As the crop matures and grain moisture reaches 30 percent, 80 percent of the plant is yellow to brown and pods will rattle when shaken. Seeds from the top third of the plant are fully-formed and firm, while seeds from the bottom third are hard and tan to brown.  |  SaskPulse photo

Glyphosate concerns cause producer pulses to rise

Producers concerned about what would happen if they could no longer apply the herbicide to their crops before harvest

Harvesting lentils has become complicated with the increased sensitivity to pesticide residue by international buyers of the pulse crop. Some grain buyers will not accept lentils treated with pre-harvest glyphosate due to scrutiny in the global marketplace and low maximum residue limits . Ideally, using a desiccant including diquat, Reglone, will provide an adequate dry-down […] Read more

McCain Foods hopes to promote alternative potato farming methods such as regenerative agriculture.  |  File photo

Farm of the future planned

McCain Foods is building the farm of the future. The New Brunswick company announced in mid-July that it wants potato production to be more sustainable. To that end, McCain’s is establishing three Farms of the Future to learn how regenerative agriculture and innovation can work at scale in potato farming. “Through development of these flagship […] Read more

Farmers deserve to have government-imposed costs connected to international prices

Why are some production costs treated like a domestic issue when prices are set in the world market?

A commodity price can be an honest, pure and shockingly efficient signal. Through that one number, posted and based-off around the international marketplace, farmers, marketers, shippers and processors can figure out whether they can make money producing, procuring or selling something. A single price number can contain hundreds of variables, but they all add up […] Read more

In June, Richardson International told oat growers on its customer list, that it will no longer purchase oats if they have been treated with a pre-harvest desiccant.
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Oat acres in limbo

Starting next year, the two largest oat millers in Canada will only buy oats that are free of glyphosate. That could cause oat acres to drop in 2021 and in subsequent years because some producers may refuse to grow oats or decide to grow less. “I would suspect we could see a decline in acres. […] Read more

Kelly Turkington talks with producers about a new project that looks to figure out the best managment practices to reduce risks of fusarium.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Researchers hunt for plants that fix diseases

Corn is no longer a marginal crop in Western Canada. When grain, silage and grazing corn are combined, nearly one million acres were grown across the Prairies in 2019. “It’s not going to go away. The adoption rate is ramping up every winter,” Bart Lardner, a University of Saskatchewan beef scientist, said last fall. Lardner […] Read more

Your new truck or car may be a bit bigger than your laptop, but it performs the same way. | File photo

Electronics in vehicles require a change in thinking

We ask manufacturers to put more and more gadgets into our implements and vehicles. We want voice recognition, hard drives to store client lists and our favourite music. The climate control has to have zones and work automatically. Remote start is a must, as is the built-in garage opener. The list goes on. One thing […] Read more

Understanding the Ethernet - Ethernet is a way of connecting computers together in a local area network (LAN). It has been the most widely used method of linking computers since the 1990s, although ethernet use began in the early 1970s. Multiple computers have access to the ethernet and can send data at any time. Protocol controls the passing of information to avoid simultaneous transmission by two or more systems. Traditional ethernet speeds were only 10 megabits per second (Mbps). Fast ethernet pushed data transfer up to 100 Mbps. Today’s ethernet supports speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Businesses on the cutting edge of the tech world will soon access speeds up to 10,000 Mbps. Traditional legacy ethernet is called half-duplex because it can only accommodate one-way data flow. Full-duplex can receive and transmit at the same time.

Combine, meet ethernet, combine meet world

Make use of the massive data from the seeder, sprayer and combine as the internet of things digs into the dirt

The third heaviest component in modern cars is the wiring harness. One-third the cost of building a modern car is assembling that harness. The task cannot be handled by robots. To compound the problem, wiring harnesses are becoming more complex as they handle more information from more sensors and sources. There are accident prevention sensors […] Read more

When working to automate the greenhouse industry Prospera Technologies developed algorithms that can detect specific diseases. The company has now expanded into broad acre irrigation and even dry land farming.  |  Prospera Technologies photo

Automated irrigation pivots watch over fields

The system lets producers know what’s happening in their fields and then makes recommendations on what to do next

Prospera Technologies has deployed the algorithms it developed for the greenhouse sector to turn irrigation pivots into robots that can manage crops autonomously. Prospera started operations in 2014 with a team of computer scientists who wanted to use computer vision and artificial intelligence to help farmers make in-season decisions. It now helps to manage more […] Read more

Kristina Polziehn visits an irrigated cotton field in Australia on her Nuffield tour.  In this photo she is with husband  Glenn Wormald who is also a Nuffield Scholar from Australia in 2017.  |  Nuffield photo

Full-value or half-value from precision ag efforts?

Producers collecting multiple layers of field data complain they aren’t milking the data for all it’s worth. “I’m not even getting half the value out of these images.” Kristina Polziehn hears the similar complaints. She says there definitely is an obstacle to applying the data and images in real-world precision agriculture practices. That obstacle is […] Read more