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Kubota’s M7 was the largest tractor the company had ever produced, until a new, larger line debuts later this year, built in collaboration with Winnipeg’s Versatile.  |  Michael Raine photo

New Versatile Kubota tractor in production

Rumours that have been swirling for five years can finally be put to rest. Yes, Versatile and Kubota are jointly building an all-new tractor to be marketed in both colours. Both companies made announcements in mid-March, briefly outlining the design of the new machine and the OEM manufacturing agreement. Although the rumour mill has been […] Read more

The Western Drone Show is expected to provide an opportunity for farmers, researchers, agronomists, students, teachers and industry to learn about the latest developments in drone technology and new federal regulations.
| Screencap via www.westerndrone.show

Drones: more than fast, hot pizza delivery in the urban areas

Western Drone Show covers cutting edge technology, agriculture, federal insights into new regulations

If you believe TV ads, you might think drones deliver piping hot pizza to your doorstep. Someday they may, but for now drones perform more serious work. Those serious tasks are what the Western Drone Show is about. Coming up May 3 in Winnipeg, the Western Drone Show is expected to provide an opportunity for […] Read more

Sheri Dale of Combine World in Allan, Sask., told the Combine College about numerous ways a farmer can upgrade an older combine. For example, she sells a Farm TRX monitor system that tracks yields, builds reports and maps, and costs less than $2,000.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Upgrade combines with newer technologies

BRANDON — Not every farmer can afford or even wants a brand new combine. For those producers who are keeping an older harvester working, aftermarket suppliers have a load of combine upgrades. Not all presentations at the recent Combine College dealt with leading edge technology. Sheri Dale, who works the counter at Combine World in […] Read more


Independent combine consultant Murray Skayman says the combines bought on the Canadian Prairies are designed and built for corn and soybeans. When they arrive on the Prairies, there are often a number of small modifications that need to be done, especially for work in canola. | Ron Lyseng photo

Fine tune NH twin rotor for canola performance

BRANDON — The recently held Combine College had specific courses in setting John Deere, Claas, New Holland and Case combines. The class for each brand was conducted by a technician who specializes in that colour. The New Holland twin rotor class was conducted by independent combine consultant Murray Skayman from Virden. He said there are […] Read more

The adjustable angle of the solid margard panels allow them to match the angle of the windscreen fingers, thus creating a vacuum effect that sucks canola seeds into the feeder house.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

You went to the expense of growing it, now save it

BRANDON — With canola prices sinking down close to the break-even point, growers will concentrate on putting every seed in the combine hopper come August, meaning no tolerance for throw-overs. Here’s an example. If you combine 1,500 acres of canola and lose one bushel per acre at $10 per bushel, your financial loss is $15,000. […] Read more



Kubota's M7 was the largest tractor the company had ever produced, until a new larger line debuts later this year, built in collaboration with Versatile.  |  file photo

New Versatile-Kubota tractor now in production

Rumours that have been swirling for five years can finally be put to rest. Yes, Versatile and Kubota are jointly building an all-new tractor to be marketed in both colours. Both companies made announcements in mid-March, briefly outlining the design of the new machine and the OEM manufacturing agreement. Although the rumour mill has been […] Read more

This mobile sensor platform built by agricultural engineers at the University of Arizona uses a host of sensors on its front boom to monitor crop plots. | Robin Booker photo

Researchers use sensors to track crops

The University of Arizona’s agricultural department uses sensors to enhance high throughput genotyping of crop varieties


MARICOPA, Ariz. — Sensors installed on a homemade mobile platform at the University of Arizona’s Maricopa campus helps researchers quickly understand the response of a diversity panel to a specific set of conditions. A diversity panel is a collection of genetic material, in this case germplasm of an agricultural crop. “It is a moving platform […] Read more


The PAMI combine calibration system collects 30 feet of representative crop on the green/yellow catch trailer.  The catch trailer has two conveyor belts feeding into the Challenger processor.  Material from the Case combine separator goes to the top straw belt.  Material from the cleaning shoe goes to the lower chaff belt.  The processor handles them separately in order to collect precise data.  |  PAMI photo

Inside PAMI’s magical mystery combine

BRANDON — It’s likely that every prairie farmer has heard about PAMI’s combine calibration machines, but few have ever seen one in person, much less in action. Well here’s the scoop. There are only about 20 such processor combines worldwide, the majority of which were designed and built by PAMI in Humboldt, Sask. Sooner or […] Read more

A massive robotic crop sensor at the University of Arizona calibrates smaller ones.  |  Robin Booker photo

Detailed scanner helps forge the future

The machine takes high resolution scans of field crops, helping to develop the next generation of ag sensors


MARICOPA, Ariz. — A massive robotic crop scanner at the Maricopa Agricultural Center takes extremely detailed measurements of crop plots and is helping to develop the next generation of agricultural sensors. “This is meant to be a reference system for very high resolution, high quality data sets that can then be down scaled and compared […] Read more