Kiecher Roamio weighs in around 400 lbs and can run for 24 hours off a lithium battery and a generator.

Niagara College building robot for Ontario grape production

Robot created to help better climate detection and disease identification from under the canopy

Michael Duncan, the research chair with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and his team are working towards building a robot to help grape farmers detect climates within their vineyards, identify diseases and the crop stage for appropriate timing of harvest. Why it matters: Robots are capable of identifying factors in the environment […] Read more

Landon Fahlman won the Gold Innovations Award for his fuel lock invention.

A keyless security system can protect your fuel

Two versions were designed to accommodate both large and small operations

Nearly every farmer has had fuel go missing from farm storage tanks. And with recent high-profile incidents surrounding farm security, now is a good time to think about keeping all that expensive fuel right where it belongs. A new invention is designed to do exactly that. Fuel Lock allows for keyless control of fuel transfer […] Read more

Baltic Dry Index near 2-1/2-year lows

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) has dropped sharply over the past two months, as declining global demand for commodities — especially from China — weighed on the economic indicator. The BDI, compiled daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange, provides an assessment of the price of moving major raw materials by sea, including grain. The BDI […] Read more

Buhler cutting overhead to boost margins

Tractor and farm equipment maker Buhler Industries has added financing from its majority owner to a regime of cost cuts in a bid to lift its quarterly results out of the red. Citing “depressed” sales due to “weak” commodity prices, the Winnipeg company on Thursday booked a net loss of $4.4 million on $57.3 million […] Read more

CP mainline through Rockies reopened after crash

Canadian Pacific Railway’s mainline through the Rocky Mountains has reopened to traffic following a grain train derailment that killed three railroaders Monday. Calgary-based CP announced late Friday its mainline through Field, B.C. was reopened at midday Wednesday “in close collaboration with Transport Canada, and upon completion of all necessary safety checks.” Meanwhile, CP said Friday, […] Read more

Biofuels group suing U.S. EPA over small refinery exemptions

Washington | Reuters — Biofuels group Growth Energy filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, challenging the agency’s renewable fuel mandate for 2019 as failing to address rising waived biofuel volumes. “EPA’s inaction on addressing lost gallons due to small refinery exemptions in this rulemaking is a clear violation of […] Read more

Three crew die in CP grain train derailment

Toronto | Reuters — Three crew members died on Monday when a Canadian Pacific Railway grain train derailed in British Columbia, a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) spokesman said. The accident occurred when a train carrying 40 to 60 grain hopper cars derailed near Field, B.C., the TSB spokesman said. TSB is investigating the cause of […] Read more