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Horsch has partnered with Trimble to develop autonomous machines, like this concept machine Horsch revealed earlier this year.

Horsch looks to autonomy

Horsch and Trimble partner to develop next-generation machines

[UPDATED: Oct. 26, 2021] It seems virtually every ag machinery brand is currently taking a serious look at building autonomous technology into their equipment. Even brands you might not have expected such development from. For example, Regina-based SeedMaster had been known only as a seeding implement manufacturer until it unveiled DOT, an autonomous seeding robot. […] Read more

AGCO and a consortium of tech companies are involved in field trials of a spot-spray system they say will provide growers with a way to reduce inputs and save costs.

Are broad-acre spray applications about to go extinct?

AGCO and tech partners team up to advance spot spraying

The sight of sprayers broadly applying a constant flow of herbicide across Prairie fields may soon go the way of the dodo — at least if AGCO and its technology partners have anything to say about it. The company announced it has teamed up with Robert Bosch GmbH, BASF’s Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions and Raven […] Read more


Big Canada thistle plants can spell trouble in the combine, especially when there are large patches of them.

Fall herbicide application timing in canola

To control perennial weeds in canola, there are benefits to both pre- and post-harvest control options — the deciding factor could be tied to your goals

When deciding between a pre-harvest or post-harvest spray application to control tough perennial weeds, there are always some key considerations for farmers. The extent of the weed problem and harvest timing are important ones, of course, but other factors such as herbicide cost and killing frost also play into the decision. To control a weed […] Read more

John Deere’s upgraded model year 2022 400 and 600 series sprayers offer a new lineup of features and options.

New sprayer lineup from John Deere

The 400 and 600 series models offer new features

In March, John Deere announced its medium- and large-chassis sprayer lines would see a host of changes for the 2022 model year, along with a new model numbering system that makes them now the 400R and 600R series. Like all of Deere’s newest powered machines, the sprayers will get significant upgrades in their digital capabilities, […] Read more


John Deere’s See and Spray Select option activates an individual spray nozzle only when boom cameras detect a green, growing weed below it.

Deere launches new See and Spray Select technology

Automated spot-spray option can reduce herbicide use

It’s no surprise to farmers that herbicide use in agriculture has come under increased scrutiny by the general public in recent years. In some countries, glyphosate may soon be banned entirely, which will cause significant adjustments to cropping practices. And even in those regions where there isn’t yet a risk of losing glyphosate, weed resistance […] Read more

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Mexican judge rejects industry bid to halt GMO corn, glyphosate ban

Farm council warns of lost productivity

Mexico City | Reuters — A Mexican federal judge ruled against a request by the National Farm Council to freeze a government plan to ban genetically modified (GMO) corn and the widely used herbicide glyphosate by 2024, the national science council said on Monday. Judge Martin Adolfo Santos Perez’s ruling allows the executive order issued […] Read more


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Federal reprieve for imidacloprid cuts its application rates

Proposal for near-total ban rejected in Health Canada's final decision

A member of the neonicotinoid family of insesticides and seed treatments has been pulled back from the brink of an all-out ban in Health Canada’s final re-evaluation ruling. Most agricultural uses of imidacloprid — sold by Bayer under brands such as Gaucho, Merit and Admire, and by Adama under brands such as Alias and Sombrero […] Read more

Mike Cowbrough is the weed management lead, field crops, with OMAFRA and co-curator of sprayers101.com. In the photo, Cowbrough shows his audience how mixing order can affect product compatibility in tank mixes.

Two more reasons to consider a jar test before tank mixing

It’s better to be safe than sorry when you combine multiple modes of action or include micronutrients in the tank

When tank mixing goes well, farmers can reduce the number of passes through their fields, saving equipment operating time and man-hours, reducing compaction and optimizing application timing. When tank mixing goes badly, however, the results can be disastrous. Because chemical companies won’t and, in fact, can’t test their products with every possible mixing option, making […] Read more


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Health Canada steps back from bans on two neonics

New limits, some cancellations to be put in place

A federal proposal to protect aquatic insect habitat by cancelling all registered outdoor uses for two popular ag insecticides has been walked back in a major way. Health Canada on Wednesday announced its special review decisions on the risks to aquatic bug life from the use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, both pesticides and seed treatments […] Read more

Goodyear Super Single Low Sidewall technology tires on a John Deere 8R series tractor. With this tire setup, total contact area is increased to 3,644 inches from 2,368 inches, which means healthier soil from a compaction standpoint.

John Deere offers Goodyear Super Single LSW tires on 8R series tractors

The setup helps reduce soil compaction and increase yield

Titan International, manufacturer of Titan Tires, Titan Wheels, Goodyear Farm Tires and John Deere have teamed up to offer Goodyear Super Single Low Sidewall (LSW) technology tires on another series of MFWD tractors. The tires can be ordered with John Deere’s 6000, 7000 and 9000 series MFWD tractors and its self-propelled sprayers and combines. Starting […] Read more