More power, brighter lights and a more comfortable cab are improvements Versatile made to its DeltaTrack and large frame four-wheel drive tractors for the 2022 model year. | VERSATILE PHOTO

Versatile tractors receive ‘mid-cycle refresh’

Deltatrack and large-frame four-wheel drive tractors come with same engine but have been tweaked to deliver more power

Versatile DeltaTrack and large-frame, four-wheel drive tractors have been updated with more power and comfort for the 2022 model year. “It’s a mid-cycle refresh,’’ said Adam Reid, vice-president of sales and marketing at Versatile. “This is in response to a lot of customer feedback particularly from western Canadian farmers where we have a lot of […] Read more

Kochia, such as these examples thriving among a lentil crop, has adapted to survive drought, saline soils, and increasingly, most herbicides. | File photo

Keeping ahead of kochia can be a challenge

Managing the tough, adaptable weed takes all the tools that are available in farmers’ integrated pest management toolkit

It is possible to reclaim fields where herbicide-resistant kochia has the upper hand, but it takes long-term planning for crop and herbicide rotations, as well as patch management. Group 2 resistant kochia was first found on the Prairies in the late 1980s and within two decades it spread across the region. “That type of resistance […] Read more

Farmers have long been repairing their own equipment. However, the tools needed for many modern machines extend well beyond the toolbox. Who holds the information to make those fixes and tools to do it have been a bone of contention between the machinery industry and producers.  |  File photo

American farmers’ right to repair powered by the president

President Biden issued an executive order on a farmer’s right to repair their equipment. On July 9 President Biden signed the order that asks the Federal Trade Commission to force large manufactures including tech companies and agricultural OEMs let consumers repair their own devices or use the technician of their choice. Biden’s executive order included […] Read more


VeriGrain’s new grain handling app helps growers create a record of their grain samples.  |  VeriGrain photo

More sources, easier flow mean better data and that provides accuracy

Grain inventory data platform gives more options to input grain information, which means less data entry, more productivity and better results


There are multiple inventory management and marketing platforms growers can use to manage their grain inventory. These platforms are only as useful as the information producers put into them in the first place, a process now supported by VeriGrain’s new grain-sampling app. “The problem or the weakness in the system right now is that all […] Read more

Bosch BASF Smart Farming is a new company with its headquarters in Cologne, Germany. It will start selling its Smart Spraying technology in Brazil later this year. Smart Spraying can identify and spray individual weeds in crop, day or night.  |  Bosch BASF Smart Farming photo

BASF, Bosch form spray tech partnership

Bosch and BASF received approval by merger control authorities to set up a new joint company called Bosch BASF Smart Farming, or BBSF. The new company will distribute technologies the founding companies have collaborated on for years, including the Smart Spraying solution that offers real-time, automated green-on-brown (pre-emergence) and green-on-green (post-emergence) weed identification and targeting. […] Read more


Ztractor is building three models of electric-powered, robotic tractors. This is the smallest offering, the Bearcub-24, which has approximately 30 horsepower, a 540 p.t.o. and a category 1 three-point hitch. It may be available in Canada next year.  |  Ztractor photo

Small electric, autonomous tractors build big-time

A California startup is building three models of autonomous tractors fit with electric drive trains, with the smallest already in production and deliveries to American farmers expected this year. “The Bearcub-24 model has a 24 kilowatt-hour battery, and it’s the equivalent to let’s say around 30 horsepower,” said Bakur Kvezereli, founder of Ztractor. Each model […] Read more


John Kempf, founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture from Middlefield, Ohio, says the nutrients plants absorb from a soil is the true indicator of what it can actually supply, which traditional soil-testing methods do not measure. | File photo

Sap analysis shines when making fertilizer decisions

Performing plant sap analysis throughout the growing season provides unequal insight into a soil’s ability to supply nutrients, said John Kempf, founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture from Middlefield, Ohio. He said the nutrients plants absorb from a soil is the true indicator of what it can actually supply, which traditional soil-testing methods do not measure. […] Read more


At up to 76 feet wide with up to a 1300 bushel commodity tank, Bourgaults is now offering a monster one-pass planting setup that can be used with either a coulter or hoe style drill, that can also be quickly switched back to use the air cart’s volumetric metering system. | Bourgault photo

Prairie planting precisely takes tools

Canola seed is susceptible to being chewed up by a poorly set air seeder. It isn’t surprising multiple equipment manufacturers have developed seeding systems that can both singulate canola seeds and still keep up to the logistical demands of broad-acre oilseed production. Some air seeders used to seed canola are lucky to reach a 70 […] Read more

To help develop integrated weed management recommendations for fababeans, Amanda Fedorchuk, a masters student at the University of Saskatchewan, has developed an experiment that uses residual herbicides with cultural and mechanical weed control. | File photo

Weed management improved by multiple methods

Weed management is challenging in pulse crops because of limited herbicide options, poor competitiveness and now the emergence of herbicide-resistant weeds. So to help develop integrated weed management recommendations for fababeans, Amanda Fedorchuk, a masters student at the University of Saskatchewan, has developed an experiment that uses residual herbicides with cultural and mechanical weed control. […] Read more