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On-farm cybersecurity campaign gets backing

Glacier FarmMedia to link up with federally-funded project

A campaign to assess, reinforce and promote cybersecurity across Canada’s ag sector — partly through this website and its sister publications and events — has been tapped to receive multi-year federal funding. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on March 25 announced over $500,000 over four years through the federal Cyber Security Co-operation Program for the […] Read more

A canola seedling was dug up while trying to determine the cause of the delayed crop emergence.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing this slow and irregular canola emergence?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 6, 2021 issue of Grainews

Simon has a 2,000-acre mixed grain operation near Minnedosa, Man., where he grows canola, wheat, rye, soybeans and peas. Unhappy with how one of his crops was progressing after he’d completed seeding on his farm, Simon called me in early June to see if I could tell him what the problem was. I told Simon […] Read more


In early 2019, the DOT Power Platform, now owned by Raven Technologies, was shown to a group of producers and manufacturers’ representatives at a demonstration day in Arizona.

Where is the DOT?

Under Raven ownership, DOT continues on “validation program”

In 2019, SeedMaster’s DOT autonomous implement carriers (or power platforms as they’re now named) started work in paying customers’ fields for the first time. A handful of these machines were sold to farmers in Saskatchewan, all within driving distance of the SeedMaster manufacturing plant in Regina. When the company began commercialization of these units, they […] Read more

Kinze’s 24-row 4905 True Speed planter is shown above. The True Speed system allows corn and soybean farmers to plant at speeds up to 12 miles per hour without compromising singulation or seed spacing.

Kinze offers two high-speed planters for 2021 growing season

No compromises on seed singulation and placement with high speeds

Kinze Manufacturing will be releasing two high-speed planter models in time for the 2021 planting season — the 24-row 4905 True Speed planter and, because it is ready ahead of schedule, a 16-row configuration as well. “The 16-row configuration was originally planned for 2022, but testing went so well, we’re pleased that we are able […] Read more


The CCS option features a 50-bushel central fill seed delivery system.

John Deere 1745 planter offers versatility for corn and soybean producers

It’s compatible with older tractors and ideal for no-till farming, smaller or odd-shaped fields and narrow transport

Bigger isn’t necessarily best when it comes to choosing the right planter. For corn and soybean growers looking for a split-row configuration, planter-applied fertilizer capability and narrow transport, John Deere’s 1745 MaxEmerge 5 Planter, may fit the bill. “The 1745 is an economical planter in a split-row configuration that’s capable of planting soybeans on 15-inch (38 […] Read more



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Glacier’s outdoor ag shows preparing digital event lineup

Each show to host multiple online events during 2021

The company hosting Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and its western counterpart, Ag in Motion, plans to use the online platforms it set up in 2020 to instead host multiple smaller online events this year. Both outdoor ag shows hosted by Winnipeg-based Glacier FarmMedia — the owner of this website — went online in 2020 due […] Read more

The Precision Disk 500 series air drill is now available with a single rank design, using 15-inch row spacings.

New equipment from Case IH

Updated big square baler and new seeding options introduced

Despite the recent difficulties and disruptions in production caused by COVID-19 at all equipment manufacturers, CNH’s two brands, New Holland and Case IH, had several new or updated machines to debut this past year. Among those introduced wearing Case IH red are an addition to that brand’s large square baler line along with new drill […] Read more


The XT series uses a unique, corner-mount auger design that delivers more than eight feet of forward auger reach, more than 15 feet of side auger reach and more than 13 feet of discharge spout clearance.

Brandt rolls out XT series grain carts

An updated tank design and new auger configuration offer performance benefits

Last fall, the Brandt Group of Companies announced the addition of its new XT series grain carts to its established grain handling lineup. The new carts offer an updated tank design and new auger configuration to deliver significant performance benefits over other products currently on the market, according to the company. “The XT series offers […] Read more

These farms have lots of items, all of which are depreciating. In addition, most items will be sitting idle for most of the year and not generating any profit for the farm.

Do you really need all that machinery on your farm?

Hidden profit robbers, Part 3: Unused machinery, too much diversification could be affecting your profitability

In this series of articles, I looked at various profit robbers on the farm and how to address them. In Part 1, I examined the biggest offender — machinery depreciation — and how sneaky it is, since it’s a hidden cost that doesn’t affect your cash flow. To minimize this cost, I suggested you consider […] Read more