At the front of the new Kubota baler is a starter-chamber, in the middle is the main bale chamber and out-back is the poly-wrapper. All done without stopping the machine. | Kubota Canada photo

Don’t stop, keep baling – a new way to round

Round bales offer a lot of functionality to the farm, especially if poly wrapping is part of the plan for forages. But not having to stop and drop a bale would make round baling more efficient. Kubota is offering its new European Kverneland continuous round baler, the world’s first fixed-chamber continuous baling platform, in Canada […] Read more

A new internet tool brings together agricultural experts and farmers as they learn to live in the new COVID-19 reality. | Screencap via

Farmers obtain info remotely

A new internet tool brings together agricultural experts and farmers as they learn to live in the new COVID-19 reality

Rob Saik had some ideas about agronomy and husbandry delivery, coming out of the sale of his Agritrend company to technology giant Trimble. “I had learned a lot over the years about what we could do to deliver information to farmers. And what farmers are willing to pay for and when,” he said in a […] Read more

Big machinery builders rolling slower and expecting lower

The big three are planning for shorter sales and higher costs in the remaining three quarters of this year

Farm machinery makers are adjusting operations as COVID-19 adds to complexity and limits supplies. Case New Holland suspended many of its operations in the Americas for two weeks at the beginning of the month. Its Grand Island, Nebraska, combine plant closed just before Good Friday in an effort to maintain the health of its workers, […] Read more

Norbert Beaujot has sold his remaining interest in the DOT to Raven Industries.  |  Michael Raine photo

Raven buys DOT

Raven Industries is now the sole owner of DOT. Norbert Beaujot is taking in the big view from his farm in southern Saskatchewan ahead of the seeding season. And of the future for the autonomous farming platform, DOT. “As a family, we couldn’t take-on putting DOT where it needed to be by ourselves,” said the […] Read more

Learning from those before us

So far, in Canada, the government has said commerce and trade must continue. Agriculture is part of that, but should federal and provincial leaders be more clear in their messaging when it comes to certain parts of business and industry? Mining, energy production, agriculture and food, transportation, hardware, trades, some manufacturing and media are among […] Read more

Lentil yields for 2020 crops might be improved through some newer varieties. Producers tend to rely upon the material they have in inventory, sometimes for too long.  |  Michael Raine photo

Too many acres with too many old pulses; it may be time for change

New pea varieties offer advantages for producers, but despite this, farmers have been slow to adopt them. A 13-year-old variety still dominates the Saskatchewan seeded yellow pea acreage, with CDC Meadow taking up 38 percent of fields. More than 1,000 farmers planted 440,000 acres of the variety last year with an average yield about one […] Read more

COVID-19: Ag stories will go on

Journalism is underwritten through business endeavors. Ours is no different, even in times of global crisis. You pay for your subscriptions with the money you earned the hard way, farming, and with the time you choose to spend with your Western Producer. We sell that time to advertisers. In the case of public broadcasters, tax […] Read more

Agco’s new Momentum planter was released in South America early in 2019 and came to North America last week. It offers greater on-board seed capacity, narrow folding and up to 40 rows of planting.  |  Agco photo

Agco weathers four tough growing seasons

Warranty issues and an ill-fated move to more environmentally acceptable Tier 3 engines in Brazil challenge finances

Tough times in agriculture across the globe have put some farm machinery makers into financial difficulties. Agco, the world’s third-largest full-line manufacturer, saw lower earnings and higher expenses than expected, but it will be able to share with equity holders and maintain research and expansion, says its chief executive officer. Martin Richenhagen told the investment […] Read more

Supply and demand: if they were real

Grow what the market demands. Feed the world what it’s missing. Give the consumer what they long for. Meet shortage with supply. Adapt to meet the need. Etc., etc., etc. I’ve heard it all my life. My parents heard it and their parents. And being we’ve farmed for quite a while, likely the mantra of […] Read more

We’re already hoping for next year

Terrifying as the prospect might be, maybe western Canadian farmers have to settle for being one of the world’s lowest cost producers of high-quality commodity food. Like most producers, I had dreams that western Canadian products would be valued for what they really are: sustainable, ethically produced, top-quality food products. And that our food, feed, […] Read more