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IN-BIN OPTIONS

Low-tech air drying of grain may be a farming practice tailor made for these wet, financially constrained times. Multiple tough harvests have increased grain drying demands on Alberta farmers at a time when average farm income is down substantially. Can natural in-bin airdrying or natural aeration help Prairie farmers cope, and at an attractive price? Employing differing airflow levels, both involve blowing air into grain bins to dry harvested grain.

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PROACTIVE PROTECTION

With the Alberta rural crime rate being 42 per cent higher than in urban centres in 2017, farm residents have become more interested in beefing up security. Some are using technology to deter crime on their properties.

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SKILLS FOR A NEW FARMING ERA

The agriculture industry faces pivotal challenges, and a new report from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) suggests action is needed. Farmer 4.0: How the coming skills revolution can transform agriculture, details the precarious situation Canadian agriculture finds itself in as it faces a labour shortage, shrinking profits and its slice of global export markets diminishes.

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CTRL+P

Will the next replacement part for your tractor be produced on a 3D printer? 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process of laying down layers of material—referred to as substrate—to create a three-dimensional object.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SHUTOFFS

There may be environmental benefits that come with the reduced overlap of inputs afforded by sectional shut off equipment. The technology certainly reduces the percentage of chemical fertilizer applied.

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