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

International trade is becoming increasingly complicated when it comes to maximum residue limits (MRL). The PMRA is the federal agency that helps Canadian trade teams work through MRL concerns with trading partners.  | Robin Booker photo

Ag Drag

PMRA’s decision to reduce international engagement when it comes to MRLs could impede Canadian agricultural exports.

Health Canada is under pressure from Agriculture Canada and the standing committee on agriculture and the standing committee on finance to change how the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) operates. Farm groups have lobbied the government for the PMRA to take their needs into consideration because the agency’s activity has significant bearing on the agriculture […] Read more

The new look for the tractor is more than skin deep.  |  Case IH photo

Taking the Case for technology one pass further

MARICOPA, Ariz. — The newly launched Case IH AFS Connect Magnum series tractors are said to be the largest technological step forward by the company in up to a decade. Leo Bose, Case IH AFS and harvesting product manager, said the ability to remotely observe tractor monitors is a significant new feature. “A dealer can […] Read more

Heavier rainfall events are becoming more common in many parts of the world. In the American High Plains, such as this field in Nebraska, and in the Midwest, farmers are turning to cover crops like rye to add structure  and water-holding capacity to soils in hopes of reducing erosion and nutrient loss.  |  File photo

Cover crops prevent erosion in high moisture Midwest

A corn and soybean grower from northeastern Iowa had to change how he farms because of climate change. “In my 45 years I’ve seen climate change,” Tim Burrack, vice-chair of the Global Farmer Network, said after his CropSphere presentation in Saskatoon last month. “We used to go from a three-inch rain event being something that […] Read more