A constant duty cycle of large tractors and combines that run continually are tough to hybridize or electrify, but for implements and machinery that have a lot starting and stopping of the tool, such as this orchard-tree shaker, it is ideal.  |  Bryan Phares photo

Electric hybrid equipment finding foothold in agriculture

The on-road electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid market is far more mature than the off-road market that includes agricultural applications. In the on-road market there are plenty of components, from generators and batteries to safety systems that vehicle makers can use, which is one of the reasons there have recently been new offerings on the […] Read more

Harshini Dona's  growth chamber trials with soybean. |   Jeff Schoenau/University of Saskatchewan photo

Starter nitrogen applied in-row questioned in a study

Many new pulse varieties and fertilizer products have been released since most research was conducted on pulse sensitivity to fertilizer placed in the seed row. That’s why Harshini Galpottage Dona, a masters of science student at the University of Saskatchewan, decided to revisit the topic while studying under Jeff Schoenau. “She was interested in how […] Read more

Case IH has several new features in its air seeding carts. For carts in the model year 2021, curve compensation has been added where the meters can be slowed or sped up to match the ground being covered by each section of the drill, along with indivual tank scales.  |  Tim Peluso/CaseIH photo

New air carts about to hit marketplace

The air cart market for the 2021 model year already has a few notable updates, including Bourgault’s 8000 and 9000 series air seeder lines expected to be revealed in June. “We’re replacing our existing lines of air seeders. We’re doing a wholesale change of our current 6000 and 7000 series with the 8000 and 9000 […] Read more

Pasture weeds require vigilance

From wide acres of rangeland to intensively managed forage stands, there is a huge array of pasture types on the Prairies, each one subject to pressure from a unique set of weeds. However, one weed that seems to be pretty much ubiquitous is Canada thistle, which moves quickly into a pasture and then spreads through […] Read more

GrowSafe says producers should look at residual feed intake along with gain if they want to get a better look at total profitability. The RFI by itself shows efficiency of gain, but it doesn’t quantify if the animal is a big gainer or a small gainer. | GrowSafe photo

High-tech feed bunks help rank bull efficiency

GrowSafe tests bulls’ residual feed intake and has compiled a database with more than a quarter million cattle

GrowSafe published its first public list of proven, feed-efficient bulls earlier this year. “It isn’t technically the most efficient 150 bulls, it’s the highly proven, most proven 150 bulls on our database,” said Mark Nelson of GrowSafe. GrowSafe tests bulls’ residual feed intake (RFI), which is a measure of feed efficiency, and has compiled a […] Read more

Satellite monitoring system extends trial

Canadian growers who want to kick the tires on a satellite monitoring system can still get in a few free weeks if they head over to the EOS Crop Monitoring platform website. The company originally offered a free trial of their cloud-based service until April 30, but has extended the deadline. “We made a decision […] Read more

Modern farming systems are capable of creating incredibly detailed profiles of fields, but they require data to feed them and producers’ approaches to collecting that data vary.  |  WP file photo

Farm data collection and farmer use analyzed

Value proposition and usability of digital details a big concern for producers looking to take advantage of data

Studies into precision and digital agriculture usually focus on how quickly farmers are adopting technologies such as GPS and variable rate tools. “There wasn’t a lot known with what farmers were doing with the data they collected and how that’s channelled through the decision-making process, and ultimately leading to improved outcomes,” said Nathan DeLay from […] Read more

Ascochyta rabiei that’s strobilurin resistant is haunting prairie fields the past couple of seasons. Identifying the problem and determining the cause of fungal issues in chickpeas can be challenging sometimes.   |  Sabine Banniza photos

Chickpea diseases becoming more resistant: researchers

In the second half of last year’s growing season, Sabine Banniza’s phone began ringing more often than normal. Banniza is the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program Chair in Pulse Crop Pathology, and she’s where agrologists and growers turn when they can’t identify a pulse disease. In this instance, a disease was sweeping through […] Read more

Most 2020 pulse seed plentiful, except chickpeas

Tougher harvest conditions have resulted in higher than normal disease levels in seed supply this spring

Seed supply for lentils and peas is solid this spring in Saskatchewan, but chickpea seed is another story. “The average germ that we have (for chickpeas) is only 82 percent this year, that’s down from 91 percent last year,” said Sandy Junek of Discovery Seed Labs. “Over 50 percent of the samples that we tested […] Read more

Managing tough weed issues in pulses is possible

Researchers say herbicide layering tactics and high seeding rates can help growers protect yields with clean fields

Weed and disease management is challenging in pulses, so it’s difficult to know where to draw the line when it comes to how many inputs to apply. “A lot of the work that we’ve been focusing on is what type of inputs should we be recommending for producers to try and manage these challenges,” said […] Read more