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What to do with a peeping drone

If someone’s invading your airspace it can be trespassing, so call police – but don’t shoot it down

Drones have many practical uses in agriculture, but anecdotes of unknown – and potentially nefarious – unmanned aircraft surveying Ontario farms have prompted questions about the privacy and safety of rural residents and their property. Why it matters: Drones allow farmers to monitor crops, but there are concerns about the autonomous flying machines observing farms […] Read more


Updates for John Deere/Hagie High-Clearance Sprayers

John Deere and Hagie have announced some changes to their 2019 high-clearance sprayers. The main changes are new engines and dual product spraying on the upcoming model year machines.  The model year 2019 (MY19) Hagie STS10 and STS12 machines will be powered by 6.8L PowerTech™ John Deere diesel engines, providing 280 and 300 horsepower, respectively. […] Read more


Bringing high-tech down to earth

These Exeter-area brothers have embraced multi-hybrid planting — but so far results are mixed

When farmers Mike and Geoff Strang went looking for a new planter, they weren’t content with buying the latest technology off the shelf. They took their new Kinze 3600Tr planter home and modified it so they can now sow two different corn hybrids at variable rates according to varying soil conditions and yield potential. The […] Read more


A multi-hybrid planter rebuild

How do you take a split hybrid, twin row planter and make it plant dual hybrids one in the front planter row and one in the back? It takes ingenuity, mechanical know-how and some help from eBay. Mike and Geoff Strang, who farm near Exeter, wanted their new Kinze 3600TR planter to plant two corn […] Read more


Krone North America introduces new Comprima Round Baler

Krone North America recently announced their newest baler, the Comprima Round Baler. The first thing you might notice when seeing Krone’s Comprima Round Baler is the new look. It’s a rounded, sleeker design than previous models from Krone. While it looks fancy, that’s not the only change in the newest model. The Comprima Round Baler […] Read more



Ontario sets ag equipment export record

Ontario led the country last year in agriculture equipment manufacturing, breaking the national export sales record. About $773 million worth of implement equipment was sold from Ontario in 2017, driven by strong exports to the U.S. where a healthy livestock sector has mean more need for forage and haying equipment. Why it matters: A healthy […] Read more


New Holland debuts the FR920 Forage Cruiser

New Holland’s new forage harvester uses a new Fiat Powertrain (
FPT) 20-litre diesel engine

Big power has always been a requirement for forage harvesters, and New Holland’s newest self-propelled model, the FR920 Forage Cruiser, gets its horses from a new 20-litre diesel engine called the V20. It’s built by sister company FPT (Fiat Powertrain), which supplies all the engines for NH and Case IH equipment. It’s called the V20 […] Read more


GEA STR Series Manure Semi-Tanker

GEA recently announced the release of its STR Series Manure Semi-Tanker, designed to allow a semi-truck to haul the manure tanker on roadways and – when appropriate – straight onto fields for spreading. The STR’s stainless steel non-circular reservoir uses internal baffles for excellent stability on the road and has a road-proven undercarriage manufactured by […] Read more



Mach Till added to Kinze implement line

Williamsburg, Iowa-based Kinze has long been known for its grain carts and planters. This year the brand is growing its product portfolio by adding the Mach Till high-speed tillage implement line. “Farmers will now be able to obtain three types of equipment from their Kinze dealer, all with the same standard of quality,” said Susanne […] Read more


Diagnosing small engine problems

Ah, springtime. Time to pull the yard equipment out of the back of the shed. And maybe that gas-powered auger is going to be needed soon to move seed or fertilizer. As Scott Garvey writes in Grainews, how much grief you’ll get from those small engines is going to depend on how they were put […] Read more