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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

Introducing the Grain Discovery app during harvest actually proved to be a great learning tool for users.

A new tool to market grain

Here’s a new app and website service that promises more efficient marketing

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the course of a growing season, farmers face even greater challenges to be as efficient as possible. Time is a rare commodity and rapidly consumed by planting, managing, spraying and harvesting crops, tending to animals, making repairs and more. Any process or device that promises to save time gets a close look. But, of […] 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

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

Digitizing the farm

Digitizing the farm

Digitization got its start with a focus on the agronomic side, but now you’re going to hear more promises of business benefits

Reading Time: 9 minutes Farms that go digital may find a myriad of wins that go way beyond just better agronomic and production planning. All that information can help at the bank too. It can also lead to better business decisions, and it can even help develop new partnership or succession agreements. Of course the agronomic decisions may be […] Read more


“We needed to get to a place where we could do everything with the push of a button,” says Livingston. He admits it was a challenge, taking some three years of R&D time and investment. Now, however, a single operator can control the whole feed production process from a keypad.

Looking for the green

The inventor of Hydrogreen technology has advice for anyone looking to bring a disruptive invention to market. “Go for it,” he says. “It’s a lot of work and many sleepless nights, but there are huge rewards.”

Reading Time: 7 minutes A new indoor hydroponic technology that raises live, green fodder from seed to feed in six days is starting to disrupt the way livestock is fed on farms around the world. Bill Vanderkooi has been testing the Hydrogreen system on his Abbotsford, B.C. farm for the past two years with his 250 head of grass-finished […] Read more

“For me opportunity, I think, lies in trying to partner with other farms.” – Erin Harris.

Farm opportunities on your mind

Canada’s farmers tell us the new directions they’re planning for their farms

Reading Time: 12 minutes Not so long ago, all the buzz was about unleashing Canada’s full agricultural potential on a world that desperately needs our farmers to produce more and more. Global population was booming, more countries were more prosperous, and consumers everywhere were changing and improving their diets. Now our country needs Canada’s farmers to succeed too. Whether […] Read more


NH North America’s vice-president Bret Lieberman introduced New Holland’s autonomous T7 at the same time CaseIH introduced its autonomous tractor at the 2016 farm show.

Awaiting the autonomous tractor

How soon will there be a self-driving, autonomous tractor in your shed?

Reading Time: 9 minutes Over the years, all the major machinery brands have shown autonomous concept tractors to the public at farm machinery shows. They clearly wanted to get the message out that they have the engineering ability to build them. For example, CaseIH displayed its concept autonomous Magnum tractor at the U.S. Farm Progress show in 2016 where […] Read more

Waterhemp towers above a soybean canopy.

Pest Patrol: How accurate are plant identification apps when it comes to weeds?

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recommendations for plant identification apps were recently making the rounds on social media. Of course it would be nice to accurately identify an unknown weed in your field by taking a picture instead of sending it to an “expert” or a diagnostic lab. However, many of the top-rated plant identification apps are not particularly accurate […] Read more