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A Feb. 25 report from Canada's Auditor General says the federal institution tasked with regulating transportation has made important improvements to safety and inspections, but

Transport Canada’s rail safety oversight draws fire

Canada’s Auditor General is criticizing Transport Canada for lack of safety oversight on railroads. A Feb. 25 report from the office says the federal institution tasked with regulating transportation has made important improvements to safety and inspections, but “it did not assess whether its oversight activities improved rail safety.” More than $328 billion worth of […] Read more

Producers won't be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having perennial forage coverage, particularly if those efforts were completed prior to 2017. | File photo

New carbon market will not credit past farming practices

Draft regulations for Canada’s new carbon market show farmers won’t receive credit for removing any greenhouse gas emissions before 2017. Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC) Jonathan Wilkinson announced March 5 the offset market, known as the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. But producers won’t be getting any credit for being zero-till, or having […] Read more


The Canola Council of Canada has developed online calculators that can be used to calculate seeding rates, target plant densities and harvest losses.  | File photo

Hiking canola yields starts with plant density

Seeding rate and survivability are the two factors growers must pay attention to when working to maximize production

Canadian farmers are expected to increase canola plantings by 4.4 percent this spring, according to Agriculture Canada’s latest Outlook for Principal Field Crops report. Amid tightening domestic supplies and record prices for near-term futures contracts, 2021-22 canola plantings are forecast to jump to nearly 22 million acres this spring and total production is expected to […] Read more

The AgXeed robot tractor doesn’t have any on-board decision making capability. It instead uses RTK GPS to guide it through pre-planned routes including headland turns and it will alert operators if it runs into problems.  |  |  AgXeed photo

Autonomous tractor captures imagination

Small machinery putting in big hours with little supervision offers farmers productivity opportunities

Dutch start-up AgXeed is developing crop production technologies that will enable farmers to perform real-world tasks through an online portal similar to a video game. Philipp Kamps, marketing manager of AgXeed said the company is creating a system that uses a digital twin of a farm where missions for autonomous equipment are created. A digital […] Read more


High nutrient prices need the right attention this year

Solid commodity prices are being undercut by higher fertilizer prices, but the right plan will preserve margins

If you haven’t talked with your fertilizer dealer for a while, you may want to be seated when you ask about prices. They have been moving up quickly since fall. For those of you who haven’t been able to put your fertilizer down last fall, take it into storage on-farm or pre-price it, this year […] Read more

Land O’Lakes sustainability business, Truterra, launched its TruCarbon program that will pay farmers US$20 per ton to sequester carbon in their soils, beginning this summer. | Screencap via truterraag.com

Co-op creates grower’s carbon compensation plan

Land O’Lakes aspires to bring soil sequestration program to Canada, initially rolls it out 
in the U.S.

One of America’s largest farmer-owned co-operatives launched a new carbon sequestration program that enables farmers to generate and sell carbon credits to private sector buyers. Land O’Lakes sustainability business, Truterra, launched its TruCarbon program that will pay farmers US$20 per ton to sequester carbon in their soils, beginning this summer. Jason Weller is the vice-president […] Read more

Pro Ag has developed a technology that makes ionized copper particles thousands of times smaller than liquid fertilizer processed in the conventional manner.  | Screencap via proagcanada.ca

Liquid copper fertilizer for field crops

Copper has been used in agriculture as a micronutrient and a fungicide for decades. As a micronutrient, crops need copper to make proteins and carbohydrates as well as lignins, which are essential to stem strength. With a price tag approaching $14 per acre, copper probably isn’t ordered as often as it should be. Pro Ag […] Read more


The year 2005 was used as a base-line. This was after most western Canadian farmers had transitioned to minimum till and no-till methods. | File photo

Giving carbon credit its due

Canada’s coming carbon tax hike has made farm-sequestered carbon is a hot topic and along with it, the question of giving credit where it is due. Stuart Smyth at the University of Saskatchewan is leading a survey project aimed at capturing data from the province’s farmers — information that he said wasn’t properly considered when […] Read more

Don’t forget to inspect the rubber track itself. Look for any loose or missing internal guide lugs and external treads and pay special attention to any cuts or rips in the rubber that expose the inner steel cords.  Once the cording has been exposed, but not visibly damaged, it’s important to have the track repaired as quickly as possible before the damage impacts the structural integrity of the track itself. If the track’s structure has not been compromised, check with your dealer or manufacturer for repair options.  These repairs can entail replacement of the inner guide lugs and exterior lugs or fixing cuts tears or rips in the tread itself. Consult the machine’s manual to confirm the exact steps required when making adjustments to your track system. Track maintenance should not be considered a daunting task.  |  Soucy photo

Maintaining the tracks improves life and performance for the long haul

There is a common misconception that track systems increase maintenance time and costs, companies say no


Track systems built for agriculture applications have come a long way during the past decade, but as with anything, they require maintenance. There used to be a larger variety of styles of tracked machines equipment manufacturers sold to farmers and they each had different maintenance demands. Now though, most track systems are similar. “Most of […] Read more