The DumpDek serves as an intermediate stage between the forage trucks and the silo. It allows the driver to dump a load immediately upon arrival at the silo.

DumpDek force feeds forage blower’s blast

The machine helps those using upright silos move forage faster with dump wagons

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Keeping expensive equipment running during peak season is vital in all types of farming operations, including hay harvest. A forage hauler sitting waiting for something to happen is not good. In a typical forage harvest, the forage-collecting tandem trucks and trailers are sometimes seen waiting to dump their load so it can […] Read more

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Machinery costs driving up fixed farming expenses

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Fixed costs on farms continue to rise year-over-year, a statistic largely attributed to increasing land values and interest rates. At the beginning of 2019, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) reported farmland values across Canada increased by an average of 6.6 per cent during the previous year. But that’s not the main driver of fixed […] Read more

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Pattison to shut one Saskatchewan Deere dealership

Reading Time: < 1 minute Pattison Agriculture’s chain of Deere ag equipment dealerships in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is preparing to cut one link. The Prairie farm equipment sales and service arm of B.C.’s Jim Pattison Group announced Tuesday on its website and social media it will permanently close its dealership at Foam Lake, Sask. effective Dec. 31. The Pattison store […] 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

GenAg’s dealership at Portage la Prairie, Man. (GenAg.com)

Dutch distributor buys into Manitoba Claas dealerships

Reading Time: 2 minutes Corrected, Sept. 17 — A major Dutch farm equipment distributor is buying into the Manitoba equipment business, with a deal for Hepson Equipment and a partnership stake in GenAg. Royal Reesink announced Friday it has bought a controlling stake in Hepson and has a partnership deal in place with the Kehler family, owners of GenAg. […] Read more


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CNH begins 3D-printing spare parts

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a twist on the idea of ordering parts online, the parent firm for New Holland and Case IH is trying out the use of 3D printing to make plastic — and eventually metal — spare parts. British-based equipment manufacturing giant CNH Industrial said Monday it has already produced its first 3D-printed spare parts, making […] Read more

The latest in combine technology from makers can automatically control grain quality and flow, including Case IH’s line of Class 7, 9 and 9 machines.

New system adjusts combines on the fly

The AFS Harvest Command on Case combines keeps track of a machine’s settings to improve quality and savings

Reading Time: 2 minutes The automatic combine adjustment system available in the new Case 250 series combines use 16 sensors to control seven combine functions, says Ryan Blasiak, Case IH harvest marketing manager. “To make adjustments on the fly, it is super easy,” Blasiak said. “All you need is four button presses and you’re ready to hit the field […] Read more

The Dot Technology Corp. platform will be at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show as part of a new Evolution of Farming Demonstration.

Dot autonomous platform to make eastern-Canada debut at COFS

The platform will be part of a new Evolution of Farming Demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario farmers will get the chance to see the Canadian-made Dot autonomous farming platform at this year’s Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. The Dot A-U1 Power Platform is an autonomous platform with no cab and in fact, it looks little like a regular tractor. The platform attaches to implements like a drill or a sprayer unit. […] Read more


Steve Shirtliffe demonstrates a min-till rotary hoe.

Evaluating mechanical weed control options

Researchers found that when two methods are used, weed control improves

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the rise of herbicide resistant weeds, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are looking into alternative weed control methods focused on in-crop mechanical tools to give growers new management options. Why it matters: Farmers are looking for alternative solutions to deal with herbicide resistant weeds that are becoming tougher to control and are affecting […] Read more

Burying sensors in the soil and running machines over top, like this demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, 
helps engineers establish tire inflation pressure guidelines to minimize soil compaction problems.

Looking for machinery compaction data

Ontario team working to establish tire inflation guidelines

Reading Time: 3 minutes Preventing soil compaction is something farmers should keep in mind, particularly with the scale of modern farm equipment. At Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont., Alex Barrie, engineer in training with the Ontario Environmental Management Branch, demonstrated his group’s efforts to study the impact equipment can have on the soil. They have been conducting […] Read more