Canadian grain handling and storage equipment maker Ag Growth International plans to dial up its collaboration with ag tech firm Farmobile and has taken a minority stake in the U.S. company to that end. Winnipeg-based AGI announced Tuesday it had agreed to make a “minority equity investment” of US$15 million (C$19.57 million) in Farmobile, effective
Last week at Ag in Motion near Saskatoon, Sask., Jesse Kope of Northern Strands was on-hand to demonstrate a harness system that prevents farmers from severe injury in the event they fall from a grain bin. Recorded at Ag in Motion 2018. Video editing by Greg Berg.
One of the greatest dangers on your farm is lurking quietly in your grain bins. “Make sure everyone, including family and employees, working around stored grain understands the hazards and proper safety procedures,” North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. “Too many people ignore safety practices and suffer severe injury or
Kane County, Ill. | Reuters — Lucas Strom, who runs a century-old family farm in rural Illinois, canceled an order to buy a new US$71,000 grain bin last month — after the seller raised the price five per cent in a day. The reason: steel prices jumped right after U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs.
Bumper crops and transportation delays have created a need for additional temporary storage on many farms. Here are some things farmers should consider about the various options. “Grain can be stored in many types of facilities,” North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. “But all storage options should keep the grain
This fall when you’re preparing your grain for storage, all you need to do is remember to SLAM. That’s short for sanitation, loading, aeration, and monitoring. The first step — removing any dust or debris from your bins before harvest — is “obviously important,” said Ryan Braun, Canadian sales manager for OPI, a grain storage
As much as warmer weather may have growers in Ontario thinking of spring planting, a provincial ag specialist warns farmers to consider the old crop ahead of any plans for the new crop. Temperatures are moderating and in southern Ontario, they’ve risen well above freezing for the first time in nearly two months. That’s prompted
With Shawn Poncsak’s invention there’s no more need for ropes, cables or ladders to open and close the top of your grain bin. EZLid is an automatic grain bin opener that can open up to six bins from a control box located at ground level. The system is CSA-approved and its internal components are made by a
The Manitoba government has launched a grain bin listing service to assist farmers who may have to move grain out of the way of spring flooding. “Our first priority is getting this grain moving, but secondly, we need to ensure we have ample space should farmers need emergency alternate locations for at-risk grain in flood-prone
If you turn on the aeration fan, are you adding or removing moisture from stored grain? A free web-based program called BINcast can help make the decision. “Determining when to turn fans on and off for maximum efficiency, just by guessing, is problematic,” says Ian Nichols, business manager for Weather INnovations Consulting (WIN), developer of