Winnipeg's MacDon Industries won an AE50 award for its new crop cutting and conveying system in the MacDon R85 Rotary Disc Header. | MacDon photo

Ag equipment engineering awards offer innovative upgrades for farmers

LOUISVILLE, Ken. — Three Canadian companies have won agricultural engineering awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers this year. The annual awards recognize the top 50 innovations in machines or processes that had a significant effect on agricultural or food production and were introduced in the past year. This year, Winnipeg’s MacDon […] Read more

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Getting green education lifelong learning process

Learning doesn’t stop at the school doorway. A wealth of knowledge is available to us today from both traditional forms of information and the newer internet-based information sources. It is equally true for those interested in green building and renewable energy. It is up to each of us to search and distill what we find. […] Read more


Sunnybrook put a number of box style concaves into farmer-owned STS combines for real-world field-testing during the 2011 harvest. Each farmer had access to the four types of boxes. Shawn Abel of Calmar, Alta. , installed a box style concave on his 9750. “In wheat, we ran the 45 degree max thresh on the first […] Read more

Is now the right time to move to organic production?

It’s been a rough couple years for organic producers on the Prairies. They’ve been hit hard by factors largely outside their control: weather and markets. Problems with weather are not unique to organic producers nor to the last couple years, but the recent weather problems have been unusual. We are more used to drought than […] Read more

Canada’s West does well with weed resistance

A renowned expert in herbicide resistant weeds has a simple message for farmers: mix it up. Hugh Beckie, a researcher with Agriculture Canada, updated farmers and agrologists on the spread of weed resistance Nov. 30 at Agri-Trend’s Farm Forum in Saskatoon. He said the Prairies are doing well managing the problem. While there have been […] Read more

Field experience: a few machines I remember well

I was born and raised on a small mixed farm and started out working on other peoples’ farms. I studied farm machinery in technical school and after graduation in 1970, moved to Steinbach, Man., to work at an Allis and Massey Ferguson dealer. After three years there I became a regional service representative for Massey. […] Read more

Cummins, Cat work together on Versatile

It’s unusual to see two head-on competitors co-operate on a joint project in the sometimes-hostile world of ag implement manufacturing. But that’s what happened last year when Cummins mated its latest engine technology to Caterpillar’s latest transmission technology. Although Cummins and Cat are direct competitors in many machinery markets, they joined forces to provide the […] Read more

Adopting renewable energy can start with small steps

As a renewable energy specialist, I often hear the comment, “I’d like to do something with renewable energy. I just don’t know what makes the most sense.” The first answer must be: “If you want to make the most economical sense, work to conserve energy rather than creating it.” That means doing things as simple […] Read more

Pioneer Hi-Bred patent protects soybean varieties

Pioneer Hi-Bred is patenting some of its seed traits now that Monsanto’s patents on genetics for Roundup Ready crops are starting to expire. The move ensures that farmers continue to annually invest in the company’s genetics. The last Monsanto owned patent ends in 2014, with most having expired in 2011. Monsanto is offering a new […] Read more

Can organic production feed seven billion people?

The organic industry is often asked, “but can organics feed the world?” The question seems to imply that “organic” is a warm and fuzzy idea or a trendy menu item, but certainly not a realistic system for addressing world hunger. As the world population hits seven billion, perhaps it is time to give the question […] Read more