Morris Industries of Saskatoon will receive close to $3.5 million through the Western Innovation Initiative to increase its production capacity using an advanced manufacturing technology it has commercialized. From left are Casey Davis, CEO of Morris Industries; Chris Dekker, president and CEO with Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership; Ralph Goodale, minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Ben Voss, president of Morris Industries.  |  William DeKay photo

Equipment manufacturer receives federal funds for innovation

The federal government is providing $4.1 million to support innovation and international trade in Saskatchewan’s agricultural equipment manufacturing sector. Morris Industries of Saskatoon will receive close to $3.5 million through the Western Innovation Initiative to increase its production capacity using an advanced manufacturing technology it has commercialized. Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership will receive $700,000 […] Read more

Research and development support is needed to help bring agricultural innovations to market.  |  File photo

Innovation, research key to our future

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says he wants to make innovation a core Canadian value because it’s “the path to growth, the path that leads to a stronger middle class and higher quality jobs.” Canada’s agricultural equipment manufacturers have known this for years. In fact, innovation is at the heart of Canadian […] Read more

This Jumbo C5-3120 silage manure combination trailer was on display at Ag In Motion in Langham, Sask. this summer. It can be converted quickly between manure and silage modes, plus it comes with an end dump compatible wet kit. | Robin Booker photo

Video: Low dollar prompts silage manure trailer

LANGHAM, Sask. — Canadian retailers importing equipment from the United States have been challenged by unfavorable exchange rates over the past few years. This prompted Park Lake Welding and Manufacturing, from Lethbridge, Alta., to manufacture its own silage-manure combination trailer. “We basically built this trailer because the U.S. currency ex-change was too high… and because […] Read more

APS says its HI2LO wet-dry feeder is the only one on the market that serves the individual feeding preference of each hog. |  APS photo

New stuff: feeder, heater, air meter

Automated Production Systems recently debuted its wet-dry feeder, a modulating heater and a positive air displacement ventilation system at World Pork Expo in Des Moine, Iowa. The new technology is designed to foster hog health by improving the environment within the pig barn, said Brian Rieck, product manager at APS. HI2LO wet/dry feeder Rieck said […] Read more

John Deere’s new air seeder will be among the new agricultural technology on display at the upcoming Canada’s Farm Progress Show.  |  John Deere photo

Latest technology on display

Western Producer reporters will provide coverage from Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina in upcoming issues. Canada’s Farm Progress Show is just around the corner, and a variety of new tools and technology will reach the market for the first time. John Deere John Deere will be delivering a bigger version of its 1870 air […] Read more

Joy Agnew of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute is leading a project that uses manure mixed with other organic materials, including potatoes, to produce biogas that can generate heat or electricity.  |  Kristen McEwen photos

PAMI develops manure recipes to make energy

Trials successful Researchers show how various solid organic materials can produce heat or electricity from biogas

Researchers in Saskatchewan are making energy out of a few tonnes of culled potatoes and manure. It’s the latest ‘recipe’ officials with the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute are testing inside the organization’s solid state anaerobic digester. At a pilot-scale facility at PAMI’s Termuende Research Ranch near Lanigan, Sask., Joy Agnew is documenting how various organic […] Read more

Gordie Devries loads canola seed after positioning the bag hauler next to the lift platform. | Leighton Schappert photo

Innovation takes load off your mind

Hydraulic elevator | E-Zee Loader does the heavy lifting
and can be custom designed for every cart on the market

BRANDON — Filling an air cart with bagged canola seed and inoculant makes for a gruelling day, especially if you start at 4 a.m. and run until 9 p.m. Carrying bags becomes a time factor and a danger on dew- and dust-greased stairs and ladders. It wears you out physically and mentally, and that’s when […] Read more

Animal welfare concerns have prompted some hog producers to move to open housing systems.  |  File photo

Open housing offers benefits over stall system

Hutterites find advantages | Manitoba colony says extra labour and equipment concerns proved to be unfounded

Open housing for pregnant sows works and costs about the same in money and labour as traditional stall barn systems, based on the experience of a Manitoba Hutterite colony. And most of the myths farmers have about “loose housing” for gestating sows don’t occur in reality. “We’ve never had any applications where you need more […] Read more