A barn marked with a Be Seen Be Safe notification.

Ontario technology to track poultry production systems in Alberta

The goal of Be Seen Be Safe technology is to minimize disease spread

With the threat of African swine fever hanging over the pork industry and a devastating new tomato virus just discovered in Ontario for the first time, the need for biosecurity in the agriculture sector has never been stronger. Hand in hand is the ability to quickly and easily track movement on and off farms, which […] Read more

Editorial: High speed investments

My fist-pump moment when we were deciding whether or not to buy our small farm 10 years ago had nothing to do with the state of the house, or soil conditions, or proximity to off-farm work. I was standing on the second floor of the derelict house on the property and I could see the […] Read more

New drone regulations are aimed at public safety.

New drone flying regulations announced

Greater popularity of drone use has prompted changes to previous rules for flying them

Transport Canada recently released new rules governing the use of drones, which are expected to take effect June 1. These new regulations apply to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or “drones” that weigh 25 grams up to 25 kilograms and are flown within the pilot’s visual-line-of-sight. Why it matters: Drones are playing a significant role […] Read more

Brian Tischler demonstrates how he’s able to drive his tractor autonomously using software on a laptop.

Autonomous technology hamstrung by liability risks

Just about anyone can build a self-driving implement using open source software, but “your insurance company is going to puke”

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk if something goes wrong. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000 using open-source software. He’s done it. That’s […] Read more

Research, and eventually management, of beef cattle is trending toward more individual animal measurement.

Manage to the average no more

Beef research and new technology take aim at individual animal management, but will it be profitable on the farm?

The new beef research facility being constructed at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station will expand capacity to 288 cows and 96 replacement females and will enable researchers to gather more individual data on the animals. Why it matters: Beef cow numbers have been declining in Ontario as other sectors, especially crops, provide more […] Read more

WEEDit has created a spot spraying product that determines where weeds are located before spraying.

Solving spray problems with new technology

Sprayer innovations can help reduce herbicide resistance by making sure lethal doses are delivered to weeds

How farmers spray their crops — not just what they spray — could be contributing to growing weed resistance across Canada. Technology is emerging, though, that can help overcome common spraying challenges. That’s according to Tom Wolf, President of Agrimetrix Research and Training, a Saskatoon-based company that specializes in spray application. Why it matters: Smart […] Read more

Cole Powers, left, Benjamin Davies and Michael Wu are three of four founders of IntelliCulture.

Bringing fleet analytics to agriculture

Waterloo startup looks to create app to harvest and analyse farm equipment data

Cole Powers says that farmers should have access to scalable agriculture data technology, with a low barrier to entry. He and three fellow fourth-year University of Waterloo students are working to create an app for farmers to help them efficiently collect data and then make efficiency recommendations on their farms. Historical data can help determine […] Read more

Peter Vincent, co-founder of Grain Discovery, an online grain trading platform, explains how blockchain will boost farmers’ bottom lines.

Reaping potential grain profits with blockchain

An Ontario project will explore the potential of the secure system to increase grain trading efficiency and transparency

Blockchain will revolutionize not only the way grain is traded, but also the way most transactions are conducted, according to Peter Vincent, chief technology officer and co-founder of Grain Discovery. The company plans to launch an online grain trading platform using a blockchain system called Hyperledger for corn, wheat and soybeans in June 2019. The […] Read more

Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon.

Agricultural innovation incubators get another year of funding

Bioenterprise invests in early-stage businesses, especially in agriculture and food

Two innovation incubators have received additional funding to support early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs and especially those in agriculture and food. Bioenterprise Corporation and its delivery partner Innovation Guelph were awarded $2.28 million by FedDev Ontario to deliver the Bioenterprise Seed Fund and Innovation Guelph’s Fuel Injection program which provides seed funding and access for specialized […] Read more

Deveron’s Matrice drone is used for many agriculture applications.

Deveron predicts continued increase of drones in ag-data use

The Canadian drone company has recently purchased or aligned itself with ag data providers

Canadian agricultural drone service company Deveron UAS hopes recent acquisitions will help it deliver independent data gathering and practical analysis to farmers. Deveron UAS recently acquired Veritas Farm Management, the data analytics arm of South West Ag Partners Inc. David MacMillan, president and chief executive officer for Deveron, says the acquisition, as well as a […] Read more