The upgraded Agrilite conveyor unloads 4,000 pounds per minute and has a side swing of 10 feet both left and right.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Conveyor trailer unloads 4,000 pounds per minute

This aluminum Agrilite trailer reduces producers’ fill time by 300 percent, thanks to its 10-foot conveyor reach

CORRECTION – 1300 CST November 8, 2018 – This story originally stated the conveyor trailer was capable of unloading 4,000 bushels per minute. The correct rate is 4,000 pounds per minute. FARGO, N.D. — They named the show Big Iron, with special emphasis on “iron,” but there’s always some aluminum and stainless steel that sneaks […] Read more

Ruts that appear while operating equipment in wet fields can cause problems for subsequent crops.  |  File photo

Rutting and compaction are gifts that keep on giving

The weather has finally made a turn for the better. That means there will be hundreds of combines heading to the fields over the next couple of weeks. Farmers are anxious to get the remaining crops in the bins, regardless of field conditions. This opens us up to a couple of soil conditions that may […] Read more

The Drop Pin hammer strap, the drawbar and the ring implement hitch are all designed, built and shipped out of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., to tractor plants around the globe.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

A screwdriver changed a farmer’s life path

For Brian Olson, who made his mark with PowerPin, safety awards mean less than saving a life or preventing injury

The epiphany happens instantly for some people. For others, the revelation is gradual. For Brian Olson, the motivation to focus his life on safe farm equipment came in mere minutes. Olson recalls the day in 1988 when it finally struck him full force that the process of moving farm equipment was inherently a very dangerous […] Read more


Brian Olson and TJ Batke attend Canada’s Farm Progress Show. “TJ has been my business and life partner for 25 years. Olson says “We wouldn’t be where we are without her commitment to our products. She’s the main reason we succeeded.”  |  Power Pin photo

Prairie inventor awarded for farm safety

Brian Olson decided in 1988 to dedicate his life to developing safer systems for implement hook-up. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently recognized the importance of his work. This August, the farmer turned entrepreneur was honoured in Detroit, Michigan, for his outstanding contributions with the ASABE Evelyn Rosentreter Award for Exceptional Contributions […] Read more

Networking can offer producers value on their farms

Can your network make your farm more profitable? Networking is one of the many 21st century buzzwords. What previously was referred to as coffee breaks at conferences and trade shows has been transformed into “networking” receptions. To some farmers, networking seems like a lot of fluff, while others have found that their network actually makes […] Read more


North Star Robotics has developed a system capable of turning machines, including small tractors, lawn mowers and snow plows, into robots capable of performing tasks autonomously. The lawnmower in this picture is equipped with the company’s technology and is capable of completing precision mowing jobs without operator intervention. |  North Star Robotics photo

Man. company helps turn tractors into robots

A package from North Star Robotics enables farmers to more easily embrace autonomous operation of farm equipment

Spotting driverless-tractors working a Canadian field will be commonplace in the near future. Canadian growers are already retrofitting equipment with technology that enables machines to works autonomously, such as Brian Tischler’s Ag Open GPS and Matt Reimer’s tractor that pulls a grain cart up to his combine. These solutions require a fair amount of tech […] Read more

Canola futures have found themselves in a downward slide, with the market settling right above major support levels on Oct. 24. | Barb Glen image

Market watching late harvest

Canola futures have found themselves in a downward slide, with the market settling right above major support levels on Oct. 24. The January contract finished Wednesday’s session at C$491 per tonne, which was right above major support at C$490 per tonne. “If it legs down, I think a swing target could be as low as […] Read more

Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably larger than an earlier estimate, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Oct. 19. | File photo

Ag Canada ups canola carryout forecast sharply

Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably larger than an earlier estimate, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Oct. 19. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast canola ending stocks for 2018/19 at 2.500 million tonnes, which would be double the […] Read more


While most manufacturers promote their high-speed disc drills as 10 or 12 m.p.h machines, Todd Parkman says the 45-foot Norwood Kwik-Till is engineered to work at 15 m.p.h.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

High-speed cultivators get faster

Equipment manufacturers are building disc cultivators stronger so that they last longer at higher speed

FARGO, N.D. — The speed of high-speed disc cultivators seems to be getting faster and faster every year. One good example is the 45-foot Kwik-Till, which is designed to work at 15 m.p.h. The Kwik-Till vertical tillage machine is built by Norwood Sales in Cooperstown, N.D. It’s been on the market for six years, and […] Read more

What’s a GPS system doing on an irrigation center pivot? A pivot is the ultimate self-steering farm machine. It rotates around a central axis, automatically guiding itself without complex electronics. Reinke’s Vern Hinnenkamp was at the Big Iron farm show to explain that the precise variable rate farmers use when applying fertilizer and crop protection products can also be applied through a centre pivot, if it’s equipped with GPS.   |  
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GPS on centre pivot

FARGO, N.D. — Irrigation farmers have pumped fertility and crop protection through their pivots for decades. Most dryland farmers have come to depend on GPS for mechanical prescription application for about a decade. But seeing a GPS unit at the end of an irrigation leg can prompt a person to scratch his head. By its […] Read more