The venerable Karat 9 is designed for high speed cultivation. Lemken engineers say cultivation speeds much lower than eight miles per hour are worse for the frame than higher speeds. The Karat 9 will be replaced by an all-new high speed machine next year.  |  Lemken photo

New shallow sweep plus deep rip tips for field tool

High speed tilling does a better job and easier on the cultivator frame than chugging along in a lower gear

Lemken will soon debut a new high-speed hybrid cultivator, but first it is introducing a new share that figures to be an important design component of the new cultivator. The DeltaCut KG 35 configuration enables extra-shallow cultivation at a working depth of five centimeters (two inches). It’s a good fit for the Karat 9, which […] Read more

Blake Weiseth investigates a Metos rain gauge connected to an in-ground soil moisture probe which will be used to measure water infiltration rates and soil-water dynamics in the pothole consolidation project at the Discovery Farm near Langham, Sask.  |  Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm photo

Turn three little puddles into one big pond

Prairie pothole consolidation has been occurring almost from the time the first farmers arrived. The concept is simple. Drain small nuisance wetlands into one large pothole to gain arable acres. Fast forward to 2020 and we see serious concerns about the impact on salinity, water tables, downstream nutrient load and actual productivity of those rehabilitated […] Read more

EMILI (Enterprise Machine Intel-ligence and Learning Initiative) was created four years ago to pre-pare Manitoba’s agricultural economy to leverage digital dis-ruption for success. | Screencap via emilicanada.com

Harnessing the digital wave in ag

New technology is flying at farmers and industry at a stupefying rate, and the agricultural sector is struggling to keep up. EMILI (Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative) was created four years ago to prepare Manitoba’s agricultural economy to leverage digital disruption for success. EMILI’s specific focus is on digital agriculture. The not-for-profit organization works […] Read more


Swan River farmer Jeff Penner advocates wide shallow drains like this, which meander around the field so water soaks into the ground instead of flowing off the field.  |  Chris Laing photo

Jeff Penner’s sneaky snaky drainage ditch

V-Wing creates shallow ditches that farmers can farm right through, with a minimum of ditching passes

It bothers Swan River, Man., farmer Jeff Penner to see big water volumes churning and charging down a deep drainage ditch. Some farmers enjoy the sight and sound, but not Penner. All he sees and hears is soil erosion — tons and tons, inches upon inches, cubic yards by cubic yards of topsoil being removed […] Read more

Precision ag maps — what went wrong?

Farm Forum: Pretty Maps or Useful Insights? Mapping offers new ways of seeing fields, but making it profitable is the trick

The agronomic community has generated layer upon layer of precision agriculture data maps for 20 years. But fewer than five percent of farmers make profitable use of their field maps. “What went wrong?” That’s a question Aaron Breimer often asks himself. Breimer is general manager at Veritas Farm Business Management in Chatham, Ont. He posed […] Read more


The engineer who successfully electrified Williams Formula One cars has now turned his focus to charging farm implements. This day in 2009 Nico Rosberg piloted the Williams car at the Singapore Grand Prix.  |  Reuters/Action Images/Crispin Thruston

Formula 1 racing technology down on the farm

Electrification of European farm implements has sparked intense interest, competition and innovation in electric motor technology. That initiative is now getting a jolt from Formula 1 car designer Ian Foley. Foley was a key engineer on the Lotus, Benetton and Williams F1 teams. He played the lead role in developing Williams F1 hybrid petroleum/electricity system. […] Read more

At 9,000 bushels per hour with less damage, the U-tubed auger has kind capacity.  |  Brandt photo

Breathing new life into old u-trough concept

Sometimes a fresh look at an old idea can yield new efficiencies and better results, including a cleaner sample

The new 1345A U-Trough started life when Brandt engineers tore down the designs of previous u-trough units to determine what they needed to make their new unit best in class. Launched two months ago, the 1345A moves 9,000 bushels per hour, according to Sheldon Gerspacher, vice-president of agricultural sales. “The u-trough concept has been around […] Read more

The side-by-side double barrel approach is used on larger bins with high moisture. Because it's portable, a single CanDri can serve many bins without having to auger and move the grain, cutting down on kernel damage. | Mike Duns photo

Portable dryer cuts drying cost

Grain-drying can add plenty to the cost of producing and selling, prompting many farmers to examine their investment and operating expenses in conventional grain dryers. “Farmers tell me it costs 30 to 50 cents per bushel to dry grain, factoring their investment plus wear on augers, PTOs, trucks and the dryer itself. Plus there’s fuel […] Read more


Osmundson blades on the new Samuri have shallow concavity, fluting and a vicious sawtooth circumference to penetrate hard ground and chew residue. These are adjustable from a zero degree angle up to a five-degree angle, and can penetrate up to 5.5 inches.  |  Summers Manufacturing photo

Samurai’s secret is built into the geometry

Adjustable blade angle gives operators big soil movement, while aggressive discs cut hard soils and stubble

To understand how the new Samurai disc blade functions in soil is a study in basic geometry. Summers engineers derived the precise subtle concave through miles of repetitive soil testing. The new Supercoulter Samurai tillage tool is aimed at farmers who want the benefits of true vertical tillage, but want to move more dirt than […] Read more

Needs more heat

Mike Durns had about 160 of his CanDri grain dryers at work this fall. One of his customers is the Dundurn Colony in central Saskatchewan. Levi Wollman is boss of grain drying at the colony. He says the colony is located in an area where they can’t really justify the investment in an expensive dryer. […] Read more