GFM Network News


No farmworkers? No problem

Autonomous equipment is making it easier for farmers to do more with less labour

Rob Saik believes farmers shouldn’t have to spend hours sitting in their tractors. “We have the most skilled operators trapped in a glass cage for days on end,” he says. Saik, CEO of DOT Technology Corporation, is at the forefront of the movement toward autonomous tractors. The Regina-based startup created a U-shaped platform that attaches […] Read more

“Inutitu” digital system from Nokian Heavy Tyres of Finland allows data from sensors in ag tires to relay real-time data to a smartphone app.

Now it’s “smart” tires?

Nokian Heavy Tyres adds digital tech to its Intuitu tractor tires

With the dashboards on modern pickup trucks displaying real-time tire inflation pressures, we’re used to the idea of getting that kind of data in a vehicle. But Nokian Heavy Tyres of Finland has taken that idea one step further with its Intuitu system, calling it the “first step towards digital, real-time tire management.” Rather than […] Read more


Chevrolet’s 2020 Corvette Stingray could be described as a supercar for the masses.

Corvette goes mid-engine

Toyapalooza: The iconic model gets a supercar design makeover

Ever dream of owning one of those classic mid-engine supercars like a Ferrari or Lamborghini? Typically cars of that ilk have a price point that means the closest most of us could ever come to owning one is having a poster image of it on the wall in the workshop. GM, however, has just created […] Read more

Versatile offers more warranty

The brand introduces a three-year, 3,000-hour warranty on all 2020 tractors

There is probably nothing more frustrating for farmers than buying a new machine, only to have it sitting dead in the field with a breakdown a few days or weeks after it starts work. Unfortunately, though, it’s something many have experienced. In recent years, almost all brands have ramped up quality control at the manufacturing […] Read more


The Horsch Leeb SP 6300 self-propelled sprayer’s Boom Pro Plus controlling system allows five boom sections to move independently.

Horsch rolls out self-propelled sprayer

Horsch’s Leeb SP 6300 brings some new features to the Prairie sprayer market

The Horsch Leeb SP 6300 self-propelled sprayer is a whole different platform and concept than we’re used to seeing on the Prairies. “We went for the root issue of the problem and built a sprayer around that,” said Jeremy Hughes, product manager for Horsch. “The focus of this sprayer is to improve spray quality. What […] Read more

John Deere has added real-time nutrient analysis for 
liquid manure to the HarvestLab 3000.

John Deere adds to HarvestLab 3000

Real-time manure nutrient-sensing feature added

One of the most difficult things for producers who use liquid manure to aid in field fertility is determining what level of nutrients is actually being applied. John Deere’s HarvestLab 3000 can now provide a real-time analysis of applied manure and allow operators to even out application rates. Deere introduced the HarvestLab 3000 back in […] Read more


Capped with snow, but is it all ready to go?

Getting your air seeder ready for spring

Travis Warkentin checks over an air seeder by following the flow of the seed

How many tries is it going to take me this year to get the tractor and air seeder hitch lined up perfectly, so the pin just drops right in? Our farm uses a John Deere 1895 disk drill and 1910 commodity cart. A common machine on the Prairies. Most air seeder manufacturers make a disk […] Read more

Kuhn introduces the MM 890 Merge Maxx

Hay merger combines swaths for up to 30 feet of effective cutting width

In September, implement equipment manufacturer Kuhn introduced the MM 890 Merge Maxx hay merger. It allows producers to combine swaths and effectively bale or ensile the equivalent of a 30-foot cut all at once. Kuhn claims it’s the widest hay merger in the industry and can move hay left, right or in a 50-50 split. […] Read more


In this Shop Class instalment, we replace the cab suspension on this 2007 Freightliner Century.

Replacing worn truck cab suspension

Installing new under-cab air bags to avoid an on-road failure

More than a few retired highway tractors find second lives pulling grain trailers on farms. While they may have logged a lot of miles, these trucks are still ideal for short-haul farm duty. But with age comes the need for maintenance. One of the most common maintenance items on today’s older highway tractors is the […] Read more

5G could be a game changer for farmers

Improved access to rural broadband could reduce costs and increase productivity

Bill Campbell still does yield mapping with a pen and paper. The principal operator of Campbell Land and Cattle would like to use precision agriculture to monitor moisture levels, make decisions about inputs and improve yields on his fields of wheat, barley, oats, canola, flax, corn and pulses but broadband access on his Minto, Manitoba, […] Read more