Bullet provides low-cost alternative

BRANDON — Tile drainage may be the best solution to managing saturated soils, but the cost is prohibitive for many producers. However, a low-cost mechanical mole boring temporary tunnels may serve the same purpose. Imagine a torpedo-shaped four-inch diameter slug of iron being pulled through your field at a depth of two or three feet. […] Read more


Field drainage: just scratch the surface

BRANDON — Most surface drainage work performed on the Prairies until recently was based on the “deep thinking school of thought” of the 19th century — but the deep thinking scholars are gone. Two changes have taken place recently. First, in many people’s opinion, the biggest step has been affordable RTK technology, which allows farmers […] Read more


Liquid pop-up, a little dab

The next precision farming challenge is placing specific doses of pop-up fertilizer in the optimal position in the seed row to give new plants the best possible start in life. Those first few weeks in a plant’s life constitute the most important part of the crop year, says CapstanAG’s Avery Brigden, explaining the new Seed-Squirter […] Read more



Beck’s Hybrids test Seed-Squirter

Beck’s Practical Research Farm in Ohio conducted side-by-side trials in 2017, comparing the Seed-Squirter to conventional in-furrow dribbling of the start-up liquid fertilizer known as PureGrade Diamond. The corn was on 30-inch spacing and priced at US$3.86 per bushel. The PureGrade Diamond was a 6-24-6 blend priced at $3.64 per gallon. The control was in-furrow […] Read more


Farmer-owned NH3 tanks off the hook

When Transport Canada granted anhydrous ammonia tanks a reprieve on its stricter inspection criteria until June 30, the question of farmer-owned tanks was left swinging in abeyance. There was concern that farmer-owned tanks had been overlooked. In response, Fertilizer Canada and CAAR pushed the federal department for clarification on farmer-owned tanks. That result, along with […] Read more



Big carts designed for granular fertilizer

Ontario company Salford holds distinction of building the world’s largest granular fertilizer carts

BRANDON – The growing trend today sees farmers shifting toward precision agriculture and more prudent and exact placement of fertilizer in the soil. Bucking that trend, Salford continues to make a big splash with their granular spreaders. The reason is efficiency. The latest versions of Salford’s BBI and 9620 carry 20 tons of granular fertilizer, […] Read more


Transfer bin; the next step in harvest efficiency?

BRANDON — From the days of scythe and hand-tied grain stooks, hurry and haste at harvest has always been critical. Gather that crop before weather and wild beasts get it. Urgency at harvest is just as strong today, even though we have a long list of new tools such as desiccants, Class 9 combines, speedy […] Read more


Grain bin monitoring in 3-D

BRANDON — The latest grain bin sensor technology uses radios mounted inside bin walls, broadcasting and receiving signals that translate into three-dimensional images of moisture conditions and potential problems within your bins. Grain bin sensors of various types have been available for decades, giving producers valuable information on heat and moisture conditions of the grain. […] Read more



Anhydrous ammonia tanks get reprieve

Following months of uncertainty, Transport Canada has reached a compromise on anhydrous ammonia tanks for spring seeding. They get to roll on. The department will allow Fertilizer Canada and the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers to operate the anhydrous ammonia nurse tank fleet this spring. The original ruling by Transport Canada would have required approximately 80 […] Read more


Airflow protects pulse pods from combine loss

BRANDON — Spending $15,000 on a combine accessory that can save you five bushels of beans per acre is a smart investment. And that’s not a lot of hot air, according to AWS Airbar rep Carmen Drost, who said the Airbar uses an airflow up to 320 km-h to blow beans and pulse crops up […] Read more