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The 2020 model year line of Defender UTVs.

UTV options for the farm and ranch

Farmers spoiled for choice with wide selection of handy options

It’s no secret that side-by-sides and similar models have replaced the traditional four-wheeler as the farm vehicle of choice. The surge in demand for side-by-sides has opened up the options available to the average Prairie farmer, with an ever-increasing range of models offered from familiar brands including Can-Am, Polaris, Honda, John Deere, Kubota, Yamaha and […] Read more

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


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






The Robocrop Spot Sprayer can distinguish clumps of weeds in a minimum target area of 40 millimetres.

Emerging sprayer technologies

Drone and intelligent sprayers improve accuracy, efficiency and reduce costs

Self-propelled (high clearance) sprayers with low-drift nozzles might be the norm on farms across North America but emerging technologies are expected to change how crop protection products are applied. “Our farms are growing, our use of crop protection agents is growing and we have a labour shortage,” says Tom Wolf, a sprayer expert and scientist […] Read more

The Nozzle Guy’s three tips for optimal sprayer tank cleanout

Take these simple measures to protect your crop’s health

Cleaning the sprayer tank might not be your favourite farm chore but it is essential for the health of your crops and the longevity of your equipment. “[Sprayer tank cleanout] is a challenge because residues can create harm in subsequent crops,” explains Tom Wolf (also known as The Nozzle Guy), a sprayer expert with Saskatoon-based […] Read more


The Nozzle Guy’s top five spray nozzle picks

Tom Wolf’s go-to nozzles are low pressure and low drift

Tom Wolf knows a lot about nozzles. Wolf, also known as The Nozzle Guy, is a sprayer expert and scientist at Saskatoon-based Agrimetrix Research and Training. His go-to nozzles are low pressure and low drift. “In the last 25 years since these kinds of nozzles appeared on the market, researchers have taken it upon themselves […] Read more

Nexus Robotics’ R2-Weed2 uses artificial intelligence to distinguish between weeds and crops. The robotic weeder removed or killed 90 per cent of the weeds during the growing season in field trials in Nova Scotia.

More robotic weeder field trials to take place in Quebec, commercial release 2021

The R2-Weed2 removed or killed 90 per cent of weeds during growing season

Weeds can take over farm fields and lead to significant crop losses. Without adequate control, crop yields could decline up to 50 per cent in corn and soybean fields across the United States and Canada, resulting in US$43 billion in economic losses, according to data from the Weed Science Society of America. Additionally, controlling weeds […] Read more