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Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine is the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario and a source of information for our province’s grain farmers. 

Future of grain


Latest technology from John Deere
John Deere is introducing mounting brackets and attachments to make it easier and more convenient for producers to have hands-free access and improved viewing of their mobile devices while operating equipment. These new brackets include a cell phone mount bracket kit, a tablet mount kit, and an accessory mounting bracket kit.


According to Tyler Rouse, senior marketing representative for John Deere Tractor Parts, for proper machine operation, it’s critical that mobile devices be located and mounted where they are accessible but do not interfere with visibility and machine controls. “All the mounts allow the operator to quickly and easily attach or remove the devices from the holder without sacrificing stability or durability,” Rouse says. “These mounts make it convenient for customers to incorporate these devices into their cabs while maximizing visibility, accessibility and operational efficiency.” 

Part numbers for the kits are as follows: BRE10015 – Cellphone Kit, BRE10034 – Tablet Kit, and RE343680 – Accessory Mounting Bracket Kit.

This spring, John Deere is adding new environmental sensors and features to its Field Connect soil moisture monitoring system. In addition to the soil moisture data already provided, the new sensors will provide data on temperature, wind speed, wind direction, humidity, solar radiation, leaf wetness and rainfall.

The sensors are installed in customer fields as part of the Field Connect Gateway. Field-specific soil moisture and environmental data is transmitted to a secure website for viewing, and customers can program the system to receive alerts based on set parameters. Field Connect charts the data from the readings over time, allowing producers to identify trends. To learn more about John Deere Field Connect, visit

Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected with each other and stay up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight two Twitter accounts we think you should consider following.

Searching for #plant13 will group together all Twitter posts relating to the planting season this spring. Farmers across North America are posting updates on their challenges and successes with getting crops in the ground. Adding this hashtag to your own posts will let others know what’s happening in your fields. l

AGCO connects with its loyal farmers through Twitter by sharing their stories and unique photos. An ‘Image Game’ promotes their core brands of Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson & Valtra. Regular posts keep you updated on company news and events. AGCO has more than 7,500 followers on Twitter. l

The Digital Toolbox
The smartphone, tablet and computer are important tools on today’s farms. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight an app or online tool that may help you in the field or in the farm office.
DEKALB’s mobile website enables farmers, dealers and agronomists to quickly find real-time information about products, services, agronomic information, weather forecasts, market information, and dealer locations. This includes yields, agronomic alerts and commodity prices. Materials are available on corn and soybeans. The site takes the most relevant information from Monsanto’s main website and optimizes it for viewing on the small screen of a smart phone. Information can also be customized based on postal code.


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