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Praxidyn founder Doug Applegate with sons Luke, at left, and Brent focus their energy on developing products like their Mixmate Pro Inductor, in the background, to help streamline the process of filling sprayers.

Potential productivity calculation depends on sprayer fill time

Turn speed can be quicker with smaller sprayers

A bigger implement isn’t necessarily a more cost-effective implement. With sprayers for example, the longer fill time of a bigger sprayer may cut into potential return on investment. Smaller is sometimes smarter. Size is a major consideration in any new sprayer decision. While a larger sprayer is more productive, a grower should try to achieve […] Read more


It looks like Versatile’s new Nemesis tractor line could also wear Kubota name badges.

Kubota-Versatile deal not a surprise

The Winnipeg company will begin to build a mid-range horsepower tractor for Kubota ‘immediately’

When the news release from Versatile (Buhler Industries) first popped up in my email inbox with the name Kubota in the heading, I thought, “Here it comes.” There’s a good reason I was bracing for a really big announcement between those two brands. The rumours around a deal between them have swirled through the agricultural […] Read more

Summers calls their Renegade fresh from the ground up, it is a variable tillage machine because it can perform up to 10 different functions depending on the setup.

More multi-task tillage tools hit the dirt

Some producers startled at the cost of ‘‘one trick pony’’ cultivators

As more farmers gradually move toward more tillage, they’re finding that the old iron they dragged out of the bush is not up to the performance standards of new machines. But in looking at new tillage implements, some growers are startled by the cost, especially on implements that only perform one task. Price tags on […] Read more


Salford’s Valmar 56 box can be mounted or towed.

Tillage tools quickly becoming seeding tools

There are now many options to add cover crop seeding boxes to tillage equipment

As cover crops have increased in popularity, farmers are finding creative ways to plant them. For many farmers that has meant finding a way to get a seeder box onto a tillage implement of some kind. Why it matters: Cover crops can increase available nutrients, water and organic matter and reduce soil erosion over winter. […] Read more

AGCO’s Till Control system enables operators to monitor and adjust the fore and aft-frame as well as the hydraulic lift system from the cab.

Tillage tools reflect need for precision, speed

From electronics to steel, the latest releases in tillage equipment are helping producers turn soil right

Higher capacity and more options when it comes to setting tillage tools have become the latest trend in soil management. During 2019, Deere, Sunflower and Case IH tillage gear are getting new tools that meet this demand. Why it matters: Tillage tools are one of the last bastions of simplicity in agriculture tools, but they […] Read more



The RiteHeight sensor for sprayer booms has been a success for Greentronics.

Made-in-Ontario technology simplifies crop traceability

The RiteTrace system help to limit paper record-keeping and makes quality assurance easier

Technology developed by an Elmira-based company is breaking new ground in food safety, traceability and crop management for potato growers. RiteTrace is the latest application for the potato industry from Greentronics, which has also developed a boom height control system for potato harvesters that can be used on sprayers, as well as a yield mapping […] Read more

A power take-off-driven hydraulic pump is mounted on this planter to increase hydraulic capacity from the older tractor.

Planter power becoming a challenge for customizers

Adding more and more tech to planters is stretching the limits of hydraulic systems

Planters are larger and more complex, as precision control systems bump up power requirements – often beyond what tractors can handle. That’s meant planter makers and customizers have had to get creative about supplying enough hydraulic power to planters. Why it matters: Companies continue to offer more precision solutions for planters and farmers are using […] Read more