Ideas from the GLEXPO 2017 Tradeshow

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Every tradeshow has a few new things, a few familiar things and a few hidden gems that make you do a double-take. The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo tradeshow always delivers. There wasn’t anything earth-shattering, but there was some pretty nice looking equipment.

The following are a few of the things that stood out to me as having some potential for use in the Canadian Prairies.


Industrial Cherry Pitter
This “little” beauty is probably beyond the size and scale that most prairie cherry growers would need, but it would be a nice fit if you had a good sized orchard. It would also meet every food safety requirement you could ever want.
Backpack Sprayer
At first glance, this backpack sprayer looks like a leaf blower, but I suspect it acts a bit like a backpack air blast sprayer, although I’m not sure about the pressure and droplet size flexibility. Either way, it looked pretty compact and rugged.
3 Caps Mushrooms (
This operation was selling kits for growing mushrooms on-farm. It was presented as an income supplement or a full-time venture, depending on preference. They sold kits for Shitake and Oyster mushrooms. Their tag line is “3 Caps handles the science – You handle the growing”
Haaga Floor Sweeper (
These sweepers can be used for a range of tasks in farm operations. They are versatile and thorough in their pick up, with disc and roller brushes. They are battery-operated, but can be run by hand with an empty battery.
Cultivators / Weeders
There are many different weeders/cultivators out there to work with a range of crops. I like how these 2 different ones could be ganged up and come at weeds in different ways. The basket/wire weeders are nice for small weeds between rows (I’ve seen them belly-mounted on a tractor). The Kult weeder does a few different things. They both looked sturdy and durable.
Terrainables Barrel Carts (
I’ve seen dozens of versions of amateur professionally-built cart trains. These ones looked pretty simple and well-designed.
Photo booth Outlines
Anywhere there is an agritourism component to an operation, there seems to be a need for photos. In a selfie-rich society, having places where people can take a picture that relates to your offering, is important. These could work.
Monosem Vacuum Seeder
Vacuum seeder
These are a high quality vacuum seeder. There are other versions of them out there, but I liked the look of this one. Of course, when it comes to precision-seeding, you don’t have to use a vacuum seeder, but you can.
Short-bush fruit harvest-aid
This easy harvester, built and supplied by Phytocultures ( out of Cornwall, PEI, is several steps up from the kiddie pool or the umbrella, without the cost and automation of a full-blown harvester. It seems to be rugged and reasonably flexible, especially for low growing crops like Haskap.
A&B Harvester
A&B Harvester
This in one of many types of self-propelled, over-the-row harvesters that you can find in the market. This one seemed to be a version of enclosed side row harvester. Instead of splitting and laying down half of the row at a time (requiring 2 passes), it did it all at once. I also liked how the fish plates and the machine were quite low to the ground, which would work for low crops.
Littau Harvester
I’ve seen some really old Littau harvesters in Alberta, but this new, over-the-row, self-propelled version was pretty spiffy. The beater/shaker rods were quite robust and chunky. It was a monster machine.
Sprayer Shields (
This company makes a range of sprayers for vineyards, orchards, etc. These brushes seem like they go on a multi-armed shielded sprayer rig for multi-arm/multi-angle orchard spraying. The brush shields would appear to help contain the spray.
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This information published to the web on January 29, 2018.