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AIM features first-ever combine demo

Six machines will make daily passes through a field of fall rye

There’s never been anything like this in Western Canada before. See, first hand, how a fall rye crop feeds into and passes through six machines as they line up side by side to harvest in the Ag in Motion demonstration field. Fall rye has been seeded at the Ag in Motion site and has been […] Read more

Seven new product reveals from John Deere

In early June John Deere invited members of the farm media to its Harvester Works facility in Moline, Illinois, to see the full line of equipment it was introducing in 2017. And all of it was parked on the lawn in front of that combine manufacturing facility for reporters to photograph and learn about from[...]
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When farm revenue goes up, farm equipment and input companies are quick to raise prices, says Scott Keller. But when it comes to those costs, what goes up rarely comes down, he notes.

Inputs and iron: Relentless price hikes squeeze producers

When crop prices soared, so did costs — and they stayed high 
even as farm revenues fell back to earth

Record-high grain and oilseed prices are a speck in the rear-view mirror, but they’ve left a legacy of higher costs. “When we see higher grain prices, we can expect to pay higher inputs,” said Scott Keller, a mixed grain farmer near New Norway. “All the companies selling crop inputs look at farmers’ margins and then[...]
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Six numbers in agriculture to make you stop and think

It isn’t as quiet as you might think on the home front. Yes, today’s farms seem stable, but the next evolutionary wave is gaining energy

In 2009, total Canadian net farm income was $2.8 billion. Four years later, it was $10 billion more, with Statistics Canada’s saying a $5.6-billion rise in the total value of farm-owned inventories from the year before accounted for almost all of the increase in total net income in 2013 That inventory increase came from a[...]
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The dangers are well known and yet 13 per cent of farm-related fatalities are traffic related.

Minimize your road risk during harvest

Take a moment to review the hazards of taking farm equipment on 
public roads

According to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program, 13 per cent of farm-related fatalities across Canada are traffic related, and most involved tractors. During the busy fall harvest season, farmers often travel long distances between fields, and this requires transporting equipment on public roads throughout rural Alberta. Farm equipment is oversized and slow compared to[...]
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Retired canola council harvest specialist Jim Bessel uses a one-square-foot drop pan to measure harvest loss quickly and easily.

Measuring harvest loss the first step to managing it

Save big bucks by measuring harvest waste, calculating the loss, and adjusting harvest management practices accordingly

In a drought year like this one, when every bushel counts, the last thing a producer wants to do is to leave grain on the ground. But harvest loss — to the tune of up to five bushels an acre — is a costly problem for growers across the Prairies. And more often than not,[...]
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It’s an odd sight, but driverless tractors are already here. And tech expert Rob Saik says combines will be next.

The next farm technology revolution

Rob Saik says big data will soon be a fact of life on farms, and producers will have to find ways to deal with it all

Farm technology has come a long way — the leap from horses to tractors seemed huge until computers, auto steer, and advances in seed and crop chemistry came along. But the next technological leap is going to be the biggest yet, and it’s already underway, according to Rob Saik, CEO and founder of the Agri-Trend[...]
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