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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Running late

If you follow along on this blog, you may have noticed I haven’t posted a new entry in a couple of weeks. Sorry about that. Officially, I’m on holiday. Our editorial director emailed me a couple of weeks ago to tell me I had two weeks of unused leave to burn off before the end

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Cannabis Day – a national holiday

October 17 should be a national holiday in Canada. I don’t know if you are as excited as I am to know that the recreational use of cannabis — marijuana, pot, weed — becomes legal tomorrow. Who has been able to sleep? Is the excitement over the prospect of legal pot overwhelming the rural Canadian community

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Saying goodbye to an old friend

There were obvious signs of relief in many quarters this week as a new NAFTA agreement was finally reached. At the insistence of the U.S. president, however, it will get a new name. Now it’s the USMCA, which CBC’s comedy show ’22 Minutes” suggested in a tweet sounded like—and should be sung like—the classic line

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Drying up

Last week PAMI (The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute) released some tips for producers who are trying to dry out this year’s crop after getting it into the bin. It looks like some helpful stuff. So rather than me interpret it, here’s a direct excerpt from their press release:   “We know producers are very concerned

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