Two plus two equals more

At Grainews we value reader feedback, and we actively solicit it. Any we get related to our machinery content ultimately ends up on my desk. So I get a sense for what subscribers want to see in the Machinery and Shop section. And, of course, we try to accommodate that. Over the years I found

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Winter is coming, again!

I haven’t been bold enough yet this year to put my winter jacket away for the season, even though we’re now well into May. Our daytime high temperatures have been consistently below the yearly averages now for months. So I don’t think we can say winter has truly left us yet. But an article I

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Update on canola and shrimp

CANOLA: NO NEWS IS, WELL, NOT SURPRISING I just finished sitting in on the second Canola Council of Canada (CCC) and Canola Growers of Canada webinar with an update on the China-doesn’t-want-our-canola situation and really there is no news or little change. On the Canadian side all players are looking at all options, but honestly

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Let’s be careful out there

As has become usual in the last couple of years, some late-season snow fell across much of the prairies, stopping any seeding work that may have already started. In several locations the moisture it brings with it has been far more welcome than any frustration at the unseasonable conditions. Any machines that had been working

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Political parasite attacking Canadian canola

Here’s one profit-robbing pest Canadian canola farmers can’t control with the field sprayer — politics. It was pretty clear during a webinar with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) last week there is no immediate end in sight to China’s refusal to accept Canadian canola seed because it is allegedly “contaminated”. It is not clear what

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Are you in a buying mood?

There’s no doubt the commodity market news as of late has been a little gloomy. Much of the unease has come from the actions of the Chinese, who seem determined to punish Canada for locking one of their white-collar crooks. Among other things they’ve decided to take a swipe at Canadian farmers. They randomly locked

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Getting technical

When I saw the first news images of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques making a repair to the outside of the International Space Station, one thing stood out to me momentarily. All his tools were tethered to prevent them from drifting off into the black abyss of space. I did briefly flirt with the idea of

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Under the desert sun

When field testing prototypes, Canadian ag equipment, manufacturers—like all others—need to log as many hours on a machine as is possible in the shortest amount of time. If they stick to testing in Canada, snowfall pretty much sidelines the equipment for at least half of the year. But if they head far south of the

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What language are we talking?

Following is part of a news release I received this morning, which really brought home a fundamental message — I sure do miss the simplicity of my Dick and Jane reader. There are many areas of agriculture, agri-business and new technology that I don’t understand — some just a little bit, and some of it

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Hitting the powder

I don’t think there is anyone in this country that will be sad to see the end of winter, especially one like we just experienced. So with the snow receding, giving us the first look at grass and fields again, you might think I’d be turning my attention in this entry to seeding or something

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