Farmers with a lot of hills will appreciate the fact that Agri-Spread is one of the few spreaders built with steerable axles for better following on side slopes and less scrubbing in the headlands. | Ron Lyseng photo

Surface spread nutrients precisely in hi-tech mode

If you didn’t make it out to the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show this summer, don’t despair. Here, we examine eight precision applicators that made an appearance in AIM field demonstrations:


LANGHAM, Sask. — Field demonstrations are one of the main features at the Ag in Motion (AIM) outdoor farm show that attract more farmers every year. This year, growers saw eight of the latest precision nutrient spreading machines in action. The key word here is “precision.” Not long ago, you would never have heard the […] Read more

Taking a later second cut can make financial sense this season, but producers might pay the price the following season.  |  File photo

Retain your alfalfa by sparing it a later, second cut in August

This year’s abnormally cool and dry spring has resulted in feed shortages across much of Western Canada. This will result in many producers trying to get a second cut of alfalfa off. To ensure that your alfalfa goes into winter in the best condition, it is recommended that you observe a hiatus from cutting during […] Read more

More than six million tonnes more grain was exported last year through Prince Rupert, an increase of about 16 percent.  |  File photo

Record grain throughput sets past grain year apart

Western Canada’s agricultural supply chain appears to be moving more grain and doing it more quickly and efficiently than ever, based on year-ending figures from the Canadian Grain Commission and the country’s two largest railway companies. According to the CGC, more than 40 million tonnes of cereals grains, pulses and oilseeds had been exported from […] Read more


The U.S. corn harvest will be bigger than previously forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture  said on Monday. | File photo

USDA forecasts bigger-than-expected U.S. corn crop

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, (Reuters) – The U.S. corn harvest will be bigger than previously forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday, as the government issued a surprise boost to its yield estimate despite ongoing concerns in the country about a wet spring and dry summer limiting production. For the 2019/20 crop year, the […] Read more



Sony’s MSZ-2100G multi spectral sensing unit is capable of an RGB ground resolution of 4.93 centimeters per pixel at 400 feet, and a NDVI ground resolution of 11.78 centimeters at 400 feet.  | Robin Booker photo

Household name eyes ag imaging

Sony’s system uses a drone-mounted multispectral camera with two sensors to help producers create field maps

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Sony is bringing its digital camera and image processing expertise to the agriculture imaging market. The company’s scouting solution uses a drone-mounted multispectral camera with two sensors that capture 12 megapixel RGB, compressed RAW images and two megapixel, near infrared and red channels for NDVI maps. It also has a built-in […] Read more

Sensoterra’s soil moisture sensors are installed with a mallet and are guaranteed to provide a soil moisture reading once per hour for three years. | Robin Booker photo

Soil moisture sensors piece of cake to install

The sensors update information through a LoRaWAN or cellular network, enabling 
access to data any time farmers want it 


ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A rubber mallet and a smartphone are all the tools needed to install Sensoterra’s line of soil moisture sensors. “You stick them in the ground, you whack them real hard until they’re snug to the ground, and they are installed,” said Bas van der Velden of Sensoterra at InfoAg in St. […] Read more

Yamily Zavala, head of the CARA soil laboratory at Oyen, Alta., demonstrates water infiltration on different soil samples she has collected. Most prairie soil is compacted with poor infiltration.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Soil work begins with microscopic assessments

Lab research helps farmers understand the life underground as a first step toward improving the health of the soil

OYEN, Alta. — Yamily Zavala gets excited every time she identifies a new life form under her microscope. Squirming nematodes, fungi, bacteria and amoeba indicate there is a circle life in the soil to rebuild structure and help grow healthy plants on the surface. The head of the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA) Soil Health […] Read more


App offered as add-on to existing farm management systems

An image analysis service offers a smartphone app that identifies plant diseases, pests and weeds. “We are not a farm management system, we are a value-add, bolt-on to farm management systems,” said Craig Ganssle, founder and chief executive officer of Farmwave. “We do image analysis from disease and pest identification, diagnosis, severity rating, and we […] Read more

A demonstration of the 5.1 bushels-per-second unload speed of the new Claas Lexion combines left a few kernels of corn behind on the floor of the Mid-America Centre in Council Bluffs, Nebraska. The company released seven new products for North America.  |  Barb Glen photo

Claas aims to raise profile in North America

Company has traditionally sold its equipment under a variety of brands, colours and distribution channels

OMAHA, Neb. — When Claas surveyed North American farmers about brand recognition, the results disappointingly hovered around 10 percent. With its new campaign, “Be Brighter,” the 106-year-old German-based farm equipment manufacturer seeks to improve and brighten those results. Eric Raby, Claas of America president and general manager of sales, has big goals. “Our goal is […] Read more