The Andersons Grain Group’s Toledo-area elevator at Maumee, Ohio. (

The Andersons to pay debt, invest in core units after rail business sale

Renewable fuels, specialty foods investments considered

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain handler The Andersons plans to use US$550 million from the sale of its rail leasing business to pay down debt and invest in sustainable farming and low carbon initiatives in its core grain and fertilizer units, CEO Pat Bowe told Reuters on Tuesday. Maumee, Ohio-based Andersons sold its rail […] Read more

Trimble’s NextSwath system creates more parallel, uniform rows and headlands and can be easily operated by new employees.

Row end turns automation especially valuable in high value crops

Trimble markets NextSwath system as employee training solution

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agricultural tech company Trimble is hoping to make human resource management easier for growers who recruit and train new employees for the same tasks every year.  It is targeting those who produce permanent or higher-value crops such as grapes or orchard fruits.  The company’s NextSwath system is designed to keep equipment running at peak efficiency […] Read more

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Richardson buys up veg oil-based drilling lubricant maker

Grain firm supplies canola oil to Control Chemical

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Calgary maker of Matex drilling fluids is under new ownership from one of its minority owners and its biggest supplier of crude canola oil. Winnipeg grain firm Richardson International announced last Tuesday it has bought full ownership of Control Chemical Corp. for an undisclosed amount. Control Chemical is billed as a specialized manufacturer of […] Read more


Brandt to buy Deere dealership chain Cervus

Regina firm to pay $302 million in all-cash deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes The world’s biggest privately-owned chain of Deere construction and forestry equipment dealerships is set to expand its reach into Deere farm equipment in a major way. Brandt Tractor, the equipment sales arm of the Regina-based Brandt Group, on Monday announced an agreement to buy all of publicly-traded Cervus Equipment Corp. for $19.50 a share, valuing […] Read more

Pull-type sprayers can make deep compaction less of a risk, but they bring their own challenges.

Preventing sprayer compaction is difficult

Some compaction is inevitable, though severe damage can be mitigated

Reading Time: 2 minutes From growth stage to pest pressure, sprayers run when crops need them. This can pose a problem because ideal application timing does not necessarily coincide with dry field conditions. Some level of compaction is almost invariably the result, and while steps can be taken to minimize negative impacts, there are few affordable solutions to sprayer-induced […] Read more

The Weed Zapper has a front applicator bar that disperses electricity to the plants, and is powered by a generator on the back.

Shocking weeds into submission

The Weed Zapper uses electricity to mortally injure weeds

Reading Time: 3 minutes Controlling weeds can be a tough challenge for organic growers with few chemical options, and also for conventional growers battling herbicide-resistant weeds.  For this reason, mechanical weed control has been making a comeback and innovators are now offering more options.  One such option is the Weed Zapper, which uses electricity to kill weeds and does […] Read more

Equipment manufacturers and small businesses are using 3D printers more frequently to design prototypes or produce a particular part for clients.

3D printing grows in popularity

Greater knowledge of the technology’s capabilities and data-mapping process drives use by companies and individuals

Reading Time: 2 minutes The number of uses for 3D printing in the agriculture sector continues to grow as expired process patents, better materials and greater awareness of the technology allow more people to bypass traditional barriers and inefficiencies in parts manufacturing.  Companies from many sectors have found 3D printing to be a cost-effective method of prototyping new parts […] Read more

Online reporting now live for agricultural pressure equipment

Reading Time: < 1 minute The online form for owners and operators to report existing agricultural boilers and pressure vessels (BPVs) is now available online.  Owners and operators of agricultural operations should report their BPV equipment by completing the online form on TSSA’s website when agricultural BPV equipment must comply with the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000’s Ontario Regulation […] Read more

A CNH manufacturing plant at Sorocaba, west of Sao Paulo in southeastern Brazil. (Photo courtesy CNH Industrial)

CNH Industrial bets on strong market to counter worst supply chain situation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Milan | Reuters – Italian-American vehicle maker CNH Industrial on Friday raised its revenue and free cash flow forecasts for this year, confident an industry cyclical upturn would help it offset a severe impact from supply chain constraints. “It’s the worst supply chain situation I’ve seen in my career,” Chief Executive Scott Wine told analysts. […] Read more