Soil2data is an autonomous robot that takes soil samples and immediately tests them in the field. | Robin Booker photos

Leave the soil, take the data

HANNOVER, Germany — German researchers have installed cutting edge sensor technology on an autonomous BoniRob robot to simplify soil testing.  “We have developed a lot of components that have been bolted together to make it possible to have the soil sampling process, the soil preparation process and soil analysis process directly in the field,” said […] Read more

Compromise required for national unity

When groups of people are perpetually set against each other, there is a real danger that those divisions will take on lives of their own and prevent all sides from getting anything done. Politicians constantly divide the population in ways that help them chart a path to power. Divisive politics work. The Alberta and Saskatchewan […] Read more

The Ultra SR utilizes SeedMaster’s UltraPro metering system. | Robin Booker photo

Single rank drill provides precision planting

SeedMaster’s 60-foot Ultra SR air drill uses spike wheels between the shanks to clear residue away from the openers

LANGHAM, Sask. — SeedMaster’s Ultra SR is a single rank 60-foot precision air drill that seeds 15 inch rows, has 735 bushels of onboard capacity and will have a limited availably for growers in the 2020 planting season.  “This provides the precision and accuracy for people who are looking at planters but still maintaining a […] Read more


The Horsch Transformer VF is a three-point hitch-mounted tool bar that has hydraulic cylinders that move the entire frame laterally to keep ground engagement tools between the rows. The frame the ground engagement tools are mounted to, in this case hoeing tools, is designed to provide operators the ability to easily move the frames to fit their row spacing. The Horsch Transformer VF can accommodate row widths from 25 to 90 centimetres.  |  Robin Booker photo

Horsch introduces inter-row cultivator

The new hoeing tool was designed in part as a response to increased public pressure on herbicides in Europe

HANNOVER, Germany — Horsch launched a new hoeing tool for in-the-row cultivation that will interest organic producers and growers struggling with herbicide resistant weeds. “It’s our first inter-row cultivator the company Horsch has built,” said Eileen Nicolai of Horsch during Agritechnica. “We think that the organic farming, at least here in Germany and in Europe, […] Read more

The highly flexible header rises and falls 6.75 inches and the knife can push forward up to 31.5 inches from the auger.| Robin Booker photo

Parallelogram flex header wins silver for Biso

Hannover, Germany — The Biso 3D Varioflex header offers a unique solution for growers who want a durable flex head that can switch between multiple crop types with little set-up time. Operators can change from cereals to canola in a few minutes by removing the crop dividers, setting the cutting bar as far forward as […] Read more


John Deere’s autonomous electric tractor is a research project the company put together to see what one might look like. The machines might work in a swarm to complete field operations. The tractor uses 500 kilowatts of power, with 250 used by the drives and the other 250 powering an implement. In total, this prototype has approximately 670 horsepower. | Robin Booker photo

Ag equipment giant unveils the future

John Deere’s Future Technology Zone displayed research into automation, electrification and artificial intelligence

HANNOVER, Germany — New agricultural products are being launched at a breakneck speed, and some of the more innovative offerings are launched by small and nimble companies that can quickly transform trail-blazing technologies into agricultural platforms. Large companies can be at a disadvantage when it comes to rapid use of the latest innovations because they […] Read more

This JCB Fastrac 4000 is fitted with a 30 metre Dammann sprayer and 3,700 litres of capacity.  |  Robin Booker photo

Tractor gets serious about heavy loads

The JCB Fastrac 4000 series may interest producers who want to use it for pulling fertilizer spreaders and sprayers


HANNOVER, Germany — Upgraded axles in the JCB Fastrac 4000 series enables the tractors to handle heavier loads. “We have now eight tonnes in the front and 10 tonnes in the rear,” Michael Mayer of Fastrac said during Agritechnica in Hannover. “It’s a legal thing, so you are allowed to put more weight on it, […] Read more

Deere’s X9 twin-rotor combine was on display at Hannover’s Agritechnica Nov. 10.  |  Robin Booker photo

Deere previews next-generation combine

Twin-rotor tracked machine clipped to 
terrain chasing, hinged draper future of 
harvesting at Deere

HANNOVER, Germany — John Deere previewed its twin-rotor X9 combine and a matching draper header designed for small grains and oilseeds, during Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany Nov. 10. Matt Arnold, product manager in John Deere’s future combines division said the X9 is a productivity step beyond the S790, the largest Deere combine currently on the […] Read more


Claas added a 530 h.p., four-track articulated machine to its lineup during Germany’s Agritechnica. Dutch manufacturer Zuidberg builds the crawler system that is outfitted with 30 inch CAMSO tracks resulting in a final external width for the tractor of less than three meters.  |  Robin Booker photo

Claas adds four-track, non-articulated, high horsepower tractor

HANNOVER, Germany – Claas joined an elite group of tractor manufactures that offer high-horsepower, tractors with four tracks, with their launch of the Xerion TRAC TS at Agritechnica in Germany. Both the Xerion 5000, with 530 h.p., and the Xerion 4500, at 490 h.p., will be offered in the TRAC TS class. Henning Ressmeyer of […] Read more

The Amazone Pantera 4503 sprayer has one of the most advanced nozzle bodies on the market, which automatically changes between its four nozzles, including spray from two nozzles at the same time. | Robin Booker photo

Pantera sprayers include flexible application

Nozzles are selectable or can be grouped on the fly automatically, including features such as turn compensation

The nozzle body on the Amazone Pantera 4503 self-propelled sprayer automatically switches between four nozzles, to ensure produce is applied uniformly even around tight turns. Pulse width modulation allows turn compensation in competing sprayers, but this technology is limited when product is applied through one nozzle. John Deere’s ExactApply can spray with two nozzles in […] Read more