Rural high speed internet has been identified as a priority by both federal and provincial governments,

Large companies push back against federal plan to encourage internet competition

Companies have said they will cut back their plans to expand coverage to rural areas and small towns

Reading Time: 2 minutes Large providers of internet backbone across the country are scaling back their investments in rural and small towns in retaliation to the Canadian Radio-tele­vision Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) imposition of lower wholesale rates for internet. Bell Canada says it will cut 200,000 households from its rural expansion program because the CRTC decision cost it $100 million. […] Read more

Cory Weber with Premier Equipment says a combine that isn’t calibrated gives inadequate information.

The first step you need to take before rolling the combine out to the field

Clean crop data starts with calibration and maintaining it at regular intervals

Reading Time: 3 minutes Accurate combine calibration is not just a once-in-a-harvest task. Why it matters: Combine sensor calibration ensures quality data is created for making crop management decisions based on yield maps. “If the sensors are not calibrated properly on the machine, and even re-calibrated throughout the season, that data that you are collecting is pretty much useless […] Read more

John Wiebe with EastGen and Jayne Jackson at the 2019 Ontario Pork Congress where they talked about PigCHAMP’s new partnership with EastGen.

Hog management software gets new Canadian distribution

Collaboration intended to better serve Canadian clients

Reading Time: 2 minutes EastGen is now providing sales and service of PigCHAMP for pork producers across Canada. The partnership was announced May 10 and the team will be led by John Wiebe, business development manager for IMV Technologies. Why it matters: Management software for hog farmers is important, especially as record-keeping becomes more of a quality assurance imperative. […] Read more

Motorleaf’s artificial intelligence software can accurately predict vegetable yields from greenhouse crops like these pepper plants weeks ahead of harvest.

Smart software makes greenhouse vegetable harvest predictions more precise

Artificial intelligence system also automates disease scouting for greenhouses

Reading Time: 2 minutes Big data is powering new software that can predict highly accurate greenhouse vegetable yields weeks ahead of harvest. Using growing conditions in the greenhouse, Motorleaf’s smart system is able to estimate within a few percentage points how many peppers and tomatoes a greenhouse will produce and when. According to the Quebec-based start-up, a wealth of […] Read more

About 160 people attended a demonstration day at the University of Arizona at Maricopa in March.

Autonomous platform moves from R&D to commercial sales

DOT and its team spent the winter further developing the platform in Arizona

Reading Time: 3 minutes Continuous field testing of prototype machinery can be a challenge for Canadian ag equipment manufacturers, because our long winters limit access to fields. A good option is to head to southern portions of the U.S. where milder climates make year-round testing possible. Only that way can engineers rack up the maximum number of hours on […] Read more

IBM helps to overlay weather details to assist in making decisions.

IBM expands artificial intelligence platform into agriculture

Growers, food companies and agribusiness can boost production with better availability of weather data

Reading Time: 2 minutes International computer systems company IBM is moving further into the agriculture industry. It recently announced the global expansion of Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture in May in an effort to make weather a more predictable business consideration. IBM is combining predictive technology from The Weather Company, which it acquired in 2016 and Internet of Things […] Read more

The Veris iScan-plus harnesses four different sensing technologies, including an electrical conductivity array, red and infrared optical sensors, a capacitance moisture sensor and a thermopile sensor for soil temperature.

Sensor system logs four soil factors at once

The iScan can help farmers make decisions on adjustment of implements

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tillage and seeding implement manufacturers are giving farmers more working tool adjustment features. But how do you know what to adjust and which way to adjust it? Simply guessing is counter to the intent of these adjustments, said Veris Technologies manager Tyler Lund in a interview. He says Veris has just introduced a new system […] Read more

The in-vehicle control panel for the GRIP system.

Ontario technology addresses $3 billion a year problem

Idle management system saves on fuel and maintenance costs

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ancaster, Ont., company has invented a solution to a $3 billion a year problem in Canada. That’s the approximate value of how much fuel is wasted annually in this country due to engine idling. Idling also contributes to increased engine wear and higher maintenance costs, as well as higher greenhouse gas emissions. According to […] Read more

Fertilizer purchase is one of the areas of farmer input management that is just now being disrupted by online platforms.

Online sales of large volume inputs changing

In 2017, Farmers Business Network made its debut in Canada, and offers many programs with aggregated data

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers are increasingly looking at how they can price and buy their inputs online, but there are trust and relationship issues to overcome. Farmers already use digital platforms to buy equipment and supplies online. Online ordering for hard-to-find parts isn’t new. But a digital platform to enable farmers to buy large volumes of crop inputs, […] Read more

Croptracker has a dashboard that allows a grower or a worker to manage the crop data collected.

Ontario company launches AI-based system to help automate fruit harvest

Croptracker traces fruit through the production process, but new image collection options can analyze fruit in bins for more efficient marketing and delivery

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ontario software company is helping fruit and vegetable growers automate more of their labour-intensive harvest processes using artificial intelligence. Croptracker has just unveiled its latest innovation — Harvest Quality Vision — at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara. Why it matters: Many aspects of fruit and vegetable production still require manual labour, […] Read more