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Drones could make crop research 10 times more efficient

4 weeks 1 day ago
Every farmer doesn’t need to own and operate a drone for UAV technology to have a positive impact on their farm. That’s the message Scott Ditschun shares with farmers when he discusses how Bayer CropScience is employing drones in its agronomic and product research. He says UAV technology could effectively increase Bayer’s field research efficiency by... Read more »
Bernard Tobin

Yes, you can build your own autonomous tractor

4 weeks 1 day ago
Many situations have two scenarios: one where a problem is looking for a technology, or the other where technology exists and is looking for a problem to solve. In the case of farming, often it’s the problem that comes first, but when it comes to autonomy, the technology has been leaps and bounds ahead of... Read more »
Realag Machinery Insider

Canola School: A surprising mid-season pest update

4 weeks 1 day ago
Some pests like it dry, some like it warm, and some need it windy to get where they want to go. And sometimes insect pests can surprise you and not nearly be as bad as anticipated. That’s the story of the summer of 2018 — so far — according to Alberta Agriculture insect specialist, Scott Meers.... Read more »
RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

Clean Seed enters planter business with acquisition of Harvest International

4 weeks 2 days ago
Clean Seed Capital Group — the Canadian company behind the CX-6 Smart Seeder — has announced a deal to acquire U.S. planter equipment manufacturer Harvest International. The company also debuted the first Clean Seed Smart Planter at Ag in Motion on Tuesday, built with Harvest International technology. “Following the granting of Clean Seed patents in... Read more »
Realag Machinery Insider

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 3: Ellen Sparry

4 weeks 2 days ago
There are so many different roles in the farming and agriculture industry, it’s rare to find someone who ended up in exactly the job they always thought they’d have. More often than not, a string of opportunities is presented to a person with talents and interests and the wherewithal to pursue them, and — boom... Read more »
RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

RealAg Radio, July 16: Aqua-Till, CRISPR, & early wheat yields

4 weeks 2 days ago
This week’s Agronomy Monday program, with host Shaun Haney: Greg Butler from SANTFA in Australia on using a high pressure waterjet coulter to bust through the trash in your field to prevent hairpinning at planting Dr. Lewis Lukens from University of Guelph on the opportunity for wheat using CRISPR-CAS9 Peter Johnson, RealAg agronomist, talks about... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

SaskFSA seeks to bring understanding to water management

4 weeks 2 days ago
Saskatchewan has an extreme climate: summers are hot, but sometimes not, some areas are too dry or too wet, and winters can be too cold and too long. In the eastern part of Saskatchewan, the trend has been that it’s often too wet, so in 2011 a group of farmers formed the Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

MixMate designed to cut sprayer loading times and mistakes by automating chemical blending

1 month ago
Fast loading times are critical for maximizing sprayer efficiency, but mistakes are also more likely to happen when loading in a hurry. An Iowa-based company, Praxidyn, has designed a portable, modular system to shorten the time it takes to blend chemicals and refill the sprayer, while also reducing the chances of errors by automating the... Read more »
Realag Machinery Insider

RealAg Radio, July 13: The best hamburgers, strong beef demand, & new agronomy research

1 month ago
Friday the 13th edition of RealAg Radio — highlights: What makes a good hamburger? Top ag news, including Michelin buying Camso, questions about whether Ag Minister MacAulay is running again and how that fits into a possible cabinet shuffle, and more Beef market update with Anne Wasko Garth Patterson of the Western Grains Research Foundation... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

Corn School: Aqua-Till trades coulter for water jet

1 month ago
Ever consider replacing your planter disc openers with high-pressured water jets? The concept is called aqua-till. The idea has been pioneered by the South Australian NoTill Farmers Association (SANTFA). Earlier this week, SANTFA research and development manager Greg Butler traveled north to Ontario to showcase the technology for farmers attending the annual FarmSmart Expo near... Read more »
Bernard Tobin

What will catch the falling knife?

1 month ago
Grain markets lost a fair amount in the second week of July and heightened geopolitical risk (read: trade war) and some decent-looking crops have negatively impacted grain prices. The latter factor was surmised by this week’s July 2018 WASDE report, which provided a reset of the goalposts when it comes to global agricultural supplies and... Read more »
Brennan Turner

Spray plane pilot dies in crash near Arborfield, Saskatchewan

1 month ago
A spray plane pilot died in a crash in eastern Saskatchewan, near the community of Arborfield, on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Transportation Safety Board says the TSB received a report of the accident around 6:30pm (Saskatchewan time) on July 12th. The plane was reported as a Cessna C188B crop duster. A post-impact fire was... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

SeedMaster testing single rank drill prototype

1 month ago
After working on the concept for several years, Saskatchewan-based seeding equipment manufacturer SeedMaster has built its first prototype drill with a single rank design. While other air seeder frames have multiple rows or ranks of openers for seeding to create space for crop residue flow and the opener units themselves, the Ultra SR has everything... Read more »
Realag Machinery Insider

Michelin acquiring track-maker Camso for US$1.45 billion

1 month ago
Quebec-based track manufacturer Camso has reached a deal to be bought by Michelin for US$1.45 billion, as the French tire company looks to expand its presence in the off-the-road (OTR) market. The agreement will see the two companies’ OTR operations combined into a new division that will be managed from Camso’s headquarters in Magog, Quebec.... Read more »
RealAgriculture News Team

MacAulay commits $6.3 million to integrated agronomy research

1 month ago
A list of eight agronomic research priorities will receive funding through a new “Integrated Crop Agronomy Cluster” announced by federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay in Saskatoon, Sask. on Thursday — the latest ag research “cluster” to have funding announced by the minister in his cross-country summer tour. $6.3 million under the government’s new Canadian Agricultural Partnership... Read more »
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