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Telus, Rabobank ag arms buy into farm data aggregator

Companies join in on deal for Minneapolis-based Conservis

The agriculture arms of one of Canada’s major telecoms providers and a major Dutch bank and financial services firm are taking a stake in a tech firm in the business of gathering on-farm data into a single window. Telus Agriculture and Rabo AgriFinance, which is headquartered in St. Louis and serves U.S. farm customers, announced


Deere buys up ag software maker Harvest Profit

Software's integrations with non-Deere systems to continue

A North Dakota company whose software is used to help farmers gauge a crop’s profitability on a field-by-field basis will now run with the Deere. John Deere on Nov. 12 announced it has acquired Fargo-based Harvest Profit for an undisclosed sum. Harvest Profit — whose software was already integrated with the John Deere Operations Center

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AGI buys ag business management software muscle

Grain handling equipment maker Ag Growth Industries (AGI) plans to level up on its SureTrack farm management software platform with a deal for another Canadian player in the same business. Winnipeg-based AGI announced Thursday it has bought all outstanding shares in Oakville, Ont.-based Affinity Management Ltd., developer of the Compass brand of farm and agribusiness

Screengrab from a Farm At Hand promotional video via Vimeo.

Telus buys Farm At Hand

Vancouver farm management software development firm Farm At Hand has become an arm of one of the Big Five in Canada’s communication services sector. Farm At Hand, which makes the cloud-based Crop Planner software suite for farmers and the Farm At Hand Agronomy suite for agronomists, announced Tuesday it has been wholly acquired by Telus

Manitoba Beef Producers got an inside look at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association record-keeping software, Herdly, during the AGM Feb. 8-9, 2018.

Trials are open on CCA record-keeping app

The CCA is pitching a new record-keeping app, and it’s letting producers try it for free until April 1

*[UPDATED: Feb. 27, 2018] The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is dishing out a taste of its new cow-calf record-keeping tool before it hits the market. Producers can get a free trial of Herdly, software developed for both desktop and Apple mobile, from now until April 1, 2018, Mark Klassen, CCA director of technical services announced during

VIDEO: Keeping track of your “in-field” basis

VIDEO: Keeping track of your “in-field” basis

Manitoba Ag Days 2016 Inventors' Showcase

Ever wanted to know half way through a season what your cost per acre is? Field Values keep track of your in-field basis to help give you an idea of how much of an investment you should – or shouldn’t – be making for your crop inputs. By entering a variety of data, Field Values

dairy cattle being milked

Milking it: Israel leads the way in dairy tech

China, India, other Asian countries, now look to Israeli expertise

Decades ago Israeli dairy farmers confronted a quandary — how could they provide milk to a fast-growing population in a country that is two-thirds desert, with little grazing land? They turned to technology, developing equipment that boosted output — from cooling systems to milk meters and biometrics — and have made Israeli cows the most

Peter Gredig spoke to an audience on the 
use of mobile technology in ag at the 
Manitoba Ag Days held in Brandon, Man., 
last month.

Put mobile technology to use on your farm

Spend more time in the field and less time at a desk with the use of 
mobile technology, Cloud computing and agriculture-geared apps

The next time your combine is making an unfamiliar tickety tickety noise, don’t call your machinery repairman – send them a video message so they can see and hear the problem, farmers attending Ag Days in Brandon were told last month. Today’s mobile technology is a perfect fit for farmers. The ability to access business

New charitable foundation launched by SeedMaster

Saskatchewan manufacturer, SeedMaster, is establishing a philanthropic foundation to mark its 10th anniversary. The foundation, Social Entrepreneurship by Design, invites community fundraising groups in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta and the U.S. Midwest to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. “Instead of just applying SED money to a fundraiser’s bottom line, the funds will