Getting more than you paid for

Earlier in the week I was chatting with a career truck driver. We were discussing how the trucking industry has changed. And we got onto the topic of how technology in the trucks now was so far advanced compared to what was in the rigs we both drove when we were younger. Autoshift transmissions and

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Get in and hang on

My morning routine usually involves first sitting down in my office with a coffee and scanning through emails, and then checking Twitter to see what, if any, interesting news is being talked about. Today I noticed two very interesting tweets almost one after the other. The contradiction between them was a bit jarring. The first

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Keeping up with the times

This week a news release on a survey about the general public’s attitude toward education arrived in my digital inbox. I’m not sure how I ended up on the mailing list for it. Getting inundated by “news” releases from marketing staff of all stripes, whether or not it has anything to with what we write

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Hand me that fish

There are some days lately—well, many of them actually—when it feels to me like the world is living through one giant Monty Python skit. I mean think of it. This week Boris Johnson’s Tory government in the UK tried to pass a non-confidence bill against itself to trigger an election—and it failed! Even with his

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Fill ‘er up

As I stood at a pump island fuelling up my Jeep, It struck me how unusual it is these days to find a gas station that actually offers a full service choice, like the one I was at. Pumping gas was one of those things a lot of young guys my age started out their

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Pencil out your winter feeding costs

Depending on your region of Western Canada, feed for cattle this winter might be in short supply. Does it make economic sense to feed cattle expensive feed? That’s the question Ted Nibourg, long-time Alberta Agriculture farm management specialist urges producers to pencil out before the feeding season begins. In a recent article in the Alberta

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Some days…

As I sat at my office computer this week with a long list of recorded interviews to transcribe and turn into articles, I couldn’t manage to accomplish anything constructive. It seems some days I just can’t get into it. That’s likely a problem everyone in every profession has experienced from time to time. As I

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A nemesis of the Nemesis?

The introduction of Versatile’s Nemesis tractor and the simultaneous announcement—but not official introduction—of the Kubota M8 tractor line at the same time caused some logistical problems for the two brands when it came to publicity. At the moment the Nemesis models rolled into the spotlight, Kubota confirmed it had an OEM agreement with Versatile to

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The Chronicles of IH

Our latest Grainews machinery book review this summer had us reading through pages of “The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines”, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery coffee table book filled with glossy images that detail the evolution of a brand’s

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Taking AIM

Last week Ag in Motion, the relatively new farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, ran for the fifth time in as many years. Having walked the show site every year from the very first one until now, I have to say that next year I’ll be demanding he boss provide me with some sort of on-site

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