Marketing and the media

During the Manitoba Ag Days show in Brandon last month, I had a chance to sit in on a presentation by John Gehrer, an entrepreneur who created the Never Spill Spout for grain augers. His presentation was meant to give budding inventors the benefit of hearing about his experiences turning an on-farm invention into a

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Broadening horizons

In mid January, John Deere did something neither it nor any other farm equipment manufacturer had ever done before (at least as far as anyone can remember). It took one of its combines, an S770, to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This is the place all the tech companies go to show off

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Something for nothing

We’ve all heard the old expression “you get what you pay for”. And I would be the last one to argue that isn’t true. More than once I’ve tossed out a cheap pair of shop gloves that tore or started coming apart on the first day of use. I’ve actually thrown out cheap wrenches too,

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Machinery, burgers and seminars

This week I was back at the annual Manitoba Ag Days show in Brandon. I’m sure I haven’t missed that event in far more than a decade. It, like a handful of other equipment shows, has become an annual ritual that gets penciled onto my calendar at the start of the year. Each show I

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A model of controversy

This past week I was having lunch with a group of machinery product reps. We were talking about new machinery introductions when one asked me if I’d ever been to a European farm machinery show. The answer was, I’ve been to farm machinery shows on three different continents at one time or another. We started

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Making headlines today – Jan 10, 2019

SMAll BUT POWERFUL I love practical research results that really speak to me. I was reading this morning that researchers in the United Kingdom have determined that people with a few extra pounds around their waist — these even used the word obese— have smaller brains — 12 per cent smaller than people who aren’t over

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Gearing up

It’s become a ritual for me, heading over to Hanover Germany every second November to spend a week at Agritechnica, the world’s premiere farm machinery show. During my time as machinery editor I’ve attended many farm shows in countries on three different continents, but none of them can really be compared to Agritechnica. I suppose

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A New Year’s resolution suggestion

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is almost here—again! The year seems to have flown by, but that may be because for me, personally, there have been so many changes. It was the year we made the transition from being involved in farming for decades as well as living there for a long time to

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Mob rule

If you have any self-directed investments in your retirement portfolio, you might be feeling a little like collateral damage in the global trade war these days. With the recent actions of the U.S. and Chinese leaders, the stock markets have been up and down like a kangaroo on the run. That influences the values of

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Shocking news

Last week’s announcement by General Motors that it’s closing the Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario and four others in the U.S. came as a surprise to many. The Ontario plant has been around forever. This is its history, according to GM: “The General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant has been building world class vehicles in Oshawa,

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