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

Alvan Blanch’s continuous double flow dryer in use on a farm in Manning, Alta.  |  Al Ross photo

U.K. grain dryer makes strides on the Prairies

To better preserve grain quality and start harvest earlier, some farmers, especially those in wetter regions, have begun using what they feel like is a more robust drying system. Unlike some dryers, the continuous double-flow dryer can dry any type of grain and run all day with little supervision. The technology was made by Alvan […] Read more


As bins get bigger the ability to keep air flowing through them becomes more of a challenge.  |  Michael Raine photo

Bigger grain bins mean bigger management issues for farmers

Farmers can increase storage capacity by moving to bigger grain bins, but those who do need to know more about bin management because bigger bins mean a greater risk of costly damage to the grain, says Joy Agnew, agricultural research services project manager at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute. “We’re getting a few hints and […] Read more

The Renn 1218 incorporates the bag wrapper into the extractor. The double re-wind system keeps the bag off the ground so it’s clean for the re-cycling process.  |  Renn photo

Grain bags: Rolling and recycling

Waste agricultural plastic, including grain bags, is attracting the evil eye of media outlets and the public. It’s easy to criticize massive piles of useless, used plastic. That’s why farmers and industry must jointly find a solution to the problem, a public relations dilemma and an environmental issue, says Rob Wierenga. The co-owner of Neeralta […] Read more


While vacationing in Holland, Siegert Wenning managed to save 13,000 bushels of IP canola that was binned 4,000 miles away on his Yorkton farm. He detected heating with his hand-held OPI Blue monitor. At the time, his canola was sold at $12 per bushel.  |  Laura Laing photo

Bin monitor makes money

If you save a 13,000 bushel bin of $12 canola, worth $156,000, you have more than paid for the price of a good monitoring system. That’s the conclusion Yorkton farmer Siegert Wenning arrived at last winter while vacationing in his homeland of Holland. Wenning grows 4,500 acres of canola, peas and oats annually. While in […] Read more

Producers are felling the pinch of higher steel prices  |  File photo

Steel prices hit bin makers and farmers hard

Grain bin manufacturers are getting crushed under the weight of rising steel prices and a recent development will only make matters worse.  Curtis Epp, operations manager with Darmani, a bin manufacturer in Fiske, Sask., said costs are up 25 to 50 percent year-over-year, depending on the type of steel.  That represents a significant escalation in […] Read more

The BeeSecure Asset Tracker recently won the Rural Crime Innovation Challenge organized by the Saskatchewan justice ministry.  |  Rivercity Technology photo

New technology protects property by tracking it

A new product designed to combat rural crime could upset any advantage thieves have over property owners in remote areas. Rivercity Technology developed an asset tracking system that uses a combination of GPS and cell network technology. It is capable of notifying users when an object is moved and track it. The BeeSecure Asset Tracker […] Read more


Self-defence or the defence of property is not a right in the same way that many of us think.  |  File photo

Rural landowners walk fine line when defending their property

Citizens do not have a duty to retreat when being victimized by property crime or violence, but they should avoid the confrontation if they can, according to defence lawyer Don Smith. “You are not going to be dealing with the best and the brightest of people,” Smith said during a presentation at Agri-Visions in Lloydminster. […] Read more

Manitoba, Saskatchewan see increase in crime

Crime in the prairie provinces has risen since the crime severity index (CSI) was established in 2006, even though Canada as a whole has seen a significant reduction in crime during the same period. The CSI was developed to address the limitation of the police-reported crime rate that is largely driven by high-volume but less […] Read more