When it comes to spraying, Trimble is working on systems that will decide what fields should be sprayed by looking at the crops’ growth stage and weather conditions.

Trimble looks beyond the headlands in the future

Autonomous operations stretch past the fields’ edges and work with whole-farm operational logistics

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Horsch and Trimble are working together on autonomous-agricultural robots. Phillip Horsch, owner of Horsch, tweeted a video of a robot pulling a planter during its spring testing regime, the first of three robotic prototypes the company plans to test this year. The robot in Horsch’s video is equipped with Trimble technology, and […] Read more

Goldacres recently built a sprayer that uses Bilberry’s spot spraying program and is towed by a SwarmFarm Robotics platform.

Finding green on green and dead where it needs to be

Spot spraying: Reliably identifying green weeds among a green crop has long been a goal for spot spraying herbicides

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – There’s a race to build computer programs that instantly differentiate weeds from crops within images taken by sprayer-boom mounted cameras. Green-on-brown spraying, where cameras identify plants on brown soil background for burndown applications, has been around for at least 15 years. Weed-It, John Deere See & Spray Select and Amazone AmaSpot can […] Read more

The iScout devices can be placed in any field that has an LTE cellular signal. These are solar powered, which reduces maintenance.

Solar-powered trap hunts what bugs crops

Insects pose for mugshots and get identified in a digital lineup before the scouting call gets made to the farmer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Metos Canada offers remote monitoring of crop pests with a lineup of IOT (internet of things)-based devices, called iScout. Why it matters: Crop monitoring tools can help farmers protect fields and avoid yield-damaging pest incursions. The devices are built by Austrian technology firm Pessl Instruments, which sells a roster of wireless sensors […] Read more

Farm equipment makers say the next 20 years of innovation and change in machinery technology and design will be at least as dramatic as the last two decades and it will change farming forever.

Debating the future of farm equipment

Some will be large, but there’s also a trend to smaller machines powered by renewable energy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Four leaders of major companies that sell farm equipment in North America came together for a panel discussion on what agriculture will look like in 20 years, during a virtual version of the Commodity Classic. Their predictions are nothing new but the scale of change they predict might be eyebrow-raising. Why it […] Read more

Don’t forget to inspect the rubber track itself. Look for any loose or missing internal guide lugs and external treads and pay special attention to any cuts or rips in the rubber that expose the inner steel cords.

Maintaining tracks improves life and performance

There is a common misconception that track systems increase maintenance time and costs, but companies say no

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Track systems built for agriculture applications have come a long way during the past decade, but as with anything, they require maintenance. There used to be a larger variety of styles of tracked machines equipment manufacturers sold to farmers and they each had different maintenance demands. Now though, most track systems are […] Read more

Bobcat’s new V923 also has a maximum height of 23 feet, but it has 130 h.p. and a 9,000 pound lift capacity.

Bobcat handler gives bigger reach, power

Telehandlers were once seen as a nice option on the farm. For those who have them, they are now a necessary tool

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Bobcat beefed up its telehandler lineup with the introduction of the V923 VersaHandler this summer. The company already offers a V519 telehandler that has 74 horsepower and can lift 5,500 pounds with a 19-foot-high maximum height, as well as a 100 h.p. V723 that can lift 7,700 lbs. and a maximum height […] Read more

Halo AerWay is available in 20, 25 and 30-foot sizes now, and 35 and 40-foot machines in 2021.

Salford puts on a Halo and tills like the devil

Tillage tools come in many forms, but the new high-speed disc with AerWay tool onboard puts a bite on the field

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Salford recently launched a new tillage frame called the Halo that can be fit with different combinations of ground engagement tools. Two models are available. The Halo high speed disc (HSD) comes in five sizes from 20 to 40 feet wide, and the Halo AerWay is available in 20, 25 and 30-foot […] Read more

The METOS MobiLab uses capillary electrophoresis to analyze the nutrients in a soil or plant sap sample, with the company’s 

Instant samples offer quick decisions on the farm

Whether it is leaves or soils, the lab-in-a-box solution puts portable testing in hands of farmers and agronomists

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The METOS MobiLab provides soil and sap nutrient measurement in less than two hours. “We can measure nitrate and ammonia from the soil analysis part of the mobile lab, as well as the sodium and chlorine,” said Guy Ash of METOS during a webinar. Why it matters: Quick, reliable soil tests can […] Read more

The Massey Ferguson 1800M and 2800M series of compact tractors have new turbocharged, Iseki diesel engines and now look like the rest of the Massey Ferguson tractor lineup.

Smaller tractors make big waves for machinery companies

Two new versions of AGCO’s Massey Ferguson tiny tractors offer premium options seen on bigger machines

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farm machinery companies have been weathering a slower period of sales in the past couple seasons, but small tractors have been a big hit with buyers. Meeting those demands has seen AGCO announce a premium range of Massey Ferguson compact tractors, the 1800M and 2800M, that replaced the 1700 and the 2700 […] Read more

The Deere Smart Connector can transfer data from tractor to phone. It can also capture information, such as barcodes on the machine for identification.

Smart Connector plugs app into tractor

Device allows farmers to monitor tractor information from a smart phone

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers can monitor tractor performance from their smartphone, including engine r.p.m. and coolant temperature John Deere has updated its TractorPlus smartphone app for compact utility tractors and it’s also offering a new Smart Connector that plugs into the tractor’s service adviser port and automatically connects the app to the tractor. The Smart […] Read more