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Boom options on the new Hagie sprayers range from up to 132 foot widths for the biggest machines and available pulse width modulation, indvidual nozzle control.  |  John Deere photo

Keeping farmer’s machine, making it green

Hagie application tools get more Deere, but keep the layout and feel of the original machine designs


In a little more than a month, Canadian farmers will be able to order the latest in Hagie sprayers. For those producers who have owned or followed the history of the Hagie, the 2022 model year will offer some substantial changes, but appear to be keeping the elements that have made the Hagie machines uniquely […] Read more

Chief executive officer Chris Lane said during the show's annual general meeting last week that work has begun for the 50th show. | File photo

Agribition plans to go live in the fall

Canadian Western Agribition plans to be back with a full, live event in Regina this fall, despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and posting a significant loss in 2020. Chief executive officer Chris Lane said during the show’s annual general meeting last week that work has begun for the 50th show. This will include […] Read more

The Clean Seed Capital Group plans to build its Smart Seeder Max-S in Saskatoon. This model was photographed seeding winter wheat in central Alberta. | Clean Seed photo

Seeders to be built in Sask.

Saskatoon is the best location to produce the new Smart Seeder Max-S, said company officials of Clean Seed Capital Group. “It’s a great place to be. It’s central in Western Canada. I’m here, my executive team is here, supply chain is here, and then from a financial and investment perspective, it was a much better […] Read more


The Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. announced the show, formerly Canada's Farm Progress Show, would be held June 16 and 17 online with free access. | Screencap via Twitter/@canadasfarmshow

Regina farm show goes virtual

Canada’s Farm Show will return in an online format this summer after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. The Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. announced the show, formerly Canada’s Farm Progress Show, would be held June 16 and 17 online with free access. The first day will feature the show’s pillars, innovation and state […] Read more

Cervus Equipment works on the Smart Farm at Olds College during last year’s harvest. | Olds College photo

Smart Farm helps make high-tech agriculture a reality

Olds College is showing how computers will revolutionize the way modern prairie agriculture is about to be carried out

A computer control room isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when people think of farming, but Stuart Cullum says such technology is already sort of here. “I mean, a lot of what’s happening on the farm can be seen on a computer in a control room, so to speak — a person […] Read more


The autonomous FarmWise Titan FT35 analyzes the contents of a field and then makes choices about which plants should be there and mechanically eliminates any that shouldn't.  |  FarmWise photo

More farm robots on the horizon

Small companies and startups are having the biggest initial impact as work on autonomous platforms continues

The march of the robots into agricultural fields continues. Major OEMs are well into the development of autonomous platforms, but the relatively small companies and startups are having the biggest initial impact. The electric utility tractor by Monarch will be available to Canadian farmers this year and it has interesting autonomous capability that may turn […] Read more

The NutriScan reading soil in the field.  |  NutriScan photo

Putting it all on the bench and in the field

Chemical, biological and physical soil properties vary considerably in space and time, and they need to be closely monitored to have the best chance at a good fertilizer response. So it’s not surprising that so much energy is devoted to developing new products and techniques that assist fertility programs, considering the eye-popping amount of money […] Read more

The Pattison Connect has a 120-foot boom and some of the lates technology  including turn compensation, individual nozzle control, and a recirculating boom system.  |  Pattison photo

Pulling it around could be bottom line win

For all but fungicide or desiccating tall crops, a pull-type sprayer can have a role on many large, prairie grain operations

A few advanced pull-type sprayers have come onto the Canadian market recently, but do they still fit prairie crop production? The transition to self-propelled sprayers has already occurred on most farms, but these new pull-type sprayers are far more capable compared to what your grandpa used to pull. Application expert Tom Wolf said some of […] Read more


With 36 cameras and up to a 120 foot steel boom, the new See and Spray option on Deere's latest sprayers can reduce burn-off spray use by more than 75 percent. The machines are limited to 12 miles per hour for application accuracy. From the time a camera sees a weed it is 200 milliseconds until spray is applied to it.  |  John Deere photo

See and Spray springs from river of technical invention

New release is a downstream effect of Deere’s investment in Blue River application-technology company four years ago


Find a weed and kill it. Ignore the crop and don’t waste any resources on non-pests. It’s easy to do strolling through a field with a hoe or spray nozzle in hand. Doing it over five- or 10-thousand acres in a tight time window is a bigger job. Blue River Technology sprang from an idea […] Read more

Deere has a new integrated tractor and planter unit, pairing 1,000 gallons of on-board liquid with 600 installed on the planter. A new 130 bushel seed tank can mean up to 80 acres between filling, applying 20 gallons of fertilizer.  |  John Deere photo

Deere upgrades its seeding and power offerings

More power with heavier frames and additional ballast and new features for seeding are available in 2022 machines

Model year 2022 will see key improvements to the John Deere lineup of farm machinery. Air seeding rigs are getting better blockage monitoring, more cab adjustments and faster changing tools in soil. John Deere announced last week that all of its air seeding units would get the RelativeFlow blockage monitoring. The system reports variations in […] Read more