The Nova Flex fertilizer applicator mates to any Nova SmartCart and allows growers to apply granular fertilizer other than during seeding.

Flex fertilizer applicator expands use of Nova carts

With more and more farmers looking to apply fertilizer blends other than during seeding, spreader boxes and floaters are garnering more interest in the marketplace. But SeedMaster engineers think they have developed a product that allows producers to do that job without making another relatively large machinery investment. The brand introduced its Nova Flex applicator […] Read more


Farmer interest sought in Saskatchewan commodity hub

A group in southeastern Saskatchewan is gauging farmer support for a proposed new “commodity hub” project that would handle grain and transloading of commodities such as crude oil and fertilizer. An organization dubbed Comtrax Logistics Solutions proposes a $50 million to $75 million project somewhere on Canadian Pacific Railway’s Soo Line, “most likely” in the […] Read more


Farming work exempt from proposed Alberta helmet law

Farmers and ranchers at work would be exempt from a proposed new law requiring off-highway vehicle (OHV) users to wear helmets while operating on public land in Alberta. Provincial Transportation Minister Brian Mason on Monday announced proposed amendments to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act that would require recreational users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, motorcycles, amphibious […] Read more

“Tuneable” distribution towers are a key feature made possible by adopting the new XeedSystem flow monitoring system.

XeedSystem and “tuneable” towers improve distribution

New features even out product delivery on SeedMaster Nova cart bulk metering system

Walking through the SeedMaster R&D shop, company president Norbert Beaujot stops beside a group of distribution towers that includes one of his company’s along with some competing models currently on the market. He explains the testing work company engineers have done on them to determine how well they distribute product to openers. “The thing we […] Read more

Norbert Beaujot, president of SeedMaster, explains a test procedure inside the company’s R&D shop.

A look behind the scenes

Grainews was invited into the SeedMaster R&D shop

The seeding equipment industry saw a flood of innovations come to market in recent years when farm commodity prices were hitting all-time highs. But this season, many brand exhibits at ag shows seemed pretty tame compared to what was on display two or three years ago. Some companies had a few new features to show, […] Read more


Ritchie Bros. buys Saskatchewan’s Kramer Auctions

One of the Prairies’ major farm auction houses has become part of the world’s biggest industrial auction firm. Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. announced Tuesday it has bought Kramer Auctions of North Battleford, Sask. for an undisclosed sum. The company, set up in 1949 by the late Eiling Kramer, today runs about 75 on-farm dispersal auctions, four […] Read more

All the machines were on display at the Ag in Motion farm show, and judges were available to answer show goers’ questions about the testing.

The UTV reviews are in

Grainews judges report their findings from the summer UTV Challenge

We’ve accepted many assignments over the years in order to bring you, our readers, useful information about farm equipment, but I don’t think we’ve ever had more fun doing that than when we set to work evaluating side-by-side UTVs at the Grainews UTV Challenge last July. Our objective was to put them to work doing […] Read more

Kongskilde's Vibro Till 2900 SF and other tillage equipment lines are set to become part of New Holland. (

New Holland buying into tillage equipment market

U.S. ag equipment giant New Holland is set to enter the tillage equipment business and stretch out its space in the hay and forage market, with a deal for Danish manufacturer Kongskilde Industries. New Holland’s parent CNH Industrial on Monday announced it will buy Kongskilde’s agricultural “grass and soil” business from Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab (DLG […] Read more

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Precision ag tech’s link to broadband under study

Crop growers in southwestern Ontario are being asked how their access to high-speed internet, or lack thereof, has helped or hindered their adoption of precision ag tools. Researchers at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), as part of the Regional and Rural Broadband (R2B2) project, are studying how “current and future connectivity” influences […] Read more


CN feels Prairie harvest delays in Q3 revenues

Weather-related stalls in this fall’s Prairie grain harvest have chipped away at Canadian National Railway’s (CN) third-quarter financials, as the railway booked lower profits and revenues on “shifting traffic demands.” Montreal-based CN on Tuesday reported overall net income of $972 million on $3.014 billion in revenue for the quarter ending Sept. 30, down from $1.007 […] Read more