The opener on the right  was hard surfaced on the nose and wings ran for 160 acres, was hard surfaced again and after 160 acres is too worn to fix, as the tip no longer digs into the soil and wings are worn thin. At left, Ferobide tiles have protected the wings and nose for 1,500 acres.  |   Huber Ag Equipment

Ferobide takes the bite out of deep till

Farmers loose 90 percent of their expensive tungsten carbide tools due to wear of the supporting steel shanks

Tungsten carbide cultivation points and associated wear parts fall off mounting shanks as if falling off is the only reason they were manufactured and installed to begin with. Farmers typically loose 90 percent of their expensive tungsten carbide soil-engaging parts because the supporting steel fails, according to Tenmat Advanced Materials of the United Kingdom. All […] Read more

The VerisiScan Plus platform has four sensing modules including moisture, temperature, organic matter, and soil cation exchange capacity sensors.  |  Veris photo

Read it on the go, tillage in the know

A set of soil sensors can be installed on cultivators and vertical tillage implements to provide real-time readings that help growers create a uniform seed bed and create high-resolution soil maps that can inform future planning. Veris Technologies introduced Vision for Decisions this year, which the company calls a seeding environment support system that uses […] Read more

A new 27-foot unit is now available for the Speed-Tiller 475 high-speed disk. A recent addition to the Case IH lineup of agronomic solutions, the Speed-Tiller high-speed disk is a true dual-season tool designed to ensure a smooth surface and seedbed floor.  |  CaseIH photo

Case: match tillage tools to soil type

The tillage tip you try in sandy loam and the tip you try in grey clay: they aren’t the same ones


Case has embarked on a quest to better match new soil and residue management implements to suit specific soil types. Does that mean a growing selection of tillage tools? Yes. This fall they introduced a new S-tine field cultivator and a new configuration high speed Speed-Tiller, as part of the company’s initiative in matching tillage […] Read more


The new mid-sized carat is available as a tow-behind or a tow-between. Bigger carts like the C850 are typically only tow-betweeners.  |  John Deere photo

New mid-size air seeding cart from Deere

Big brother C850 passed a lot of hot technology to C650 design, including tank scales, at-side display

Deere’s new air cart took the leading-edge technology developed for big brother C850 and incorporated it into the mid-size C650. The 650-bushel cart can be towed between the tractor and seeder. A prominent C850 feature now on the C650 is the digital cart-side display, which puts the operator safely on the ground instead of running […] Read more

The lineup of Precision Air 5 carts has been expanded to include two three-tank models for fertilizer application or broad-acre seeding.  |  Case IH/Tim Peluso photo

Upgrade Precision Air 5 carts now available

Case upgrades 2021 air carts with cart-side display and fill controls, now has turn compensation, from 350 to 950 bu.

Case’s Precision Air 5 lineup has been expanded to include a pair of three-tank models for fertilizer application or broad-acre seeding. The Precision Air 3725 and 3915 are both tow-behinds. The new curve compensation feature helps ensure proper plant population across the drill in tight turns and corners, according to Case. AFS AccuSection modular metering […] Read more


When working to automate the greenhouse industry Prospera Technologies developed algorithms that can detect specific diseases. The company has now expanded into broad acre irrigation and even dry land farming.  |  Prospera Technologies photo

Automated irrigation pivots watch over fields

The system lets producers know what’s happening in their fields and then makes recommendations on what to do next

Prospera Technologies has deployed the algorithms it developed for the greenhouse sector to turn irrigation pivots into robots that can manage crops autonomously. Prospera started operations in 2014 with a team of computer scientists who wanted to use computer vision and artificial intelligence to help farmers make in-season decisions. It now helps to manage more […] Read more

Kristina Polziehn visits an irrigated cotton field in Australia on her Nuffield tour.  In this photo she is with husband  Glenn Wormald who is also a Nuffield Scholar from Australia in 2017.  |  Nuffield photo

Full-value or half-value from precision ag efforts?

Producers collecting multiple layers of field data complain they aren’t milking the data for all it’s worth. “I’m not even getting half the value out of these images.” Kristina Polziehn hears the similar complaints. She says there definitely is an obstacle to applying the data and images in real-world precision agriculture practices. That obstacle is […] Read more

This FluroSat platform is set to indicate areas on a field that have been tilled or farmed using no-till.  |  FluroSat photo

Keeping a high eye on farm sustainability

It’s expensive and tedious to verify production practices in sustainable agriculture programs, so an Australian-based company is developing tools based on satellite imagery and farm production data that can automatically check if protocols have been followed. FluroSat’s core business uses remote sensing, agricultural science, machine learning and artificial intelligence on any relevant data set to […] Read more


The FarmTRX display relies on existing tablet computers, rather than dedicated displays.  |  FarmTRX photo

Wasting time waiting for monitor to wake up?

Farmers are often the best inventors of farm equipment, often surpassing the major manufacturers on items ranging from better openers to complex digital devices like yield monitors with GPS mapping capacity. The FarmTRX yield monitor is just such a success story. With a list price of C$1,850, there’s no doubt that FarmTRX is the low-cost […] Read more

FFarmTRX is the brainchild of Perry Casson, founding partner of Troo Corp. Here he is installing a system on a customer’s Deere 9610 combine. Troo specializes in aerospace GPS tracking, fleet performance analytics and monitoring helicopters on the other side of the Earth.  |  FarmTRX photo

Monitoring yield on 40 percent side slopes

A yield monitor that measures paddle heap works fine for most flatland farmers, but farming in places like Idaho and Oregon, where they farm up the sides of mountains, requires a different approach. However, the challenges of worn rubber paddles and side slopes can be overcome. When it comes to paddles, the obvious fix is […] Read more