Ag in Motion, billed as Western Canada’s Outdoor Farm Expo, debuted under Saskatchewan’s clear blue skies July 21. With an address like NW15-39-8-W3 you know this three-day event puts farmers’ interests first.
Trade show organizers and exhibitors started work last spring on transforming the 320-acre field northwest of Saskatoon into the bustling marketplace bordered by plot after plot showcasing crop varieties and inputs. The event magnified the power of agriculture in action from the business-park streets lined with companies featuring their latest innovations, knowledge and services and demonstration fields featuring seeding and fertilizing equipment.
Ag in Motion is modelled after Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in its 22nd year running each September at Woodstock, Ont. Both shows are a division of Glacier FarmMedia committed to bringing the best in agricultural knowledge and news to farmers and ranchers through its Farm Business Communications and Western Producer print and online publications and now on the ground.
Dennis and Donna McMorris’s Bovine Bucket was one of several exhibits of special interest to cattle producers, many of whom find themselves facing the chore of feeding grain or pellets this year to supplement the short hay crop. The Saskatchewan couple invented the feeding system to take the daily drudgery and guesswork out of carrying pail after pail of grain from the chop bin to their cattle every day. The Bovine Bucket’s auger supported over a feed trough safely delivers calculated amounts of grain, pellets or prepared rations in no time flat (bovinebucket.ca or call 306-333-4904).
Silo-King helps preserve the quality of precious hay, haylage and silage. This product, new to Western Canada a year ago, comes with a long and proven history south of the border backed by eight years in Eastern Canada. Several strains of lactic acid-producing bacteria, enzymes and BHT antioxidant work in synergy to improve the ensiling or curing process and reduce dry-matter loss. The absence of L. buchneri means neither acetic acid nor carbon dioxide are produced during fermentation. The expected benefits for silage include a lower pH to improve bunk life and an increase in digestibility to improve feed efficiency. For bales, a decrease in curing losses and reduction in heating means more energy available for your cattle and cured hay can be baled at a slightly higher moisture level (agriking.com or call 800-435-9560).
B-Wrap offers an alternative to storing bales in sheds or under tarps. One complete wrap of black material with Tama SCM technology sandwiched between John Deere CoverEdge netwrap protects bales from the elements and ground moisture, while tiny pores let water vapour escape the bale. A tab of metal tape on the material triggers the baler knife to cut the wrap and four built-in fasteners keep it in place. B-Wrap requires a dealer-installed dispenser kit and is compatible with John Deere 7-, 8-, and 9-series round balers. You will be able to switch between B-Wrap and netwrap in under five minutes (tamacanada.ca or call 1-877-690-4442).