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Farmers Edge’s online event on March 3 included a congratulatory note from TMX Group, owner of the TSX. (Farmers Edge video screengrab)

Farmers Edge launches IPO

Digital ag firm makes first public share offering to big demand

Manitoba’s best-known digital agriculture firm is now a publicly-traded company. Farmers Edge, founded in 2005 in Pilot Mound, Man. by agronomists Wade Barnes and Curtis MacKinnon, has carved out a niche using field-centric data, artificial intelligence and its FarmCommand data management platform. CEO Wade Barnes called it an exciting day during an online press conference

Farmers Edge plans IPO

Winnipeg-based company has made the initial steps in its plan to go public

Manitoba’s homegrown digital ag multinational has plans to go public. Farmers Edge this week announced it has filed a preliminary prospectus with provincial and territorial securities regulation authorities throughout Canada. National Bank Financial and CIBC Capital Markets will spearhead the offering, along with Scotia Capital, Cannacord Genuity and Raymond James. The expected number of common


Farmers Edge CEO Wade Barnes says the company’s agriculture roots make it a better fit for the agriculture sector than Silicon Valley companies that are jumping in now.

The great disruptor

Wade Barnes is straddling the digital/agriculture divide — and reimagining agronomy

Wade Barnes says he knows what the agronomy of tomorrow looks like. It’s a proactive system that uses data to model crop development, helping farmers make decisions every step of the way. The power of data analytics will fuel every step, from what variety to plant based on soil moisture, disease and pest pressure and

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Self-checking field health mapping system launched

The farmer’s job of poring over satellite field maps looking for disease, weed and insect trouble is about to go automatic. Winnipeg-based digital ag consulting firm Farmers Edge recently released Health Change Maps and Notifications, a new function that automatically scans the company’s daily satellite imagery and alerts growers of any changes in field health

Wade Barnes, CEO of Farmers Edge.

Farmers Edge releases road map

The company is promising a host of new digital agriculture tools

A homegrown ag technology giant says it’s expecting to launch more than 90 new digital agronomic tools in the coming months. Winnipeg’s Farmers Edge released a “comprehensive R&D road map” May 1, touting its ability to leverage data analytics and high-tech approaches like machine learning to enable “data-driven decision-making” that supports high-yield crop production. Farmers


Adding an agronomist to your farm team

Adding an agronomist to your farm team

As farming gets more complicated a growing number of companies are offering to help out. Some farmers get advice from their local independent retailer, or an agronomist employed by a company like CPS. But more and more farmers are choosing to pay for agronomic advice. Based on the logo-covered trucks parked at farm shows, the

Farmers Edge is partnering with Planet, the company with the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites, to bring farmers satellite images of fields several times a week. (Submitted image)

Farmers Edge expands satellite imagery offering

Farmers Edge says it’s making satellite imagery a practical and affordable agronomic tool for farmers through a new strategic partnership with Planet, the company with the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites. “We think this will be game-changing,” Farmers Edge president and CEO Wade Barnes said in an interview Oct. 3. “I think it’s going to

Farmers Edge investing millions in sustainable crop production

Farmers Edge investing millions in sustainable crop production

Sustainable Development Technology Canada is one of the investors

Farmers Edge, the made-in-Manitoba global precision agriculture company, is investing millions of dollars in a bid to make crop production more sustainable. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) announced a $6.1-million investment with Famers Edge Sept. 21. Farmers Edge and a consortium of partners will contribute another $12.2 million. The money will be used to develop


(FarmersEdge.ca)

Major investment to build Farmers Edge’s data power

Canadian precision agronomy and farm data management firm Farmers Edge plans to keep taking its services to previously underserved acres around the world, with a major cash infusion from a group of its backers. Japanese commodities trading and investment firm Mitsui, Toronto commercial real estate company Osmington and the Green Growth Fund operated by investment

Farmers Edge, the data science/precision agriculture company founded in 
Pilot Mound, Man., wants to manage 35 million acres globally by 2021.

Manitoba’s Farmers Edge sets its sights on global market

The data and precision agriculture company says accurate data is key to getting the results farmers demand

Big data may seem like a lofty topic for the average farmer, but many are already using it to improve productivity without even realizing it, the co-founder of one of the fastest-growing precision agriculture services on the continent says. “They’re doing it in the coffee shops,” said Wade Barnes, CEO and co-founder of Farmers Edge,