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Faster internet may bring technology to more farms

In 2017, 84 per cent of farmers were using precision ag tech, but half said their internet wasn’t fast enough

Rural internet improvements may have implications for precision agriculture, farm technology — and Netflix binging. “We all hate waiting for that circle of death,” said Trevor Armitage, vice-president of global operations at Farmers Edge, referring to the familiar buffering symbol used while waiting for available bandwidth to catch up to demand. He said user experience drives much […] Read more


Move over Tesla, agriculture is where the real autonomy is at

DOT's autonomous platform to bring hands-free navigation to the field

We’ve heard lots about the coming revolution of self-driving cars. Some of the biggest tech giants on the planet like Google and Tesla are working hard to bring this to roads around the world. But closer to home, with far less fanfare, farmers are already bringing autonomy to the field in the form of SeedMaster’s […] Read more



Is this baler yet another step toward driverless machinery?

Vermeer promises its new self-propelled unit will make baling as easy as driving down the highway

Autonomous farming has taken a step from the grain crop to the hayfield. Vermeer’s ZR5 self-propelled baler has made waves in the U.S. and now in Canada after the machine made its Canadian debut in Manitoba earlier this summer. It was a major draw at equipment demos in both Glenboro and the Manitoba Beef and […] Read more


Boots on the ground with Vermeer’s ZR5 baler

Digging into the finer details on the ZR5’s promises and capabilities

Vermeer expects its modular design to be a selling point for the ZR5, both for ease of service and safety. The baling chamber is hydraulically connected to the power unit similar to a front-end loader. When disconnected, a switch in the cab lifts the baler from the power unit, allowing the farmer to drive away. […] Read more




Tariffs made for ‘lean year’ for agriculture manufacturers

The lifting of the U.S.-Canada steel tariffs should make trade easier, but it might be too early to tell if it will reduce the cost of farm machinery

Despite dropped steel tariffs, one Manitoba manufacturer of agricultural equipment says it’s too early to be optimistic. “I think it’s just going to be a regular day of business,” said Darren Blazeiko, general manager of Cancade CBI Ltd. in Brandon. Why it matters: The tariffs have made imports of steel and equipment and exports of […] Read more



The next made-in-Canada tractor

What will Buhler make for Kubota’s move into the heavy-horsepower market?

Japan’s Kubota Corp. is poised to join Massey Harris, Cockshutt and Versatile on the short but distinguished list of farm tractors made in Canada. Buhler Industries, already well known as the manufacturer of Versatile tractors at its Clarence Avenue plant in Winnipeg, has opened its factory floor to also produce Kubota’s highest-horsepower tractor yet for […] Read more


Crop planning the digital way

It may be time to ditch the old notebook in favour of a new way of doing business in the spring

Producers of the past relied on written records, the Farmer’s Almanac and a good pair of workboots to check their fields as they planned their spring planting operations. Today’s producers can reach for the smartphone or tablet in their tractors to access a digital platform with all the information they need to make crop decisions […] Read more



The vertical-tillage question defies pat answers

The controversial practice can serve a purpose, but won’t solve soil compaction

Vertical tillage is a tricky term to grapple with. It’s less a method of tillage than it is a grouping of implements sold under that banner. It is marketed as a means to deal with soil compaction but in reality the implements marketed under that umbrella do little to address that problem. Yet, in certain […] Read more


The future of autonomous agriculture is here. Should we embrace it?

The answer to that question boils down to liability, liability and more liability

We have heard a lot in recent years about self-driving vehicles. Technology has arrived that makes the concept affordable and relatively simple. Alberta farmer, Brian Tischler spoke to an audience at the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg last month to provide insights into what that new tech means for farmers. Tischler is something of a hobbyist […] Read more