The new Morris Quantum drill has a stronger frame and more row-spacing options. It will be demonstrated at Ag In Motion in July. The drill has one of the narrowest folding widths on the market at 17 feet 10 inches. | Robin Booker photo

New method gives Morris strength

The company used a tube laser when building its new Quantum drill, which produced stronger joints in the frame

REGINA — Morris Industries toolbars entered a new era with the launch of the Quantum drill at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. “We used to build things using two tubes, weld them together and use fish-plates and gussets. That was the premise of how we would build frames,” said Ben Voss of Morris during […] Read more

The Connect spray attachment built for the DOT autonomous agricultural robot has a 120-foot aluminum boom, a 1,600 U.S. gallon stainless steel tank, and a continuous flow boom. | Photo supplied by Connect

Sprayer built for autonomous ag platform

REGINA — Slightly less than a year after the DOT autonomous agricultural platform was shown to the public at the Ag In Motion Farm show, the first DOT compatible implement built by a “platform partner” is being tested. A newly formed company called Connect, which is closely affiliated with Pattison Liquid Systems, has produced a […] Read more

Dakota Odgers, left, and his father Jeff Odgers examine the fall rye cover crop that was emerging in the spring. In the background is the irrigation system the farm recently installed. | Robin Booker photo

Multiple generations work the Spy Hill farm

The intergenerational knowledge within a family farm is the bedrock upon which the farm is built. It’s also what makes each farm unique. This knowledge includes historical perspectives on the land, specialized know-how with specific equipment or livestock breeds, and on the Odgers farm near Spy Hill, Sask., hockey is a big part of the […] Read more

The S600 from Ukraine based SKOKAgro is a digital penetrometer eqqiped with GPS, which enables users to know exactly where a soil compaction reading was taken. | My Agro photo

How to tell if you have a soil compaction issue

A Regina-based company uses a digital penetrometer to help growers identify areas in their fields where crop growth is limited by soil compaction. Yevgen Mykhaylichenko of My Agro said the company’s soil compaction field readings can be used to create prescription maps that allow growers know both where and how deep compaction layers are. “We […] Read more

New fungicide uses triple to fight threats

A new BASF fungicide employs three modes of action to combat disease in cereal crops, and it’s also registered for blackleg in canola. “It gives you excellent control of all the major leaf diseases in Western Canada, for your wheat, your barley, and your oats,” said Glen Forster of BASF. Nexicor has a group 3, […] Read more

Get to know your weight and then do something with it

Since coming to market with Libra Cart at the Farm Progress show in Regina in 2013, Agrimatics has steadily increased its market share with more than 4,000 units sold across Canada, United States and Australia. Libra Cart is a grain cart weighing and data management system that uses hardware installed on the cart to connect […] Read more

The BeeSecure Asset Tracker recently won the Rural Crime Innovation Challenge organized by the Saskatchewan justice ministry.  |  Rivercity Technology photo

New technology protects property by tracking it

A new product designed to combat rural crime could upset any advantage thieves have over property owners in remote areas. Rivercity Technology developed an asset tracking system that uses a combination of GPS and cell network technology. It is capable of notifying users when an object is moved and track it. The BeeSecure Asset Tracker […] Read more

Self-defence or the defence of property is not a right in the same way that many of us think.  |  File photo

Rural landowners walk fine line when defending their property

Citizens do not have a duty to retreat when being victimized by property crime or violence, but they should avoid the confrontation if they can, according to defence lawyer Don Smith. “You are not going to be dealing with the best and the brightest of people,” Smith said during a presentation at Agri-Visions in Lloydminster. […] Read more

Manitoba, Saskatchewan see increase in crime

Crime in the prairie provinces has risen since the crime severity index (CSI) was established in 2006, even though Canada as a whole has seen a significant reduction in crime during the same period. The CSI was developed to address the limitation of the police-reported crime rate that is largely driven by high-volume but less […] Read more

Glen Jacques, senior crown prosecutor in North Battleford, Sask., said police generally prefer that property owners wait for officers to deal with the situation. | Robin Booker photo

Crown prosecutor highlights perils of citizen’s arrest

When RCMP respond to a complaint of crime in a rural area, the suspects are usually long gone by the time the police arrive. So if property owners happen across a robbery in progress in a rural area, what should they do while waiting for police to arrive? Glen Jacques, senior crown prosecutor in North […] Read more