Posts from "April, 2011"

Canola council needs producer co-operators

  Researchers working with the Canola Council of Canada are looking for about 50 producers across Western Canada to help with a stand establishment study. If you’ve had some experience growing canola (i.e. well remember the rapeseed days) the Canola Council may be interested in talking to you about production and stand establishment practices and doing

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Forage seed warranty offer ends April 30

Farmers across Western Canada using an Agrowplow direct seeding drill to plant Viterra forage seed this spring can get a 100 per cent forage seed warranty from the companies. It is a limited time offer that has to be booked by April 30. So if you buy your forage seed from Viterra and plant it

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Here’s a fertilizer tip that will save you money – #1

 Banding all fertilizer best under “normal” conditions While there have been some newer products and pitches advocating split fertilizer applications, an Alberta Agriculture soil scientist says a single application of fertilizer, banded at time of seeding, is the most effective means of providing adequate nutrition for a crop. Ross McKenzie, who is based in Lethbridge,

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Skid steer competitions

New Holland just announced the introduction of its new 200 Series skid steer and compact track loaders. There are seven skid steers and three tracked versions in the line. According to the company, their designs are the result of extensive customer feedback. So these machines should be everything you’d ever ask for in a compact

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It’s auction season, again

It’s auction season, again. Every spring those few weeks between the start of milder weather and the day farmers need to head into the fields are packed with farm sales. This year, however, milder weather is a pretty relative term. Last week when I attended my first sale of the season, I had to come

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Savvy Farmer simplifies all pesticide selection

A lot of companies and associations have “great websites and great web tools”  to keep people informed and make life easier. And sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. But, one recent website/software I was pointed towards, which I think is just a great idea is called Savvy Farmer. It costs $199 per year to

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Book work

A few days ago a reader wrote and asked me if I could help him find information on how to properly install an auxiliary hydraulic pump on his tractor. He wanted to run it off the front of the engine’s crankshaft. Adding more hydraulic capacity to an older tractor is something most of us have

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When did the farm team turn pro?

Last week I was invited to Seed Hawk’s manufacturing plant to be an observer at their customer training day. The company held the event to give buyers some hands-on training on how to operate their new seed drills before the season gets going. As seeding equipment becomes more sophisticated, seminars like this become increasingly valuable

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