Farm show highlights innovation
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.
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.