Pulse growers set ambitious yield targets

Reaching the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers yield targets for pulses will not be easy. “We have a target of increasing the average yield of lentils to 27 bushels to the acre by 2025, and peas to 43 bushels to the acre,” said Sherrilyn Phelps, SaskPulse agronomy manager. “That’s increasing the lentil yield by three bushels and […] Read more

Lumivia CPL is intended to be used against wireworm larvae, cutworm larvae, pea leaf weevil and armyworm on cereals, peas, and lentils.  |  File photo

Corteva introduces non-neonic seed treatment

The company recommends applying the product with a standard fungicide seed treatment rather than using it on its own


Corteva Agriscience has launched a new seed treatment for use on cereals, peas, and lentils that targets wireworm larvae, cutworm larvae, pea leaf weevil, and armyworm. Lumivia CPL is a non-neonicotinoid-based product that uses a new mode of action to control pests. “It is a mode of action that works on the muscles of the […] Read more

Cereals are one of the types of crops on which Miravis fungicides will work.  |  File photo

Fungicide lineup uses new molecule

Syngenta just dropped a new molecule onto the Canadian crop protection market that provides growers with another option in their fight against costly plant diseases. “The adepidyn molecule, which is a new carboxamide, or SDHI (succinate hydrogenase inhibitor), or Group 7 from Syngenta, is a molecule that is going to have activity in a whole […] Read more


Data firms must improve transparency

A public breakup between the Climate Corp. and Tillable is a cautionary tale for companies that manage agricultural data for farmers. The Climate Corp.’s FieldView platform manages planting, spraying and harvest production data, while Tillable is an online land-leasing marketplace that connects farmers to landlords. Last October, the two companies announced a partnership that would […] Read more

With a 420-horsepower Caterpillar engine, the Syn Trac is capable of handling heavy work loads. During Agritechnica last November it was displayed with a wood chipper. | Robin Booker photo

Tractor makes attachment hook-up automatic

The Syn Trac from Austria can dock and decouple all attachments with a push of a button and without leaving the cab

Hannover, Germany — A tractor platform being developed by Austria startup Syn Trac automatically unhooks and hooks up to attachments without having to wrestle with hydraulic lines, wires or the power take-off. “On the front and back of the unit there’s an automatic docking system, which connects everything including the driveshaft, six hydraulic functions, and […] Read more


LoRaWAN helps ride the smart-farming wave

This type of network can overcome the challenges of monitoring the environment and infrastructure in rural locations

The technical and financial barriers to entry of smart farming have decreased drastically over the past few years. Smart farming refers to managing farms with modern information and communication technologies, which can provide efficiency gains for farmers. A major component of a smart farm is monitoring the environment and infrastructure, but this can be challenging […] Read more

Deep compaction is largely caused by heavy axle loads and it’s very difficult to fix. A 1,200 bushel single axle grain cart can have an axle weight of up to 40 tonnes.  |  Robin Booker photo

No easy answer for soil compaction

Cover crops can build soil structure, which is considered a defence against compaction, but they are not always feasible

Increasing soil organic matter is one of the best ways to prevent soil compaction, said Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. “Building soil structure is your best defence against soil compaction,” Riekman said. “It’s (organic matter) creating both food and homes for microbiology that’s helping to build soil structure as well. It’s helping […] Read more

Let indigenous peoples speak for themselves

I’m proud of the unfathomable work ethic and perseverance “settler” families had to have to make the prairie region an agricultural powerhouse that people around the world rely on. Canada is consistently honoured as one of the greatest countries in the world in multiple international measures, including quality of life. So we as settlers and […] Read more


The RSM F2650 is a Russian-made forage harvester that is powered by a 611 horsepower Mercedes engine and can be fitted with a 4.5 metre, six metre and 7.5 metre corn header, a six metre grass header and a three metre pickup for windrows. | Robin Booker photo

Russian forage harvester possible for Canada

The company, which owns Versatile, must first look at what changes it would need to make before entering the market

HANNOVER, Germany — The Rostselmash booth in the Russian section at Agritechnica was well attended, and one of the company’s most impressive offerings, the RSM F lineup of forage harvesters, may soon be available in Canada. Speaking through a translator, Sergey Savenkov of Rostselmash said the company is studying the Canadian market to see if […] Read more

Anna Sinitsyna of Pegas-Agro says the Tuman-3 can be fit with up to four different modules, including a sprayer, spreader, fertilizer injector and a fan sprayer.  | Robin Booker photo

Multi-functional vehicle uses different methods to apply crop products

HANNOVER, Germany — Pegas-Agro’s Tuman-3 is a common sight on Russian fields, and if the company’s expansion plans come to fruition it will also become common in Canada. “We have studied the Canadian and U.S. market and have seen interest,” said Anna Sinitsyna of Pegas-Agro during Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany. The Tuman-3 vehicle can be […] Read more