Brent Nicol of Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions describes how its scouting app uses photo-recognition to identify early-stage weeds, diseases and measure leaf damage using images taken with your smartphone. Xarvio is currently working with technology-maker Bosch to develop ‘Smart Sprayer’ technology that will allow operators to spray individual weeds on-the-go with a targeted herbicide application. […] Read more
Speaking at an event in Brandon in March, Joel McDonald, an engineer working for PAMI (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute), gave producers the benefit of his years of experience in evaluating combine performance. “This is a quote I like to use about managing your harvest, and your combine,” he told the crowd. “‘A combine is a […] Read more
Nearly every modern combine has a loss monitor in it. But what exactly are those monitors telling you? What, if anything, can you understand from the blinking lights on those graphics? During a presentation to growers in Brandon in March, Joel McDonald, an engineer at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, said PAMI undertook a study […] Read more
For producers who want to expand the capabilities of their on-farm ATV or UTV, Can Am thinks it has the perfect solution: tracks. Not too long ago the brand introduced its “four season” Apache 360 and longer-track version the 360LT line of all-season track modules, which will work on its Outlander ATVs and Defender UTV. […] Read more
Minnesota-based ASV has introduced two more compact track loaders (CTL) to its product line, the very small RT 25 Posi-Track, and the much bigger RT-65 Posi-Track. The RT-25 is designed for working in very tight spaces. The brand claims it’s the industry’s smallest sit-in CTL, and that a machine of that design is safer and […] Read more
Making its first appearance at the Manitoba Ag Days event in Brandon in January was the MTZ-Kirovets K-744. And it had to rank as one of the most popular attractions on the show floor. “They’ve been pretty busy,” commented a staff member at a neighbouring display when Grainews stopped by. We went there to meet […] Read more
A new weed management tool that’s taking Australia by storm could be a good fit for Canadian farmers as well. Chaff lining, or the practice of concentrating the weed seed-bearing chaff material in confined rows behind the harvester, has helped Australian farmers to better control weeds. While it’s too early to tell if the system […] Read more
To say there has been ramped-up interest in planters from Prairie farmers in recent years might be an understatement. That’s because manufacturers have been blending the precision placement ability planters can achieve with features aimed at canola growers. This year Horsch introduced growers to its newest models, the Maestro SW 4715 and 4815, at the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan. […] Read more
As Jeremy Hughes, product manager for Horsch Equipment, travels the country, he says he’s noticed a lot of variable maturity in canola crop fields across the Prairies. “What we see today are some very inconsistent fields,” he says. “It comes back to uniformity and consistency, seed placement, depth and control.” And all of that begins […] Read more
When Jeremy Hughes, product manager for seeding and planting implement manufacturer Horsch, makes the rounds to customer events, one of the questions he puts to attendees is this: can the air drill of today still be the implement of choice when farmers expect to grow 80-bushel-per acre canola? “It takes 2.5 to 3.5 pounds of […] Read more
You'll receive current daily news every morning free, as well as market updates and special features.
Grainews is written for farmers and often by farmers. It is about putting theory into practice on the farm. Each issue also features Cattleman’s Corner for cow-calf producers and farmers with mixed cattle and grain operations.