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 Bollinger Motors’ B1 and B2 models come with an eight-cubic foot trunk and a full length pass-through that enables operators to carry up to 16-foot boards with the tailgate closed.  |  Bollinger Motors photo

Electric truck may fit farming needs

Electric vehicles under development or already being sold in North America are typically meant for urban environments and have limited use off high-grade roads. But there are exceptions, including Bollinger Motors 614 horsepower electric four-by-four Class 3 truck, which has 668 pound-feet of torque. It has 15 inches ground clearance, the ability to lock front […] 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

Bourgault’s new Paralink hoe drills, the 3330SE and the 3335QDA, have a new dual knife opener option that is part of a system that allows growers to place granular fertilizer in three locations for each seed run. The 3335QDA series can be equipped with AccuSet that allows operators to adjust seeding depth on-the-go from the tractor cab.  |   Bourgault photo

Bourgault offers new precision drills

With three opener options including a new one, Bourgault’s third generation Paralink hoe drills have many options for product placement, especially when combined with the company’s Trimax airflow system available on the new 9000 series air carts.  Two series of Paralink hoe drills are available: the 3330SE and the 3335 Quick Depth Adjust. Both drills […] Read more

At up to 76 feet wide with up to a 1300 bushel commodity tank, Bourgaults is now offering a monster one-pass planting setup that can be used with either a coulter or hoe style drill, that can also be quickly switched back to use the air carts volumetric metering system. | Bourgault photo

Bourgault launches air planter system

Bourgault moved into the planter market with the launch of its Air Planter system that can be used with the company’s PLR opener on the new 3820 coulter drill, as well as the PLS, PLX and PLD openers on its 3330SE and 3335QDA hoe drills. “I don’t think there are too many other players on […] Read more

X9 combines have wider feeder-houses, dual separatora, and  over 70 square feet of grain processor. Also for 2021 are new headers including drapers up to 50 feet.  |  John Deere photo

Big green machine heads out to harvest

It’s a 10. A big green number 10. Whether the new Deere combine is a Class 10 is a debate for engineers comparing horsepower and thresher size, because it still isn’t a well-defined grouping for combines. But the new machines from Moline have more capacity than most and Deere has branded it the X9. Last […] Read more

The Lexion 6900 and 6800 straw walker combines were designed for small grains and they are most comfortable in wheat, canola, and grass seed crops. The 6000 series offers a 25 percent capacity gain over the combine they replace, the Lexion 760. |  Claas photo

Claas debuts walkers for small grains

With the help of an additional separator drum, the new Lexion 6000 series of straw walker combines are designed to be more efficient than their predecessor, the Lexion 760. The Lexion 760 earned a following with western Canadian growers because of its fuel efficiency and precision in crops like wheat, canola and grass seed. The […] Read more

The Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ is presently the only fixed-wing drone available to fit with the MicaSense10-band sensor system. The 10 lenses of the sensor system can be seen on the bottom of the drone. It retails for US$20,000, including post-processed kinematic (PPK) and iBase. |  Quantum-Systems photo

Multi-band imaging system offers more

An imaging system for drones that offers 10 spectral bands has recently been released by MicaSense, a Seattle-based developer of multispectral imaging hardware. The company sells a five spectral band camera with five separate lenses called RedEdge-MX, as well as its higher-resolution Altum multispectral camera that captures five bands but also captures a radiometric thermal […] Read more

Superior Farms Solutions Limited Partnership has facilities in Imperial, Sask., and Regina and was established as a consolidation platform for short-line equipment manufacturers, according to court documents. Rite Way is its operating business, well known for rock pickers, land rollers and harrows. | Screencap via

Rite Way looks to buy Morris Industries

Rite Way is poised to buy the assets of Morris Industries, according to court documents filed May 26. The sixth report of the monitor, Alvarez and Marsal, said that no acceptable offers had been received as of its previous report, dated May 6. However, the monitor explored options, including further discussion with bidders who had […] Read more

All arrows represent airflow. Blue arrows are cool ambient air. Red arrows represent heated air.  Blue arrows show air entering the dryer through the bottom fan. The bottom one-third of the dryer cools the grain. The burner is not being used for the bottom section so the arrow and cut away remain blue, although these dryers can operate in an all-heat mode to heat the lower section if needed. Above the lower cooling section there are two more blue arrows entering the heat section of the dryer. As the air passes over a burner it becomes heated and enters the red section of the dryer. The gray arrows represent exhaust air. Both heated and non-heated air enters the ducts and pass through the grain until they exit through an exhaust duct. The cutaway shows the air moving out of the exhaust ducts.  |  Wall Grain illustration

Improved screenless drying, lower fire risk

Conventional screen-type grain dryers allow kernels to be placed directly on the hot screen, thus damaging those kernels. However, there’s a small number of dryers that don’t use a screen. Dave Wall of Wall Grain has been selling dryers prairie-wide since the early 1980s. There’s a good chance one of his Vertec, Ibec, Neco or […] Read more

AirLanco clockwise downblast centrifugal fans push air into the manifold’s ductwork. The fans were mounted above the ductwork to allow for more space between them and the road. The ductwork system carries the air from the fan to each Air Auger run inside the tank. Each run has a butterfly valve in the ductwork that is to be opened and closed as need for aeration of the bin or unloading of the bin. |  AirLanco photo

AirAuger ‘fluidizes’ grain and ‘lifts’ it out of the bin

The AirAuger from AirLanco is a novel system employing high volume airflow from the bin floor to “lift” and help grain unload. It serves double-duty as a heavy-duty aeration system. High volume fans force outside air into concrete troughs created in floors that are sloped toward an unload sump. The troughs have a steel grating […] Read more