GFM Network News

Ag in Motion outdoor farm show going online instead for 2020

Showrunners plan free 'Ag in Motion Discovery Plus' online event

Glacier FarmMedia’s summer farm show Ag in Motion is coming in from the outdoors to operate in cyberspace for 2020. The event — which was due to run July 21-23 at the Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm on Highway 16 west of Langham, Sask., about 40 km northwest of Saskatoon — has been rebranded for 2020 […] 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

Ontario-based AgriBrink offers an ultra-rapid, on-the-go tire pressure change system.

How often should you check tire pressure and why does it matter?

You could be risking your soil health, crop yield and operating efficiency

Quick quiz: when was the last time you checked your equipment’s tire pressure? Very few farmers manage the recommended weekly tire pressure checks; even fewer meet the ideal of a daily pressure check. The result? Tire experts agree that almost all western Canadian farmers routinely operate at damagingly incorrect p.s.i. The results are quietly costing […] Read more


Canada’s Farm Show postponed

New date not yet set for former Farm Progress Show

One of Canada’s biggest agricultural events has crossed itself off the 2020 summer calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s Farm Show, which rebranded in December from its former Canada’s Farm Progress Show identity, announced Monday it has officially postponed to an as-yet unconfirmed date. The annual show, organized by the Regina Exhibition Association (REAL), […] Read more

Seeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

Implement dealers are open for business while protecting staff and customers

Whether we like it or not, COVID-19 is one more thing that will be on our minds this seeding season. Hopefully, its effects will be minimal to our agricultural community. Regardless of how the pandemic plays out, seeders will still roll across the Prairies this spring. Those same machines, once rolling, will inevitably break down […] Read more


Swedish machinery manufacturer Väderstad believes singulation provided by its PowerShoot technology could be the solution that significantly improves canola establishment in Western Canada.

Väderstad makes canola seed singulation possible

PowerShoot technology offers precision, improved canola stand establishment

Canola seed’s small size makes it sensitive to deep seeding. Both uniform placement and depth tend to improve emergence and seedling survival rates, which is crucial considering the high cost of seed. It’s not just about seed cost, though. It’s about creating a better environment to produce a stronger crop. Swedish machinery manufacturer Väderstad believes […] Read more

The C650 Air Cart can be ordered in either tow-behind or tow-between configurations.

John Deere introduces new C650 air cart

The new model fills fast, calibrates easily and provides consistent product delivery

Small-grains producers and custom growers have a new option for air carts. John Deere announced it has added the C650 Air Cart to its lineup of air seeding equipment. Until now, producers had to choose from John Deere’s 550- or 850-bushel air carts, leaving a gap in the market for those who needed an in-between […] Read more