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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

The SomaDetect sensor system installed on a farm.

Dairy tech company gets government funds

The funding will help SomaDetect test its inline sensor in pilot projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes SomaDetect has received $3.9 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada to test its in-line milk sensor technology. The company, with offices in Canada and the U.S., is working to develop a system that uses a sensor in the milk line to automatically measure milk fat and protein, somatic cell count, progesterone and antibiotics. […] Read more

Green Party backs grain drying exemption from carbon tax

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the federal opposition parties in full favour of carbon pricing is lending its support to calls by farm groups for a carbon tax break for grain drying. Vancouver Island MP Paul Manly, the Green Party’s caucus critic for agriculture, announced the party’s position Monday. “We support the grain producers of Canada in their […] Read more

AGI buys ag business management software muscle

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […] 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


RoamIO working in a vineyard where it cuts grass, watches and counts grapes and fertilizes.

Robot automates hard-to-fill jobs in agriculture and turf

The RomeIO robot is being tested in many uses in agriculture where labour is scarce

Reading Time: 3 minutes A local start-up has developed a compact, rugged autonomous robot that can automate a wide range of agricultural tasks, like soil sensing, applying inputs, and harvest yield prediction for grapes. Korechi Innovations’ RoamIO features an expandable platform that is compatible with different functional attachments — similar to the DOT technology from western Canada —has a […] Read more

Ag equipment maker Morris in creditor protection

Reading Time: 3 minutes Downsizing and staff cuts lie ahead for well known Prairie farm equipment maker Morris Industries as the company enters creditor protection due to a “liquidity crisis.” The Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon on Wednesday approved the Morris Group’s Jan. 3 application, which stays any proceedings or actions against the company until Jan. 18 at […] Read more

Fraser: The case against carbon pricing for farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government continues to suggest the carbon tax imposed on Prairie farmers is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may not be causing undue harm to the country’s agricultural sector. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau speaks publicly about “special considerations” for farmers, while at the same time openly questioning carbon pricing’s effect on their […] Read more


Prairie provinces react to Bibeau’s questions on carbon price impact

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ottawa — The Saskatchewan and Manitoba governments continue attempts to convince the federal government’s carbon pricing program puts farmers at a disadvantage. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently suggested the carbon pricing system may not be disadvantaging farmers, questioning the impact of carbon pricing on agriculture, but saying she will continue to seek out more […] Read more

Deere bets on cost cuts, services push to boost profits

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Deere and Co. on Wednesday said it will cut costs and ramp up investment in data-driven agriculture technology and its services business to make itself more profitable. In a pitch to investors, CEO John May said the measures are expected to boost operating profit margin to 15 per cent by 2022 […] Read more