An application of conductive liquid is made ahead of the tractor, while the rear-mounted generator and electrically charged panels do the plant termination at the back end.  |  Nucrop photo

A shocking way to terminate plants without herbicide interventions

The first people to try electricity to kill unwanted vegetation were the United States-based railroads in the 1890s. Scientists working for the railroads discovered that their new technology, high-voltage electricity, killed weeds dead. Today, 130 years later, scientists are still working to perfect and commercialize electric weed-killing technology. Hybrid electric desiccation is one of the […] Read more

Too much nitrogen can actually decrease the oil concentration in sunflower seeds, which decreases the quality of the crop, according to researchers in Argentina.  |  Soil Science Society of America photo

Too much N, too much of a good thing on sunflower

Sunflower value is based on oil and protein concentrations in the seeds. These elements set the price of the crop for end users, such as animal pellets and protein powders. Modern varieties of sunflower can produce more oil and protein, but they require more nitrogen to do so. However, research from Argentina shows that too […] Read more

Perhaps the most devastating pest in the potato farming business is the Colorado potato beetle, which causes significant crop damage and is notorious for quickly developing resistance to chemical insecticides.  |  Peggy Greb/USDA photo

Good things come from our wild cousins

Spuds comprise more than one third of all vegetables Canadians consume annually. That’s $1 billion worth of spuds every year. Canadians gobble up 157 pounds of potatoes per person per year. In contrast, our skinny American neighbours eat only 128 lb. of potatoes per year. With a long list of natural enemies, potatoes are not […] Read more


Crop scientists refer to the ancestors of today’s domestic crops as 
“crop wild relatives.” | Screencap via crops.org

Wild cousin week

We all have crazy cousins, right? Each September the Crop Science Society of America celebrates Crop Wild Relative Week, because the food we eat is derived from wild weedy cousins. Crop scientists refer to the ancestors of today’s domestic crops as “crop wild relatives.” They grow in wild landscapes and have evolved in response to […] Read more

The new Equipment Jack from the TireGrabber company lifts up to 30,000 pounds and locks into place. It’s designed to safely hold the machine with its large footprint on the ground.  |  TireGrabber photo

Upgrade your tire change equipment, Jack

Many factors can lead to injury or death when changing big tires on high clearance sprayers, combines or tractors. These tragedies often occur when the jacks or blocking give way. There are distinct trends at play. As the number of farmer-owned sprayers increases, their use in applying nutrients and crop protection products also increases, and […] Read more


Summer heat takes a toll on canola flowering, with blossoms aborting in the damaging weather conditions.  |  Canola Council of Canada photo

Beating the heat by insuring the yield

How it works


There’s an old saying that goes: You can’t change the weather, but you sure can change the sails. Corteva heard that message and decided that if they can’t prevent heat blast, they can sure insure against it. Corteva has so much confidence in their Nexera canola that they’re willing to share the heat blast risk […] Read more

The Hydra-clamp covering claw from Werk-Brau is managed by a helical actuator that provides up to 54,000 foot pounds torque at 3,000 pounds per square inch.  |  Werk-Brau photo

Clamp down on rolling stones

In regions with rocky soil, headland rock piles are drawing more attention. There’s valuable cropland lying under those stones. In much of the Parkland region, some of the best soil is infested with stones. Stone piles should be moved efficiently and equipment on a typical prairie farm lacks the capability to deal with a major […] Read more

AgJunction's Wheelman systems work with new and used vehicles, and are positioned as a low-cost answer for farmers who need to add more steering systems. | Screencap via agjunction.com

Affordable autosteer adds direction to older gear

Expanding farmers need to add seeding tractors, high clearance sprayers, swathers and combines. And, as a matter of efficiency, all these new machines need some sort of reliable autosteer system. For the seeding tractor, accuracy down to 1.6 inches pass-to pass might be required. But for the sprayer, swather and combine, accuracy down in the […] Read more


In Case IH research, tillage prescriptions developed based on soil type and conditions contributed to more efficient fuel economy and usage, compared with constant-depth tillage.

Precision prescription technology for tillage

Farmers are accustomed to using prescription maps for fertilizer and crop protection products. Now, they can put those layers to use by making prescription maps for their tillage operations. Case has introduced prescription tillage technology as an option to its existing AFS Soil Command. The tillage prescription map is based on the various maps producers […] Read more

Fifty Ontario farmers showed up at Haggerty Creek Ag Services last week for a demonstration of the new Raven OmniDrive autonomous tractor. Raven dealer Chuck Baresich said it was “plenty weird” to drive his combine and have a driverless tractor pull-up alongside. | Haggerty Creek Ag Services photo

Raven ready to roll on with OmniDrive

Farmers can not-drive the driver-less tractor at farm shows but they can see the advantages of doing it

Raven demoed their OmniDrive autonomous technology, installed on a Case Magnum, at this month’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. It gave farmers a chance to experience hands-off driving first-hand. Titan demonstrated the OmniDrive at the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, N.D. this week. As the company shows off the system to producers they […] Read more