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Fixed-wing imagery combines higher resolution with coverage of more acres per day.

Taking crop imaging to a new level

A pilot project in Ontario is collecting images from manned aircraft at 10,000 feet

Reading Time: 5 minutes The chance to gain a bird’s-eye view of a growing crop is one of the biggest attractions of precision agriculture, but the degree of precision depends on the tools. So far, growers and advisors have had a choice of either satellite images or those from drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Each has advantages and […] Read more

Intelligent, interconnected digital technologies will be the key value features of the next generation of farm equipment.

Machines vs. climate

Shrewd machinery purchases have always been essential on the farm, but not like this. Emerging technologies mean huge potential payoffs for getting it right, and even bigger penalties if you don’t. Think precision farming. Think surviving climate change

Reading Time: 8 minutes In the last two or three decades, farmers have been offered a dizzying array of new features on ag equipment. There’s more power, more capacity, auto guidance, the list goes on. Yet now, looking to the future, it will be even more crucial to make the best possible purchase decisions and to integrate your technology […] Read more


3D printers are already on the market, and faster, better models are in commercial development.

Time to hit ‘Print’ for that machinery part?

How about using your 3D printer to reproduce broken machinery parts? That capability is already here, and it’s getting better all the time

Reading Time: 4 minutes First, let’s get the name right. Until now, we’ve been calling it 3D printing. It’s a name that will probably stick around for a while, but those in the know are already calling it by its newer name, “additive manufacturing.” “The technology is far, far more user friendly and there are really good desktop printers […] Read more

Jitendra Paliwal adjusts the antennae on the 3D electromagnetic imaging system at the University of Manitoba’s grain storage research laboratory. The lab is embarking on a new project that will look at how laser biostimulation — which is used in human cosmetic surgery — could be deployed to reverse mechanical or insect damage on seed going into storage.

Options for monitoring grain bins

3D imaging and CO2 detection are offered as options for monitoring temperature and moisture

Reading Time: 4 minutes Bin monitoring has come a long way since probes on sticks and necessarily so — as the size of grain bins has grown, so has the value of their contents. One 10,000-bushel bin can surpass $100,000. Everyone has heard horror stories of entire bins ruined, but Joy Agnew, associate vice-president of applied research for Olds […] 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


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