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Alberta producer Matt Vossepoel uses a drone — like the one that produced this image for counting animals out on rangeland — to check his 800-head of cattle and to find sick animals or issues at calving time.

Farmers weigh in on drone benefits

How producers from Alberta and Saskatchewan use their drones on the farm

Matt Vossepoel bought his first drone, a DJI Mavic 2 with a thermal camera, two years ago so he could check on his 800-head of cattle and find sick animals or animals he couldn’t always see easily due to the terrain of his farm. Before long, he was using it during calving to check for […] Read more

Drones can be used for all kinds of on-farm trials. Pictured above is a drone image to evaluate standability in a wheat variety trial.

Twelve uses for your drone

From flood documentation to weed control, farmers are putting their drones to good use

When remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, first started appearing on the market, it was thought their uses in agriculture would be mainly limited to third-party companies farmers would hire to fly over their fields and to analyze and provide information collected by those drones. However, today it is mainly farmers purchasing and using […] Read more


Markus Weber, president of LandView Drones, is flying a small, portable MAVIC 2 Zoom drone, which he says is an ideal drone for farmers to start with.

Tips to help you choose your first drone

Where to begin your drone search, resources and costs

Markus Weber answers questions about drones all the time. He is president of Landview Drones and he runs an Ag Drone School to help farmers get started with, and get the most out of, their drones. For less than $3,000, farmers can dip their toes into the drone arena. “When they’re starting out, most farmers […] Read more

“Whether it’s on thumb drives, on a monitor in the combine, on a computer or in a software program, getting that data into one place so you can see it together, analyze it together and make decisions based off of the entire picture is the first step.” – Derek Freitag.

How to get the most out of the data you collect

Overcome the top data usage and analysis hurdles

While farmers and their agronomists or crop advisors have the ability to collect all kinds of data using precision agriculture tools, few farmers are analyzing and interpreting the data and developing solutions themselves, which begs the question, why? One of the first challenges is data is housed in many different places, says Derek Freitag, market […] Read more


Bayer Crop Science’s digital data management platform Climate FieldView allows producers to visualize and analyze crop production data and assist with management decisions.

The true value of ag data collection

Measure your production and your areas of profitability and loss

If you asked most farmers 10 years ago for their definitions of precision agriculture, they would’ve likely included the terms variable-rate technology, satellite imagery or yield mapping. Today, that definition is far more fluid because there are many ways to collect a variety of data, and just as many ways to interpret and apply it […] Read more

This operator holds the NutriScan soil diagnostic tool against a soil sample in the field. A soil analysis is available 
within minutes.

A real-time soil analysis in minutes

New technology brings diagnostic tool to the field

Are you ready for in-field soil testing technology that in a matter of minutes can give you a read of what nutrients are available or perhaps, more importantly, deficient for your crop? Here comes NutriScan. That’s the technology Concentric Ag and its plant nutrient division, ATP Nutrition, is offering to western Canadian farmers this fall, […] Read more


Tech advice without the 1-800 hurdle

Partners with Tech Direct Solution make staff easily accessible

If calling a 1-800 number for technical support from crop input or service providers has proven time consuming and even frustrating, a new service launched this spring is helping farmers to connect directly with people they need to talk to — and it’s free. The service is called Tech Direct Solution and was launched in […] Read more

No turning back as the world Zooms

This face-to-face contact with humans is overrated

If there is one legacy this pandemic will leave us, we may never need to get out of our sweatpants, or leave the house again. In fact, there may never be a good excuse to have live face-to-face contact with another human being (other than immediate family members) ever again. I’ve never been Zoomed so […] Read more


Rob Saik is founder and CEO of a new service called AGvisorPro, which was launched in 2019 and connects farmers with agriculture experts through an app. He is also the founder of the crop consulting service Agri-Trend.

AGvisorPro connects producers to virtual consultants

Technology has increased relevance during pandemic

No one plans or welcomes a pandemic, but Rob Saik says in this unexpected time of isolation and social distancing, a new service he launched in 2019 can help farmers connect with a diverse network of agricultural expertise either online or by phone, at a time when face-to-face personal contact is being discouraged. Saik, well […] Read more

Sponsor needed for mental health connection

As Rob Saik and Patrick Walther have developed the AGvisorPro service to connect farmers with a wide range of experts, one important service gap needing industry support is mental health consulting. Saik, co-founder and CEO of AGvisorPro, says mental health services is one area of advice and counselling he’d like to make available to farmers […] Read more