Posts from "October, 2010"

Life lessons of the Bryce Repair Job

Man, it sure is quiet and lonely here now without Bryce and Joan. Wonder what I will do today. Oh, wait, it isn’t quite 8 a.m. and I don’t even think they have left town yet. Anyway, this may be the final chapter in the Bryce Repair Job blog. The Bostocks are heading home to

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To till or not to till, that’s the question

One of the things the last two or three decades on the prairie will be remembered for—from an agricultural point of view—is the widespread adoption of no-till farming. Tillage had become a dirty, or at least a dusty, word. Cultivators and most types of tillage equipment that were in high demand up until the 80s

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The case of the ice cream miracle

I have always known that eating works wonders for me, but this may be a case where ice cream is indeed a miracle food. Just this week I witnessed a young man, who has been in hospital for nearly two months recovering from a serious head injury, eat a $9 ice cream cone (who knew

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From slide rules to computers

One of the great things about being a machinery editor is you occasionally get invited to vist engineering and assembly plants. R&D facilities, where machines are designed and tested, are fascinating. Watching new tractors go through a variety of tests intended to break them is something to see. The testing bays at R&D facilities belonging

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Someday I might retire and do something easy, like farming

I had an email this morning from the head cheese at FBC (Farm Business Communications is the division of our parent company that looks after our family of publications including Grainews, Canadian Cattleman, Country Guide, Alberta Farmer Express and Manitoba Co-operator, New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic – okay, those last three aren’t part

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A century of prosperity

According to Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s chairman, president and CEO, the company hasn’t yet reached the level of sales it would like to see for its equipment in North America. Speaking during a recent interview on the U.S. Fox News Network, he said most of the organization’s sales occur in the remainder of the world. A

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The dirty business of shipping untagged cattle

  I had a long and sometimes emotional conversation yesterday with Saskatchewan rancher Ken Habermehl. He recently was cleared of any wrong doing in a hearing regarding the shipment of cattle to a community pasture in May 2009, where it was found upon arrival that seven animals did not have CFIA approved RFID ear tags.

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Why I like farm sales

It’s farm auction sale season again. Aside from being places where producers can do some serious buying and selling, these sales are also social events. Local farmers get together at them to talk to neighbours and see if they can pick up a bargain in the process. But in the last few years, the number

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35 years down and another day to go

Today, October 4, me and the Little Mrs. are marking five years of wedded bliss. Oh, we’ve been married for 35 years, I’m just counting ones that were happy. I think that is an old Rodney Dangerfield joke, but I didn’t want my wife to  think I had gone all mushy or something. But, 35 years

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