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VIDEO: Xarvio aims to shoot weeds by camera, then a targeted herbicide application

Technology wins innovation award in Plant and Soil Science category at Ag in Motion 2019

Brent Nicol of Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions describes how its scouting app uses photo-recognition to identify early-stage weeds, diseases and measure leaf damage using images taken with your smartphone. Xarvio is currently working with technology-maker Bosch to develop ‘Smart Sprayer’ technology that will allow operators to spray individual weeds on-the-go with a targeted herbicide application. […] Read more



PAMI engineer offers combine adjustment advice

How to make sure grain goes into your hopper, not out the back

Speaking at an event in Brandon in March, Joel McDonald, an engineer working for PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute), gave producers the benefit of his years of experience in evaluating combine performance. “This is a quote I like to use about managing your harvest, and your combine,” he told the crowd. “‘A combine is a […] Read more


Wheat seeds spilling from hand, close-up

Monitoring your harvest loss

Nearly every modern combine has a loss monitor in it. But what exactly are those monitors telling you? What, if anything, can you understand from the blinking lights on those graphics? During a presentation to growers in Brandon in March, Joel McDonald, an engineer at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, said PAMI undertook a study […] Read more



Track options

Can Am now offers two track modules for its ATVs and UTVs

For producers who want to expand the capabilities of their on-farm ATV or UTV, Can Am thinks it has the perfect solution: tracks. Not too long ago the brand introduced its “four season” Apache 360 and longer-track version the 360LT line of all-season track modules, which will work on its Outlander ATVs and Defender UTV. […] Read more


Two new track loaders from ASV

Compact and mid-size machines debut this winter from Minnesota-based brand

Minnesota-based ASV has introduced two more compact track loaders (CTL) to its product line, the very small RT 25 Posi-Track, and the much bigger RT-65 Posi-Track. The RT-25 is designed for working in very tight spaces. The brand claims it’s the industry’s smallest sit-in CTL, and that a machine of that design is safer and […] Read more



A close look at the MTZ-Kirovets K-744 tractor

The lower-cost four-wheel drive comes back to the Prairies

Making its first appearance at the Manitoba Ag Days event in Brandon in January was the MTZ-Kirovets K-744. And it had to rank as one of the most popular attractions on the show floor. “They’ve been pretty busy,” commented a staff member at a neighbouring display when Grainews stopped by. We went there to meet […] Read more


Australian chaff decks show promise

From Down Under: a chemical-free tool to help manage post-harvest weeds

A new weed management tool that’s taking Australia by storm could be a good fit for Canadian farmers as well. Chaff lining, or the practice of concentrating the weed seed-bearing chaff material in confined rows behind the harvester, has helped Australian farmers to better control weeds. While it’s too early to tell if the system […] Read more



Horsch introduces split-row planters

Two new models designed to plant large-seeded crops as well as canola

To say there has been ramped-up interest in planters from Prairie farmers in recent years might be an understatement. That’s because manufacturers have been blending the precision placement ability planters can achieve with features aimed at canola growers. This year Horsch introduced growers to its newest models, the Maestro SW 4715 and 4815, at the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan. […] Read more


Are there cost savings to planting canola?

As Jeremy Hughes, product manager for Horsch Equipment, travels the country, he says he’s noticed a lot of variable maturity in canola crop fields across the Prairies. “What we see today are some very inconsistent fields,” he says. “It comes back to uniformity and consistency, seed placement, depth and control.” And all of that begins […] Read more