Bear Flag Robotics provides retrofited autonomous solutions for existing machinery. This Deere tractor is performing post-harvest tillage on a Californaia farm.  |  John Deere photo

Deere raises a green flag over robotics company

Deere acquired Bear Flag Robotics, expanding the farm equipment company’s labour reduction technology platform

Farming is a game of timing, precision activities and work, in its most fundamental form. Important stuff has to get done on time and machines can be really good at that stuff, especially when there aren’t enough skilled people around. That is an over-simplified version of what San Francisco’s Bear Flag Robotics has been developing. […] Read more

Eric Hansotia sets the focus for Fendt growth in North America and for smarter farm machinery overall. | AGCO photo

Agco: More green, and black, coming

Agco’s new head says smarter tools that automate operations in the field and barn are making farmers more efficient

As chair of the board, chief executive officer and president, Eric Hansotia knows a few things about agricultural consolidation. The new Agco head has worked in the machinery world for about 30 years, in that time spent a good deal of time in technology development and delivery. He says Agco’s approach to smart machines is […] Read more

Fendt was once a brand best known as a premium product line in Europe, but with addition of the Ideal combine and the new Momentum planter, along with the high-horsepower, fixed frame tractors, it is expanding in North America. |  Fendt/Andreas Mohr photo

Agco: More green, and black, coming to prairies fields

As chair of the board, chief executive officer and president, Eric Hansotia knows a few things about agricultural consolidation. The new Agco head has worked in the machinery world for about 30 years, in that time spent a good deal of time in technology development and delivery. He says Agco’s approach to smart machines is […] Read more


Michelle Houlden, our Art Director and visual journalist, had a banner year with a long list of awards, including her design of this WP cover. | Screencap via producer.com

Award winning agriculture

Each year in the middle of the summer a major event in the agricultural journalism world takes place, the American Agricultural Editors’ Association awards. While some staff from your Western Producer usually attend the event, this year we could only wait to hear. The writers, editors and designers in the industry enter their best stuff […] Read more

American wheat stocks came in 14 million bushels lower than expected at an estimated 845 million bu. That is 183 million bu. less than last year at this time. | Reuters/Amira Karaoud photo

U.S. crop inventories take roller-coaster ride

Shifting expectations about stocks and a large supply of money in the investment community add to market instability

Those tied to the agricultural commodity markets this June might have the feeling they are riding a roller coaster. Last week’s Quarterly Grain Stocks and Acreage Reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would have put them staring into a very blue sky — one without any rain clouds, at least for the western regions. […] Read more


Krone said the design allows the machine to have three different densities for a single bale. | Screencap via krone-northamerica.com

Round crown gets belted build

Chains and slats were standard in round balers decades ago, but most manufacturers shifted to continuous belts. Germany’s Krone held out against that move, citing the reliability of chain systems to form a bale under nearly any forage harvesting conditions and the reliability of the all-metal design. The company will continue to offer its chain […] Read more

Boom options on the new Hagie sprayers range from up to 132 foot widths for the biggest machines and available pulse width modulation, indvidual nozzle control.  |  John Deere photo

Keeping farmer’s machine, making it green

Hagie application tools get more Deere, but keep the layout and feel of the original machine designs


In a little more than a month, Canadian farmers will be able to order the latest in Hagie sprayers. For those producers who have owned or followed the history of the Hagie, the 2022 model year will offer some substantial changes, but appear to be keeping the elements that have made the Hagie machines uniquely […] Read more

With 36 cameras and up to a 120 foot steel boom, the new See and Spray option on Deere's latest sprayers can reduce burn-off spray use by more than 75 percent. The machines are limited to 12 miles per hour for application accuracy. From the time a camera sees a weed it is 200 milliseconds until spray is applied to it.  |  John Deere photo

See and Spray springs from river of technical invention

New release is a downstream effect of Deere’s investment in Blue River application-technology company four years ago


Find a weed and kill it. Ignore the crop and don’t waste any resources on non-pests. It’s easy to do strolling through a field with a hoe or spray nozzle in hand. Doing it over five- or 10-thousand acres in a tight time window is a bigger job. Blue River Technology sprang from an idea […] Read more


Deere has a new integrated tractor and planter unit, pairing 1,000 gallons of on-board liquid with 600 installed on the planter. A new 130 bushel seed tank can mean up to 80 acres between filling, applying 20 gallons of fertilizer.  |  John Deere photo

Deere upgrades its seeding and power offerings

More power with heavier frames and additional ballast and new features for seeding are available in 2022 machines

Model year 2022 will see key improvements to the John Deere lineup of farm machinery. Air seeding rigs are getting better blockage monitoring, more cab adjustments and faster changing tools in soil. John Deere announced last week that all of its air seeding units would get the RelativeFlow blockage monitoring. The system reports variations in […] Read more

Simulation of planting puts technology journalists into the soil, so they can experience farming close up. And gives them seeds to plant, to better understand what it takes to produce a crop.  |  Jenny Ose/Deere photo

Ag turns heads in virtual Vegas

There might not be too many farmers interested in the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but John Deere is. It was the third year the company has attended the event in an effort to highlight the technology used in farming. The tools the company builds that allow producers to plant, fertilize, protect and […] Read more