Posts from "July, 2011"

Get ready to feed the world

If forecasts for feeding the world are even half correct, farmers in Western Canada will be growing wheat and canola not only on every acre, but in their bathtubs just to try and meet global demand. You hear these figures on where world population is headed over the next 40 years and for me it

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The far east heads west

There have been several bits of interesting news trickling out of Europe in the last few weeks—and I’m not talking about the mayhem that struck Norway. I’m referring to recent developments in the farm machinery world. While both John Deere and AGCO are set to unveil new products to the media at events in the

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Bryce is officially off the sympathy list

  Okay, so what is wrong with this picture?  Eighteen people and three dogs show up for a gruelling hike into the BC wilderness and then 40 people show up for the evening summer yard party that followed. I am sensing a lack of commitment here.  Actually, there was really total commitment by all relatives and

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Pickup projects

Pickup trucks have been on my radar a lot this past week. At home, I’ve finally decided that my 1995 three-quarter ton, 4X4, diesel needs a facelift. It’s going to have to stay around for a while, so it might as well look nice—or at least nicer. A little less than two years ago I

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Agricultural research never takes a holiday

I don’t know if this is happening to anyone else, but as I seem to be traveling more now with a 60ish-age crowd, even on holidays, the conversation inevitability steers around to either grandchildren or pension plans. And since I have neither on the go in my life at the moment it is sometimes a

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Movin’ on to wireless internet

If you’re like me, having internet access has gone from being a luxury to a necessity. It’s hard to imagine life without it, now. And perhaps surprisingly, one of the most useful places for it has turned out to be inside the workshop. A couple of years ago, mechanical instructors at Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College

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And the CWB plebiscite will tell us…..what?

I am not sure what the point of the recently announced Canadian Wheat Board’s own, non-binding plebiscite on the question of an open market will prove, other than it might allow some people to go to bed at night saying “see, I told you so.” There is a good chance, as this vote is tallied,

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