November 14, 2016 8:58 pm
Updated: May 24, 2017 10:19 am

Canada 150 logo cut into Saskatchewan crop using modern technology

A Youtube video showcases modern technology being used to combine the Canada 150 logo into a Saskatchewan wheat field.

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A Youtube video uploaded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) showcases the Canada 150 logo against the backdrop of the Prairies.

The crop art was created by federal public servants in a durum wheat field in Wilcox, Sask., this past September using modern high-tech agriculture technology.

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The country’s 150th anniversary logo was uploaded into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software which helped technicians program exact GPS coordinates into a combine’s on-board computer.

Once the combine was positioned at the correct starting point, the GPS program took over the wheel and navigated itself over four hours to complete the 500-metre-wide image.

WATCH: Canada 150 crop art come to life

“GPS technology is in all the combines these days. Being hands-free reduces fatigue for the operator and allows them to focus on running the machine efficiently,” AAFC geomatics researcher David Lee said.

“With this level of precision, farmers are no longer wasting energy and time on overlapping cuts.”

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The official Government of Canada’s logo for the anniversary of Confederation in 2017 was created via a nation-wide contest. Ariana Cuvin, of Toronto, beat out over 300 entries with her winning design.

The logo is composed of a series of diamonds arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf.

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