U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue during a media scrum at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois  |  Robin Booker photo

Do U.S. farmers still support Trump? Perdue says yes

DECATUR, Illinois — American Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said reports that farmers have lost patience with President Donald Trump are not accurate. “They (farmers) realize that China, not just in the last little bit but for a long time, has built their economy on the back of American innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and has stolen […] Read more

Farmers and dealers gather at Corteva’s new research and development facility east of Saskatoon in August.  |  Robin Booker photo

Corteva reveals new offerings, new facilities

Dow and DuPont single agriculture company takes fresh approach to the business of research and development

In Corteva Agriscience’s first major event since it officially started operations on June 3, it showcased new products at its research and development station in Saskatoon. “Up until that point (June 3) we were under council from Dow and Dupont. Now we are free to do our own thing and become the ag company we […] Read more

Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft Research’s principal researcher for Azure, who also heads the FarmBeats lighthouse project in the AI for Earth program, walks a test field at a farm in Carnation, Washington.  |  Microsoft photo

Microsoft catches the beat of the farm

IT giant takes steps to develop technologies for use in agricultural production, bringing data together

St. Louis, Mo. — Microsoft is throwing its hat into the agriculture ring in a big way as it moves toward the commercialization of FarmBeats. “FarmBeats is a way to get a lot of data from the farm and merge all of that data with the different data that exists in the cloud to come […] Read more


American Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said reports that farmers have lost patience with President Donald Trump are not accurate. | Robin Booker photo

U.S. ag secretary says farmers aren’t giving up on Trump

DECATUR, Illinois — American Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said reports that farmers have lost patience with President Donald Trump are not accurate. “They (farmers) realize that China, not just in the last little bit but for a long time, has built their economy on the back of American innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and has stolen […] Read more

A mysterious disease is plaguing chickpea crops in southern Sask. Blighted and diminished plants are being found.  |  SaskPulse photos

Chickpea disease confounds experts

An unusual disease outbreak that swept across wide swaths of the Canadian chickpea crop in July has growers and agronomists scratching their heads. “The issue went across pretty much all of Western Canada and the northern (United States). It seems to be related to some sort of stress that the chickpeas would have been under […] Read more


Microsoft bring investment to agronomy analysis on the farm

An agronomics analytics service already used on more than 26 million acres is moving into the Canadian market, boosted by a recently announced US$3.2 million investment by M12—the corporate venture arm for Microsoft. “What it means is we will be scaling across the Americas,” said Anastasia Volkova, chief executive officer and founder of Australian startup […] Read more

Sony’s MSZ-2100G multi spectral sensing unit is capable of an RGB ground resolution of 4.93 centimeters per pixel at 400 feet, and a NDVI ground resolution of 11.78 centimeters at 400 feet.  | Robin Booker photo

Household name eyes ag imaging

Sony’s system uses a drone-mounted multispectral camera with two sensors to help producers create field maps

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Sony is bringing its digital camera and image processing expertise to the agriculture imaging market. The company’s scouting solution uses a drone-mounted multispectral camera with two sensors that capture 12 megapixel RGB, compressed RAW images and two megapixel, near infrared and red channels for NDVI maps. It also has a built-in […] Read more

Sensoterra’s soil moisture sensors are installed with a mallet and are guaranteed to provide a soil moisture reading once per hour for three years. | Robin Booker photo

Soil moisture sensors piece of cake to install

The sensors update information through a LoRaWAN or cellular network, enabling 
access to data any time farmers want it 


ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A rubber mallet and a smartphone are all the tools needed to install Sensoterra’s line of soil moisture sensors. “You stick them in the ground, you whack them real hard until they’re snug to the ground, and they are installed,” said Bas van der Velden of Sensoterra at InfoAg in St. […] Read more


App offered as add-on to existing farm management systems

An image analysis service offers a smartphone app that identifies plant diseases, pests and weeds. “We are not a farm management system, we are a value-add, bolt-on to farm management systems,” said Craig Ganssle, founder and chief executive officer of Farmwave. “We do image analysis from disease and pest identification, diagnosis, severity rating, and we […] Read more

The GFM Discovery Farm is a 640-acre property dedicated to agricultural events and demonstration plots near Langham, Sask.  |  Robin Booker photo

Farm media group builds Discovery Farm

A new concept helps farmers discover agricultural innovations in a hands-on manner. The Glacier Farmmedia Discovery Farm was announced by company president Bob Willcox during the 2019 Ag In Motion innovation ceremonies in Saskatoon. The GFM Discovery Farm is a 640-acre property dedicated to agricultural events and demonstration plots near Langham, Sask., which Willcox said […] Read more