec brand. “MacDon is an innovative market leader.… They have number one market share in […] Read more

Harvestlab monitors beginning to end

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Reading the state of forage as it left the chopper opened up producers’ abilities to manage their feed input. Using it after silaging gave real-time cattle management. Now it’s managing what comes out of the livestock. The new model, Harvestlab 3000, has a broader use of the light spectrum than its predecessors, […] Read more

Reader input welcome

Managing reader feedback in publications has been a growing challenge with the growth of the online world. Producer.com has been around since 1995. Our website is one of the oldest in the industry, and this year you read approximately four million pages from the site. That’s big farm news. Having been involved with the site […] Read more

Deere’s precision tillage grows: more models added to green line

Over the past two years major equipment companies have begun using the term precision when talking about tillage. It’s not so much about being in the right place; it’s more about doing the right things in the right place. Agco has added its version of precision control over the Sunflower machines, and now Deere has […] Read more

Big planter gets best features of small sister

DECATUR, Ill. — Bigger usually has some downsides, especially in planters and seeders. Transport sizes create risk and stress, while weight and its distribution add costs and agronomic issues. U.S. manufacturer Kinze recently responded with a 60 foot machine. It’s still a prototype, but Mike Gryp of Kinze said farmer feedback at the Farm Progress […] Read more

Sectional control breathes new life into old air carts

First it was Seedhawk, and then one by one, air seeder cart builders began offering sectional control as an option for producers. And given the option, most have chosen it, dealers say. It’s the solution to that frustrating feeling of driving a mile down a field, doubling up on the seed and fertilizer for half […] Read more