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Guy Ash says METOS is taking training online to enable users to make the most of the company’s technology.

METOS launches eLearning portal

Ag tech company announces online certification and new Canada-focused website

As new tools and technology rapidly enter the agriculture sector, the challenge will be training farmers and farm workers to make the most of them. METOS, a division of Pessl Instruments, is launching a new online training portal to tackle this challenge, that will train and certify operators of the company’s technology. Guy Ash, global

Grainews went to Texas to field test the 2020 model year line of Defender UTVs.

Five UTV options for the farm and ranch

Farmers can choose from a wide selection of handy options

It’s no secret that side-by-sides and similar models have replaced the traditional four-wheeler as the farm vehicle of choice. The surge in demand for side-by-sides has opened up the options available to the average Prairie farmer, with an ever-increasing range of models offered from familiar brands including Can-Am, Polaris, Honda, John Deere, Kubota, Yamaha, and


Clockwise from top left: Acey Brinkman, Colin Penner, Jill Martens, Garrett Sawatsky.

University of Manitoba growing next generation of ag experts

U of M’s agriculture diploma program preparing students for an evolving industry

Fast-moving change in the agriculture industry is requiring a whole new level of agility from Canada’s agriculture education institutions. At the University of Manitoba, that’s meant instructors are looking for ways to make students more agile and able to adopt new strategies and tools more quickly and effectively. “We’ve talked with industry that said it’s

The canola calamity

A hard harvest and tough storage season underline the need for a plan

Last fall’s “harvest from hell” was like a laundry list of what could go wrong. First there was a drought for much of the growing season reducing yields. Then as harvest approached, Mother Nature turned on the taps at just the wrong time and kept them on. Throw in a Thanksgiving snowstorm and you’ve got

When it comes to modern machinery, what counts as a repair versus a modification?


Repair your farm equipment, just don’t remake it

Where’s the line between a fix and a change when it comes to machinery?

[UPDATED: Feb. 25, 2020] By all means, get that tractor running like new, but watch out if you’re changing how it functions. That was the message 2020 attendees of CropConnect in Winnipeg were told as Eric Wareham, U.S. vice-president of government affairs with the Western Equipment Dealers Association, took the podium. “We as an industry


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

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

The latest in agriculture technology was on display at Agritechnica this fall.

Farm machinery highlights from Agritechnica

Glacier FarmMedia’s Robin Booker describes hottest trends from Agritechnica 2019

If you have ever been to Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany, then you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say this show is truly one of a kind. Based on size alone, Agritechnica is the world’s largest agricultural machinery trade show with 2,800 exhibitors from 52 countries. It happens every two years and is a


One of the big questions for family farms is how do we include our kids while prioritizing safety?

Keeping kids safe in the workplace

Ontario incident sheds light into potential dangers around the family farm

If you grew up on a farm, riding along during harvest or helping with morning chores were probably tasks that felt second nature. For many good reasons this integral part of farming isn’t going to go away. However, a recent on-farm incident in Ontario involving the death of a small child has the farming community

 Guy Ash, of Pessl Instruments, 
demonstrates how a soil probe can 
augment weather station data.

Probe deep into your soil to solve farm’s moisture mystery

Soil probe expert says you can use soil probes and their data to your farm’s financial advantage

Looking around at the wet conditions, at first glance you could think our moisture levels are more than adequately stocked going into the 2020 crop year. Unfortunately looks can be deceiving, and the same goes when looking at your soil profile. When it comes time to plan your planting timing and strategy, knowing the actual