Posts from "May, 2011"

Beef production along the Mississippi

If you’ve ever been interested in how beef is produced and crops are grown along the Mississippi region of the southern United States, the Foothills Forage Association in Alberta is organizing a 10-day all inclusive tour in late November through Mississippi and Louisiana. This is a 10-day, nine-night escorted agricultural tour that leaves Calgary November

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Got a match?

Now that the weather is finally cooperating, most prairie farmers are out working in their fields. But they have a lot of lost time to make up for. And it’s during those hectic days of playing catch up when things usually seem to go wrong. Sometimes instead of covering acres, you find yourself repairing a

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Cross Slot field demo

Last week—during a lull between a late spring blizzard and heavy rain showers—I had a chance to attend a field demonstration of Baker No-Tillage’s Cross Slot seeding system. The demo, held on a farm near Willow City, North Dakota, was one that would challenge the capabilities of any seed drill. The Cross Slot drill started

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The End of the Canadian Wheat Board Lotto

Man, people didn’t wait for the body of the Liberal Party of Canada to cool Monday night (May 2) before I began seeing the odd Twitter message (Tweet) wondering when the new Conservative majority government will move in to revamp the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) . One farmer near Picture Butte, Alberta said he was

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We’ve come a long way, baby

Back in the 1970s, a cigarette brand, Virginia Slims, had a long-running ad campaign with the tag line “You’ve come a long way, baby”. Remember that? Something that happend to me last week made me think of that old line. A friend called one evening; and she said when going through her late husband’s large

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