Combine calibration made easy

Two companies offer remote controlled drop pans that allow growers to safely collect samples of material blown out the back of combines. Both products are powered by electromagnets that disengage at the push of a button. The pans then fall from their mounted position under the combine and collect a representative sample of how much […] Read more

Finnish articulated loaders now available in Canada

RED DEER — Small articulated loaders built in Finland are now available to Canadian producers through JAK Equipment in Leduc, Alta. The Avant series of loaders has more than 190 attachments that focus on farming and construction tasks. “Options are basically endless for these things when it comes to attachments,” Bob Fedorchuk of Avant Techno […] Read more

VIDEO: Print your own parts?

Sourcing parts for older farm machinery can be a hair-pulling experience. Farmers often find parts are no longer available or the price is unreasonable. But there may soon be another option for replacement parts. A 3D printing centre called Create Cafe has opened in Saskatoon, where anyone can walk in, talk to a designer, and […] Read more

Soil mapping soon to be more usable

Digital platform provides access to information about Saskatchewan soils collected throughout the 20th century

The first phase of the Saskatchewan Soil Information System is expected to be launched for early 2018. The SKSIS is a digital platform that stores and allows access to information on Saskatchewan soils collected throughout the 20th century, including soil surveys. Angela Bedard-Haughn of the University of Saskatchewan said soil surveys are a great resource […] Read more

Nanotechnology to alter animal health, food systems

Biological sensors based on nanotechnology are being developed by Canadian researchers and may soon be commonplace on Canadian farms. A biosensor device relies on a biological element such as an enzyme or bacterium to react with a target substance such as a spore or virus. This reaction is monitored by a transducer that converts the […] Read more

Sensor sensibility

Canadian farmers are dithering when it comes to using specialized sensors, according to a Glacier FarmMedia survey. In an online survey filled out by 428 farmers from late August to mid-October, only seven percent of respondents said they have fully adopted the use of specialized sensors, and only 20 percent are actively testing them. In […] Read more

New Gators redesigned for comfort

Red Deer — John Deere has focused on operator comfort in its latest design for the Gator utility vehicle. The gas-powered Gator XUV835 and the diesel-powered Gator XUV865 have three-wide seating, as well as heat and air conditioning in versions that come equipped with the cabs. “All the cabs will be plug and play,” said […] Read more

New Holland steals best combine features for sprayer cab

RED DEER — The most obvious change to New Holland’s latest model of Guardian Front Boom sprayer, the SP310F, is the redesigned cab. “This is the first time that New Holland has built a cab for their sprayers,” said Don Keller of New Holland during Agri-Trade in Red Deer. “You won’t find this cab on […] Read more

Sorting the good from the bad

RED DEER — A simple grain cleaner has shown results when it comes to cleaning vomitoxin out of cereal seed. Grain Cleaning LLC offers a series of cleaners that push an airstream through a curtain of grain. Heavier material drops through openings near the airstream’s origin, while lighter material is blown through openings further across […] Read more

Case powers up with new transmissions

The constant variable transmission allows operators to preset speeds and let the CVX Drive pick the most efficient range

RED DEER — Case IH’s Steiger high-horsepower tractors are more powerful than previous versions because of two new transmission offerings — A CVX Drive Series that includes a constant variable transmission, as well as a redesigned powershift transmission. “We just introduced a new constant variable transmission that go in our tractors from 370 h.p. up […] Read more