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As margins continue to tighten and costs increase, the challenge for growers is to maximize their efficiency.

Simplifying data management

Now into its second year, FieldView is helping users learn more, and do more for themselves

Precision ag is such a patchwork today. It seems to offer the potential to achieve so many great things on the farm, yet it can create almost as much bother and anxiety for the grower, i.e. the very individual it was created to help. With the number of systems, designs and platforms that can collect […] Read more

Using an RG 1300 C allows a grower to apply urea while seeding a cover crop into standing corn.

New from old

Adapting old machines to precision ag is possible after all

When it comes to reusing, recycling or refashioning, farmers have always been the best. But mention “precision ag” and the feeling is that everything has to be expensive and brand shining new. Seldom does it seem possible to take something that’s already on the farm and rework it into something to use today. What if […] Read more


Industry moves toward allowing producers to share field data.

Practical data

Brands look to break down the barriers that prevent farmers from integrating big data across lines

When telematics and digital data gathering technologies began appearing as options on major brand equipment a decade or so ago, it was a world full of boundaries — between those digital program offerings, that is. Some brands decided early on to go down the path of proprietary systems. Buy a green tractor, pair it with […] Read more

Last November, Transport Canada presented draft changes to regulations governing UAVs.

UAV regs changing – for the better

Transport Canada looks to streamline and standardize the rules for drone use

The growth in the functionality of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) over much of the past decade has been steady. From the early days when advisers, dealers, agronomists and laboratories purchased and used the units to derive valuable insights into crop performance to more recent sales of much simpler designs for hobby uses, UAVs have made […] Read more


Often, innovation doesn’t come from thinking outside the box,” Rob Saik says. “It comes from having a really small box.” – Rob Saik.

Get there first

Agriculture is constantly moving the yardsticks, which means there’s always a new business opportunity on the horizon. So, asks Rob Saik, founder of Agri-Trend: What are you waiting for?

This fall Country Guide chatted with Rob Saik founder and CEO of Agri-Trend as the innovative coaching company celebrates 20 years in business. He talked about the struggles of being and staying ahead of the innovation curve, the stumbles and wins, and what it was like to sell Agri-Trend to Trimble, the U.S. precision agriculture […] Read more

One use of aerial imagery can be to check whether hired help or custom applicators are doing their job properly.

Drones have their limitations

Aerial images provide useful information, but an aircraft might be a better option for larger farms

Are drones the next big thing in scouting technology, or the latest toy that will be forgotten in a few years? Greg Adelman, owner of Crop Command Agronomy at Southey, Sask., says UAVs provide researchers with a great tool for assessing small research plots, but when it’s necessary to cover thousands of acres, they can’t […] Read more


Margins in corn production are tightening to the point where growers need to maximize every last acre to stay ahead.

The ‘precise’ in precision agriculture

Making cost-of-production decisions is possible using available software

In the world of precision agriculture, each new growing season seems to bring a fresh batch of brand new technologies, complete with upgrades to existing systems. No question, it can be a challenge just to keep up with the variety and capability of some of these innovations, let alone figuring out which might have the […] Read more

Chris Neeser used a fixed-wing UAV and captured images three times during the season in two fields each of barley, canola, field peas, seed alfalfa, potatoes and spring wheat.

UAVs and crop scouting. Are they worth it?

Seven organizations supported a two-year study on whether drones can provide practical benefits to farmers

When Chris Neeser began to design a research project on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in crop scouting, he wondered if anyone would be willing to fund it. “This was different from a typical research project,” says Neeser, a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Crop Diversification Centre, South, in Brooks. “There […] Read more


SeedMaster’s Norbert Beaujot sees DOT technology as one solution to a shortage of skilled operators.

Not just a driverless tractor, but no tractor at all

A global launch at Ag in Motion could change the way you farm

While farmers have been waiting impatiently for equipment designers to commercialize the driverless tractor, Prairie inventor and entrepreneur Norbert Beaujot has found a way to ditch the tractor altogether. And he’s rolling it out for the first time in July 18 to 20 at Ag in Motion (AIM), Western Canada’s outdoor farm show now in […] Read more

A group of companies headed by Bosch has created a new digitally integrated cab designed for use in a variety of off-road machines. It builds on technologies used in the automotive sector.

A Genius in the tractor cab

This systems supplier is integrating cutting-edge automotive safety systems into off-road equipment cabs

A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the industrial designer who styled the cab and body of the first Challenger 65 belted ag tractors, which were then part of the Caterpillar brand before coming under AGCO ownership. Before coming to Cat, the designer had spent several years working for General Motors and […] Read more