The tractor pressurizes the closed-circuit hydralics on the Terraland and then the operator closes the valve. After that, the twin accumulators, shown in blue, handle all hydraulics.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Subsoiling, done the Czech way

Terraland helps farmers maximize their subsoil disruption by using triple angle chisel teeth tips and sharp blades

LANGHAM, Sask. — It’s been a while since prairie farmers have seen a new subsoiler, which explains why Bednar brought its brand new Terraland chisel plough to the Ag In Motion show this past summer. Terraland’s role is to disrupt layers of compressed soil, Bednar’s Juraj Skolka said while standing next to the bright yellow, […] Read more

The new Precision Disk 500DS is a one-pass air drill for simultaneous seeding and fertilizing, with a fixed seed-fertilizer relationship.  |  CNH photo

One-pass seeding with two-inch separation

A new knife guarantees safe separation 
of seed and fertilizer when using the Precision Disk drill from Case

Case has delivered a new one-pass seed-fertilizer disc drill this fall. After several years of producing the Precision Disk single shoot 500, and many producer questions about a single pass drill version, CNH has delivered a double-shoot option on the machine. The new DS is based on the existing series of Precision Disk drills already […] Read more

Agco’s Till Control system enables operators to monitor and adjust the fore and aft-frame as well as the hydraulic lift system from the cab.  |  Agco photo

Tillage tools reflect need for precision, speed

From electronics to steel, the latest releases in tillage equipment are helping producers turn soil right

Higher capacity and more options when it comes to setting tillage tools have become the latest trend in soil management. For the coming year, Deere and Sunflower tillage gear are getting new tools that meet this demand. John Deere has the new 2680H, a high-speed disc that is capable of 10 to 14 miles per […] Read more

The Pillar Disc Hoe Drill offers robust ground engagement along with precision seed placement and higher operating speeds. The 18-inch disc cuts through heavy trash, while the hoe delivers consistent placement and capacity for the double-shoot system.  |  Michael Raine photo

Hybrid, 18-inch, disc-hoe opener offers speed with precision

LANGHAM, Sask. — Pillar recently released a cast-steel-constructed opener that’s more rigid and has better trash clearance compared to its previous offering. The Mark 3 is a double-shoot opener that’s a hybrid between a disc and hoe opener. “We have a disc that runs up front cutting a deep trench and moving the soil. Then […] Read more

The machines are custom built, but this one is set up as a 60-foot-wide single tool bar that sits on tracks and has been fitted with a commodity and liquid tank on the planter’s main frame. The tank holds about 100 bushels of on-frame storage of seed, which is usually enough for corn or canola.“You can get 200 acres of corn in, no problem, and canola you can go for days. But when it comes to soybeans that works out to be about an 80-acre fill. But in Western Canada, a lot of our fields are much, much bigger than that,” Frank Prince said.  |  Robin Booker photo

Customized planter handles the really big jobs

Broad-acre, seed-singulating seed unit combines the productivity of an air drill and the accuracy of a planter

Growers have been vexed by a difficult choice for decades. The tradeoff between the productivity of an air drill and the accuracy of a planter. For broad-acre growers in Western Canada, a large one-pass system capable of applying a massive amount of fertilizer and seed between fills seems an obvious choice. But the in-the-row spacing, […] Read more

Producers looking to take their crops’ soil environments beyond what is offered by the basic nutrient packages are finding more options each year.  |  Michael Raine photo

Big growth expected for biologicals

Farmers are showing increased interest in input products made from naturally occurring chemicals or live organisms

Biologicals are slowly making inroads into the crop protection market. “They’re growing by double digits, but it’s still a very small portion of the overall crop protection market,” said Pierre Petelle, president of CropLife Canada. “The latest number I heard was around four or five percent.” However, there is no doubt interest is growing in […] Read more

USDA Agricultural Research Service student interns Alison Coomer and Marco Gutierrez examine wheat plants in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus where scientists are looking at bio-fortifying wheat and other crops.  |  USDA/Bob Garybosch photo

Bio-fortification could make crops more nutritious: researcher

What the heck is ferrous sulfate? Clean labels were a massive trend in 2017 and may be the new norm in North American’s food industry. Many consumers want to buy food with ingredients that they recognize and trust, so if they see words like “ferrous sulfate” on a label, they don’t want it, even if […] Read more

After their first year of UTV ownership, most farmers go back to their dealer for rubber tracks, which naturally leads to a snow plow, bucket or snow blower. Nobody expects to do heavy duty snow removal with their UTV, but these small machines are mobile and efficient working around buildings and in the yard.  |  CAMSO/Kimpex photo

Take your UTV from horse to mule

The Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) is no longer viewed as a farm toy. It performs a multitude of farm tasks and does real work. Little Brother ATV is still a handy get-around vehicle and more of a recreational machine, but Big Brother UTV is the one farmers rely on as a miniature pickup truck. Extracting […] Read more

Morris introduced its new Quantum drill at Ag In Motion, billing it as a seeding machine with a possible double-duty future as a cultivator.  The morning demo featured the cultivator component.  The afternoon demo featured the drill component.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Driller and tiller: seeder has heavy-duty ideas

LANGHAM, Sask. — The new dual purpose Morris Quantum was demonstrated at this summer’s Ag In Motion farm show as both a seed drill and an experimental cultivator. In the 11 a.m. cultivation demonstration on each day of the show, an experimental version of the Quantum did a pass outfitted with 16-inch sweeps and a […] Read more

Digvir Jayas, vice president of research at the University of Manitoba and a grain storage expert, shows off a jar of flour loaded with red flour beetles. Jayas recently introduced some new science surrounding computer vision and teaching computers how to recognize insects within grain bins. | Robert Arnason photo

Deep learning methods guide computers to insect identification

Three-year olds are known for a long list of bad habits: biting other kids, throwing toys at their mom and answering every question with “no.” Despite those irrational behaviours, they are also smart. Show a three-year-old girl a van, a truck and a car, and she will quickly learn to identify the three types of […] Read more