Green on brown are easier to find when it comes to plants, but green on green require positive palnt identifications ahead of targeted applications. | BASF photo

Green on brown to green on green, the technology sees the future

Application tools that can recognize what shouldn’t be there and then call it by name before eliminating it

Selective spraying will be an essential tool for prairie farmers in their struggle to keep increasingly difficult weeds in check. Green-on-brown selective spraying that detects and sprays weeds during burn-down applications is already offered by a few companies, while green-on-green applications that target weeds in-crop is only a few years away from being available to […] Read more

This Palmer amaranth plant was found growing in southern Manitoba.  |  Kim Brown-Livingston photo

Aggressive weed finds its way to Prairies

With up to a million seeds and herbicide resistance to Groups 2, 3, 5, 9 and 27, this new Prairie weed is serious

The most troublesome herbicide-resistant weed in the United States has crossed the 49th parallel. DNA testing has confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth in samples collected near Carman, Man., in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin. Palmer is among three pigweed species on Manitoba’s tier one noxious weeds list, the others being tall waterhemp and smooth […] Read more

Agrifac is one of the large OEMs that are testing the Bilberry technology.  |  Agrifac photo

Ag game changing and the intelligence is inside

Artificial intelligence in agriculture is at the technology farmgate with machines that think like farmers

Artificial intelligence is on the cusp of causing a sea change in agriculture that promises to quickly challenge conventional crop-production and farm management techniques. Many components required to build autonomous, smart agricultural equipment for vegetable and grain production in North America are already proven technologies. Sensors including camera, lidar, and radar, as well as components […] Read more


Michael Gilbert, chief executive officer of Semios, says $100 million in recent funding through a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm will be used to accelerate the research and development of the company’s products. | Semios photo

Ag-tech firm makes a move

Vancouver-based Semios expanded its footing in Canadian agriculture with its acquisition of Agworld, a farm management platform. Michael Gilbert, chief executive officer of Semios, said the acquisition makes the company one of the largest independent agricultural technology solutions providers in the world. Semios works with farmers in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe […] Read more

BASF appears to be the first company to place off-label rotational restrictions on crops grown the year after its products are applied. Nicole McAuley, head of communications and public affairs for BASF in Canada, said the worst drought in recent history means BASF can’t approach 2022 like any other growing season. | File photo

BASF issues rotational restrictions

BASF issued an urgent notice to growers that stated it “will not be supporting canola, durum wheat, and canary seed as follow crops in the 2022 season,” if the company’s new rotational restrictions are not adhered to. The new rotational restrictions are for BASF’s imidazoline-based portfolio including Odyssey, Solo and Viper ADV formulas used in […] Read more


The Agerris Digital Farmhand is an autonomous field platform that uses the OpenWeedLocator to find green on brown and take them down. The robot performs two-meter wide spot spraying at the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute in Narrabri, NSW, Australia |  University of Sydney photo

Do it yourself green on brown spotting

Open source weed detection for sprayers or precision tillage is based on camera sensors identifying the targets

The design for a green on brown weed locator is now available to anyone who wants to build their own site-specific weed management tool. The OpenWeedLocator (OWL) is an open-source, low-cost image-based approach for fallow weed detection. Guy Coleman from the University of Sydney, Australia, is working on the project. He said the OWL is […] Read more

Agronomists with IN10T work with farmers and inputs companies to ensure that products can be tested at field scale.  |  IN10T photo

Farmer network puts the truth on the ground

Large-scale field trial locations are often tricky for companies looking to put their products to the test of scale

Access to data from large-scale field trials is a stumbling block many companies face when moving toward the end of the research and development stage of new cropping products. This is the space IN10T (pronounced “intent”) has targeted in the Canadian market, so that its clients can better understand both the user experience of their […] Read more

MK1 Engineering has built a prototype four-row planter to test the AeroTube technology and used it to plant corn plots in six Midwestern states this spring. The company is working to increase planting speed from three to five miles per hour (five to eight kilometres per hour). | MK1 Engineering photo

Aerospace know-how focused on seeding

System delivers corn seed tip-first into the row to capture more yield potential and improve weed control

Keith Strang and Mitch Dille had just finished a project in the aerospace industry and were thinking about starting their own company but they needed a problem to solve. Dille, also a farmer, discovered one at a local trade show. A world-record corn grower mentioned a need for a system capable of planting corn seed […] Read more


Rogators are now green, and have an optional chassis lift that provides up to 76 inches of clearance between the ground and the bottom of the frame. |  Agco/Paul D'Andrea photo

Rogator changes colour, adds features

The new Rogator lineup parts ways with Agco branding in favour of Fendt colours, but there are also a few new features beyond the facelift. For instance, the chassis now has a hydraulic lift that helps users spray both tall and low crops. Paul Haefner is an Agco Rogator marketing specialist, and he said the […] Read more

Looking after fertilizer investments by avoiding nutrient losses is alway important, but as prices rise so do the exposures to financial loss.  |  File illustration

Nitrogen stabilizers prevent three forms of loss

Volatilization, nitrification, and denitrification are looking to rob the farm in more ways than one

Earlier this year, Verdesian Life Sciences began to offer a new series of nitrogen stabilizers for row and specialty crops. Trident uses a combination of a co-polymer and solvent blend with active ingredients NBPT and DCD to protect against all three forms of nitrogen loss: volatilization, nitrification, and denitrification. “The co-polymer acts as an exchange […] Read more