Eastbound and down

When I sat down to write my blog entry this week, I started into a serious discussion of the major topics affecting farmers lately: the China syndrome, inaccurate press coverage of key ag topics in some non-farm publications—due to a significant lack of understanding of the issues by those reporters covering them—and so on. Then

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Taking in the classics

When I first started writing about tractors and machinery, I was only looking at older machines, anything vintage, rare, unique or just plain interesting. Or perhaps more accurately stated, anything that was interesting to the editors I was supplying articles to, which meant almost anything old on Canadian farms. That’s because my first customers as

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Out of the Morning

In a radio broadcast to the people of occupied France during World War II, Winston Churchill reassured them that liberation would come. “Sleep well,” he said, “For morning will come”. On June 6, 1944 as the sun rose, morning had truly dawned. It was D Day. The largest seaborne invasion fleet ever assembled began to

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Some days the news ain’t great

Well it is not exactly the weather forecast Prairie farmers were hoping to hear, but AccuWeather is predicting a hot, dry summer across most of Western Canada. Actually the west side of Alberta will be hot, dry and smoky and the rest of the prairies will just be hot and dry, according to AccuWeather Senior

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DIY testing

Over the past few years, we at Grainews have been conducting practical tests to provide our readers with insight into what some of the various machines commonly used on the farm really have to offer. And we’ve already covered a pretty wide variety of them. Of course we can’t just saunter into a dealership and

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Canola trade conflict at a standstill

If Canadian farmers were hoping to hear today there is a quick fix in sight to the resumption of canola exports to China, they would have been disappointed. There is little change on the efforts of the Canadian canola industry and federal government in getting the canola market to China re-opened — everyone on this side

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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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