Telehandlers’ ability to hoist heavy loads skyward has made them handy additions on many farms, but that same ability can make them dangerous, with power lines and rollovers being the two most common accidents.

More safety urged as telehandler accidents continue

The high lift is the advantage, but also the big risk with telehandlers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Telehandlers are becoming common on more farms each year because of their ability to handle many jobs, serving as crane/forklift hybrid. There are numerous versatile attachments including winches, pallet forks, snow plows, buckets, bale handlers, back hoes, cranes, and forklifts. But there’s a downside to having ability to perform so many tasks, and that is […] Read more

The model 800 Quicker Picker handles rocks up to 34 inches in size, carries 2,000 pounds of material, and lists for $9,995.

Picker rocks and rolls in wet soil and stubble

The Quicker Picker’s unique design shakes out stubble

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – There are countless rock pickers designed for skid steer loaders. One of the most interesting employs a rotating cage that picks up rocks and shakes out the dirt and stubble. The Flexxifinger Quicker Picker is designed to address some of the drawbacks found in other skid steer rock pickers, says Flexxifinger representative […] Read more

SoilReader can be mounted on any field implement or used in a separate dedicated operation as shown here.

Real-time soil analysis in the field

Don’t bring your soil sample to the lab, take the lab to the field, says the Canadian inventor of the SoilReader

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It’s a difficult concept to sum up in a few words. A Canadian startup sells a coulter that reads nine nutrient factors while pulled through soil. As the headline states, SoilReader can provide real-time data, on the go, as it is pulled through the field. The nine vital constituents are nitrogen, phosphorus, […] Read more

The DumpDek serves as an intermediate stage between the forage trucks and the silo. It allows the driver to dump a load immediately upon arrival at the silo.

DumpDek force feeds forage blower’s blast

The machine helps those using upright silos move forage faster with dump wagons

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Keeping expensive equipment running during peak season is vital in all types of farming operations, including hay harvest. A forage hauler sitting waiting for something to happen is not good. In a typical forage harvest, the forage-collecting tandem trucks and trailers are sometimes seen waiting to dump their load so it can […] Read more

Tractor with a view - Brigade’s Backeye360 merges images from ultra-wide-angle cameras, resulting in a sythentic overall bird’s-eye view of sewn together camera shots that is presented as a single image on the nine-inch screen.

Better system visibility could boost farm safety

Sensors help when eyes can’t see everything from a tractor seat

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada had 843 farm fatalities between 2003 and 2012, of which 600 involved implements. More than 17 per cent of all deaths were run-overs attributed to drivers not seeing the victim. The large implements used in farming can prevent the operator from completely seeing the perimeters of the machine. Design of modern […] Read more


Developed by Pentair Hypo in conjunction with BASF, the Easyconnect Closed Transfer System totally seals the jug to the hopper so not a single drop can escape.

Easyconnect seals chemical transfer

A specially designed fill valve creates a sealed connection with a chemical container

Reading Time: < 1 minute Glacier FarmMedia – It’s not often we see major crop protection companies work together on technology, but that’s what’s happening as they develop a new universal closed transfer system (CTS) for chemicals. The CTS Easyconnect consists of a specially designed fill valve that creates a sealed connection between the CTS and the chemical container. The […] Read more

The lettuce pot at far right is a control. The other pots were fertilized with various mixes of commercial phosphorus fertilizer or water treatment residue and dairy wastewater mix. There is an obvious difference in biomass and leaf length between 
the control and other treatments.

Extract phosphorus derived from dairy waste water

New technology recycles disappearing essential nutrient to ensure that it doesn’t end up where it isn’t needed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Researchers in Israel have developed a way to create phosphorus fertilizer from dairy farm waste water. Why it matters: If implemented on a large scale, the process could help stretch Earth’s finite supply of phosphorus. Scientists have warned about a disastrous shortage of phosphorus in 100 to 250 years unless ways can […] Read more

Horizontal tillage means loosening of soil over the entire width of the machine. On the Omnis FT, that is achieved with four ranks of shanks on 15-inch centres. Sizes range from 11-foot rigid to 26-foot folding.

Horsch debuts new primary tillage tool

The tool makes use of shanks versus discs popular on many primary tillage implements

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – As better corn headers and straw choppers leave a cleaner surface and eliminate the need for residue-busting tillage implements, cultivators can get back to the job of performing primary tillage. That’s the premise behind Horsch’s new Omnis FT primary tillage line being launched this fall, says company rep Jeremy Hughes. Increasingly tough […] Read more


A Xarvio Smart Sprayer demo on display at Ag in Motion in July 2019.

Smart sprayer shoots weeds with a targeted herbicide blast

The technology will mean driving slower, but using much less product

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A Smart Sprayer, equipped with boom-mount cameras coupled to Xarvio image recognition technology, can identify 20 species of weeds and trigger a surgically precise herbicide blast to one specific weed. Why it matters: Conventional field spraying coverage dumps millions of litres of unneeded herbicide on millions of Canadian acres, which represents a […] Read more

RoadBib is designed for tractors that split their time between field and road, such as manure, silage, grain carts, water tanks and spreading equipment.

New tractor tire improves on-road ride

New tire type is designed to improve tire life, handling and operator comfort through reduced vibration

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Bib” the Michelin Man has just introduced a new tire aimed at farmers who regularly drive their tractors on public roads, towing heavy loads. The Michelin RoadBib has a new tread design. Instead of a traditional lugged tire, it features 52 blocks with a wide footprint and shallow tread. The tire has a plain, central […] Read more