Posts from "December, 2010"

A Saskatchewan refugee

When I started on this blog, I didn’t intend to include any topic more political than debating favourite machinery colours. But after a visit from a neighbour this weekend, I felt obliged to to break that rule. Here’s why. That neighbour brought some legal papers with him when he came to see us. He asked

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Merry Christmas

2010 is almost history, and overall things have been reasonably good on the agricultural front. Commodity prices aren’t too bad—although they could always be better. And depending on which expert prediction you read, there is a fair chance that will continue. Farm machinery manufacturers think so too. Here’s how John Deere’s fourth quarter financial report

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A sane voice of science, or moanings of a dinosaur

It wouldn’t totally surprise me one day, to see a news report that the body of a certain Alberta Agriculture soil specialist was found dead, under mysterious circumstances, in a grain field. (Don’t get me wrong I am not wishing any ill will what so ever on long-time soil scientist Ross McKenzie – I like

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Deal or no deal?

Last wednesday, Reuters News Agency reported that AGCO’s chairman, president and CEO, Martin Richenhagen, publicly stated he wanted to buy CNH Global, the company that controls New Holland and Case IH. Mr Richenhagen reportedly revealed during an interview with an Italian newspaper that he had met with Sergio Marchionne, Fiat SpA’s chief executive, to discuss

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World’s first Tier 4A tractor

On December 1st, Case IH announced it had just shipped the first production tractor that meets the U.S. EPA’s Tier 4A emissions standards—a 180 Magnum, as it turns out. Officially, tractors over 175 horsepower manufactured after January 1st must comply with that regulation if they are to be sold in the U.S. Although Canada’s federal

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