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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

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


The range and quality of data and information coming from machines continues to improve and offer value to producers, according to John Deere.

Telematics offers value to owners: Deere

AI and machine learning will improve data quality, reduce downtime

As time goes by, the usefulness of the wireless digital technology built into today’s farm machinery is becoming increasingly apparent to producers, according to Ed Olson, senior product lead for JD Link strategy, at John Deere. “Some of the tools are maturing to the point that the value is pretty obvious,” he said when speaking […] Read more

AGCO Connect telematics’ offering is compatible with both IOS and Android systems.

AGCO updates its digital product with “Connect”

AGCO Connect offers enhanced features across all brand lines

It’s our next-generation telemetry solution. It’s going to provide a web and mobile interface for our dealers and customers,” said Mike Uilk, AGCO Fuse product specialist in late June. “It’s mobile and web based for IOS and Android.” This new telemetry solution, which the company is just rolling out, offers the company’s best-yet suite of […] Read more


VIDEO: Xarvio aims to shoot weeds by camera, then a targeted herbicide application

Technology wins innovation award in Plant and Soil Science category at Ag in Motion 2019

Brent Nicol of Xarvio Digital Farming Solutions describes how its scouting app uses photo-recognition to identify early-stage weeds, diseases and measure leaf damage using images taken with your smartphone. Xarvio is currently working with technology-maker Bosch to develop ‘Smart Sprayer’ technology that will allow operators to spray individual weeds on-the-go with a targeted herbicide application. […] Read more

About 160 people attended a demonstration day at the University of Arizona at Maricopa in March.

DOT spends the winter in Arizona

Autonomous platform moves from R&D to commercial sales

Continuous field testing of prototype machinery can be a challenge for Canadian ag equipment manufacturers, because our long winters limit access to fields. A good option is to head to southern portions of the U.S. where milder climates make year-round testing possible. Only that way can engineers rack up the maximum number of hours on […] Read more


The new AFS Connect Magnum gets a host of new features and design upgrades.

PHOTOS: Case IH debuts the AFS Connect Magnum tractor

Ramped-up digital features dominate in the 2020 models

Grouped together in a farm field in Maricopa, Arizona, a fleet of Magnum tractors sat outside some large white tents, which were set up to accommodate several weeks of Case IH dealer training days. The Magnums looked a lot the existing models from a distance, but that was an intentional ruse by the brand’s marketing […] Read more

Data from Ceres Imaging can help farmers make in-season decisions.

New tech: Simplifying complex issues on the farm

New technologies are coming our way faster than ever. These 2 solutions use planes and ducks

Although huge strides have been made with technology in the agricultural industry with field mapping, GPS and even autonomous implements, other areas of farming have gone unchanged for far too long. With an increase in ag-focused Silicon Valley-style start-up companies popping up in Western Canada and the U.S. new technologies are finding their way onto […] Read more


Charles Baron is a co-founder of Farmers Business Network (FBN).

From Silicon Valley to Yorkton, Sask.

Farmers Business Network is a new grower network that connects farmers digitally

A company that began as a Silicon Valley start-up is hoping to change the way farmers do business by leveraging technology and farmer networks. When people think about data, they often think about how to get a better prescription or make something narrowly useful on the farm, says Charles Baron, co-found of Farmers Business Network […] Read more

Bayer’s Zone Spray is currently set up to help target sclerotinia in canola, but there are plans to incorporate other crop and disease combinations in the future.

Bayer Digital Farming launches Zone Spray

This new cloud-based program helps farmers spray only the right acres

This summer, canola growers will likely again be faced with the tough decision of whether or not to spray fields with a fungicide to protect the crop from sclerotinia. Spraying unnecessarily can mean wasted inputs, but failing to protect crops when needed could also mean significant yield losses. Even if producers decide to spray fungicide, […] Read more