Deere’s new RX starts life as a different chassis than its 8R and 8T cousins. The fixed frame, four-track was designed from the ground up to be a belted machine. Quebec’s Camso developed that system.  |  John Deere photo

The RX may be a prescription for traction with a light touch

It’s a 410 horse, factory, four-track, fixed frame and it’s green and yellow. The new, and somewhat anticipated, 8-series, tracked tractor from Deere is seeing a lot of attention from the farming world since its end of October debut. John Deere has been developing the machine for several years and released it conjunction with an […] Read more

Top end green pea bids have risen by more than a dollar per bushel over the past month, while yellow peas have only increased by 15 cents, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire data. | File photo

Green/yellow pea price spread to widen

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – Quality issues with Canada’s green pea crop are starting to show up in the cash market, with a widening spread between green and yellow peas expected going forward. Top end green pea bids have risen by more than a dollar per bushel over the past month, while yellow peas have only increased […] Read more

Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, has invited Trudeau to his farm to discuss issues and challenges facing Western farmers – including trade disputes and how to cope with extreme weather. | Screencap via KAP.ca

Manitoba farmer invites Trudeau to his farm

A Manitoba producer is inviting the Prime Minister to visit his farm. Bill Campbell, who farms near Minto, in southwestern Manitoba, sent a letter to Justin Trudeau this week. In the letter, Campbell invites Trudeau to his farm and says he wants to work with the Liberal government. “Since the election has concluded, we have […] Read more


The Canadian Grain Commission reported total domestic usage of canola during the first 12 weeks of the 2019/20 crop year at 2.463 million tonnes. That compares with the five-year average of 1.888 million tonnes and the year-ago level of 1.924 million tonnes. | File photo

Canadian canola crush pace running well ahead of average

Winnipeg, Nov. 1 (MarketsFarm) – Canada’s canola crush pace is running well above average, with demand from domestic processors more than making up for any issues on the export front, according to the latest grain handling data. The Canadian Grain Commission reported total domestic usage of canola during the first 12 weeks of the 2019/20 […] Read more

Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 percent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. | File photo

Poor weather continues to hamper Alberta harvest: report

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Snow, rain and cold winds continued to hamper harvest operations in Alberta during the week ended Oct. 29, according to the latest provincial crop report. Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 percent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. Southern Alberta was farthest along, at […] Read more


Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Oct. 31. | File photo

Western Canadian wheat: Bids mixed as loonie retreats from highs

WINNIPEG, Nov. 1 (MarketsFarm) – Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Oct. 31. Canadian Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS) was lower, while Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) was steady to lower. Canadian Western Amber Durum (CWAD) was steady to higher. The Canadian dollar dropped almost a half cent from three-month […] Read more

The document will be developed by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC) and is intended to address sustainability concerns that are being raised more frequently by Canada’s trading partners, as well as consumers at home and abroad.
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Work starts on guide for growing crops

Work has begun on a new code of practice that will advise farmers on how to produce crops in a sustainable and market-friendly manner. Cam Dahl, the president of Cereals Canada, says the voluntary code will be developed over the next two to three years. The document will be developed by the Canadian Roundtable for […] Read more

The new Vermeer Quick Hitch turns three-point mower hookup into a one-person job that eliminates many of the steps getting in and out of the tractor.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Quick Hitch for three-point mowers

Vermeer has taken some of the labour-intensive time-wasting frustration out of hooking up a three-point hitch mower. Its new Quick Hitch requires only one person to complete the procedure. There were problems with the traditional three-point-hitch system, Vermeer’s Bailey Boyert said. “The operator often took many stabs at trying to back and line up the […] Read more


Computer-generated waypoints are stored in the system to ensure that samples collected in the future are taken from the same location in the field.  |  Brian Cross photo

Checking on the 2020 groceries

When it comes to assessing soil nutrient levels and determining appropriate fertilizer rates, today’s modern farmers have a seemingly endless number of tools and technologies at their disposal, from aerial and satellite field mapping systems to model-based rate recommendations and variable rate application technologies. But regardless of what systems you’re using, there’s still no substitute […] Read more

The orange-colored Raven sensor pointing down is one of five sensors measuring ground speed and distance from the soil or crop canopy. The CNH plug at the top of the photo is the Aim Command Flex Nozzle control valve that controls the spray tip.  |  Raven photo

Bigger booms require field manners

The bigger your boom, the more difficult it is to maintain the correct distance from nozzle to target, and also the more difficult it is to avoid serious boom damage. It takes a pretty sophisticated boom height control system to keep the boom level and at the right height, all the while travelling 15 m.p.h. […] Read more