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Forage producers have a new tool to help them pick and manage their seeding choices.

Forage tool aims to make the perfect match

A new online tool promises to tailor forage choices for a producer’s field conditions and planned use

Developers of a new interactive online tool say it will allow producers to pick and choose the best forage species for their farm. The Saskatchewan Forage Council, along with Beef Cattle Research Council, Alberta Beef, Forage Grazing Centre, federal government, government of B.C., among others, launched Forage U-Pick earlier this month. Why it matters: Forage

A Manitoba bison producer says a new pilot project is making exporting his animals far easier.

Bovine export in Manitoba goes digital

First users of the pilot suggest it could cut hours off of getting export paperwork together

Manitoba bovine producers are getting a glimpse of their export future. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says a new pilot will significantly cut down on the time farmers and veterinarians spend on paperwork for live bovine export. Exporters shipping live cattle or bison through the Emerson port south of Winnipeg can now complete their


Guy Ash demonstrates how weather station data is used to help inform production decisions.

Evolving technology creating new role for agronomists

New products and new information are changing how agronomists help the family farm

The technology explosion and changes to agricultural systems are altering the view of the average Canadian farm. New technology could mean different things to different people. To some farmers it could be bigger or smaller fields, buying some new equipment, or maybe some more advanced data utilization and management techniques. However, these changes don’t only

The latest in agriculture technology was on display at Agritechnica this fall.

Farm machinery highlights from Agritechnica

Glacier FarmMedia’s Robin Booker describes hottest trends from Agritechnica 2019

If you have ever been to Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany, then you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say this show is truly one of a kind. Based on size alone, Agritechnica is the world’s largest agricultural machinery trade show with 2,800 exhibitors from 52 countries. It happens every two years and is a

Today’s drones are great at selecting pastures and tracking cattle, can read an ear tag from 70 metres up, and offer spectral imaging a hundred times more powerful than 
satellites, says researcher John Church. And while they’re not good at herding, drone technology is close to offering health assessments of individual cows.

Plunging prices and better tech should put drones on your radar

Drones with sophisticated imaging tech can be robust precision tools for managing cattle on pasture

Producers are always being pitched new technology, and the marketing din is arguably louder than ever in this age of precision agriculture. So when producers ask if unmanned aerial vehicles are just expensive toys, it’s a fair question. While John Church would be the first to admit he has a lot of fun researching the


High-tech tools are going to require highly skilled workers down on the farm.

New skill sets needed in farm workers of the future

Larger farms already well into technology adaptation but properly trained employees key to the future

In the not too distant future, farms will depend on high-tech workers with titles like tech-gronomist, ag tech integrator and knowledge translators, a recent conference of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council (CAHRC) heard. In a presentation entitled Agriculture Skills for the Future, Stuart Cullum, president of Olds College in Alberta spelled out the kinds

Editor’s Take: Productivity potential

A recent agriculture report from the Royal Bank of Canada paints a picture of a sector with big opportunities and big challenges. Farmer 4.0: How the coming skills revolution can transform agriculture is all-in on the concept of farms thriving in the digital age. It paints a picture of autonomous equipment, sensor-driven agronomy and other

Faster internet may bring technology to more farms

In 2017, 84 per cent of farmers were using precision ag tech, but half said their internet wasn’t fast enough

Rural internet improvements may have implications for precision agriculture, farm technology — and Netflix binging. “We all hate waiting for that circle of death,” said Trevor Armitage, vice-president of global operations at Farmers Edge, referring to the familiar buffering symbol used while waiting for available bandwidth to catch up to demand. He said user experience drives much


Teresa Vallotton teaches the class how to use the text-to-speech program 'Polly.'

Coding camps teach kids to consider careers in agriculture technology

Sisters Teresa Vallotton and Karen Hildebrand have brought their hands-on AI camps to Manitoba for the first time.

The tinny babble of three electronic voices fills the hotel conference room. Three young students bend over laptops, where a program is reading them instructions for how to change a tire. “What is she reading to you in?” Teresa Vallotton asks one teen. “Icelandic,” she says. The student beside her makes her computer speak with

Brian Tischler’s autonomous tractor.

The future of autonomous agriculture is here. Should we embrace it?

The answer to that question boils down to liability, liability and more liability

We have heard a lot in recent years about self-driving vehicles. Technology has arrived that makes the concept affordable and relatively simple. Alberta farmer, Brian Tischler spoke to an audience at the CropConnect conference in Winnipeg last month to provide insights into what that new tech means for farmers. Tischler is something of a hobbyist