The DOT robotic platform with its seeding attachment has been a hit during demonstrations at the Ag In Motion farm show. | File photo

Raven Industries buys autonomous DOT technology

Autonomous farming platform DOT has found its own path with a new partner. Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster’s Norbert Beaujot of Regina retaining the balance of the ownership. The move will give DOT access to greater capital through the publicly traded Raven, as well as to the South Dakota […] Read more

Deere’s new RX starts life as a different chassis than its 8R and 8T cousins. The fixed frame, four-track was designed from the ground up to be a belted machine. Quebec’s Camso developed that system.  |  John Deere photo

The RX may be a prescription for traction with a light touch

It’s a 410 horse, factory, four-track, fixed frame and it’s green and yellow. The new, and somewhat anticipated, 8-series, tracked tractor from Deere is seeing a lot of attention from the farming world since its end of October debut. John Deere has been developing the machine for several years and released it conjunction with an […] Read more

Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster of Regina retaining the balance of the ownership. | File photo

Raven Industries buys autonomous DOT technology

Autonomous farming platform DOT has found its own path with a new partner. Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster’s Norbert Beaujot retaining the balance of the ownership. The move will give DOT access to greater capital through the publicly traded Raven, as well as to the South Dakota company’s engineering […] Read more


How to be a situationally aware farmer

Are you a situationally aware farmer? Surviving in Canadian agriculture has required this. Or, some might postulate that being completely unaware might be what allows farmers to remain in the business. Most people, economists included, would suggest that the barrier to entry for most agriculture is so high that only existing farm families can remain […] Read more

Creative director’s work recognized

For the past 26 years, I have had the pleasure of working with a skilled graphic journalist. And for many of those she has been garnering not only the appreciation of you for her visual storytelling, but also her peers in the industry. The editorial staff at The Western Producer belong to several professional associations. […] Read more


Interns get inside view of ag journalism

Part of any good journalism education is an internship with a larger news organization. It’s an opportunity to put the skills and experience gathered over several years of university or college to work in a real-time environment. The Western Producer has had many interns in the more than 25 years I have been here. Often […] Read more

The Impossible Foods burger still requires some farmed building blocks for microbial providers, such as yeast, to sink their little single-celled sugar suckers into, as well as others to transform farmed-plant proteins into something similar to meat, with the same molecule supplying the bloody hemoglobin. Still, it’s not meat as we typically know it. | Screencap via impossiblefoods.com

Made in the laboratory you say? Pity

Meat without animals. Coffee without beans. Milk without cows. OK, the last one we have had for a while. Farmers have been ranching almonds, oats, soybeans, rice, hemp, peas, cashews and coconuts for years. Those little milking machines are so cute. There are farmers making base products for those milk-like substances, just like milk, most-times […] Read more

Input Capital wins appeal

Canola-streaming contracts are not as “unconscionable” as a judge thought last year, according to other judges who have reviewed a recent case. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeals sent a case between a farmer and Input Capital Corp. back to a lower court last week. Macoun, Sask., area farmer Terry Gustafson’s dispute with farm finance provider […] Read more


American farmers are being hurt, at least in part, for supporting a political leader who believes in trade wins rather than agreements. But U.S. President Donald Trump also believes in using the public treasury to defend sectors injured by his actions.
 | Screencap via Youtube/Donald J. Trump

Farmers face tilted market

Looking across the southern border has always created a sense of frustration for farmers on the Canadian Prairies. American farmers have long had it better. Americans’ provide more financial support for their producers. Average farm acreage in Canada has always been larger than in the U.S. neighbouring states because margins were smaller north of the […] Read more

Now with 24 inches of moisture this season, the Woolliams farm in the foothills near Calgary has a few ruts to fix. But running a single sprayer on a 9,000 acre operation appears to work.  |  Michael Raine photo

New sprayer technology and size helps address application challenges

A cold dry season turns wetter, and wetter, and wetter, slowing application processes, eventually requiring aerial

“Spraying? It was long. It was drawn-out,” said Larry Woolliams. The Airdrie, Alta., farmer started the year with late and cold conditions, a bit short of moisture and staring down 9,000 acres of land to crop to seed this spring. With a new sprayer this year, he was hoping for the best, “but you always […] Read more