Rural crime issues have significant effects in Western Canada because of its larger rural area and base of population.  |  File photo

Report weighs rural crime problem

People living in remote areas today face the new realities of rural crime and added vulnerability, says a former Alberta prosecutor and current professor at Simon Fraser University. Scott Newark produced a report for the United Conservative Party of Alberta in 2018 on rural crime, after interviewing police groups, government officials and MLAs who had […] Read more

By standardizing mounting brackets and other components throughout its entire lineup, Link Manufacturing says a complete new self-steering suspension can be installed in just two hours.  |  Link illustration

Self-steer suspension easy to install

Link Manufacturing’s two-hour installation means adding an extra weight bearing axle to your truck just got easier


Adding another weight bearing axle to your existing truck isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, the new Link Manufacturing self-steering suspension can be installed in about two hours. Scheduled to be introduced next week at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, the newly updated and improved 20K self-steer suspension incorporates proven technological and component […] Read more

The future of super singles in Canada has been in abeyance for more than a decade. However, representatives from industry and the federal and provincial governments came to an agreement in January that raised the weight limits on super singles to match the weight limit of duals.  |  File photo

Rules streamlined for super single semi tires

Governments establish national uniform weight limits for wide-base single tires, 
which is good news for trucking industry


Although wide-base super single semi tires are replacing duals in the United States, Canadian truckers and farmers have been reluctant to make the switch because of confusing federal and provincial regulations. However, there was a breakthrough last month when progress was made in allowing weight parity for the wide super single tires coast to coast. […] Read more


The Trelleborg Mitas PneuTrac employs unique sidewalls that collapse toward the inside of the tire to create a much wider and longer footprint. The elongation effect mimics the shape of a rubber track.  |  Mitas photo

Shape changer challenges tires and tracks

This revolutionary design from Czechoslovakia attempts to turn round pneumatic tires into flat pneumatic rubber tracks

The unique shape-shifting Mitas PneuTrac, introduced in 2015 at Agritechnica, is coming to North America this spring. The revolutionary design attempts to turn round pneumatic tires into flat pneumatic rubber tracks. The PneuTrac may look like a round rubber tire from a distance, but upon closer inspection, the footprint looks more like a flat rubber […] Read more

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