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Alberta producer Matt Vossepoel uses a drone — like the one that produced this image for counting animals out on rangeland — to check his 800-head of cattle and to find sick animals or issues at calving time.

Farmers weigh in on drone benefits

How producers from Alberta and Saskatchewan use their drones on the farm

Matt Vossepoel bought his first drone, a DJI Mavic 2 with a thermal camera, two years ago so he could check on his 800-head of cattle and find sick animals or animals he couldn’t always see easily due to the terrain of his farm. Before long, he was using it during calving to check for […] 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


Markus Weber, president of LandView Drones, is flying a small, portable MAVIC 2 Zoom drone, which he says is an ideal drone for farmers to start with.

Tips to help you choose your first drone

Where to begin your drone search, resources and costs

Markus Weber answers questions about drones all the time. He is president of Landview Drones and he runs an Ag Drone School to help farmers get started with, and get the most out of, their drones. For less than $3,000, farmers can dip their toes into the drone arena. “When they’re starting out, most farmers […] Read more

“Whether it’s on thumb drives, on a monitor in the combine, on a computer or in a software program, getting that data into one place so you can see it together, analyze it together and make decisions based off of the entire picture is the first step.” – Derek Freitag.

How to get the most out of the data you collect

Overcome the top data usage and analysis hurdles

While farmers and their agronomists or crop advisors have the ability to collect all kinds of data using precision agriculture tools, few farmers are analyzing and interpreting the data and developing solutions themselves, which begs the question, why? One of the first challenges is data is housed in many different places, says Derek Freitag, market […] Read more


Bayer Crop Science’s digital data management platform Climate FieldView allows producers to visualize and analyze crop production data and assist with management decisions.

The true value of ag data collection

Measure your production and your areas of profitability and loss

If you asked most farmers 10 years ago for their definitions of precision agriculture, they would’ve likely included the terms variable-rate technology, satellite imagery or yield mapping. Today, that definition is far more fluid because there are many ways to collect a variety of data, and just as many ways to interpret and apply it […] Read more

Precision ag data ownership may well be a moot point

Your data may already be out there

For as long as there have been precision agriculture tools and data collection, there has been debate over who, ultimately, should own that data. Should it be the sole property of the farmer, or the agronomist or consulting company he or she uses to help interpret it, or should it be available for general, public […] Read more


The Bin SumpPRO is a retrofit kit for grain bin sweep systems that improves grain bin safety by preventing plugging.

New product remedies grain bin sump flow issues

Bin SumpPRO defends against grain bin sump plugging, thereby improving bin safety

The new, patent-pending Bin SumpPRO system from Leading Edge Industries of Groton, S.D., remedies grain bin sump flow issues by breaking up clumps that would normally plug the sump. The product breaks up all types of clumps and ice above the floor and cuts and clears material lodged between the top of the floor and […] Read more

A pre-harvest maintenance plan for your grain storage system is a good risk management strategy, says Derek Johnson, regional sales manager for AGI.

Your maintenance plan for your grain storage system

Tips to keep your system in good working order

At time of writing, many Prairie farmers are out on the combines, and with high yields predicted for this year, it’s important grain storage systems are in good working order and ready for the grain to flow. Why it matters: An annual maintenance strategy for a grain storage system is no different than tuning up […] Read more


MAP+MST has high concentrations of both sulphur and phosphorus, so farmers can decrease their application rates to meet their yield goals, while saving time and trips across the field, says Nutrien senior agronomist Cristie Preston.

Nutrien launches new phosphorus and sulphur fertilizer for fall or spring application

Patented technology reduces the size of elemental sulphur particles for faster oxidation and slow release of nutrient all season long

In July, Nutrien announced the launch of its new Smart Nutrition MAP+MST fertilizer powered by Micronized Sulphur Technology (MST), which combines micronized sulphur with monoammonium phosphate (MAP) to give crops consistent nutrition. When applied in the fall, sulphur stays in its elemental form and won’t leach, so it’s available the following spring while freeing up […] Read more

Cabbage seedpod weevil.

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network launches website

The new website predicts insect risks, monitors insect populations and offers information on scouting, chemical controls and more

The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) launched a new website last July at Prairiepest.ca. The PPMN is a Prairie-wide insect pest monitoring group that provides valuable information, predicts insect risks, monitors insect populations and offers information to growers and agronomists to help them scout for pests, time their scouting activities, and make decisions about using […] Read more