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The seemingly never-ending harvest across the Prairies has been responsible for a C$10 to C$15 per tonne jump this month in feed grain prices, said Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities in Moose Jaw, Sask. | Twitter/@ICEMAN2087 photo

Prolonged Prairie harvest pushes up feed grain prices

WINNIPEG, Nov. 14 (MarketsFarm) – The seemingly never-ending harvest across the Prairies has been responsible for a C$10 to C$15 per tonne jump this month in feed grain prices, said Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities in Moose Jaw, Sask. “It’s probably gone up C$5 this week,” Loyns commented. This year’s extended harvest coupled […] Read more

If consumers are not aware of zero tillage, growing pulse crops and how those practices reduce greenhouse gases, they’re not going to change their buying habits. | File photo

Canada must trumpet sustainable practices

If a no-till field in Saskatchewan stores carbon in the soil and no one in Toronto, Amsterdam or Tokyo hears about it, does the environmental benefit really matter? It probably does matter, but consumers, investors and companies are seeking foods that will make a difference around climate change. If they’re not aware of zero tillage, […] Read more

The sensors put out an illumination of a specific wavelength. Leaves containing chlorophyll convert to a different wavelength, which is detected by the sensors.  |  WEED-IT photo

Illuminate weed, isolate it, then kill

Targeting a weed with lethal dose eliminates it from the enemy gene-bank while conserving herbicides, lowering costs

As farmers continue dealing with the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds, the global crop protection industry has stepped up with new strategies, equipment and digital technology to help fight weeds. Croplands Equipment of Australia is one of those global companies whose weed killing initiatives arrived in Canada through a relationship with Nufarm. Croplands has spent the […] Read more


The Amazone Pantera 4503 sprayer has one of the most advanced nozzle bodies on the market, which automatically changes between its four nozzles, including spray from two nozzles at the same time. | Robin Booker photo

Pantera sprayers include flexible application

Nozzles are selectable or can be grouped on the fly automatically, including features such as turn compensation

The nozzle body on the Amazone Pantera 4503 self-propelled sprayer automatically switches between four nozzles, to ensure produce is applied uniformly even around tight turns. Pulse width modulation allows turn compensation in competing sprayers, but this technology is limited when product is applied through one nozzle. John Deere’s ExactApply can spray with two nozzles in […] Read more

Sabanto Ag offered a robotic planting service to U.S. growers in the Spring of 2019. This JCB Fastrac tractor drives autonomously and is fitted with an 18 row planter, and can be loaded on a standard single-drop semi-trailer.  |  Chad E. Colby photo

Autonomous equipment gets more work

St. Louis, Mo. — Similar to how custom harvest operations travel across North America following crops as they ripen, fleets of robot planters will follow favourable planting conditions in the spring, if the business plan of Sabanto Ag gets traction. The company is managed by Craig Rupp and Kyler Laird, who met at an agBOT […] Read more


The Nova’s two available boom widths are 24 meters (79 feet) or 39 metres (128 feet). The aluminium boom has Lemken’s Adaptive Balancing Control with automatic, proactive guidance that keeps it in an optimum position and maintains the correct distance to the target’s surface. Five sensors ensure that individual boom arms adapt directly to uneven terrain and changes in the crop canopy.  |  Lemken photo

Big blue SP sprayer holds 1,900 gallons

Lemken has unveiled their new high-capacity sprayer ahead of this month’s Agritechnica in Germany. The Nova project started with a fresh sheet of paper in 2017, with the aim of improving on the current crop of sprayers. In Western Canada the Lemken is best known for its tillage tools, but the Czechoslovakian company does build […] Read more

Curtis Rempel, a vice-president with the Canola Council of Canada, addresses attendees on the final day of the Canola Discovery Forum in Winnipeg. | Ed White photo

VIDEO: Canola Discovery Forum promotes engagement, dialog

The 2019 Canola Discovery Forum wraps up in Winnipeg today. The forum was introduced in 2013 as an annual meeting to facilitate collaboration between science and industry and has continued to build on this every year. Western Producer reporter Ed White had an opportunity to talk to Curtis Rempel with the Canola Council of Canada […] Read more

ICE canola futures held within a narrow range during the week ended Nov. 13, as the market waits for fresh news to push it one way or the other. | File photo

ICE Canola Weekly Outlook: Steady market stuck in a rut

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – ICE canola futures held within a narrow range during the week ended Nov. 13, as the market waits for fresh news to push it one way or the other. “There are certainly some supportive elements underneath the marketplace,” said Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm Pro, pointing to an upward trend in world vegetable […] Read more


Claas added a 530 h.p., four-track articulated machine to its lineup during Germany's Agritechnica. Dutch manufacturer Zuidberg builds the crawler system that is outfitted with 30 inch CAMSO tracks resulting in a final external width for the  tractor of less than 3 meters.  |  Robin Booker photo

Claas adds four-track articulated

HANNOVER, Germany – Claas joined an elite group of tractor manufactures that offer high-horsepower, articulated tractors with four tracks, with their launch of the Xerion TRAC TS at Agritechnica in Germany. Both the Xerion 5000, with 530 h.p., and the Xerion 4500, at 490 h.p., will be offered in the TRAC TS class. Henning Ressmeyer […] Read more

Deere X9 twin-rotor combine was on display at Hannover's Agritechnica Nov. 10.  |  Robin Booker photo

Deere previews next-generation combine

HANNOVER, Germany — John Deere previewed its twin-rotor X9 combine and a matching draper header designed for small grains and oilseeds, during Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany Nov. 10. Matt Arnold, product manager in John Deere’s future combines division said the X9 is a productivity step beyond the S790, the largest Deere combine currently on the […] Read more