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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

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

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

Chemical enters at the end of the boom before flowing through the nozzles and back towards the tank.

Breaking down the recirculating sprayer boom

Non-profit Sprayers 101 demonstrates the concept and benefits of a recirculating sprayer system

Looking at the back of a modern sprayer the pile of hoses and valves in a traditional plumbing system can seem complicated, and even more so when you start to look at recirculating sprayer booms. Hoping to mitigate that confusion, Dr. Tom Wolf and Dr. Jason Deveau have “Everything you never wanted to know about


The back side of a standard New Holland boom retrofitted with the WEED-IT Quadro. Retailer Croplands Equipment sells the Quadro in either a retrofit kit which allows it to be installed on most types of existing sprayer booms or as a120-foot Millennium boom.

Smart sprayer tech developing quickly

This technology isn’t quite a done deal yet, but it’s now more science fact than fiction

Producers have been hearing about weed-targeting spot-spraying sensors for some time, but it’s always seemed to be the stuff of science fiction. In some cases, however, the future is now while in others it’s coming quickly — it all depends on the type of sensor tech you’re interested in. Well-known spraying expert Tom Wolf separates precision spot-spraying tech into

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