James Buttle, left, inventor of the EMAR Chaff Deck and Peter Broley of Primary Industries, the manufacturer and distributor of the unit attend Canada’s Farm Progress Show.  |  Michael Raine photo

What the heck is a chaff deck? Clue: it goes down under

REGINA — Australia’s history with herbicide resistant weeds has lead that nation to develop unique tools and practices to manage weed seeds. Canadian farmers have toyed with chaff control in the past, using carts to collect it for later feeding or burning. However, Australian producers, facing significant yield losses to the point of devaluing badly […] Read more

Farmer Eric Johnson of Nokomis, Sask., said the idea to build his 5,000 bu. transfer cart hit him right “out of the blue”18 years ago. To the best of our knowledge he built the world’s first one in 2000.  |  Michael Raine photo

Transfer bin; the next step in harvest efficiency?

BRANDON — From the days of scythe and hand-tied grain stooks, hurry and haste at harvest has always been critical. Gather that crop before weather and wild beasts get it. Urgency at harvest is just as strong today, even though we have a long list of new tools such as desiccants, Class 9 combines, speedy […] Read more

The area highlighted in green indicates the liquid lubricant that prevents the wet seal from running dry or being contaminated by chemicals.  The wet seal is now standard on all Pentair Hypro 9306 and 9303 pumps.  |  Hypro image

Wet seal technology for spray pumps

BRANDON — Wet seals, employed in aircraft and industry for decades, are finally finding their way into agricultural spray pumps built by Pentair Hypro. The big benefit is in situations when the pump runs dry, Pentair fluid specialist Brian Henderson said during Manitoba Ag Days at the end of last month, where he debuted three […] Read more


The ProSpread 315 from Radium Engineering has tandem wheels coupled to the chassis by leaf springs that allow the machine’s weight to be evenly distributed over all four wheels. | Robin Booker photo

South African fertilizer spreaders come to Canada

RED DEER — Schulte Industries has signed a distribution deal with Radium Engineering to sell South African designed fertilizer spreaders in Canada. Radium Engineering has produced its own fertilizer spreaders since the 1990s, and its distribution network reaches most agricultural areas around the globe. Clayton Rosaasen of Schulte Industries said the spreaders will fit comfortably […] Read more

The new Technotill Version 2.0 is a dual sideband device that eliminates the tendency of the original Version 1.0 packers to pull sideways.  |  Technotill illustration

New Technotill packer does dual side band

The Technotill packer plate introduced by Walter and Betty Schoenhofer in 1996 has been re-developed with assistance from Saskatchewan farmers and a 3D printer. TNT Version 2 will be available for spring seeding. Where the original TNT had a fertilizer port on only one side, Version 2 is symmetrical with dual band ports. The previous […] Read more


When it was time for Kevin Horner to buy a new drill last spring, he picked a 62-foot New Holland ST830 cultivator with Technotill packers.  He says there’s excellent trash clearance and no moving parts and the Technotill plates do a better job than a packing wheel.  |  Betty Schoenhofer photo

Back to basics with seeders

Expensive, heavy, complicated seeding machines are being challenged by lower-cost, high-speed compact-disc machines and good old-fashioned shank cultivators with narrow knife openers. Over the past two decades, one of the devices that’s become popular among farmers with simple seeding systems is the Technotill (TNT) packer. Although the original Version 1 TNT functions well and continues […] Read more

Research and development into the soil-working tools continues, even though the frames might not vary much. The new Kuhn Excelerator 8005 uses a self-sharpening blade with a scalloped circumference and 32 flutes. It can work at 10 m.p.h. in rough conditions.  |  Kuhn photo

VIDEO: In-ground steel continues to evolve

FARGO, N.D. — Within the overall realm of cultivation and seed and fertilizer placement equipment, the in-ground working tool is the one singular component that continues to evolve rapidly. Every farm show seems to feature new soil-working steel. Money is a chief reason for the on-going focus on developing new soil-working tools. When dealing with […] Read more

Pat, left, and Trevor Scherman hold the ScherGain drop pan. The round steel electromagnets are visible on each side of the pan. Trevor holds the grain gauge and Pat holds the chart operator’s reference to understand the losses. | ScherGain photo

Combine calibration made easy

Two companies offer remote controlled drop pans that allow growers to safely collect samples of material blown out the back of combines. Both products are powered by electromagnets that disengage at the push of a button. The pans then fall from their mounted position under the combine and collect a representative sample of how much […] Read more


There are six models in the Avant loader series, as well as more than 190 attachments from which operators can choose. | Robin Booker photo

Finnish articulated loaders now available in Canada

RED DEER — Small articulated loaders built in Finland are now available to Canadian producers through JAK Equipment in Leduc, Alta. The Avant series of loaders has more than 190 attachments that focus on farming and construction tasks. “Options are basically endless for these things when it comes to attachments,” Bob Fedorchuk of Avant Techno […] Read more

Unverfirth says it has set a new industry standard with their 14-foot nine-inch wide NutriMax fertilizer applicator. Looks are deceiving. There’s a 2,600 gallon tank hiding inside this compact applicator. The NutriMax has an optional steering system but there are no brakes as standard equipment
or as an option. | Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: Go narrow or go home

FARGO, N.D. — The split nitrogen trend sent Unverfirth back to the drawing board for a new applicator specifically for split application. While there, they made it the narrowest applicator in the industry. “The NutriMax is definitely a split application machine. That’s what our engineers had in mind when they started with a fresh sheet […] Read more