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The chance of a grain dryer fire occurring can be reduced by routine maintenance.

Mechanical issues often cause of grain dryer fires

Preventive maintenance can help reduce risk of loss of grain — and equipment — due to fire

Reading Time: 4 minutes When it comes to reducing the risk of on-farm fires, maintenance and prevention are a farmer’s best defence. Dave McEachren, a Glencoe, Ont., grain farmer, who is also a volunteer firefighter and captain of the Southwest Middlesex Fire Department, confirms the leading causes of fire and calls to emergency services due to fires in grain […] Read more

Solartech is providing electric tractors in North America, but they are best suited for small farm uses so far.

Will electric tractors ever dethrone diesel?

There is plenty of space for electric power in smaller, lower-torque jobs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Despite exponential increases in the technology’s effectiveness — and widespread use in other industries — battery power and charging challenges continue to limit the scalability of electrically-driven farm equipment. That doesn’t mean diesel will always reign supreme, though. According to three Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) technology experts, electric motors have […] Read more

U.S. diesel prices hit three-year low as harvest delays feared

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters — Diesel prices in the U.S. Midwest have sunk to a three-year seasonal low as farmers in the region face adverse weather conditions, further complicating an already delayed harvest season, traders and farmers said. Diesel demand typically rises during harvest season because farming equipment and trucks transporting product use the fuel. […] Read more

Case IH’s AutoBoom XRT comes with three radar sensors along the boom.

Case IH automates spray boom height on Patriots, Tridents

Radar sensors are strategically placed along the boom to manage height

Reading Time: 1 minute Case IH is offering automatic boom height control as an available feature on its Patriot and Trident lines of sprayers. The “next-generation” system automatically adjusts the booms using a combination of chassis monitoring and sensors to function as a “look ahead” and detect changes in terrain, the company said in a release. The radar sensors […] Read more

Deere to lay off 163 U.S. workers as trade war dents demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Deere and Co. on Tuesday announced indefinite layoffs for 163 U.S. manufacturing workers at plants in Illinois and Iowa that make agricultural, forestry and construction equipment, citing decreased customer demand. The layoffs come week after the company said it would reduce production by 20 per cent at its facilities in Illinois […] Read more


Norbert Beaujot and the Dot autonomous power platform he developed, with a new crop planter prototype attached, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.

Dot power platform comes to Ontario

The autonomous machine now has a planter attachment, critical to the Ontario market

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario farmers recently got their first look at the Canadian-designed Dot Technology Corp. autonomous power platform and several implements — including a first look at a planter prototype. The machine was part of twice-daily demonstrations at the recent Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show near Woodstock. Dot — named for president and owner Norbert Beaujot’s mother Dorothy […] Read more

Eric Ferguson, from Sunderland, Ontario represented Canada in conventional plowing at the 2018 World’s Ploughing Match in 2018.

Durham Region hosts 2019 Canadian Plowing Championship

National title up for grabs at October event

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 2019 Canadian Plowing Championship is heading to Ontario, in Sunderland from Oct. 2 to 4. The annual event will have 14 senior competitors from Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta competing for the title of Canadian Plowing Champion and the opportunity to compete at the 2020 World’s Ploughing Match held on Aug. 8 and 9 […] Read more

Pearce: Autonomous platform makes Eastern Canada debut

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s been dubbed “the future of agriculture” and for the first time, farmers in Eastern Canada had the opportunity to see the Dot A-U1 Power Platform with in-field demonstrations at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. The precision ag system, designed by Dot Technology Corp., attracted considerable attention going through its paces during the annual ag showcase, […] Read more


The RB565 baler from Case IH is capable of forming both silage and dry hay or straw bales.

Case IH baler capable of silage, dry hay operation

New model designed to be an “all purpose” baler for producers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The new RB565 Premium HD round baler is designed for the “ultimate crop flexibility,” says Case IH, which means it’s capable of being used to put up wet silage bales as well as dry hay and straw. “The RB565 Premium HD round baler is equipped with components to efficiently handle wet hay […] Read more