GFM Network News


ExactRate is a factory-installed option that precisely monitors and controls liquid fertilizer application during planting.

John Deere’s new system optimizes liquid fertilizer at planting

Factory-installed ExactRate precisely monitors and controls inputs

Now, more than ever, optimizing inputs is key to maintaining a successful farm business, and multiple companies are rolling out new technologies to help. John Deere’s newest addition is ExactRate, a factory-installed, liquid fertilizer system that precisely monitors and controls the application of liquid fertilizer during planting. ExactRate gives operators row-by-row section control to help […] Read more

Due to the shift to larger bins, a lot of farms don’t have adequate power to have fans big enough to move adequate air, says a Canola Council of Canada expert.

Explore your options for heating and grain drying infrastructure

Experts advise farmers to consider the economics and benefits and to plan ahead, plus tips on airflow and spoilage prevention

Last year’s cold, wet harvest conditions proved a challenging test for many Prairie producers, both during harvest and once grain was in the bin. Even in a good year, effective fan technology is critical to successful storage. Last year, many farmers with heating and drying infrastructure and grain bin monitoring technologies were able to take […] Read more


The new baler offers more efficient baling in the field, fewer bales per field, more tons per trailer, and savings in both time and transport costs.

New Holland’s BigBaler 340 High Density offers efficiencies and cost savings

The new baler produces ultra-dense square bales

There’s not a hay producer anywhere who would complain about producing too much hay. That said, the reality of hay’s bulkiness is it can be a logistical and trucking challenge. Enter New Holland Agriculture’s BigBaler 340 High Density, which produces large square bales with up to 22 per cent higher density than conventional square balers. […] Read more

The size of grain bins has exploded in the last generation and it’s not uncommon to see 30- to 60-foot-high bins. Climbing these high bins without any protection is incredibly dangerous, says Robert Gobeil, an agricultural health and safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

Bin fall prevention equipment options and six top safety tips

Safety options include personal fall protection equipment, ladder landings and spiral staircases

Quick poll: have you or anyone you know ever fallen from a grain bin ladder? If you can answer “no” to that question, count yourself very lucky, and you’re likely in the minority of Canadian farmers. “At literally every tradeshow, we talk to a dozen people who have fallen off a grain bin. Pretty much […] Read more


Today’s biggest issues in soil fertility

When to broadcast, shallow band, deep band and top dress

Rigas Karamanos, a senior agronomist with Koch Fertilizer Canada, is one of the leading Canadian experts in soil fertility today. After speaking at hundreds of producer conferences and research symposiums, Karamanos says there are four major topics that come up again and again at every discussion of agricultural soil fertility. Broadcasting, shallow banding, deep banding […] Read more

How to manage canola in storage after difficult harvest conditions

Tips from Canola Council of Canada storage experts to minimize spoilage

If you successfully maintained your stored crop in good condition through last winter and this spring, pat yourself on the back: last year’s harvest and storage conditions were about as challenging as they come. Due to terrible weather at harvest across much of the Canadian Prairies, a large percentage of harvested grain went into bins […] Read more


Last year, in anticipation of rolling it out to Canadian producers, Kubota Canada tested the FastBale with commercial operators growing various crops in varying conditions from British Columbia to the Maritimes.

No need for stops with new continuous round baler

Kubota Canada’s FastBale considered a game changer

Kubota Canada Ltd. recently launched its new FastBale, a twin chambered baler and integrated wrapping system that allows an industry first: continuous baling with no stops for tie-off or bale discharge. “I’d say this is a game changer,” says Travis Grubb, a Kubota Canada product specialist for hay tools and crop care. With our dual […] Read more

“You don’t have to have many crops that you can’t take off the fields because you don’t have the grain-handling capacity before a system will pay for itself.

Forward thinking your grain storage plan

A Manitoba farmer was forced after a fire to rebuild his grain-handling yard. Here’s what he learned about planning for the future

When Manitoba farmer Brad Fehr, his father, Willie, and his sons, Mitch and Kent, installed four new 50,000-bushel-capacity bins in 2015, they figured they were well set up for grain handling into the foreseeable future. What they didn’t anticipate was just two years later their 38-year-old grain dryer caught fire halfway through harvest, forcing them […] Read more


The nymph (juvenile) stage of 
the twice-stabbed stink bug.

New and notable Prairie crop pest insects

Haven’t heard of canola flower midge? Can’t identify those RED BUGS showing up in your fields? Didn’t know alfalfa weevil populations are developing insecticide resistance? Everything you need to know about new insect threats

Most Prairie farmers know more than they might want to about common crop pests like grasshoppers, cutworms and flea beetles. However, nature likes to throw curveballs, and pests are no exception. Here’s what you need to know about several new-to-you pests currently catching Prairie farmers by surprise. Alfalfa weevil While alfalfa weevils are familiar to […] Read more

Tires versus tracks: separating fact from fiction

Experts weigh in on tires, tracks and minimizing soil compaction

If conversation slows in a room full of farmers, three little words can ramp up a rowdy discussion: tracks or tires? Tracks have gained loads of attention and growing popularity over the past decade. However, does science back up their many supposed benefits, especially when it comes to minimizing soil compaction? Partial fact: Tracks produce […] Read more