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Crop scouting still requires boots on the ground

Imagery helps identify problem areas, but it doesn’t replace the need for field visits

Farmers have access to an expanding range of eyes in the sky to monitor their crops, but high-tech aids are not a replacement for boots on the ground, says Matt Fagnou, manager of Precision Ag/Echelon Canada. “Imagery can guide to where to scout and sample but there’s still no replacement for us being in the

Digital ag, but a lower price tag

FarmBeats from Microsoft hopes to put data-driven agriculture on the table for farmers balking at cost or hurting for bandwidth

Ranveer Chandra doesn’t have a background in agriculture; he has a PhD in computer science from Cornell University and is the chief scientist of digital cloud provider Microsoft Azure Global. Yes, Chandra grew up in India where he would spend his summer and winter vacations visiting his grandfather’s farm, but you won’t hear him wax


Are farmers ready to seize the day when it comes to smart ag?

Investing in next-generation agriculture would pay big dividends, but investment dollars will be in short supply

The pandemic has revealed critical weaknesses in the country’s agriculture and food systems — and the need to invest in their future, say experts. “It’s continuing to show the importance of technology, and adopting technology, on the farm,” said Remi Schmaltz, CEO and co-founder of Decisive Farming, a digital ag and farm management company. “We

Turning precision ag data into higher profits

Seeding and Tillage: The fast-evolving technology can bring a lot of value if you know how to manage it

Adam DeVisser is a recent convert to using precision agriculture, but he’s practical about its application. “The value is not in computers making decisions for us, but in us making more informed decisions,” he said at a recent crops conference in Ontario. DeVisser and his fellow panellists — farmer Mark Brock and Brandon Dietrich of

Guy Ash demonstrates how weather station data is used to help inform production decisions.

Evolving technology creating new role for agronomists

New products and new information are changing how agronomists help the family farm

The technology explosion and changes to agricultural systems are altering the view of the average Canadian farm. New technology could mean different things to different people. To some farmers it could be bigger or smaller fields, buying some new equipment, or maybe some more advanced data utilization and management techniques. However, these changes don’t only


Trial and no errors

Planning ahead can make on-farm trials run smoothly

A successful on-farm trial doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It takes communication, collaboration and commitment. Those are the lessons a local farm equipment dealer and global life science giant have learned over the past few years as they’ve teamed up and begun taking research to commercial fields in Manitoba. Representatives of BASF and

The Year in Doggerel: 20-20 Foresight

As you may know, in each year’s first edition We follow a time-honoured farm writer’s tradition Of reviewing the past year in doggerel (that’s badly rhymed text) And giving you fearless predictions on what to expect for the next Since she’s in charge, I hesitate to criticize Mother Nature’s decisions But I wish she could

Myth busting precision agriculture

Cory Willness’s presentation at Farm Forum Event unravelled 10 common myths 
in the emerging precision ag sector

“Precision Ag” is a very common term in today’s agriculture sector, but it can mean different things to different people. New sensors, software, and shiny toys can seem like a must-buy at first, but some producers are suggesting that old-fashioned logic might be the best tool for consistent yields and steady profits. “Right now there’s


Investing in increasingly larger equipment to cover ever-expanding acreages might have run its course in Prairie agriculture.

Scaling up precision decision-making could shrink Prairie fields

Equipment designed for large uniform fields is poorly suited to variable-rate applications to zones within a field

When Terry Aberhart scans the Prairie horizon for ways precision technology can make his family’s Saskatchewan farm more profitable, he sees something big and cumbersome blocking his view. “One of the biggest challenges we have is the size of our equipment,” the award-winning agronomy coach and founder of the consulting firm Sure Growth Technologies said.

Canadian farmers can help save the planet and themselves by cutting petroleum-based farm inputs, according to a discussion paper written by farmer, researcher and author Darrin Qualman in co-operation with the National Farmers Union.

Rethinking the Green Revolution

Canada needs to ‘swing for the fences’ and transform its agriculture, says a new discussion paper

The climate change and farm income crisis have many of the same causes and solutions, according to a major new discussion paper. Cutting back on petroleum-based inputs, including nitrogen fertilizer, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and increase net farm incomes by lowering input costs. The result: more farmers and revitalized rural communities, says the