Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. | File photo

Millers likely to see tighter oat supplies

Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. “As of right now, it will be tight for everybody. The thing is there’s so much still to be harvested. If they get it off it might not be the best. Some of it will be OK. Anything in […] Read more

Strip-till tools keep soil disruption to rows where crop will be planted. This demonstration at COFS was well attended.  |  Michael Raine photo

Taking control of the soil one strip at a time

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Strip-till has been lurking on the fringe of Ontario agriculture since the provincial agriculture ministry and universities began promoting the practice through research in the 1980s. In the 1980s and 1990s “there was some grower up-take, but certainly not a large amount. But I think nowadays with some of the newer machines […] Read more

Three factors are driving the latest generation of cultivators:  wet conditions, herbicide resistant weeds and farmer demand for multi-taking cultivators, according to K-Line’s Joe Symington.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Tillage no longer a dirty word, or not as dirty

Manufacturers today don’t feel they’re soiling their reputations by introducing a new cultivator


FARGO, N.D. — The days are gone when tillage was a bad word and no-till was the prairie mantra. Farmers touring the recent Big Iron show in Fargo were treated to a heaping helping of fresh new cultivators. The surge in new tillage equipment was sparked by generally wet conditions, along with the need to […] Read more


Shelter belts were planted to avoid soil erosion in the days before reduced tillage and continuous cropping, but the benefits appear to have extended beyond the era of summerfallow.  |  File photo

Shelter belts can help increase crop yields

Trees can be a pain to farm around, but they put more money on the bottom line and reduce extreme weather threats

Removing shelter belts to accommodate today’s larger farm equipment is a common practice that could hurt farmers in the long run. Prairie researchers are examining both the environmental and economic roles of shelter belts as many of the plantings near the end of their lifespan or farmers rip them out. Research has already shown that […] Read more

The RFM Auspoint coils on display at Big Iron had seeded 8,000 acres in tough Australian conditions before being shipped to North America, according to PolyTech rep Pat Reinhard. These spring steel coil wheels are flexible to throw off mud and crop residue. The Australian-built coils are used both as closing wheels and also gauge wheels.  |  
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Spring steel wheel sheds mud better than rubber

FARGO, N.D. — Farmers attend farm shows to see what’s truly new, innovative and of benefit to them, such as the Australian-built spring steel coil closing wheels and gauge wheels that shed mud. Australian farmers set their autosteer to go in a straight line and then take a nap, or so the story goes. Straight […] Read more


The Canadian pulse crop trade hasn't stopped, even though its biggest customer, India, isn't taking large amounts anymore. | File photo

Canadian pulse sales a day-to-day business

Winnipeg – The Canadian pulse crop trade hasn’t stopped, even though its biggest customer, India, isn’t taking large amounts anymore. Instead buyers are finding themselves having to take business one day at a time and become a bit more creative. “I think everyone is in the same boat, it’s not that the market has stopped. […] Read more

Cool and wet weather limited harvest progress in Saskatchewan during the week ended Oct. 1, with the overall harvest rate only increasing five percentage points, to 73 percent complete, according to the latest provincial report. | File photo

Adverse weather slows Saskatchewan harvest: report

Cool and wet weather limited harvest progress in Saskatchewan during the week ended Oct. 1, with the overall harvest rate only increasing five percentage points, to 73 percent complete, according to the latest provincial report. The harvest was running behind the five-year average of 78 percent complete, and compares with 2017 when 89 percent of […] Read more

The new Rubicon has a mid-mounted 2,220 gallon tank, front mounted aluminum booms up to 160 feet, independent air bag suspension and steering at all four corners, and a a full 72 inch ground clearance. | Ron Lyseng photo

Big sprayers keep growing

FARGO, N.D. — In the high-stakes contest to have the biggest self-propelled high clearance sprayer, Hardi’s Rubicon 9000 with a 2,200 gallon tank and 160-foot front mount aluminum boom is the new leader. In keeping with the latest sprayer technology, Rubicon booms are mounted out front of the cab and all liquids are carried in […] Read more


Ensuring grain bags are properly sealed is key to successfully storing tough grain, say researchers.  |  Michael Raine photo

Most farms likely to see heavy use of grain dryers

After the 2016 harvest nightmare on the Prairies, grain bin and dryer manufacturers had a good run installing systems capable of quickly drying large amounts of crop. Many farms are now well-positioned to dry tough grain, which is fortunate because there is a pile of it coming off this fall. But even with a good […] Read more

Sensors keep the chop unload on-target for the box, as the system moves through the crop. At nearly 1,000 h.p., the new Deere forage harvesters not only appear different on the outside, they have the option of more power and new features. | Chris McCullough photo

New Deere forage harvester touches 1,000 horsepower

John Deere has unveiled a new beast to the self-propelled forage harvester market in the form of the 9000 Series with the largest model touching 1,000 horsepower. Following intensive German farm association DLG’s testing in high yielding maize fields in northern Italy and in Germany, John Deere has unwrapped the new 9000 Series of harvesters. […] Read more