This mobile sensor platform built by agricultural engineers at the University of Arizona uses a host of sensors on its front boom to monitor crop plots. | Robin Booker photo

Researchers use sensors to track crops

The University of Arizona’s agricultural department uses sensors to enhance high throughput genotyping of crop varieties


MARICOPA, Ariz. — Sensors installed on a homemade mobile platform at the University of Arizona’s Maricopa campus helps researchers quickly understand the response of a diversity panel to a specific set of conditions. A diversity panel is a collection of genetic material, in this case germplasm of an agricultural crop. “It is a moving platform […] Read more

A massive robotic crop sensor at the University of Arizona calibrates smaller ones.  |  Robin Booker photo

Detailed scanner helps forge the future

The machine takes high resolution scans of field crops, helping to develop the next generation of ag sensors


MARICOPA, Ariz. — A massive robotic crop scanner at the Maricopa Agricultural Center takes extremely detailed measurements of crop plots and is helping to develop the next generation of agricultural sensors. “This is meant to be a reference system for very high resolution, high quality data sets that can then be down scaled and compared […] Read more


DOT’s latest tool is a New Leader dry product box. Similar to a conventional, convertible sprayer/spreader, this precision applicator can be lifted off the autonomous platform when not in use.  |  DOT/New Leader illustration

Dry fertilizer spreader box built for DOT

The implement from New Leader Manufacturing is the second designed in less than a year for the autonomous platform

New Leader Manufacturing is building a dry fertilizer spreader box for DOT, making it the second farm equipment manufacturer to join the DOT-ready implements team in less than a year. DOT is a Saskatchewan-built robotic platform designed to bring autonomous farming to broad acre grain production. Last summer a newly formed company called Connect, which […] Read more

Software helps ag retailers promote sustainable practice

A new tech platform by Land O’Lakes Sustain helps farmers show the sustainability improvements they’re making and helps consumers better understand the impact that their food choices have on the environment. The TruTerra Insights Engine will enable farmers to work though options with their agricultural retailer at the beginning of the growing season to help […] Read more


China’s ban of Canadian canola imports is widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of telecom giant Huawei, at the behest of the United States. | Robin Booker photo

BLOG: Canada-China relationship was getting cozy before Meng detention

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire for the deteriorating Canada-China relationship, but his misstep may have been to be too accommodating to the Asian superpower. The Canada-U.S. relationship hit a low when President Donald Trump imposed U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel due to “national security concerns,” forced Canada into impromptu and brutal negotiations for […] Read more

Rural crime issues have significant effects in Western Canada because of its larger rural area and base of population.  |  File photo

Report weighs rural crime problem

People living in remote areas today face the new realities of rural crime and added vulnerability, says a former Alberta prosecutor and current professor at Simon Fraser University. Scott Newark produced a report for the United Conservative Party of Alberta in 2018 on rural crime, after interviewing police groups, government officials and MLAs who had […] Read more

The Saskatchewan government is investing $5 million in agricultural water management. | File photo

Sask. injects $5 million into managing drainage issues

The Saskatchewan government is investing $5 million in agricultural water management. Premier Scott Moe announced on March 13 the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association (SCDA) will receive the funds to help develop conservation and development area authorities (C and D). “I think it’s fair for all of us to say that we all have more […] Read more


This six-metre, three-point hitch Weed Chipper prototype has shanks that are lifted individually by hydraulic cylinders, enabling operators to cultivate only areas with weeds.  |  Michael Walsh photo

Site-specific cultivator targets herbicide resistance

Australian researchers developed a cultivator that tills only areas where weeds are detected, and dubbed it the Weed Chipper. “It’s an existing cultivator (John Shearer) that had a hydraulic break out or hydraulic release system that has been re-engineered so that the (shanks) are held out of the ground, and when a weed is detected […] Read more

First Pass is a guidance line software that enables farm equipment working on the same field to work efficiently together by creating one correct route that any of the machines can take anywhere on the field.  |  First Pass photo

Farmers’ software optimizes field passes

Software developed by two Saskatchewan farmers creates guidance lines in a machine’s navigational software that reduces inefficient field passes. The idea for the guidance-line software, called First Pass, was conceived by Lane Story when he was analyzing traffic patterns on his fields. “I was doing it manually on paper because I couldn’t figure out a […] Read more