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Toban Dyck: The bar between “lunacy” and “worth exploring” has lowered considerably

In the wake of COVID-19, few things remain sacred. In this case, it’s tillage

The changes we’ve all been forced to endure have called my spring plans into question. The disruption that has been thrust upon us, leaving us to choose between adapting to an ever-changing political and social landscape, enduring it, stubbornly opposing it and everything in-between has seeped into my farming plans. I’m looking at this spring […] Read more

As programs that pay for carbon storage evolve, payments to farms and ranches may be tied to sustainability initiatives such as protection of wildlife habitat and conservation easements.

Where are we at with carbon credits?

Returns are limited at the moment but stay tuned, as programs are emerging

Carbon is one of the biggest topics of our day and it’s poised to increase in importance. It presents both an opportunity and a significant risk to agricultural production. Given this, it is probably a good idea for us to have at least a basic understanding of what carbon does and why is it important. […] Read more

As late as 1987, one big rain event did all this damage to a summerfallow field near Eastend, Sask.

Les Henry: Soil productivity, quality and health

Nature and nurture

Soil health is a prominent topic in current scientific and farm management literature. It is good to see attention being paid to the soil resource our industry depends on. In this piece, we will try to unravel some of the principles and the practical application of those principles. From the get-go, we must realize farming […] Read more

DeltaCut shares (shovels) are now available for Lemken’s Karat 9 cultivator, which can work at depths as shallow as 1.5 inches (five centimetres).

New DeltaCut shares available for Lemken’s Karat 9

Shares allow for tillage as shallow as 1.5 inches

Germany-based Lemken introduced its Karat 9 cultivator to Canada several years ago, and last November it announced Canadian farmers would be able to expand the Karat 9’s range of tillage capabilities with the new 35-centimetre (13.7-inch) wide DeltaCut Shares (or shovels, if you prefer). The DeltaCut shares are designed to allow for tillage operations as […] Read more

Horsch has introduced the fourth generation of its Joker high-speed compact disc. It will be available for the 2021 season.

Updated implements from Summers Manufacturing and Horsch

New vertical tillage and high-speed compact discs hit the market

Summers Manufacturing of North Dakata has introduced a new version of its Supercoulter vertical tillage tool, the Supercoulter Samurai, which it says was designed in response to customer feedback. It’s based on the same vertical tillage design but moves more dirt than the original Supercoulter. It’s designed for both spring and fall residue management, light […] Read more

With an overall implement weight of roughly 50,000 pounds, the HP Torsion Harrows are capable of a range of light tillage functions.

Brandt introduces the HP Torsion Harrow series

Working widths are designed for large-scale growers

Producers looking for a light tillage implement capable of helping them manage residue and prepare seedbeds or even more aggressive field work, now have one more option to chose from. Brandt has introduced its HP Torsion Harrow series, which is designed for large-scale producers who want something that is capable of leaving a range of […] Read more

Zero tillage: lime it occasionally

Zero tillage: lime it occasionally

Acidification of the top few inches may inhibit cereal growth

Anything we do these days often comes with a meaningless label. For example, people say, “I am a Catholic, a Baptist, a Methodist …” but haven’t been near a church in many years. Some say, “I am right wing, left wing, green, a socialist, conservative …” but when questioned, most individuals have no definition or […] Read more

Lemken introduces iQblue connect retrofit kit to enable smart implement control on certain tillage implements.

Lemken introduces iQblue connect retrofit kit

New implement control system due in October

Although ploughing isn’t nearly as popular in Western Canada as in Europe, for example, there are still a few ploughing matches in various parts of the country where people compete to demonstrate their ability to create perfectly straight furrows. However, the need for that level of operator skill is fast becoming old school. GPS has […] Read more

The cover crop of fall rye seeded late in 2018 appeared to have a lasting effect to help control weeds as Fensky seeded flax in the spring of 2019.

Regenerative agriculture beats high input costs

Alberta farmers apply a new mindset to crop production

Shorty Fensky says it was largely a matter of farm economic survival as he forgets about the “Y” word and applies crop production practices that focus on profitability for their family run mixed-farming operation in central Alberta. Fensky, who along with his brother Cevin produce cattle and crops at Thorsby, about half an hour southwest […] 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