Innovation Farms

Digital agriculture innovation on a full-scale farm

Innovation Farms Powered by AgExpert provides innovators across industry and academia access to leading-edge equipment, technology, and production practices in order to develop viable solutions to the diverse agronomic and technological constraints and opportunities farmers face. We do this by demonstrating the productivity and sustainability of commercialized technologies; testing and validating new technologies to bring them from pre-commercial to market; and sharing our findings to increase understanding of and access to digital agriculture tools. Download our Innovation Farms brochure.

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Empowering people to succeed and advancing technology on a 5,500 acre fully-sensored seed farm

Showcasing technology demonstrations

We demonstrate the productivity and sustainability of commercialized technologies to empower farmers and others along the value chain to adopt and fully deploy digital tools. Our location on Rutherford Farms gives us access to multiple years of historical data and on-farm trials, providing  a valuable benchmark for future trials and demonstrations.

Testing and validating technology solutions

We test and validate new technologies  in a commercial setting to demonstrate whether or not they can effectively solve prairie issues at a broad-acre scale, bringing new innovations from pre-commercial to market. Empowering people to succeed and equipping them with solutions to advance the digital agriculture industry has widespread benefits across the prairies.

Providing valuable insights to inform good decisions

We use AgExpert Field and Accounting software to provide valuable insights as part of our testing, research, and technology development. With customers in every province, and all sectors in Canadian agriculture and food production, AgExpert simplifies the entire process of record keeping from field to finance - giving farmers the information they need to make the best business decisions.

Advancing skills and knowledge

As agriculture continues to adopt innovative technologies, people with diverse skills and experiences are needed to access the full potential of these tools. STEM programs, career panels, and work-integrated learning opportunities provide learners from diverse backgrounds with education, training, and work experience to meet the changing needs across the digital agriculture ecosystem.

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EMILI has been conducting research on Rutherford Farms since 2019. Working closely with University of Winnipeg researchers to develop innovative technologies such as a crop identification algorithm used to identify different varieties of plants. This algorithm was developed from the robust database of millions of labelled images of prairie crops and weeds imaged on Rutherford Farms. Launching Innovation Farms Powered by Ag Expert in Spring 2022 allows us to expand our capacity to support the adoption of new technologies to advance digital agriculture and grow the Canadian economy.

Collaborate with us

The continued success of Canadian agriculture relies on its ability to adopt new technology, attract a skilled and diverse labour force, and embrace sustainability. Working together, we can increase the integration of intelligent technologies, empower people with digital skills, support start-ups to grow in the prairies, and accelerate Canada's growth as a leader in digital agriculture. Email to learn about ongoing projects and partnership opportunities.

Thank you to the following organizations for their ongoing support: