Posts from "September, 2010"

A run to Drum

  I made a trip to the Drumheller Penitentiary Sunday to visit a rancher friend who is serving time. Apparently Revenue Canada caught him in a lie on his income tax forms. He claimed he made a nice profit in the beef business!  But, it was a good morning for a drive through farm country

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Not a great corn year

It maybe wasn’t the best year to showcase grazing corn – or any corn for that matter, but even with only an estimated eight ton yield per acre, central Alberta rancher Ian Murray, says a demonstration field of forage corn will still provide several weeks of grazing for his cattle this winter. Murray, (pictured)  who

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Yahoo! Bryce is hungry (so what else is new)

The kid obviously needs to work on his penmanship, but after five days in a coma, and still with more hoses connected to his body than on the air distribution system of a John Deere seed drill, no one seemed too worried about the style of the scribble – the message was clear. Bryce was

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Keep life in perspective

  I know I should be more like my responsible co-workers and be posting reports here that help farmers grow better crops, or harvest more pounds of beef per acre, but ideas for this column usually come from what’s on my mind at the moment. And this morning before I head off to a Foothills

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Bryce is back (almost)

It doesn’t take much to make some people happy. Just a look is all they need. Young Bryce, who has been in a medically-induced coma for the past few days, following a serious accident Saturday, awoke briefly from this prolonged sleep shortly after 12 noon Wednesday and recognized his family. And minutes later as that

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Swathing tips

To say the weather this season has been extraordinary would be an understatement. The virtually non-stop rain that made spring seeding difficult is now making harvest a challenge. It’s not hard to find lodged crops in fields. Getting them swathed will test the limits of machines. In the last issue of Grainews, Lyndsey Smith had

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Waiting with Bryce

I spent most of the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend in the intensive care unit (ICU) waiting room at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary joining family members from south eastern B.C. in a vigil for a young man, who just a few hours before was a vital, living-the-moment teenager, but now lay hooked up

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