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Glacier’s outdoor ag shows preparing digital event lineup

Each show to host multiple online events during 2021

The company hosting Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and its western counterpart, Ag in Motion, plans to use the online platforms it set up in 2020 to instead host multiple smaller online events this year. Both outdoor ag shows hosted by Winnipeg-based Glacier FarmMedia — the owner of this website — went online in 2020 due […] Read more

Fendt continues to develop the 65-horsepower e100 electric drive concept tractor.

Development of Fendt’s e100 electric tractor continues

Fendt’s pursuit of electric drive concepts goes back about a decade

Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced that its engineers were still working on the e100 concept electric tractor it debuted in 2017. It’s apparently a promising design making measurable progress toward possible future commercialization. “The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with a careful use […] Read more


New ag dozer blade from Brandt

This fall, Brandt announced it was adding a dozer blade for ag tractors to its product line. “For the agricultural side of Brandt, this is a new product for us,” says Sheldon Gerspacher, vice-president of sales, dealer channel. “It’s a natural fit for us. We’ve been making heavy-duty construction attachments on the construction side at […] Read more

The U-Trough auger is new from Brandt and is designed primarily for loading trucks from hopper-bottom bins.

Brandt introduces its U-Trough auger

U-shaped auger barrel improves capacity

Regina-based Brandt has recently introduced a completely new auger design to its grain-handling product line. The company claims its new U-Trough auger offers increased capacity over conventional, round-barrel augers and minimizes kernel damage. “The U-trough auger design has been around for a long time, mostly on commercial applications, but not really at the farm-gate level,” […] Read more


Ford cuts output of F-150s due to semiconductor shortage

U.S. firm among manufacturers caught off guard

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is cutting shifts at two U.S. plants that build its highly profitable flagship F-150 pickup trucks starting next week due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips, raising fears the problem could be worsening. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it will run one of […] Read more

The Precision Disk 500 series air drill is now available with a single rank design, using 15-inch row spacings.

New equipment from Case IH

Updated big square baler and new seeding options introduced

Despite the recent difficulties and disruptions in production caused by COVID-19 at all equipment manufacturers, CNH’s two brands, New Holland and Case IH, had several new or updated machines to debut this past year. Among those introduced wearing Case IH red are an addition to that brand’s large square baler line along with new drill […] Read more


Weed-it is a modular precision-spraying system, which means the number of detection sensors required for your farm size can be fit to your sprayer. Detection sensors are spaced 40 inches apart and individually control four solenoids with a nozzle spacing of 10 inches.

New spot-spray technology in Canada

Weed-it can potentially save you money

Precision field-spraying technology developed in Europe and licensed to a well-established distributor in Australia is now available to farmers across Canada, with the promise to help reduce herbicide costs and perhaps equally, or more importantly, help farmers afford the fight against herbicide-resistant weeds. Weed-it, billed as the “world’s best-selling” camera-based, precision-spraying technology, has been demonstrated […] Read more

Use of land-rolling technology varies regionally and by crop. The vast majority of farmers in central Alberta, despite not growing soybeans, do roll their land. Rolling is much less common in more northern growing regions of the Prairies.

Ten land roller use benefits for soybean and other crops

Farmers claim many advantages, use rollers on wheat and corn

Twenty years ago, rocks, clods and root balls were a frustrating and unavoidable part of soybean production. Today, somewhere in the range of 90 per cent of Canadian Prairie soybean growers depend on land rollers — a low-tech but highly effective technology — to smooth their land, improve crop emergence speed and uniformity, preserve their […] Read more


U.S. oil industry seeks unusual alliance with Farm Belt against electric vehicle agenda

'We weren't born yesterday'

New York | Reuters — The U.S. oil industry is seeking to forge an alliance with the nation’s corn growers and biofuel producers to lobby against the Biden administration’s push for electric vehicles, but is so far meeting a cool reception, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions. The effort marks an unusual attempt […] Read more