Technology is not a good babysitter

Expert says children need stimulating activities and interaction with others to reduce anxiety and develop social skills

PENTICTON, B.C. — Developmental and language delays, increased depression, distracted behaviour and less empathy in children are red flags for parents who need to better manage technology use in their homes. Elad Milman presented a session on keeping human connections in the technological age at a recent parenting conference in Penticton. “I think the concern […] Read more

VIDEO: Field robots: their time is near

BOONE, Iowa — Look ma, no hands! Or cab. While the ability to run farm equipment operator-free has been around for years, Case IH and New Holland are making a move to make it a reality on the farm. Jim Walker runs Case IH in North America and said his company wanted to get farmer […] Read more

Rise of the field drones

When the corn begins to grow in research fields used by the University of Illinois, a robot sets to work. It goes up and down the rows, hoeing out weeds and applying herbicide. It is slow, but it works 24 hours a day in most kinds of weather and has few needs except batteries and […] Read more

VIDEO: Field access to wi-fi eases data collection

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A small antenna mounted on top of a tractor, sprayer or combine can now give farmers wi-fi access in the field from their home router. Ayrstone Productivity of Minnesota created the tractor-based wi-fi system to give farmers access to their farm equipments’ production data and use their laptop, smartphones and other equipment […] Read more

New app manages farm information wirelessly

Scott Andrew was a computer savvy young farmer, but he wondered why was he still spending hours piecing together the bits and bytes of information produced on his farm. “It was three or four years ago and I started recording information on my smartphone,” said Andrew, who farms near Darlingford, Man. “It was better than […] Read more

Three equipment award winners from Canada

AE50 Awards | The competition celebrates the professional tools that drive improvements to agricultural equipment

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Agricultural engineering produces the technologies of growth, from farm machinery to processing to husbandry technologies. The American Society of Agricultural and Biotechnological Engineers gather each year to discuss new technology and its place in agricultural production. During that meeting they hand out 50 awards for the best new products from the previous […] Read more

3D printing may help farmers

Make your own parts | New technology could help growers design small pieces, says inventor

The Saskatchewan inventor who caused an online firestorm with his redesigned 3D printer says the technology could have huge implications for farmers. “I wouldn’t say you could fix everything on your farm with one now, but it’s going to be a technology similar to the lathe,” Rylan Grayston said about the machines, which enable users […] Read more

Farmsight ‘strategy’ links farmer, machine, data | Information on field conditions, agronomy and machinery telematics is gathered to tell situation on farm

DES MOINES, Iowa — Dave Everitt is excited. After 37 years of developing and marketing the world’s best known machinery, he has seen some big changes in agriculture. However, he said the technology that farmers are getting today is revolutionary. Everitt, president of John Deere’s agriculture and turf division, said strong agricultural commodity prices are […] Read more

GPS for steering wheel

DURHAM, N.C. — TeeJet Technologies, known best for its spraying systems and nozzles, has come up with a steering wheel motor drive. While the concept dates back to the first GPS guidance system, the refinements to the units and their accuracy have improved over the years. Tim Stuenkel of TeeJet said the company saw the […] Read more

Robots ease dairy producers’ labour pains

Garth Hockley couldn’t help himself as he stood next to a robotic milking machine inside his barn: he had to grin as he admired the technology. “I never get tired of watching it,” said Hockley, who opened up his dairy farm to visitors for the National Holstein Convention held in Brandon last month. Hockley, who […] Read more