Modern-day agriculture is worlds away from what it was decades ago. New technologies and modernized farm equipment make day-to-day operations easier and more efficient, maximizing productivity and boosting output.
Modern farm equipment can significantly improve yield, reduce costs, minimize waste, and ease environmental impacts. Here are just a few examples of modern farm equipment revolutionizing Manitoba’s agricultural industry.
Manitoba is considered the heartbeat of Canada’s grain industry; it’s the country’s top producer of wheat and rapeseed. The country is consistently ranked as one of the leading wheat exporters on a global scale. For this reason, Canada has implemented a grain grading system, which enables the export of consistently pure, high-quality grain. To meet these standards, farmers in Manitoba rely on modern grain analyzing systems.
Grain analyzers use infrared spectrometry to gauge the grain and seed quality without damaging the product. This technology not only improves the process of grading the grain but it also provides farmers with real-time information on how to improve their crop yield, telling them when to separate subpar from quality products.
Grain Bin Monitoring Systems
Protecting precious grain harvests while they await transportation is vital. While grain bins are considered a safe and secure way to keep grain protected from the elements, monitoring their internal moisture and temperature using a grain bin monitoring system takes the guesswork out of operations and is today a vital necessity.
Real-time monitoring, with data sent straight to smartphones, allows farmers in Manitoba to proactively manage and engage aeration fans, immediately preventing waste. Manitoba is considered a global leader in sustainable agricultural innovation, partly thanks to gain bin monitoring.
In a world leaning heavily into automation in every regard, it makes sense for agriculture to follow suit. Systems that water automatically and weed when necessary — to name just two streamlined processes — are being introduced into the farming industry in Manitoba. The province’s agricultural companies are embracing automation to expedite repetitive and physically draining tasks.
Automated watering is especially beneficial in areas like Manitoba where the weather, temperature and rainfall fluctuate from epic highs to epic lows with little warning.
Updates to Traditional Machinery
In the grand scheme of this historied practice, tractors, tillers, and augers are considered modern farm equipment. Today, tillers have come leaps and bounds from what they once were. Modern-day tillers can now include computer screens on the dash and built-in iPads. In tillers armed with equipment like this, drivers use a touchscreen interface in their cab to easily control the tillage depth, blade angle and hitch control — among other control options.
Such revolutionary updates allow farmers to pivot and adapt how their machine functions to suit their goals without ever having to leave their cab, greatly improving efficiency and safety.
These are just a few specific examples of how modern-day farm equipment is revolutionizing the agricultural landscape in Manitoba. Ultimately, using systems and machinery such as those mentioned above, farmers in Manitoba can reduce operating costs, minimize waste, and significantly improve productivity.