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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Barley fodder feeds organic livestock

You might want to keep the kids at home for some relatively cheap labour if you plan to switch your 200 or 300 head beef cow-calf operation to a fairly labour intensive livestock production method that’s part of what’s known as the permaculture system. However, for smaller, mixed farming, multi-species operations looking to produce specialty

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Communications 101

This week a big group of the Glacier FarmMedia editorial team was in Ontario walking the aisles of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Glacier, if you didn’t know, is the parent company of all us here at Grainews, Country Guide and a few other magazines you’ve more than likely heard of. As a group, we writers

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Going, going…

The Humboldt Broncos bus crash not only shocked us Canadians, it made news headlines in several countries round the world. But here at home it wasn’t a here-and-gone item on the six o’clock news. The incident has been in the public consciousness since that day. Watching us as a society keep the victims in our

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Women drivers

A few years ago a small group of feeder cattle from our neighbour’s pasture broke through the fence and ended up in my yard. When my neighbour arrived to take them home, he brought his saddle horse and a Collie dog. As he herded that group of yearlings away, I couldn’t help but be impressed

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Space, the final frontier

I received a news release from the Two Hills, Alberta, RCMP last week, and it has to be one of the oddest I’ve ever seen. That detachment has located an old car described as a 1940 to 1949 Dodge. It was abandoned near an oil lease site in Lamont County, Alberta. The Force says, “All

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