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The system can prevent tired operators from missing an unexpected hazard during a long day of harvesting.

Cognitive Agro Pilot provides autonomous combine navigation

AI-based system eliminates the need for GPS

Recently, major machinery brands have introduced artificial intelligence (AI) features into their combines’ threshing systems allowing them to automatically self-adjust, which minimizes losses and improves grain quality without operator input. At a glance: Cognitive Agro Pilot’s system not only allows a combine to steer itself but also to understand and react to its surroundings. Instead […] Read more

The four-wheel-drive post pounder truck served double duty in getting hay out to cattle after the snowstorm.

Snow forced the cows home early

Eppich News: Post-pounder truck becomes multipurpose vehicle

The beginning of November surprised us with snow. It started the evening of Nov. 7 and all the next day. By the time it was done we had more than two feet of snow. According to the radio, that was more snow than we got in October, November, December and January combined last year. Luckily […] Read more


Drones can be used for all kinds of on-farm trials. Pictured above is a drone image to evaluate standability in a wheat variety trial.

Twelve uses for your drone

From flood documentation to weed control, farmers are putting their drones to good use

When remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, first started appearing on the market, it was thought their uses in agriculture would be mainly limited to third-party companies farmers would hire to fly over their fields and to analyze and provide information collected by those drones. However, today it is mainly farmers purchasing and using […] Read more

Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for 2019-20

Grain revenues run $5.3 million over caps, CTA rules

Canada’s big two railways have about two more weeks to hand over about $5.6 million in Prairie grain revenue overages and related penalties for the 2019-20 crop year. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) on Dec. 22 ruled Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) each overshot their maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for the […] Read more


Friendly Acres Seed Farm’s Kevin Elmy is the founder of Cover Crops Canada and the author of Cover Cropping in Western Canada.

It’s all about making healthier soil

Get soil chemistry and organisms back on track

What do you want to change about your cropping operation? That’s the first question farmers need to think about as they look into the relatively new world of regenerative agriculture (regen ag). It’s a big subject area, with plenty of variables, layers and “twists,” say agronomy consultants who work with producers on implementing regen ag […] Read more

Practical corn production tips

A Manitoba producer shares his success secrets for growing corn

A higher seeding rate and narrower row spacing for corn translates into higher input costs, but it should also optimize yields, says Myron Krahn, adding that corn has been part of the rotation on his southern Manitoba family farm as long as he can remember. Krahn and his wife, Jillian, operate Krahn Agri Farms Ltd. […] Read more


StatsCan report to provide clarity on 2020 crop production

MarketsFarm — Market participants and producers will be looking to Statistics Canada’s principal field crop report, due out Thursday, for clarity regarding 2020 crop yields. “We’re looking to see how severely the heat damaged the crop, and how yield estimates were tempered later in the growing season,” said Jerry Klassen, an analyst in Winnipeg. Klassen […] Read more

Crop stocks forecasts mostly unchanged in AAFC supply/demand report

Corn carryout revised upward

MarketsFarm — Updated crop supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released Friday, included only minor changes from the previous month. Larger adjustments are expected after Statistics Canada releases its final production numbers for the year on Dec. 3. Canola and all-wheat ending stocks for the 2020-21 marketing year were both left unchanged at 2.25 […] Read more


BASF announced Oct. 19 it has received registration for Broflanilide, its newest active ingredient, from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

Difficult to get a count on wireworms

New BASF seed treatment should pack a terminal punch

New BASF seed treatment should pack a terminal punch

If there was such a thing as carefree wireworm days they definitely have become numbered as registration of a new, effective seed treatment developed by BASF has received final registration. Why it matters: The presence of wireworms when sampling, even at low levels, is a potential cause for concern, experts say. BASF announced Oct. 19 […] Read more

New wheat, barley, oat varieties for 2021

Expect yield improvements and strong disease resistance packages

Alliance Seed, Canterra Seeds, FP Genetics, Proven Seed, SeCan and SeedNet are rolling out new cereal varieties to western Canadian Prairie producers in 2021. Featuring yield improvements and strong disease resistance packages, some of these options may prove a good fit for your business needs. Please note, the following list includes only brand new variety […] Read more