Biological harvests the air

Nitrogen makes up 78 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. Nitrogen is also one of the biggest cost factors in growing crops. So why not use the nitrogen in the air around us? It’s an exciting concept — extracting nitrogen from thin air and putting it to use growing a crop. As a side benefit, the nitrogen […] Read more

Disease data merged for optimal spray trigger point

One key to top farm production is identifying disease risk areas and then figuring out the best time to address them with the application of an appropriate fungicide. That’s what the Xarvio Field Manager platform does for farmers, according to the company’s June 22 presentation at Ag in Motion 2021. By drawing data from a […] Read more

Corteva focuses on biologicals

In 2019, Corteva announced a commitment to biologicals, consisting of a three-part plan to reduce dependence on chemical solutions. The three legs of the plan are bio-stimulants, bio-control and pheromons. Bio-stimulants deal with nutrient efficiency, stress management and plant metabolism. The recently-announced Utrisha N is first product in this category. Bio-control products include herbicides, fungicides […] Read more


Large tracts of canola interspersed with pulse crops create a perfect environment for disease. | Supplied photo

New Proline Gold: two action modes on sclerotinia

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Saskatchewan is the heart of pulse crop production, making the province a good home for sclerotinia. Large tracts of canola interspersed with pulse crops create a perfect environment for disease. In this setting, sclerotinia has plenty of places to hide, and then suddenly invade adjacent fields. Sclerotinia is one of the biggest economic enemies of […] Read more

The project includes 14 crops and will be based on samples collected from commercial fields across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. | File photo

Updating prairie nutrient uptake guidelines

The Canadian Fertilizer Institute’s Crop Nutrient Uptake and Removal Guideline was a valuable tool in its day, but old age has shown its hand

Agronomists have long known the Crop Nutrient Uptake and Removal Guidelines for Western Canada were obsolete. They didn’t recognize new crops, fertilizer technology, new varieties and new soil management practices. The guide is now being revised to bring it in line with the realities of today’s agronomic practices. It was developed in the 1990s by […] Read more


The expansion of on-farm grain handling systems isn’t only due to expanding acres. Farmers must move large volumes of grain to optimize moisture levels before shipping. Pneumatic systems like the  VersaLoop add more versatility for shifting the grain around. | GSI photo

Top reasons to build a better bin system

Expanding farmers are growing their grain-handling systems, not only for larger volumes from increased acres, but also as a marketing tool allowing them to blend grain or sell later. Farmers sometimes build a new system to access three-phase power, natural gas and hardtop roads, according to Jayde Klassen with Wentworth Ag, the GSI dealer in […] Read more

Seven nitrile seals protect the bearings on the new Tillextreme bearing pack, developed by SKF in concert with Great Plains Manufacturing to solve bearing problems with its machines working in the Black Earth region of Russia. | SKF image

Seven lips seal the deal on new bearing

SKF and Great Plains Manufacturing have collaborated to design new seals for tillage and seeding equipment. The Tillxtreme features an un-precedented seven sealing lips to reduce bearing contamination and downtime. Compared to the previous SKF three-lip seal, Tillxtreme provides 100 percent more contamination exclusion. The new bearing is maintenance free to eliminate daily relubrication, so […] Read more

The opposed piston engine in this Ford F-150 provides a good fit for the engine bay and offers fewer moving parts than a tradtional engine.  |  AchatesPower photo

Opposed pistons turn engines inside out with two pistons per cylinder

The opposed piston engine employs two pistons meeting TDC in the middle of a common cylinder for explosive power

Farm equipment will someday be powered by a truly revolutionary opposed piston (OP) diesel engine with fewer parts, developing more power than your current conventional diesel. The OP engine is also smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient, reduces normal diesel pollutants, brings nitrous oxide down to near zero and should cost less than a conventional diesel […] Read more


Opposed piston engine developed 140 years ago

Opposed piston engine developed 140 years ago

There’s nothing new about opposed piston diesel engines. An industrial electrician I’ve known for 50 years worked on one of the giant engines at Churchill, Man., a few years ago. Pat Barry recalls the engine was in a 60-foot tugboat used in pushing and pulling grain ships around at the terminal. “This was a three-cylinder, […] Read more

“If a farmer makes this investment, he’s looking for a return of three to one or four to one,” says agro-meteorologist Guy Ash, who is the earth observations science specialist for Metos Pessl Canada. | Metos Pessl photo

Digging deep for soil solutions

Soil probes have been available to prairie producers, agronomists and meteorologists for more than two decades. However those early units could not always provide the expected depth of actionable information. For one thing, probes did not have the agronomic software to make sense of what they were reading. But that’s changing. As data collection becomes […] Read more