Soybean aphids disappear in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more

The Lexion is showing a JD display and the JD machinesync feature. The lighter blue area depicts a European-built S680 coverage working in the same field as the Lexion, depicted with the deeper blue. Data exchange is handled with JD modems. This is the first bridge Heupel released to the market in 2015. Agra GPS photos

Green guidance on off-color combines

Move your Greenstar to the red, yellow, blue, orange or purple implement of your liking

Tt’s not unusual to see a prairie farmyard with mainly green implements, and then combines in other colours contrasting with the other machines. The farmer with the mismatched combines is probably cursing because he can’t get his favourite combine GPS to communicate with his trusty Greenstar Starfire. That’s the situation in which Johannes Heupel was […] Read more

The drop pan is held up tight against the combine with electromagnets.  Because there is no wiring or bolts, it can be moved from one combine to another in a matter of seconds.  A radio remote control lets the operator drop the pan while driving at the normal speed with all adjustments in their normal position.  |  Marcel Kringe photo

Magnet solves old drop pan problem

Move BushelPlus from one combine to another in a matter of seconds

BRANDON — Grain loss monitors don’t document how many bushels end up on the ground. Conventional drop pans are a nuisance and dangerous. The BushelPlus magnetic drop pan addresses those issues.  If checking combine losses was convenient, farmers would do it. But it isn’t, so they don’t, according to Marcel Kringe of BushelPlus in Brandon.  […] Read more

Seed Hawk gets new name

Seed Hawk Inc. is being rechristened Vaderstad Industries Inc., reflecting the fuller integration of the Seed Hawk brand within the Vaderstad Group. Seed Hawk and Vaderstad have been working together since 2006 and in 2013 the Swedish agricultural equipment manufacturer bought full ownership of Seed Hawk and invested in a major expansion of the plant […] Read more

Sask. Canola and the Canola Council of Canada hosted canolaPALOOZA in Saskatoon on June 20, 2017. Robin Booker photo.

CanolaPALOOZA Saskatoon, 2017

CanolaPALOOZA near Saskatoon brought together the canola scientific community and industry partners to showcase some of the latest research and technology in the field. Below are a few videos of some of the demonstrations at the event. Murray Hartman discusses new recommendations for canola density: Keith Downey reminisces on the origins of the canola industry:  A […] Read more

Autonomous Agriculture is Here

VIDEO: Autonomous agriculture has been reimagined

    Long cold winters, intense and short farming seasons, tight margins and shortage of labour have long been credited for Western Canada’s agricultural innovations. For the past three winters, one of the fathers of reduced tillage equipment has been taking in the sun in Mexico and considering the next step-change in agriculture autonomous work. […] Read more

Four equipment manufactures showcased seed treaters they offer to the Canadian market, during Bayer's SeedGrowth Expo at the Case New Holland Training Center, on March 21, 2017. | Robin Booker photo

Seed treaters showcased

Bayer hosted an event at the Case New Holland Training Centre that focused on seed treatment. During the Expo, four equipment manufactures displayed their seed treaters and in the following videos representatives from each company describes their products. Brian Ellis, Graham Seed Treating Systems   Chris Larsen, Ag Growth International Jason MacNevin, Can-Seed Equipment   […] Read more

The GrowSafe Beef System installation shows cattle can move freely to the feed bunks, which capture information on feed intake, their weight and how often they are eating.  |  Grow Safe photo

New tech measures cattle feed intake

Feed consumption and weight gain are linked to healthier herds, so keeping an eye on feed intake can pay off

AIRDRIE, Alta. — When Camiel Huisma was helping a friend manage his ostrich chicks in 1990, the link between feed intake and animal health intrigued him. The hatchlings were selling for $6,000 each, but the survival rate was less than 16 percent. As an engineer, he saw death loss as a problem that could be […] Read more