Melroe has flare for harnessing gas

FARGO, N.D. — The glow from Sylvan Melroe’s neck of the woods can be seen from space, and that hasn’t sat well with the agricultural machinery inventor for some time. North Dakota’s Bakken energy fields flare off eight billion cubic feet of natural gas a month, producing 4.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2012. […] Read more


Pressure up for transit, down for the field

FARGO, N.D. — Central tire inflation systems are gaining ground with operators who see the value of running maximum allowable tire pressure in transit and minimum allowable tire pressure in the field. Adjustable tire pressure has become a major factor because of the growing awareness of the impact that soil compaction has on yield. Changing […] Read more


Methane conditioner used to keep turbine blades turning

Burning dirty fuel in a turbine destroys the equipment but one company hopes to solve the problem with new technology

Many farmers in oil and gas country navigate by the gas flares. These flares are a double edged sword. They mean jobs and additional income from access or rights, but they are bad for the environment and a waste of energy. The options are to close the wells or convert all that gas into electricity […] Read more



Prairie soil after a fire

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Some mainstream news outlets tend to sensationalize their coverage of prairie wildfires by emphasizing how many “acres of land were destroyed,” leaving Canadians with the impression that the land is gone. Grassland specialists such as Barry Adams counter those reports by explaining that fire cannot destroy land. “But it can destroy peoples lives,” said Adams, […] Read more


Back to the basics: SnowDog moves things from A to B

The Russian built machine takes farmers from pasture checks and fencing chores to jobs transporting feed out or calves in

FARGO, N.D. — Remember when snowmobiles were cheap and the technology simple? Well, those days might be returning with the back-to-basics SnowDog built in Russia. Some of the earliest snow machine contrivances in North America consisted of a power unit driving the track and pulling a single sled or train of sleds holding the driver […] Read more



Wolverine takes dirt moving to extreme

Scratching out a new surface drain is one thing. Moving thousands of cubic yards of soil away from a ditch so it doesn’t form a dike is quite another. The deeper and longer the drain, the more spoils, or dirt, you need to move. If you don’t move the spoil soil far enough, you can […] Read more


Drain your water not your dollars

Farmland northeast of Winnipeg can produce great yields… if it doesn’t rain… but generally it rains. “Drought” is a word that doesn’t exist in farmer’s vocabulary around here. “Flood” is a common word though. The prevalent winds come sweeping down from the northwest, sucking up moisture from Lake Winnipegosis, Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg. The […] Read more


Grain storage on the move

FARGO, ND — A 4,000 bushel bin may not seem significant. But if it’s mobile, with 14 big tires and its own 900 bushel per minute unload auger, it might come in handy at harvest. That’s what Walkabout Mother Bins is all about, said Katie Hansen, sales representative for USAKanagroo, the company in Webster, South […] Read more



Drainage design by drones

A UAV helicopter (unmanned aerial vehicle) bouncing a pulsating laser beam off the Earth’s surface can produce a topographical field map with sub-one-inch accuracy. The result is a highly precise drainage map. The system is called LIDAR, standing for Light Detection and Ranging. Until recently, it was only affordable in the realm of geoscience researchers. […] Read more


Scraper, ditcher, road grader makes many jobs easier

A UAV helicopter (unmanned aerial vehicle) bouncing a pulsating laser beam off the Earth’s surface can produce a topographical field map with sub-one-inch accuracy. The result is a highly precise drainage map. The system is called LIDAR, standing for Light Detection and Ranging. Until recently, it was only affordable in the realm of geoscience researchers. […] Read more