Controlled traffic farming takes the tramline concept one step further by totally eliminating all tire traffic from 65 to 80 percent of the field.  Every implement track width must fit into a multiple of the chosen tramline width, which is easier said than done.  |  Bruce Barker photo

Controlled traffic farming in Alta.

Editor’s Note: Western Producer journalist Ron Lyseng took an in-depth look at Alberta’s now completed controlled traffic project and report and has provided his analysis. Controlled traffic farming is similar to the time-proven tramline concept, except that CTF takes it all one important road forward. All equipment tires must follow exactly same paths in the […] Read more

Grow wheat on shale

Twenty bushels of wheat per acre isn’t impressive, but if that piece of ground had a long history of giving you zero bu., then all of a sudden it is significant. That’s how Dallas Timmerman feels about his knoll rehabilitation program. Timmerman farms at Treherne, Man., an area where tops of the eroded hills expose […] Read more

Pat Scherman and son Trevor got the idea for their ScherGain Solution System while arguing about combine settings out in the field.  They finally agreed they were wasting their energy arguing when they should instead concentrate their efforts on devising a system for safely collecting grain loss data.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Simplified drop pan reduces combine losses in field

Seed for the ScherGain magnetic drop pan concept can be traced back to a father and son argument out in a field in western Saskatchewan. Pat Sherman recalls that he and son Trevor were having one heck of an argument about which way to go with combine adjustments. The only thing they could agree on […] Read more


The Renn 1218 incorporates the bag wrapper into the extractor. The double re-wind system keeps the bag off the ground so it’s clean for the re-cycling process.  |  Renn photo

Grain bags: Rolling and recycling

Waste agricultural plastic, including grain bags, is attracting the evil eye of media outlets and the public. It’s easy to criticize massive piles of useless, used plastic. That’s why farmers and industry must jointly find a solution to the problem, a public relations dilemma and an environmental issue, says Rob Wierenga. The co-owner of Neeralta […] Read more

While vacationing in Holland, Siegert Wenning managed to save 13,000 bushels of IP canola that was binned 4,000 miles away on his Yorkton farm. He detected heating with his hand-held OPI Blue monitor. At the time, his canola was sold at $12 per bushel.  |  Laura Laing photo

Bin monitor makes money

If you save a 13,000 bushel bin of $12 canola, worth $156,000, you have more than paid for the price of a good monitoring system. That’s the conclusion Yorkton farmer Siegert Wenning arrived at last winter while vacationing in his homeland of Holland. Wenning grows 4,500 acres of canola, peas and oats annually. While in […] Read more


Farmers have got grain in the big poly bag

Grain bags have come a long way in a decade. No longer an emergency measure, bagging is now standard on many farms. Three factors pushed grain bags into the mainstream of prairie farming: expanding farm size means producers are growing grain further from their main yards, often on leased or unserviced land, where many growers […] Read more

Not big on bagging

Not everyone is big on bagging. Some growers think their money is better invested in long-term steel bins rather than temporary plastic that becomes a liability once the bag is empty. Ten years ago, farmers were skeptical about storing grain in these new plastic bags. At that time, one of the biggest suppliers of steel […] Read more

Affordable in-field instruments like the PXRF and Teralytic probe may push conventional soil lab technology into the background because they offer immediate results that allow a farmer to fine tune his fertility program in real-time rather than calendar time or “last fall time.”    The LPWAN transmission technology sends data a greater distance with lower power requirement than conventional cellular systems.  |  Semtech/Teralytic photo

Wireless real-time NPK readings from your field

Automated warning system provides alerts in emergency situations

Real-time 24/7 NPK data from the field can help fine-tune your fertility program. Wireless soil sensors relay critical information you can use to reduce waste and boost yields. The Teralytic probe is a metre-long, battery-powered device a farmer shoves into the earth. The shaft contains 26 sensors that measure localized subterranean moisture, salinity, nitrate, potassium, […] Read more


The new Mach Till, designed by Degleman in Saskatchewan and built by Kinze in Iowa, belongs in a new class of cultivation, which Kinze calls hybrid horizontal tillage.  |  Kinze photo

Kinze continues tuning its tillage tools

Mach Till cuts and throws soil at an angle to avoid creating a smear or compaction lay

Tillage technology continues to evolve as farmers move toward precisely controlled cultivation. That process took another step forward when Kinze introduced four new devices, spotlighting hybrid horizontal tillage. Vertical tillage was the big buzzword in field preparation a decade ago. Although most manufacturers still build vertical tillage machines, hybrid horizontal tillage is the latest step […] Read more

The Lexion is showing a JD display and the JD machinesync feature. The lighter blue area depicts a European-built S680 coverage working in the same field as the Lexion, depicted with the deeper blue. Data exchange is handled with JD modems. This is the first bridge Heupel released to the market in 2015. Agra GPS photos

Green guidance on off-color combines

Move your Greenstar to the red, yellow, blue, orange or purple implement of your liking

Tt’s not unusual to see a prairie farmyard with mainly green implements, and then combines in other colours contrasting with the other machines. The farmer with the mismatched combines is probably cursing because he can’t get his favourite combine GPS to communicate with his trusty Greenstar Starfire. That’s the situation in which Johannes Heupel was […] Read more