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While the DOT autonomous platform (shown here at a recent seeding demonstration at the Olds College Smart Farm) is scaled for large farms, others are designed for small operations, such as vineyards and orchards. But both represent important milestones in the evolution of farm equipment, say experts.

DOT earns passing grades at college, but not straight A’s

Fuel and labour are issues but the driverless implement shows plenty of potential in trials

DOT | Fuel and labour are issues but the driverless implement shows plenty of potential in trials Is the DOT ready for a full-time job on your operation? It might be too early to say, but researchers know the self-propelled, driverless tractor-minus-the-tractor finishes what it starts. “Every mission we started with DOT we were able

Water is key to spraying operations, and that’s been in short supply this spring.

Where’s the water?

Water restrictions threw another wrench into spray season for producers in early June

In a spray season that has already seen frost warnings, heat waves and high winds, producers in early June were dealing with yet another problem — lack of water. Water restrictions were making headlines in early June, with some treatment plants reporting worryingly low levels of potable water. Why it matters: High-quality water is in


Manitoba farmers are finding the spray window an elusive target this season.

It’s a hard crop protection season on multiple fronts

How to manage a dry and windy spray season that has gone from below freezing to extreme heat in a matter of days

Producers are told to spray when weeds are growing, but with both weeds and crop both reeling from a string of stresses and Mother Nature not co-operating, that spray window has been hard to pin down. Why it matters: Hardened weeds and poor spray conditions may leave producers with less effective weed control than they


Toy or tool? Drones might be cool — but what can you actually do with one on the farm?

How to get drones into fields, doing useful work

The value of the tech has often been oversold, despite potential for useful applications on farms

For some ag-tech enthusiasts both here and abroad, realizing the full potential of drones on farms and ranches requires a better overall understanding of the technology’s limitations in agricultural systems, as well as less marketing misdirection. The financial and time commitments required to accrue, process, and act on drone-derived data has been a significant barrier


(Dave Bedard photo)

Mexican judge rejects industry bid to halt GMO corn, glyphosate ban

Farm council warns of lost productivity

Mexico City | Reuters — A Mexican federal judge ruled against a request by the National Farm Council to freeze a government plan to ban genetically modified (GMO) corn and the widely used herbicide glyphosate by 2024, the national science council said on Monday. Judge Martin Adolfo Santos Perez’s ruling allows the executive order issued

A mayfly on water. (SBTheGreenMan/iStock/Getty Images)

Federal reprieve for imidacloprid cuts its application rates

Proposal for near-total ban rejected in Health Canada's final decision

A member of the neonicotinoid family of insesticides and seed treatments has been pulled back from the brink of an all-out ban in Health Canada’s final re-evaluation ruling. Most agricultural uses of imidacloprid — sold by Bayer under brands such as Gaucho, Merit and Admire, and by Adama under brands such as Alias and Sombrero

A mayfly on water. (SBTheGreenMan/iStock/Getty Images)

Health Canada steps back from bans on two neonics

New limits, some cancellations to be put in place

A federal proposal to protect aquatic insect habitat by cancelling all registered outdoor uses for two popular ag insecticides has been walked back in a major way. Health Canada on Wednesday announced its special review decisions on the risks to aquatic bug life from the use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, both pesticides and seed treatments


A growing number of farmers are frustrated by not having access to diagnostic tools when an error code flashes on the monitor on a combine.

Do farmers have the right to repair their own equipment?

The debate over ‘right to repair’ versus ‘right to modify’ leaves producers stuck in the middle

It’s a story that’s becoming more and more common. You’re smack dab in the middle of harvest and an error code appears on your combine’s monitor. A call to the dealership results in a long wait for a technician to come out, with anxiety rising with every passing hour because priceless harvesting time is being

You need to look closely but this still from a Blue River Technology video shows “robotic nozzles” drenching a weed with a herbicide while leaving the adjacent cotton plants untouched.

Farm automation just over the horizon

The earliest models are already here and the future is closer than you think

Glacier FarmMedia – Just picture it: You’ve been watching your crop get rained on all week from your kitchen window, and it’s about time to do some crop scouting to see if you need to spray. But your farm is way ahead of you. Soil sensors have been monitoring moisture levels, and they’ve already called