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Opinion: Liability hampers autonomous ag

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000. He’s done it. That’s made the Manville, Alberta farmer a popular […] Read more




VIDEO: Amazone virtual reality system awarded first place at Ag Days

News from Ag Days 2019: Amazone Smart Service 4.0 VR links producers to the virtual world

The virtual world may soon be coming to a service rep near you in the not-too-distant future if today’s win in the Inventor’s Showcase at Manitoba Ag Days is any indication. The folks at Amazone have developed a Smart Service 4.0 system that allows technicians to completely disassemble equipment using virtual reality. In this video, […] Read more


Different harvest, different combine settings

Those combine settings may not be doing you any favours if you’re aiming for straight cut and they’re still set to swath

First-time canola straight cutters might want to take another look at their combine settings. “When we’re comparing picking up a windrow to straight cutting, we, again, want to kind of treat this like a different crop,” Angela Brackenreed of the Canola Council of Canada stressed during a recent Manitoba Agriculture webinar. “The same combine setting […] Read more



Women take the wheel at combine clinic

Ag Women Manitoba wants to beat back the preconceptions over female farm equipment operators

Tiffany Dancho and Pam Bailey don’t think machinery should just be for men. Two of the lead voices behind Ag Women Manitoba, Dancho and Bailey set off for Neepawa and the group’s inaugural combine clinic July 13 in the hopes of getting women more comfortable in the cab. “I’ve been in equipment for 10-plus years, […] Read more




Agriculture manufacturers on edge over trade

The nearly $2-billion-a-year industry lives and dies on trade and uncertainty is making it nervous

With Canada in the midst of numerous free trade agreement negotiations, the Canadian agricultural manufacturing industry is feeling on edge. While the future of some trade deals for Canada is bright, others aren’t looking so good. “The lack of clarity around NAFTA is the big issue at the moment. It’s got a lot of people, […] Read more


VIDEO: Boldly spraying where no one’s sprayed before?

ROGA Drone wants to swoop onto the crop spray market with an autonomous UAV

Started as a company in 2017, ROGA Drone is one of the new players in the UAV market, and Don Campbell believes there’s an untapped market in Western Canada for UAVs to spray insecticide. His flight plan? The Kray drone. The Kray drone is a fixed wing UAV using eight rotors to keep it airborne, […] Read more



VIDEO: CropPro Consulting wins Best New Product at Ag Days

System collects electrical conductivity data for variable rate seed, fertilizer program

Best New Product at Manitoba Ag Days was awarded to CropPro Consulting on Jan. 17, 2018, for SWAT MAPS and SWATBOX, its variable rate seed and fertilizer service. SWAT MAPS collects data based on soil, water, and topography data and SWATBOX collects soil electrical conductivity data while seeding or tilling. In this video, Derek Rude […] Read more


Farm equipment manufacturers looking to boost exports

These manufacturers are a small-town Canada success story and major employers for their home communities

Canada’s farm machinery makers want to grow their export market in the coming years, a development they say would be a good news story for rural Canada as a whole. “Canadian-made farm equipment is among the highest quality and most sought out in the world,” Leah Olson, president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC), […] Read more