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It’s still years away but Olds College officials say they can see a day when linking their self-driving DOT power platform to sensors and algorithms will take farming to an entirely new level.

Go grab a coffee, the robots have got this

Future of Farming: Hook sensors, cameras, algorithms, and self-driving machines together, and farming becomes a new ball game

Just picture it: You’ve been watching your crop get rained on all week from your kitchen window, and it’s about time to do some crop scouting to see if you need to spray. But your farm is way ahead of you. Soil sensors have been monitoring moisture levels, and they’ve already called for reinforcements. A […] Read more

Despite many technological advancements, farmers can still perform the vast majority of repairs on their equipment.

Opinion: There’s a big difference between ‘right to repair’ and ‘right to modify’

Farmers should absolutely be able to repair their equipment but modifying programming leads to a host of problems

The relationship between equipment dealers, manufacturers and farmers is close knit. Equipment manufacturers and dealers have a vested interest for our customers to be prosperous. We know that when farmers are successful, dealers and our communities are successful. That is why at this time it would be unwise for a provincial government to disrupt the […] Read more


More and more, farmers are using drones in their farm operations. But are they getting the most bang for their buck to assist them with cropping decisions?

Remote sensing: A few flyovers isn’t nearly enough

It takes years of data (and boots on the ground) to really understand what’s happening in a field


So you’ve bought yourself a drone and a spiffy new multispectral camera. Sounds fun. But what now? It’s true that images from camera-equipped drones can offer a moment-in-time snapshot of yield or emergence. But what if you wanted to use remote sensing for something a little more robust, such as measuring nutrient variability in your […] Read more

Olds College, which recently acquired a self-driving DOT Power Platform, is a leading proponent of smart ag technology. Experts say next-generation technology could help Alberta rebuild its economy but investment dollars could be hard to come by post-pandemic.

Will we seize the day when it comes to smart ag technology?

Investing in next-generation agriculture would pay big dividends, but investment dollars will be in short supply

The pandemic has revealed critical weaknesses in the country’s agriculture and food systems — and the need to invest in their future, say experts. “It’s continuing to show the importance of technology, and adopting technology, on the farm,” said Remi Schmaltz, CEO and co-founder of Decisive Farming, an Alberta digital ag and farm management company. […] Read more


Sales of new tractors and combines “spiked quite nicely” two years ago but are now falling as farmers grapple with lower commodity prices and sharply higher equipment costs.

Pricey farm machinery and soft commodity prices don’t add up

Sales plunge as farm equipment prices and grain prices head in opposite directions

Farm equipment sales in Canada dropped off significantly last year as farmers faced bad weather and even worse commodity prices. “In short, (equipment sales) are not good. There’s no way to sugarcoat it,” said Curt Blades, senior vice-president of agricultural services for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “Net farm income in Canada is down pretty […] Read more

Today’s drones are great at selecting pastures and tracking cattle, can read an ear tag from 70 metres up, and offer spectral imaging a hundred times more powerful than satellites, says researcher John Church. And while they’re not good at herding, drone technology is close to offering health assessments of individual cows.

Plunging prices and better tech should put drones on your radar

Drones with sophisticated imaging tech can be robust precision tools for managing cattle on pasture

Producers are always being pitched new technology, and the marketing din is arguably louder than ever in this age of precision agriculture. So when producers ask if unmanned aerial vehicles are just expensive toys, it’s a fair question. While John Church would be the first to admit he has a lot of fun researching the […] Read more


Kicking tires on shiny new iron is a favourite pastime at Agri-Trade.

Less is proving to be more at Agri-Trade Equipment Expo

The change to a three-day format proved to be a success as the show continues to hit the high notes

It was a major change, but Agri-Trade’s switch to a three-day format proved to be a success. “That was a real positive move,” said Dave Fiddler, manager of the Red Deer ag equipment expo. The move to a three-day format (from four previously) was exhibitor driven, with most wanting to be away from home for […] Read more

A HydraGEN unit reduces carbon emissions from diesel engines while boosting fuel efficiency, says its maker.

The heat is on for innovation award contestants at Agri-Trade

The Red Deer show is using a ‘Dragons’ Den’ approach to pick the winner of its Ag Innovation award

Showcasing agriculture innovations has long been one of Agri-Trade’s priorities. But this year, it’s upping its game — and making the contenders for its Ag Innovation award do the same. Organizers of the Red Deer ag equipment expo will give $20,000 to a company that not only has a creative product or service that benefits […] Read more


The Harrington Seed Destructor has come a long way since it was first developed in 2012. Originally a tow-behind unit that attached to the back of the combine, the new weed seed management tool is now a mill that can be integrated with the combine — at half the price.

Is the weed seed ‘destructor’ ready for prime time in Alberta?

Invention is now cheaper and easier to use, but it's still ‘a hard sell’ for farmers

In the battle against herbicide-resistant weeds here in Alberta, the Harrington Seed Destructor might just win us the war — if farmers can justify the $100,000 price tag. “If herbicides are still working, it can be hard to convince producers to spend that kind of money to purchase this kind of equipment,” said federal research […] Read more

The U-shaped Dot A-U1

Dot Technology creates Edmonton branch

Dot Technology Corp. has established an Alberta subsidiary in Edmonton. Dot Intelligence Inc. will focus on developing leading-edge technologies — such as computer vision, machine learning optimization, and intelligent navigation — and enhancing adoption of the Dot robotic system for use in autonomous farming. Saskatchewan-headquartered Dot, a sister company of SeedMaster, is the maker of […] Read more