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Praxidyn founder Doug Applegate with sons Luke, at left, and Brent focus their energy on developing products like their Mixmate Pro Inductor, in the background, to help streamline the process of filling sprayers.  |  Doug Applegate photo

Potential productivity calculation depends on sprayer fill time

A bigger implement isn’t necessarily a more cost-effective implement. With sprayers for example, the longer fill time of a bigger sprayer may cut into potential return on investment. Smaller is sometimes smarter. Size is a major consideration in any new sprayer decision. While a larger sprayer is more productive, a grower should try to achieve […] Read more

This photo of a spikelet pair in sorghum shows the non-seed-bearing spikelet on the left and the seed-bearing spikelet on the right. The right side also bears a slender extension known as an awn.  |  Elizabeth Kellogg photo

Wild relatives good for something after all

We all know that plants produce flowers so those flowers can, in turn, produce seeds for the next generation. That’s the way it’s always been and shall remain, we assume. But what about plants that produce flowers that do not, in turn, produce seeds? Do they produce flowers just to look pretty? You or I […] Read more

The hollow tube that runs around the circumference of the device contains synthetic oil and 0.09 inch steel alloy beads. When the truck gets up to 40 m.p.h., the laws of physics kick in and the beads all run to the light side of the wheel assembly, thus bringing the assembly into balance.  |  Centramatic photo

Balance tires and wheels with balls not beads

Out of balance tires take a toll on the machine, the operator, the fuel bill and the tires themselves. However, keeping tires in balance can also be a time-consuming nuisance. Many truckers and farmers thought balancing beads inside the tire might provide the answer, and they might have for some people. However, concern has been […] Read more


A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. | File photo

U.S. jury finds Bayer’s Roundup caused man’s cancer

March 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. The finding by the unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court clears the way for that same jury to determine […] Read more



Short-stature corn may be exciting researchers at Bayer Crop Science, but growers say what they’re really interested in is early maturing varieties.  |  Bayer photo

Short-stature corn touted as next big thing in agriculture

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bob Reiter doesn’t hesitate when asked if Bayer has any revolutionary products in its research and development pipeline. “Short-stature corn, which I think fundamentally has the opportunity to really shift how we grow our corn crop,” the global head of research and development at Bayer Crop Science told reporters attending the Bayer […] Read more

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


This six-metre, three-point hitch Weed Chipper prototype has shanks that are lifted individually by hydraulic cylinders, enabling operators to cultivate only areas with weeds.  |  Michael Walsh photo

Site-specific cultivator targets herbicide resistance

Australian researchers developed a cultivator that tills only areas where weeds are detected, and dubbed it the Weed Chipper. “It’s an existing cultivator (John Shearer) that had a hydraulic break out or hydraulic release system that has been re-engineered so that the (shanks) are held out of the ground, and when a weed is detected […] 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