Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland appears at a news conference in Ottawa on Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Blair Gable)

Agriculture, agrifood wish lists pile up ahead of long-delayed budget

Freeland's budget due out Monday afternoon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture and agrifood sector stakeholders will learn Monday which of their requests make their way out of the pile and into a long-awaited federal budget. Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s 2021 budget is scheduled to be released Monday in the House of Commons, at about 4 p.m. ET. Canadians didn’t get a 2020 budget: it […] Read more

Farm equipment makers say the next 20 years of innovation and change in machinery technology and design will be at least as dramatic as the last two decades and it will change farming forever.

Debating the future of farm equipment

Some will be large, but there’s also a trend to smaller machines powered by renewable energy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Four leaders of major companies that sell farm equipment in North America came together for a panel discussion on what agriculture will look like in 20 years, during a virtual version of the Commodity Classic. Their predictions are nothing new but the scale of change they predict might be eyebrow-raising. Why it […] Read more

With 36 cameras and up to a 120-foot steel boom, the new See and Spray option on Deere’s latest sprayers can reduce burn-off spray use by more than 75 per cent. The machines are limited to 12 miles per hour for application accuracy. From the time a camera sees a weed it is 200 milliseconds until spray is applied to it.

See and Spray springs from river of technical invention

New release tied to investment in Blue River application-technology company four years ago

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Find a weed and kill it. Ignore the crop and don’t waste any resources on non-pests. It’s easy to do strolling through a field with a hoe or spray nozzle in hand. Doing it over five- or 10-thousand acres in a tight time window is a bigger job. Blue River Technology sprang […] Read more

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On-farm cybersecurity campaign gets backing

Glacier FarmMedia to link up with federally-funded project

Reading Time: 2 minutes A campaign to assess, reinforce and promote cybersecurity across Canada’s ag sector — partly through this website and its sister publications and events — has been tapped to receive multi-year federal funding. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on March 25 announced over $500,000 over four years through the federal Cyber Security Co-operation Program for the […] Read more


Alberta ag lender drops rural business loans

AFSC not taking new applications for program

Reading Time: < 1 minute A program offering term loans to small- and medium-sized businesses in rural Alberta is off the provincial ag lending agency’s menu. Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) announced Thursday it had discontinued its Rural Business Loan Program effective immediately, so as to “concentrate its efforts on agricultural producers and agribusinesses.” The decision means no new […] Read more

Don’t forget to inspect the rubber track itself. Look for any loose or missing internal guide lugs and external treads and pay special attention to any cuts or rips in the rubber that expose the inner steel cords.

Maintaining tracks improves life and performance

There is a common misconception that track systems increase maintenance time and costs, but companies say no

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Track systems built for agriculture applications have come a long way during the past decade, but as with anything, they require maintenance. There used to be a larger variety of styles of tracked machines equipment manufacturers sold to farmers and they each had different maintenance demands. Now though, most track systems are […] Read more

Planter functions from openers to metering to firming and closing are all focused on creating a perfect seed trench.

Attention to detail keeps planters running precisely

Wear points can have an effect on many parts of planter operation

Reading Time: 4 minutes Careful planter maintenance can eliminate problems at the moment of seed placement that have to be corrected later at expense and with a loss of profits. “I’m not going to go out and replant one row because I identified on my planter that I had a row failing for the first 30 acres, the first […] Read more

Fendt’s Momentum planter helps address compaction with on-the-go tire pressure changes.

What’s new in planter technology

Manufacturers look to better precision, compaction reduction – and speed

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the hunt for higher yields, equipment manufacturers are combining more digital tech with in-field iron to alleviate a variety of planting challenges – from compaction to uneven planting depth.  Addressing localized compaction For Shawn Livingston, Eastern Canada regional manager for Precision Planting Inc., the impact of localized compaction on crop root development has been […] Read more

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Top court upholds federal carbon pricing policy

Farm groups, fearing unsustainable costs, press for next steps

Reading Time: 3 minutes Calgary/Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of the federal government’s carbon pricing policy on Thursday, upholding a central pillar of Prime Minister Justin’s Trudeau’s climate plan and infuriating some provinces that opposed it. The country’s top court said climate change is a threat to Canada as a whole and upheld the […] Read more

The Meter Max Ultra Test Stand calibrates any brand or type of meter. It drives the meter at the same speed and population the grower dials in.

Planter calibration critical to planter ROI

Every one per cent gain in meter accuracy can mean one to two bushels of yield

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Research during the past two decades tells corn growers that seed spacing, seed singulation and seed placement are critical factors in extracting top returns from that big input investment. Why it matters: Accurate seed placement is critical when planting thousands of seeds per hour. The most important task in any cropping system […] Read more