Planting seeds of innovation
WOODSTOCK — The latest in innovation and technology is on display for forward-thinking farmers at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.
A demonstration Tuesday of the capabilities of Climate Fieldview detailed how farmers can collect and analyze 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.”
Launched in Canada in January, the system includes monitors and sensors that collect information about what’s happening in a farmer’s field allowing them to be “more productive and sustainable.”
Equipped with a GPS, the new built-in technology tallies the number of bushels harvested in a certain area, the total harvested and crop moisture levels.
The information is retrieved so farmers can see it on digital maps and 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 the 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 this week at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.
The popular agricultural show is expected to draw 40,000 people to a sprawling site north of Woodstock that includes more than 750 exhibits, field demonstrations and 2.4 hectares of crops.
“We come for the exposure because the show draws people from all over Canada,” said Jeff Gulas, vice-president of operations at Mount Elgin-based Green Lea Ag Centre. “It’s a great way to introduce yourself or reconnect with clients.”
Husqvarna is introducing 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.
Cam Lindner, 4, of Gads Hill, takes the wheel of a CASE combine worth about $500,000 at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock on Tuesday. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to check out about $3 billion in farm equipment on display as the show continues through Thursday.