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The latest in innovation and technology was 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 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 who 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 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 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.”
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 their 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 of 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.
Thousands of farmers, agricultural workers and vendors will descend this week on Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.
The popular agricultural show is expected to draw 40,000 people this year.
“We come for the exposure because the show draws people from all over Canada,” said Jeff Gulas, VP of operations at Green Lea Ag Centre.
The Mount Elgin company had over $1 million in equipment on display.
“It’s a great way to introduce yourself or reconnect with clients,” he said
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show:
- Oxford County has been the home of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show for 24 years.
- 10,000 to 12,000 people toured the show on its first day, with 40,000 expected altogether over the course of three days.
- 750 vendors from across Canada will take part in the show and will spend up to two weeks to set up their vendor areas.
- Thirty-four Holsteins and two Jersey cows were brought in by Lely Canada to the Dairy Innovation Centre.
- It took seven days for the cows to acclimatize to their new surroundings and their new robotic milking system.
- It takes a full year to organize the farm show, with 70 part-time staff and 200 volunteers during the show.
- 100 golf carts are used to get around the property.
- It takes six months to set up the show and six weeks to take it down.
- One estimate puts the cost of equipment on display in the billions of dollars.
- Four to six security guards look after the property and equipment at night.
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