Amazone pull-type sprayers have a re-circulation system that prevents product from sitting idle in the boom or at the nozzles. The two axles have independent steering, hydraulic suspension, air-drum brakes and the machine has the ability to transfer four tonnes of trailer weight to the rear of the tractor.  |  Amazone photo

Pull-type sprayers make a comeback

LANGHAM, Sask. — A 12,000 litre tank capacity combined with the most advanced sprayer technology might prompt a comeback for pull-type sprayers. The obvious advantage of pull-type sprayers has always been gallonage. There are a number of companies around the globe actively developing, building and promoting giant new pull-type sprayers all the way up to […] Read more

Many combine fires can be prevented by keeping dust off hot turbo and exhaust surfaces, which is what this kit from South Dakota accomplishes with a fan funnelling filtered air into a shroud surrounding the exhaust system.  |  Daniel Humburg photo

Filtered air won’t fan combine sunflower fires

A new system from South Dakota prevents the conditions that allow sunflower combine fires to get started in the first place

Sunflower debris in a combine ignites at temperatures 20 to 30 C lower than corn or soybean residue. However, most crops harvested in hot, dry weather can set your combine afire. Armed with this fact, engineers at South Dakota State University developed an air filtration kit they think will prevent most combine fires that start […] Read more

Big pull-type benefits weighed against normal self-propelled

That Nozzle Guy, Tom Wolf, says fill frequency is just as important as sprayer speed and width when it comes to penciling our sprayer productivity. Wolf’s Productivity Calculator on his website,, allows producers to plug in their own numbers to help make better spray decisions specific to their own farm. “The Productivity Calculator and […] Read more

The new Demco 22-series grain carts feature a 22-inch diameter unload auger that empties the 1,330 bushel cart in less than two minutes.   Auger height adjusts from 11-feet, eight-inches up to 15-feet, seven-inches.  Demco rep Benji Vande Griend says prices on the new line will be available in November.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

New wagons and carts debut at outdoor show

LANGHAM, Sask. — Demco brought its new line of two-wheel 22-series grain carts and smaller four-wheel SS-series grain wagons to the Ag In Motion outdoor farm show. The 22-series carts feature a 20-inch horizontal mechanical drag in the bottom and a 22-inch unload auger capable of emptying the 1,330-bushel cart in less than two minutes, […] Read more

It doesn’t make economic sense to tie up a tractor to babysit your conveyor when you can have a totally self-contained self-propelled machine, according to Kevin Malica of Meridian.

Tractor-less conveyors gain foothold in small grains market

LANGHAM, Sask. — The practice of tying up a tractor to move and power your conveyor is not efficient, which is why manufacturers now offer tractor-less conveyors that are totally self-propelled and self-contained. The inefficiency compounds itself if you have bins in two or three different locations, forcing you to tie up two or three […] Read more

Nearly everyone at Ag In Motion had to test out the inside mechanical sensor on the Grain Gauge.   The green indicator tells you the grain level inside is at the level of the non-electronic monitor.   For nightime work, the green gauge glows in the dark.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Grain Gauge keeps producers grounded

LANGHAM, Sask. — Grain bin safety, both inside and outside the bin, is no longer taken lightly. Farmers are taking steps to stay off ladders, living by the adage: keep your feet on the ground, not below it. Grain level monitors have long been considered essential tools when filling and emptying bins. Whether it’s a […] Read more

The Valmetal Pro-Feed is a self-propelled automated feed pusher that gathers all that wasted feed, fluffs it up and then blends it in with the fresh feed so more of that expensive input goes into the animal. The Pro-Feed is powered by re-chargeable batteries and can work without human supervision. It can be programmed to follow the feed trough in any  barn configuration. |  Ron Lyseng photo

Feed fluffy waste back to the cows

LANGHAM, Sask. — Feed costs money, a fact cattle don’t seem to appreciate. They’re picky eaters, carefully selecting only the bits and bites appealing to their taste buds, leaving the rest to waste. So, it falls to the cattle producer to get into the alleys with his skid steer loader and scrape up the feed […] Read more

Straight cutting canola continues to expand in the Canadian industry, with producers choosing to leave the crops standing and accepting some shattering losses in exchange for larger seed sizes and saved swather operations. |  Michael Raine photo

Straight cutting Canadian canola still catching on

Growers who try straight cutting wonder why they didn’t do it earlier, as research suggested years ago

Farmers who straight cut canola agree on two things: buy only pod shatter resistant varieties and desiccate well in advance of harvest so you reap the benefit of a uniform crop. Eric Dyck has been straight cutting his canola for five years. With the exception of a few fields dedicated to high oil content varieties, […] Read more

Knowing what is under the surface is key to crop productivity, but discovering what is plant available typically relies on sound science and extensive sampling.  |  Michael Raine photo

Soil labs: taking them to the fields

The trend is to take real-time tests in the field, but are the results useful and can these be relied upon?

The elusively mysterious analytical assay procedures of the soil laboratory are moving step by tiny step into farmer’s fields. Every year, more real-time lab-in-the-field products become available to growers. We recently looked at the new MicroBiometer kit, which became available to western Canadian farmers seven months ago. The MicroBiometer, which gauges microbial biomass and soil […] Read more

The CaseIH Trident in spreader-clothing. The conversion to a sprayer takes about three quarters of an hour, says the company. | Michael Raine photo

Dual-function implement makes economic case

Take one telehandler, two helpers and 42 minutes out of your busy schedule to change the 1,400-gallon liquid tank over to the 330 cubic foot granular tank on your liquid/dry applicator. It’s all in the playbook for the Trident 5550 liquid and dry, single chassis combination applicator, according to Case IH. The company says the […] Read more