Farm show high­lights in­no­va­tion

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - HEATHER RIVERS POST­MEDIA NEWS - Wood­stock Sen­tinel-Re­view

WOOD­STOCK — The lat­est in in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy is on dis­play for for­ward-think­ing farm­ers at Canada’s Out­door Farm Show.

A Tues­day morn­ing demon­stra­tion of the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Cli­mate Field­view de­tailed how farm­ers can col­lect and an­a­lyse data dur­ing plant­ing and grow­ing sea­sons, as well as dur­ing the har­vest, to max­i­mize yields.

“This is the most cut­ting-edge dig­i­tal agri­cul­tural plat­form on the mar­ket,” said Denise Hock­a­day of Cli­mate Cor­po­ra­tion that pro­duces the tech­nol­ogy. “No one else is do­ing what we are do­ing. We are very pas­sion­ate about adding value to farm­ers and sup­port­ing them in de­ci­sions they have to make.”

Launched in Canada in Jan­uary 2017, the sys­tem in­cludes mon­i­tors and sen­sors that col­lect in­for- ma­tion about what’s hap­pen­ing in a farmer’s field al­low­ing them to be “more pro­duc­tive and sus- tain­able.”

Equipped with a GPS, the new built-in tech­nol­ogy de­ter­mines the num­ber of bushels har­vested in a cer­tain area, the to­tal har­vested and the mois­ture lev­els of the crop.

The in­for­ma­tion is re­trieved so the farm­ers can see it first-hand on dig­i­tal maps and learn how to use the in­for­ma­tion to max­i­mize re­turns.

“The big­gest thing is that not every area of the field is the same,” Hock­a­day said. “What you want to do is un­der­stand how one part of field is per­form­ing and you can make dif­fer­ent de­ci­sions about how to care for your fields.”

Thou­sands of farm­ers, agri­cul­tural work­ers and ven­dors are ex­pected to visit Canada’s Out­door Farm Show that opened Tues­day and runs un­til Thurs­day.

The pop­u­lar agri­cul­tural show west of Wood­stock is ex­pected to draw 40,000 peo­ple.

“We come for the ex­po­sure be­cause the show draws peo­ple from all over Canada,” said Jeff Gu­las, vice-president of op­er­a­tions at Green Lea Ag Cen­tre.

The Mount El­gin com­pany has more than a $1 mil­lion in equip­ment on dis­play.

“It’s a great way to in­tro­duce your­self or re­con­nect with clients,” he said

Af­ter long days in their fields what farmer wouldn’t want to min­i­mize their time on mun­dane tasks such as cut­ting grass.

To ease the bur­den, Husq­varna has in­tro­duced its bat­tery-op­er­ated robotic mower or Au­to­mower, the only one of its kind in North Amer­ica.

Com­pletely weath­er­proof, the Au­to­mower has zero emis­sions, and the noise level is about the same as a com­puter printer.

Prices range from $2,100 to $3,999.

“It’s a great thing — you push start in the spring and your grass is mowed for an en­tire year,” said Ed­ward An­dria, re­gional man­ager for East­ern Canada.

MIKE HENSEN/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Cam Lind­ner, 4, of Gads Hill sits Tues­day in­side a CASE com­bine worth about $500,000 at Canada’s Out­door Farm Show in Wood­stock. More than 40,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to check out about $3 bil­lion in farm equip­ment on dis­play at the show that con­tin­ues Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

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