GFM Network News


John Deere’s concept autonomous tractor is powered by electricity.

The move to electric accelerates

When you talk about electric drive for farm machinery, don’t say “if.” It’s “soon”

Reading Time: 6 minutes When General Motors chairman and CEO, Mary Bara, made her presentation to an online audience during the Consumer Electronics Show in January, what she had to reveal was worth listening to, to say the least. GM, an automotive brand that has been building vehicles with internal combustion engines for over 100 years, is committing to […] Read more

The NAIO Oz is a weeding robot being tried in Ontario this summer.

Farm automation likely adopted in high-value crops first

Ontario crop service company creates agriculture robotic division

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The growing number of new crop automation products coming to market are finding their first uses in high-value crops, like vegetables or grapes. Several farm robots featured at the recent AgRobotics and Automation event hosted by the RH Accelerator focused on higher-value crops instead of corn, soybeans or wheat. The interest is […] Read more


Clint Monchuk says sectional control and a Trimble 2050 mapping system have brought in 9.5 per cent in annual savings on fertilizer costs.

Analyzing the ROI on precision investment

Farmers from different areas discuss their results with the seeding and fertilizer system

Reading Time: 4 minutes Can precision technology pay? Farmers participating in a panel discussion at last December’s Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference say yes. However, strategies differ. Clinton Monchuk of Monchuk Farms near Lanigan, Sask., is also executive director of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, and he says the precision techniques used on his farm are all chosen to improve […] Read more

Now that farmers have had a taste of “attending” virtual machinery shows, will in-person machinery shows continue to attract the same crowds?

Getting back to reality after COVID-19

Will farm shows and machinery events ever be the same again?

Reading Time: 6 minutes In my time as machinery editor, getting to publicity events held by equipment brands has meant spending a lot of time in hotels and on airplanes. My schedule saw me, on average, flying somewhere every six weeks, and you get to experience a lot of unusual things that way, like when a flight attendant on […] Read more


It’s recommended that the Hypro 3D nozzle is in a forward-backward configuration to ensure better coverage.

A nozzle approach to spray coverage

Design of this 3D sprayer nozzle began in the U.K. and now has a global reach

Reading Time: 6 minutes Although they’re essential on today’s commercial farms, sprayers typically rank third in importance behind seeding equipment and combines, and maybe that’s fair considering the importance of how the crop starts and how it finishes. Still, there’s no denying that the jobs you do with your sprayer are taking on new importance. Just think herbicide-resistant weeds, […] Read more

Jahmy Hindman, chief technology officer at John Deere, answers questions remotely from Deere’s world headquarters in Illinois during an online presentation at CES.

The green path forward in farm machinery

Deere’s autonomy manager talks strategy for a technology-driven future

Reading Time: 7 minutes A couple of years ago I was walking through the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois, when I noticed, parked on its own in its own corner, something I hadn’t seen in a good long time. It was the first autonomous concept tractor the green brand had ever shown to the public. Streamlined, roughly 60 […] Read more


Data co-ops will move agriculture closer to a circular economy, turning “waste” into useful ingredients.

Control, and revenue too

The co-op aims to put farmers in total control of their data, and the income it earns

Reading Time: 8 minutes A generation ago, farmers first got introduced to GPS yield monitors and the way they could document everything that passed through their combines. From that very first exposure, it seemed inevitable the technology would prove a stepping stone to enhanced on-farm management of crops, inputs and soil health. It didn’t happen overnight, of course, but […] Read more

Sure, harvest season is well behind you, but putting off what you can do now before taking a seat next harvest season is in your best interest.

Steps you can take now to prevent combine fires later

Prevention and preparation are key to protect your equipment from burning

Reading Time: 7 minutes Can anything instil more fear in farmers than the smell or sight of smoke while combining. The potential for loss in terms of equipment, crop and even life because of a fire during harvest operations is huge. Unfortunately, fires while harvesting are not uncommon. This past fall, the fire departments in the County of Forty […] Read more


The original 8R concept tractor built by Designworks remains on display at Deere’s Iowa assembly plant.

Now that’s a beauty of a tractor

The look of today’s John Deere tractor starts in its partnership with BMW Designworks

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you walk into a BMW-owned automotive design studio, you’d expect to see scale models and concept drawings of all sorts of sleek automobiles. Seeing a scale model John Deere bulldozer among them might be a bit of a shock. But if it’s the BMW Designworks studio in Newbury Park, California, that you walk into, […] Read more

The SWAT maps show a 3D image such as this one. Zone 1 (red) is water-shedding, thin topsoils with low organic matter. Zone 5 (yellow) is a field average soil. Zone 10 (green) areas are water-collecting areas with deep topsoils with high organic matter.

The best place for crop inputs…

Is where there’s enough moisture to grow a good crop. SWAT technology says it can tell you where that is

Reading Time: 5 minutes The description of Cory Willness’s canola field near Naicam, Sask., this year could fit hundreds of others across the Prairies. It has variable topography with too much moisture in the depressions. The topsoil on the knoll is poorer because of erosion over the years. “We also had had some establishment problems along the top this […] Read more