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

The Mobile Sensor Mote being developed at PAMI sits in the grain and transmits moisture and temperature readings to a base 

Give bins pills to ensure they stay healthy

Off-the-shelf sensors are being evaluated for their ability to monitor bins

Grain storage sensors being developed at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute use over-the-counter electrical components and offer better coverage in large bins. “The point of them is to try and get full coverage of moisture and temperature throughout a grain bin because we found that the options that are available now give limited coverage,” said […] Read more

The increasing use of sensors and digitization of processes on farms and in the agriculture supply chain, connected via blockchains, will mean less paper, more accuracy and quicker turnaround and traceability.

Farming blockchain

The ability to secure data and transactions through a chain of users could improve agriculture supply chain efficiency

Imagine a consumer who really likes a steak reaching back through the supply chain to give the farmer who raised that beef a tip. Or, being paid immediately for grain delivery. Those are a couple of the ideas behind Grain Discovery, a Prince Edward County agriculture start-up company planning to use blockchain technology to make […] Read more