Andy Scheurer was first to the field in the Dugald Man., district on the morning of April 30.  Scheurer made one round with the brand new Horsch Maestro when a faulty guidance system brought the operation to a screeching halt for four hours. “The companies that provide these services have to do something about this re-occuring problem,” said Scheruer.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Maestro sings a song of singulation

DUGALD, Man. – Prairie farmers have a half-dozen high-speed planters from which to choose. For Andy Scheurer the selection process was easy. His neighbour bought a Horsch Maestro last year and Scheurer was impressed. For years, the Dugald, Man., producer and his brother, Edgar, had been planting corn, canola, soybeans and sunflowers with a JD […] Read more

The canola kit includes stainless steel discs plus metering components for small seed crops. The kit is designed to allow a quick change between regular row crops and canola on any Maestro SW planter. | Ron Lyseng photo

Maestro has gentle touch with delicate seeds

DUGALD, Man. — Like a symphony conductor keeping precise meter for the orchestra with his wand, the Horsch Maestro seed metering system precisely conducts the flow of soybean, canola, sunflower and corn seeds. Before launching into the Maestro design process, Horsch engineers studied the many conventional planters already on the market. They saw that most […] Read more

There is a common misconception that helicopter rotors push the spray down toward the crop. However, as this photo of a Yamaha R-Max shows, the down-wash sends product swirling in all directions. Spraying expert Tom Wolf says this is a major factor that may prevent rotary drones from receiving federal approval for spraying.  |  Creative Commons image

Broad acre drone spraying unlikely

A spraying expert says potential spray drift is a significant concern and payloads will likely be too small to be productive


Drone sprayers have been used in Pacific Rim agriculture for more than two decades, and they gained California certification four years ago. But do they have potential beyond the orchard gate? Probably not, at least not in the foreseeable future, according to Tom Wolf, also known as the Nozzle Guy, in a recent post to […] Read more


As farm size increases, the time required to change in-ground components becomes more of a factor, both on seeding and cultivation equipment.  Farmers don’t want to stop for nuisance maintenance work if there’s 10,000 acres yet to cover.  |  Lemken photo

Long life or low cost, soil engagement comes at a price

Steel and soil go together like love and marriage, horse and carriage. Regardless of what kind of farming you’re into, putting steel to soil takes its toll on wear-parts. Whether you farm abrasive sandy loam or Red River clay, in-ground wear-components on your seeding and cultivation equipment will do just that — wear. It’s a […] Read more

Kinze developed the new 4700 in response to grower demand for narrower row spacing in corn. Kinze says farmers still want disc row markers so they can keep on planting when their GPS or autosteer systems fail.  |  Kinze photo

Wide-row versus narrow-row spacing drives tighter toolbar

Is wider row spacing better or is narrow row spacing better? It’s always an interesting topic, whether you grow corn, soybeans, pulses, cereals or oilseeds such as canola and flax. During the past two decades, the trend in most crops has been toward wider spacing. However, a counter trend has recently emerged with excellent corn […] Read more


Rather than lifting the belt or inside systems of the cart, the whole cart is raised for emptying. Optional soil removal can take tonnes of dirt from a single load of potatoes or beets, improving storability and reducing handling prior to barn storage. | STP Manufacturing photo

Vegetable harvest gets gathering capacity

A North Dakota company’s big carts make it possible for producers to keep the crop flowing when they need it most

Keeping the crop flowing was the impetus for a big cart solution for softer crops. Big carts for grains and oilseeds took a page from the American Midwest a decade ago, where softer soils, heavier grain and a need for field efficiencies that kept combines rolling no matter how big the crop dominated the scene. […] Read more

U.S. agricultural machine maker AGCO Corp said on Tuesday it would launch its flagship Fendt line of equipment in Brazil later this year, targeting large soybean farmers in the vast center-west region. | File photo

U.S. tractor maker AGCO rolls out Fendt line for Brazil farmers

SAO PAULO, April 23 (Reuters) – U.S. agricultural machine maker AGCO Corp said on Tuesday it would launch its flagship Fendt line of equipment in Brazil later this year, targeting large soybean farmers in the vast center-west region. AGCO will first bring the German-made line of Fendt Vario high-power tractors to Brazil’s grain heartland, the […] Read more

China is the world's biggest international buyer of soybeans, which are then ground into meal to feed the world's biggest pig herd as middle class Chinese increasingly demand pork and other meat as part of a shift in diet away from rice. | File photo

Argentina eyes expanded farm trade with China as harvest nears

BUENOS AIRES, April 23 (Reuters) – Argentina is pushing to increase agricultural trade with commodities-hungry China, as farmers on the country’s Pampas grains belt prepare for what is expected to be an bumper soybean harvest over the weeks ahead. China is the world’s biggest international buyer of soybeans, which are then ground into meal to […] 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 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.
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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