The Canadian Agricultural Show is back for the first time since 2019 and with it comes new innovations and new gadgets for farmers to try.
One standout item at this year’s show is a Regina-designed and manufactured stand-up electric mountain bike.
It is created by the LyteHorse company and, as Eric Larson describes it, it gives people a completely different mountain biking experience.
“The LyteHorse looks cool because you’ve probably never seen anything like it. The standing riding position is a very unique experience,” he told the REAL District on Tuesday.
“You have such a great vantage point and really become one with the surroundings when you’re there.”
Larson says the company came up with the idea of a collapsible electric golf cart that can be folded up and put in a car. The company thought it would be cool to have an ATV like this.
” That’s where it all began. We suddenly discovered that the design had loads of torque, horsepower and could do a lot more. It became what we see today,” he added.
The ATV won’t ship until the fall, but Larson says the company has heard from many different people and groups interested in it. This includes farmers, athletes and first responders.
“We’ve had interest from other different markets, law enforcement being one of them,” he said. “Law enforcement, I think what we’ll see there is community policing and the ability to move around an urban environment quietly and with a great vantage point and great accessibility.”
Each vehicle can move as fast as 80 kilometers per hour.
Another item that caught people’s attention at the show was a product from FarmTRX.
The company has ties to Saskatchewan near Medstead and has created a yield monitor that stands out from others on the market.
“Yield monitors have been around since the mid-1980s and many of these systems either failed or weren’t present on the combines you could buy between the 1980s and 2005,” said Mark Hammer of FarmTRX.
The product allows farmers to view the yields of their fields directly from a smartphone or tablet. The results are almost instantaneous.
Due to poor results from yield marketers, FarmTRX’s chief tech decided to try making his own. This would allow the product to create a yield map so farmers could save a lot of time and money.
“It will work on anything from a 1969 John Deere to a 2018 Case 9240,” Hammer explained.
The product was launched in 2018 and Hammer says it has been a hit so far.
“We have around 2,000 around the world. Most of them are in Canada and the United States, but we have a large installation in Finland, Ukraine and all over Europe,” he said. “We are present in about 40 countries at the moment.”
Hammer adds that although the product is made in Saskatchewan, many people still don’t know it exists.
“I would say maybe 10-20% of farmers know it exists,” he added.