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Hardware to control downforce uses the seeder’s existing hydraulic system.

Precision Planting tools maximize emergence and profits

SeederForce and SmartFirmer provide accuracy and key soil measurements

A common problem that exists in seeders is the one downforce setting for the whole machine. A system like this can often lead to underapplying downforce pressure in areas of the field where soil is harder or more compacted. This leads to disk openers riding on top of, or partially in, the soil causing undesirable […] Read more

The Seed Terminator.

Chaff management and mechanical weed control move into the limelight

Equipment available at home and abroad to destroy weeds and weed seed

[UPDATED: May 28, 2020] As resistance to our current herbicide options continues to increase each year, mechanical methods of weed control are moving into the spotlight. The management of weeds being spread by chaff via the combine is gaining attention, and interest is growing in mechanical weed seed impact mills — one of which is […] Read more


Saskatchewan farmers Josh and Jeannie Lade, along with partners, John, Janice, Rayden and Jenn Wiebe, imported two Seed Terminators from Australia to use on the 16,000 acres they farm.

The pros, cons and costs of owning a weed seed smasher

Josh Lade discusses his Seed Terminator and other weed seed-destroying equipment

Along with a growing number of others in Canada, Josh Lade would like his fellow farmers to consider mechanical harvest weed seed control to battle the growing number of herbicide-resistant weeds. With his wife, Jeannie, Lade grows cereals, pulse crops and oilseeds on about 16,000 acres in Osler, Sask., in partnership with John, Janice, Rayden […] Read more

Drone provides a new field perspective

Ground truthing is still important, but drones can identify problem areas

Randi Wenzel says even basic operation of a drone over annual crops and pastures on their south-central Saskatchewan mixed farm provides some very useful management information, along with some peace of mind. Wenzel, who farms with family members south of Central Butte, has been flying a drone during the cropping and grazing seasons for the […] Read more


Farming Smarter has been looking at the potential of precision planters for grain, pulse and oilseed crops for several years.

Precision planter research is encouraging

Still many questions about how it would fit for grains, pulses and oilseed crops

Southern Alberta researchers say there is increasing evidence that seeding a wide range of western Canadian field crops with a vacuum or precision planter makes sense, but they need co-operative weather to prove it. That’s how Ken Coles and Lewis Baarda with the Lethbridge-based Farming Smarter applied research organization sum up results of several years […] Read more

Poor installation of high amperage, unprotected cables running through a jagged metal opening on this truck could have resulted in a major fire.

Inspect newly purchased machines thoroughly

Poor-quality work put this “new-to-us” truck at serious risk of fire

When a used, new-to-you vehicle or machine arrives on the farm, it’s worth putting on your coveralls and giving it another more thorough inspection than it likely received at the auction sale or dealer’s lot when it was purchased. Doing exactly that saved this heavy truck from what would have been an inevitable fire. And […] Read more


After many years as the machinery editor for Grainews, Scott has decided to call it a day.

Farewell from our machinery editor

After 14 years on the job, Scott Garvey says goodbye to Grainews

About 14 years ago I started contributing to Grainews, by creating workshop articles. Before long I was asked to include a wider variety of machinery-related contributions to my to-do list. That included covering what was new and exciting in the farm machinery world. Since then I’ve written about dozens of new machines and attended their […] Read more

Harrows are more effective earlier on, when weeds are at the white thread stage.

Comparing mechanical weed control options

Considering adding a mechanical option to your herbicide rotations? Try these

Mechanical weed control is not anything new. Farmers have been using harrows and various tillage tools to control weeds for centuries, and for organic farmers mechanical weed control remains the only option. What is new is the technology that is available to help make mechanical weeding more efficient and effective, like GPS or camera-guided systems […] Read more


The Nextroad commercial truck tire line debuts in Canada this year.

New truck tire brand hits the market

Nextroad brand jumps into the Canadian marketplace

Prometeon Tyre Group, the parent company of the well-known Pirelli tire brand, is introducing another name to the U.S. and Canadian markets: the Nextroad range of heavy truck tires. As an initial offering, Nextroad will produce 295/75R22.5 and 11R22.5 tire sizes. Beginning in the first quarter of 2020 it will add 11R24.5 to its portfolio. […] Read more

In early 2018 John Deere marked the 25th anniversary of its high-tech Intelligent Solutions Group at the same time it opened this new building to house much of those operations at Des Moines, Iowa.

John Deere marks 25 years of digital technology

Deere's ISG’s ultramodern facility designed to keep software development on pace

In a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, John Deere has built a new home for its Integrated Solutions Group (ISG) tech specialists that is as unique in its design as software once was to farm machines. The new ultramodern facility is designed to help engineers and scientists collaborate and reach innovative solutions in the shortest […] Read more