MegaDome Structures have a variety of designs. Frames are pre-galvanizing tubing, welded with non-corroding silicon-broze welding and are then hot-dipped for 25 year protection. Cost per square foot runs from $10 to $15 depending on specific requirements. |  MegaDome photo

Can fabric take the place of steel?

If you didn’t make it out to Ag In Motion to check out the latest fabric-covered buildings in person, we’re bringing you the information now, in this Special Section. Canvas-covered structures, known as tents many years ago, have been seen on the Prairies for more than four decades. In that time, emerging technology left the […] Read more

Lower crop emissions, such as N2O, in crops such as lentils green the farm footprint. | File photo

Pulse crops in a tight rotation

Pulse crops have been a significant part of rotations in Saskatchewan for decades. The question is how tight of a rotation is safe? Pulse crop benefits includes breaking cycles of weeds, disease and insects. Plus there’s the nitrogen-fixing factor farmers depend on when they follow a pulse crop with a cereal. But growing pulses crops […] Read more

High global demand coupled with low equipment inventories prompted MacDon to hire more than 300 new workers at their Winnipeg plant.  |  MacDon photo

MacDon adds 300 production jobs, including third shift

The company could not stand still listening to opportunity knock, looking for new and more precise farm equipment

MacDon is adding more than 300 new jobs to its main manufacturing plant in Winnipeg. The increase will facilitate the addition of a third shift at the farm equipment factory. “This means good paycheques going into 300 Winnipeg households,” said business development vice-president Gene Fraser in a phone interview. “The jobs will be in fabrication, […] Read more

Pro Ag has developed a technology that makes ionized copper particles thousands of times smaller than liquid fertilizer processed in the conventional manner.  | Screencap via

Liquid copper fertilizer for field crops

Copper has been used in agriculture as a micronutrient and a fungicide for decades. As a micronutrient, crops need copper to make proteins and carbohydrates as well as lignins, which are essential to stem strength. With a price tag approaching $14 per acre, copper probably isn’t ordered as often as it should be. Pro Ag […] Read more

A small, two-inch wide trickle of air from the pit bottom, seven feet below the surface, bubbles up into a four-foot diameter mushroom circle. The Smart Manure system works for indoor slurry pits as well as outdoor lagoons.  |  Smart Manure photo

Oxygen dissipates slurry smell

Other fun facts:

Air pumped into slurry tanks mixes the manure. Rising air bubbles promote aerobic bacteria, which digests toxins, fatty acids and ammonia. This reduces manure’s biological oxygen demand and reduces odour. That’s the concept upon which the Irish-based Dairy Power company based their Smart Manure Aeration system. Adam Steward of Dairy Power in Canada says the […] Read more

The treatment process extracts up to 75 percent of water from manure while concentrating and segregating nutrients. The result is clean, potable water, dry solids rich in both phosphorus and organic nitrogen and a concentrated stable ammonium and potassium liquid. | Screencap via

Treatment project creates potable water from poop

One of the first companies to take a serious look at disassembling slurry was Livestock Water Recycling. These Calgary-based researchers began developing their mechanical-chemical treatment technology 15 years ago. All wastewater recycling projects are challenged with disassembling slurry to break it down into individual components. The LWR website states that their basic process uses mechanical […] Read more

Every 1,000 gallons of milk contains the equivalent of 46 pounds nitrogen, 26 pounds phosphorus and 17 pounds potassium.  | Reuters photo

Surplus milk: dump it or soil-apply as fertilizer?

COVID-19 forced major milk purchase cutbacks by schools, restaurants, hotels, grocery chains and consumers. Supply management normally keeps the balance, but COVID blasted supply and demand right out of sync. There are currently more jobless Canadians than usual and an unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent. According to Statistics Canada young people, women and workers […] Read more

Cognitive Agro Pilot is an artificial intelligence-based autonomous driving system for farm equipment developed jointly by two Moscow companies, Sberbank and Cognitive Pilot. | Screencap via

Self-guided Russian combines cut 400,000 acres GPS-free

The Cognitive Agro Pilot combine follows the crop edge within a four-inch tolerance and farms reduce labour

Folks who doubt the viability of autonomous field implements should take a good look at videos showing more than 350 combines of all brands helping harvest the 2020 Russian crop. Last fall, a mix of more than 350 New Holland, John Deere, Claas and Russian-built combines were outfitted with Cognitive Agro Pilot autonomous driving systems. […] Read more

More than 350 autonomous combines harvested 400,000 acres of Russian crop in 2020, bringing in 720,000 tonnes of grain. Equipping so many New Holland, Deere, Claas and Russian combines with the Cognitive Agro Pilot proved that big-acre autonomous field machinery has finally moved beyond the prototype stage. Cognitive Agro Pilot is a joint project developed by Moscow-based Sberbank and Cognitive Technologies group.  |  Cognitive Agro Pilot photo

When will drivers vacate the cab?

At a price of US$10,000 there may be some prairie producers chomping at the bit to install a Cognitive Agro Pilot this year

Every prairie farmer who’s given even a passing thought to the idea of autonomous tractors has questioned whether it’s possible, or even desirable, to remove the driver from the cab. Even if the machine has the capability to be fully autonomous, the safety factor remains the biggest argument for keeping a driver in the cab […] Read more

The US$10,000 Cognitive Agro Pilot includes an autonomous unit to manage implements, a video camera, a display, a set of connecting cables plus other necessary components. User interface is available trough Android mobile app for smartphones or rugged tables.  |  Cognitive Agro Pilot photo

Cognitive tech talk: Single camera, NVIDIA

Olga Uskova says the Cognitive Agro Pilot kit sells for US$10,000 and consists of five main components: Control unit with neuroprocessor (NVIDIA TX2) for autonomous driving. It contains the main stack of algorithms, processes the video feed and issues commands to the CAN bus Two megapixel armoured colour video camera Display tablet in cab, which […] Read more