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The Ultra SR utilizes SeedMaster’s UltraPro metering system. | Robin Booker photo

Single rank drill provides precision planting

SeedMaster’s 60-foot Ultra SR air drill uses spike wheels between the shanks to clear residue away from the openers

LANGHAM, Sask. — SeedMaster’s Ultra SR is a single rank 60-foot precision air drill that seeds 15 inch rows, has 735 bushels of onboard capacity and will have a limited availably for growers in the 2020 planting season.  “This provides the precision and accuracy for people who are looking at planters but still maintaining a […] Read more

John Deere’s autonomous electric tractor is a research project the company put together to see what one might look like. The machines might work in a swarm to complete field operations. The tractor uses 500 kilowatts of power, with 250 used by the drives and the other 250 powering an implement. In total, this prototype has approximately 670 horsepower. | Robin Booker photo

Ag equipment giant unveils the future

John Deere’s Future Technology Zone displayed research into automation, electrification and artificial intelligence

HANNOVER, Germany — New agricultural products are being launched at a breakneck speed, and some of the more innovative offerings are launched by small and nimble companies that can quickly transform trail-blazing technologies into agricultural platforms. Large companies can be at a disadvantage when it comes to rapid use of the latest innovations because they […] Read more

This JCB Fastrac 4000 is fitted with a 30 metre Dammann sprayer and 3,700 litres of capacity.  |  Robin Booker photo

Tractor gets serious about heavy loads

The JCB Fastrac 4000 series may interest producers who want to use it for pulling fertilizer spreaders and sprayers


HANNOVER, Germany — Upgraded axles in the JCB Fastrac 4000 series enables the tractors to handle heavier loads. “We have now eight tonnes in the front and 10 tonnes in the rear,” Michael Mayer of Fastrac said during Agritechnica in Hannover. “It’s a legal thing, so you are allowed to put more weight on it, […] Read more


Belts drive the feeder drum, feeder draper and left draper. Both power takeoffs come off the feeder house of the combine.  |  Honeybee photo

Mechanical drive RDX Grain Belt, air suspended, mechanical drive

Honey Bee used the recent AgriTrade show in Red Deer to show Alberta grain growers its new mechanical drive, 60-foot RDX Grain Belt rigid straight-cut draper header. The new RDX is based on the one-off 60-foot rigid header Honey Bee sent to Australia last year, according to marketing manager Spencer Groth. “The big thing is […] Read more

Deere’s X9 twin-rotor combine was on display at Hannover’s Agritechnica Nov. 10.  |  Robin Booker photo

Deere previews next-generation combine

Twin-rotor tracked machine clipped to 
terrain chasing, hinged draper future of 
harvesting at Deere

HANNOVER, Germany — John Deere previewed its twin-rotor X9 combine and a matching draper header designed for small grains and oilseeds, during Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany Nov. 10. Matt Arnold, product manager in John Deere’s future combines division said the X9 is a productivity step beyond the S790, the largest Deere combine currently on the […] Read more


Claas added a 530 h.p., four-track articulated machine to its lineup during Germany’s Agritechnica. Dutch manufacturer Zuidberg builds the crawler system that is outfitted with 30 inch CAMSO tracks resulting in a final external width for the tractor of less than three meters.  |  Robin Booker photo

Claas adds four-track, non-articulated, high horsepower tractor

HANNOVER, Germany – Claas joined an elite group of tractor manufactures that offer high-horsepower, tractors with four tracks, with their launch of the Xerion TRAC TS at Agritechnica in Germany. Both the Xerion 5000, with 530 h.p., and the Xerion 4500, at 490 h.p., will be offered in the TRAC TS class. Henning Ressmeyer of […] Read more

Autonomous machinery has been an ever-growing aspect of Agritechnica and John Deere’s smaller field-spraying robot, designed to be part of a herd, is just one the many units that was at last week’s event.  |  Chris McCullough photo

High tech machinery crucial for the future

HANNOVER, Germany — If there was one key message pitched to visitors at the huge Agritechnica Show in Germany, it was that investing in high-tech, efficient machinery is vital to a profitable farming future. More than 450,000 farmers, contractors and machinery enthusiasts took in the week-long event in Hannover, which is regarded as the world’s […] Read more

The sensors put out an illumination of a specific wavelength. Leaves containing chlorophyll convert to a different wavelength, which is detected by the sensors.  |  WEED-IT photo

Illuminate weed, isolate it, then kill

Targeting a weed with lethal dose eliminates it from the enemy gene-bank while conserving herbicides, lowering costs

As farmers continue dealing with the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds, the global crop protection industry has stepped up with new strategies, equipment and digital technology to help fight weeds. Croplands Equipment of Australia is one of those global companies whose weed killing initiatives arrived in Canada through a relationship with Nufarm. Croplands has spent the […] Read more


The Amazone Pantera 4503 sprayer has one of the most advanced nozzle bodies on the market, which automatically changes between its four nozzles, including spray from two nozzles at the same time. | Robin Booker photo

Pantera sprayers include flexible application

Nozzles are selectable or can be grouped on the fly automatically, including features such as turn compensation

The nozzle body on the Amazone Pantera 4503 self-propelled sprayer automatically switches between four nozzles, to ensure produce is applied uniformly even around tight turns. Pulse width modulation allows turn compensation in competing sprayers, but this technology is limited when product is applied through one nozzle. John Deere’s ExactApply can spray with two nozzles in […] Read more

Sabanto Ag offered a robotic planting service to U.S. growers in the Spring of 2019. This JCB Fastrac tractor drives autonomously and is fitted with an 18 row planter, and can be loaded on a standard single-drop semi-trailer.  |  Chad E. Colby photo

Autonomous equipment gets more work

St. Louis, Mo. — Similar to how custom harvest operations travel across North America following crops as they ripen, fleets of robot planters will follow favourable planting conditions in the spring, if the business plan of Sabanto Ag gets traction. The company is managed by Craig Rupp and Kyler Laird, who met at an agBOT […] Read more