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The X Concept used a diesel engine, but focused on replacing hydraulic and PTO drives with electric power.

High voltage: Electric tractors on the horizon

Fendt remains a leader in this blue-sky technology with its e100 project

Glacier FarmMedia – Last October, AGCO’s Fendt brand announced that its engineers were still working on the e100 concept electric tractor it debuted in 2017. It’s apparently a promising design making measurable progress toward possible future commercialization. “The current development status of the Fendt e100 Vario compact tractor is encouraging and promises high efficiency with

John Deere’s AutoPath guidance records the actual position of crop rows and stores the information, allowing for more accurate in-season passes during spraying and harvesting. Photo: John Deere

John Deere improves guidance with AutoPath

System stores exact row positions for more accurate in-season passes

John Deere has introduced AutoPath, a row guidance system to help improve seeding, spraying and harvest accuracy. After the system stores the location of crop row lines, it allows for subsequent field passes to be based upon actual recorded row locations rather than a conventional A-B line, which may or may not correctly represent the

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

Farms collect a large volume of data these days and this data
is expected to grow exponentially in the near future.

Artificial intelligence plays critical role in precision agriculture

Greater adoption means creating new technology alongside farmers

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in agriculture continue to grow, driven by the increased demands of precision farming. This growth is due to increasing demand for agriculture produce, real-time livestock monitoring, and the need for enhanced decision-making to optimize farm management. Other factors contributing to the rising interest in precision farming solutions are growing food demand and government assistance to farmers. India, for


Pumping up efficiencies in ag with autonomy

Pumping up efficiencies in ag with autonomy

Those developing the technology say farmers will increasingly harness unmanned equipment to increase global productivity

By this point, the ag sector is getting used to watching the Dot Power Platform trundle various implements around farm show demo fields. The technology is a sign of the future as farmers confront the challenge of producing more food with fewer resources, Wade Robey, executive director of Raven Autonomy, told viewers taking in the

Redekop pitches combine-mounted weed seed control

Redekop pitches combine-mounted weed seed control

Manufacturer says combine-mounted unit will pulverize weed seeds

Farmer reaction to herbicide-resistant weeds may trend towards, “kill it with fire,” but the latest harvest tool out of Redekop Manufacturing has a different answer for weed seeds: pound them to oblivion. The Saskatoon-based manufacturer recently unveiled its seed control unit, compatible with John Deere combines. With resistant weed pressure and certain herbicides increasingly in

PhiBer Manufacturing’s Triple Cutter tool bar uses three highly customizable heads for a pass width up to 54 feet.

PhiBer’s Triple Cutter scoops AIM award

At up to 54 feet per pass, PhiBer Manufacturing’s Triple Cutter tool bar promises far faster haying and far less fuel

PhiBer Manufacturing out of Crystal City, Man., is no stranger to innovation; it is, in fact, one of the things it’s built its brand on. Now, the company says its latest dive into haying equipment promises to vastly improve the speed of haying, while saving up to three-quarters of the fuel a producer would normally


The Mini ROTT at its unveiling demonstration at Glenlea Research Farm July 16.

Rollover training tractor unveiled

The collaboration by three Manitoba groups is aimed at building a safer farm sector

A new agriculture safety tool to train operators to prevent tractor rollovers has been unveiled by a Manitoba collaboration. The University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC) and Keystone Agricultural Producers, demonstrated the Mini Roll Over Training Tractor (Mini ROTT) at the UM’s Glenlea Research Station on July 16. The teaching vehicle will help

The ROTT has rear and side outriggers to prevent it from tipping over entirely.

Tiny tractor to train farmers on rollover prevention

The remote-controlled vehicle is a collaboration between KAP, the University of Manitoba and Red River College

A remote-controlled mini-tractor will train ag students and farmers on rollover prevention without putting them in harms’ way. The Mini Rollover Training Tractor (or “tippy tractor” as one collaborator called it) is a to-scale, electric, remote-controlled tractor which ag students and farmers can use to experiment and problem-solve in situations that might lead to tractor