Raven Industries has established a headquarters near Regina for autonomous technology and to build the DOT autonomous agricultural platform, after acquiring DOT Technology Corp. last June. | ravenind.com photo

Raven to build DOT near Regina

Raven Industries has established a headquarters near Regina for autonomous technology and to build the DOT autonomous agricultural platform, after acquiring DOT Technology Corp. last June. “DOT will be manufactured at this facility, but ultimately this headquarters will be a central hub, not only for autonomy in Canada, but also for our precision solutions, and […] Read more

Some farmers in Saskatchewan have been contacting Global Food and Ingredients (GFI), a firm with headquarters in Toronto, asking about its licence and status. The growers may have confused GFI with Canpulse Foods, because GFI bought assets from Canpulse in the fall of 2019, including this plant in Zealandia, Sask. | Screencap via Youtube.com/ Global Food and Ingredients Inc.

GFI not part of Canpulse trouble

At the end of October, the Canadian Grain Commission suspended the licence of Canpulse Foods, a pulse buyer and processor with an elevator in Kindersley, Sask. The CGC decision caused a headache for an unrelated company that didn’t lose its CGC licence. Some farmers in Saskatchewan have been contacting Global Food and Ingredients (GFI), a […] Read more

Bill C-49, formally known as the Transportation Modernization Act, passed in the spring of 2018 with the promises of more transparency from the railways, reciprocal penalties within service agreements and long-haul interswitching options, among others.
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Transport changes get good reviews

Grain industry players say the legislation that modernized transportation regulations two years ago is generally working as intended. Bill C-49, formally known as the Transportation Modernization Act, passed in the spring of 2018 with the promises of more transparency from the railways, reciprocal penalties within service agreements and long-haul interswitching options, among others. Farmers applauded […] Read more


Blake Weiseth investigates a Metos rain gauge connected to an in-ground soil moisture probe which will be used to measure water infiltration rates and soil-water dynamics in the pothole consolidation project at the Discovery Farm near Langham, Sask.  |  Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm photo

Turn three little puddles into one big pond

Prairie pothole consolidation has been occurring almost from the time the first farmers arrived. The concept is simple. Drain small nuisance wetlands into one large pothole to gain arable acres. Fast forward to 2020 and we see serious concerns about the impact on salinity, water tables, downstream nutrient load and actual productivity of those rehabilitated […] Read more

EMILI (Enterprise Machine Intel-ligence and Learning Initiative) was created four years ago to pre-pare Manitoba’s agricultural economy to leverage digital dis-ruption for success. | Screencap via emilicanada.com

Harnessing the digital wave in ag

New technology is flying at farmers and industry at a stupefying rate, and the agricultural sector is struggling to keep up. EMILI (Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative) was created four years ago to prepare Manitoba’s agricultural economy to leverage digital disruption for success. EMILI’s specific focus is on digital agriculture. The not-for-profit organization works […] Read more


Swan River farmer Jeff Penner advocates wide shallow drains like this, which meander around the field so water soaks into the ground instead of flowing off the field.  |  Chris Laing photo

Jeff Penner’s sneaky snaky drainage ditch

V-Wing creates shallow ditches that farmers can farm right through, with a minimum of ditching passes

It bothers Swan River, Man., farmer Jeff Penner to see big water volumes churning and charging down a deep drainage ditch. Some farmers enjoy the sight and sound, but not Penner. All he sees and hears is soil erosion — tons and tons, inches upon inches, cubic yards by cubic yards of topsoil being removed […] Read more

Precision ag maps — what went wrong?

Farm Forum: Pretty Maps or Useful Insights? Mapping offers new ways of seeing fields, but making it profitable is the trick

The agronomic community has generated layer upon layer of precision agriculture data maps for 20 years. But fewer than five percent of farmers make profitable use of their field maps. “What went wrong?” That’s a question Aaron Breimer often asks himself. Breimer is general manager at Veritas Farm Business Management in Chatham, Ont. He posed […] Read more

Telus has launched a global agricultural data management company that will offer farmers a way to string together the streams of data that increasingly flow from every element of farm production. | Screencap via telus.com

Telus expands reach into ag

Some data management systems have sprung from the field and reached for the sky, but a major telecommunications provider is reaching down from the clouds to connect with the ground. Telus has launched a global agricultural data management company that will offer farmers a way to string together the streams of data that increasingly flow […] Read more


Exos uses GPS to navigate while harvesting grass and when it’s traveling to and from the barn. | Lely photo

New robot mows grass and feeds cows autonomously

The number of days it can spend on Canadian fields will be limited unless it can be turned into a Zamboni

Keeping Lely’s new robot that harvests and feeds fresh grass a secret was no longer an option for the company. This is because the robot, named Exos, has moved onto a new developmental phase at testing farms in The Netherlands and it was bound to turn heads of anybody driving by. So even though the […] Read more

“Cargill is supporting farmer-led efforts to adopt and implement regenerative ag practices and systems on 10 million acres of cropland in North America by 2030,” the private company said in a news release. | File photo

Cargill adopts regenerative agriculture

Cargill has jumped on the regenerative ag bandwagon. In September, the Minneapolis company said it wants to increase the amount of land farmed with cover crops, reduced tillage and diverse crop rotations. “Cargill is supporting farmer-led efforts to adopt and implement regenerative ag practices and systems on 10 million acres of cropland in North America […] Read more