Over 750 exhibitors including some of the biggest names in farming came out to Woodstock for the three-day Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, which wrapped up Sept. 17.
Ontario Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal went to the show, commenting after the demonstration of German-based company Vogelsang’s new manure dribble bar, “The more efficient that our agriculture sector can become, we have the ability to play a significant role in providing both commodities and processed agricultural products throughout the world.”
“If you’re looking for a career of the future, get into agriculture,” he said.
Vogelsang’s bar features a series of almost ground-level tubes along a 15-metre boom measuring about 15 metres (49 feet). Experts credit the bar with introducing manure to the ground at a low height, reducing odour and the loss of nutrients. As it doesn’t require spraying manure, they say it doesn’t burn crops and permits the spread of manure more in the spring and summer on growing crops.
New vehicles were introduced from companies including Kioti and Kubota, who also unveiled a new permanent exhibition building at the annual outdoor show, the Kubota Event Centre, or simply “the Cube.” When the show isn’t on, they also plan on using the centre to train dealers and hold special events for customers.
Kubota also launched its new M7 Series tractors, which company officials call the biggest tractors they’ve ever made. The new machines exceed Tier4 Final emissions regulations, come with an 87 gal. fuel tank, 10 gal. urea tank, and a wider cabin. You can visit Kubotam7.ca/testdrive.html to book a test drive. The M7 Series comes with 130-170 HP and an optional maximum speed of 50 km/h.
In a release from last year, the company’s president and CEO Masato Yoshikawa said “Kubota has established a well-respected name for itself in the industry over the last four decades. As we move in to a new era for the company, we continue to build on the strength of the Kubota brand and grow our business into new segments.”
Four new Kioti products were also introduced at the show, including the Mechron UTV (Ultimate Terrain Vehicle), as well as the RX Series, DK10 Series and CK10 Series of tractors.
Standard features on the six-tractor CK10 Series include 25-40 HP, a Common Rail diesel engine, a single-lever joystick for front loader usage that returns to neutral when released and a clearance of 13.4 inches to make working on uneven ground easier
The RX Series, Kioti’s utility tractors, come with a horsepower range from 66 to 73 HP. Their Turn Assist Control allows the engine’s rpm to drop by 10% automatically when turning sharply.
Their new UTV, the Mechron, comes with two-row seating, capable of transporting four people. With a payload capacity of more than 1,000 lbs, the Mechron can handle a wide range of heavy operations.
DuPont Pioneer used the show as an opportunity to announce its “Seed for Life” contest – which will award one lucky winner up to $1.25 million in Pioneer seed over the next 25 years.
“DuPont Pioneer strives to help farmers increase their profitability and improve their livelihood — and this contest reflects that,” Krista Klompstra, DuPont Pioneer’s marketing manager for Eastern Canada, said in a release. “We hope growers are as excited as we are about the many opportunities this contest could create.”
The deadline to enter the contest is Aug. 1 2016. There are two ways to enter; First, each purchase of Pioneer corn products will equal one entry into the contest. Those who purchase products and pay in full by Dec. 4, 2015 will receive two entries into the contest. Or, to enter without purchase, compose a 250-word, hand-written essay describing what there is to love about Pioneer seed products. Mail the essay to 7398 Queens Line, PO Box 730, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5L1 labeled “No Purchase Entry.”
People submitting essays prior to Dec. 4 2015 will receive 200 entries into the contest, while those writing in during the contest period after that date receive 100 entries.
The grand-prize winner will be announced Aug. 2, 2016 and could receive up to $50,000 of seeds per year for 25 years. There is also five “Seed for a Season” secondary prizes where the winners will receive up to $10,000 of seeds.