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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Check somebody’s body for a condition score

Maybe you haven’t been going to the gym yourself lately, well never mind — at least check the body condition of your cattle this winter and give them a score. It is probably one of those management things many producers say “ya, I should do that one of these days” and maybe others feel they

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Haulin’

The warm summer temperatures have clearly vacated the prairies for another year, but that doesn’t mean we at Grainews have given up on our practical machinery testing—far from it. It just means we’re drinking more coffee during the breaks to try and keep warm while doing them. This past week was a prime example of

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Fendt looks to grow

A few years ago I was invited to the official launch of the Fendt 500 Series tractors in Europe, which happened a couple of years before they debuted here. AGCO, which of course owns Fendt, invited two machinery editors from the U.S. and one from Canada, me. We found ourselves at a big event at

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