Here’s a scene most farmers have never seen before: corn planted on 10-inch row centres at a rate of 45,000 seeds per acre. The result of the experiment was 284 bushels per acre with 52 pound bushel weight, grown in a year with below average rainfall on the Blumengart Colony south of Winkler.  |  Mark Tschetter photo

Tight rows squeeze out huge corn yield

The cornucopia of a 284-bushel corn crop is something we might see in Iowa, but to find a yield this big in Manitoba would come as a surprise for most producers. Yet 284 bu. per acre with 52-pound bushel weight was the winner in the 2018 Manitoba Corn Growers annual yield competition. Planting Pioneer HiBred […] Read more

By strictly applying Liebig’s Law of the Minimum, Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy grew 521 bushels of corn per acre in 2016 to win the nation’s corn yield competition.  Liebig discovered that you can have an abundance of all nutrients but one and still have a bad crop.  That one minimum nutrient limits the utilization of all the other nutrients.   |  File photo

U.S. corn competition winner grew 521 bu. per acre

In Western Canada, 284-bushels-per-acre corn can win a competition. But in the United States, you’ll need 521 bu. to get the win. Georgia corn grower Randy Dowdy grew 521 bu. per acre three years ago to win top spot in the National Corn Growers Association yield contest. The big crop was grown on a no-till, […] Read more

Elmer’s new Ravage Bale Processor holds three square bales at once, reducing the need to stop to load more bales.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Ravage saves time by rapidly ripping, devouring bales

BRANDON — Efficiency in the feedlot is important, especially when you’re processing a lot of bales daily, the wind is howling and the temperature is -30C. Time management takes on new meaning. Time management and efficiency were foremost in the minds of engineers at Elmer’s Manufacturing as they designed the new Ravage Bale Processor, says […] Read more


Crop Intelligence is an app developed by Ryan Hutchison at South Country Equipment east of Regina.  CropIntel uses John Deere’s Field Connect crop management system to document soil moisture down to 100 centimetres, rainfall, air temperature, humidity, leaf wetness, solar radiation and growing degree days.  |  Ryan Hutchison/South Country Equipment photo

Probes reveal soil moisture’s many secrets

Soil moisture probes have been around for a long time, but they remain one of those mysterious agricultural instruments that only a small handful of people attempt to understand or use. “Part of the problem is people don’t trust the information,” says Ryan Hutchison of South Country Equipment in Saskatchewan. He was at Crop Connect […] Read more

Set properly, modern moldboard plows, like this Salford 8212, can have a place in some prairie agriculture. One of the functions is the machine’s ability to move soil up a grade, reforming topsoil on knolls. In this case it is plowing under a rye cover crop.  |  Salford photo

Moldboard plow no longer a dirty word

Once vilified as the devil’s own tool, the moldboard has recently been vindicated as soil erosion problems persist


Steady gains in crop productivity do not reflect the ongoing loss of prairie topsoil. While crop residue may reduce water and wind erosion, “tillage erosion” is a deceptively hidden enemy. Productivity gains are traced to better varieties, better crop protection products, better fertility and vastly improved implement technology and field management capabilities, says University of […] Read more


By standardizing mounting brackets and other components throughout its entire lineup, Link Manufacturing says a complete new self-steering suspension can be installed in just two hours.  |  Link illustration

Self-steer suspension easy to install

Link Manufacturing’s two-hour installation means adding an extra weight bearing axle to your truck just got easier


Adding another weight bearing axle to your existing truck isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, the new Link Manufacturing self-steering suspension can be installed in about two hours. Scheduled to be introduced next week at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, the newly updated and improved 20K self-steer suspension incorporates proven technological and component […] Read more

The future of super singles in Canada has been in abeyance for more than a decade. However, representatives from industry and the federal and provincial governments came to an agreement in January that raised the weight limits on super singles to match the weight limit of duals.  |  File photo

Rules streamlined for super single semi tires

Governments establish national uniform weight limits for wide-base single tires, 
which is good news for trucking industry


Although wide-base super single semi tires are replacing duals in the United States, Canadian truckers and farmers have been reluctant to make the switch because of confusing federal and provincial regulations. However, there was a breakthrough last month when progress was made in allowing weight parity for the wide super single tires coast to coast. […] Read more

The Trelleborg Mitas PneuTrac employs unique sidewalls that collapse toward the inside of the tire to create a much wider and longer footprint. The elongation effect mimics the shape of a rubber track.  |  Mitas photo

Shape changer challenges tires and tracks

This revolutionary design from Czechoslovakia attempts to turn round pneumatic tires into flat pneumatic rubber tracks

The unique shape-shifting Mitas PneuTrac, introduced in 2015 at Agritechnica, is coming to North America this spring. The revolutionary design attempts to turn round pneumatic tires into flat pneumatic rubber tracks. The PneuTrac may look like a round rubber tire from a distance, but upon closer inspection, the footprint looks more like a flat rubber […] Read more


Super singles mean one less tire to check

Concern has been expressed about the safety of super single tires. The 17-inch wide flat surface looks fragile. What if a tire blows at speed on a two-lane highway? Most truckers say that if a tire on a dual-equipped rig blows, the mate will instantly have to carry the load of both tires. The mate […] Read more

Genuine inflatable rubber tracks are real

Farmers who’ve switched from tires to tracks all miss one thing: air. Tracks jolt, jive and torture man and machine. Tires let you ride on cushions of — well — air. The Trelleborg Mitas PneuTrac isn’t quite an inflatable track, but for now it’s the closest thing we have. In a perfect blue-sky world, farmers […] Read more