Posts from "November, 2013"

Did someone mention copper deficiency?

Nothing brightens my day faster than a phone call from Ieuan Evans explaining the virtues of copper in wheat production. I don’t know if the micronutrient will actually seed the crop for you or run the combine for eight hours, but other than that it can do just about everything else in helping to produce

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An evening of awards at OYF event

After a stressful week of being at their best everyone could finally relax late last Friday as two farm couples from Alberta and Atlantic Canada were named winners of the national Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers award in Regina, Sask. Grain and oilseed producers Michael Kalisvaart and his wife Karen Jansen from Gibbons, Alberta and dairy

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Agritechnica wraps up

Last Sunday I checked out of my Hanover Germany hotel room and grabbed a cab to the airport for an early morning flight. 22 hours, three flights and a 2 ½ hour drive later I went to sleep at home in Rural Saskatchewan. I’d been in Germany for a full week, taking in every day

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Ag industry needs to show great plans for the future

Agriculture needs to show the world it has some great ideas for improving any perceived problems facing the industry, rather than trying to find creative ways to silence its critics, says a leading world consultant and communications specialists. Rather than trying to persuade skeptics that foods produced with genetically modified (GMO) crops are safe, the

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Agritechnica 2013 kicks off

Two days ago, the 2013 edition of the Agritechnica machinery show kicked off in Hanover Germany. But just calling it a machinery show doesn’t really do it justice. After spending two days on the grounds, I’d have to say this show gets better every year.   When it comes to physical size, the number of

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Hussar’s sweet song is a $50,000 winner

  The Village of Hussar about an hour east of Calgary is a great example of how people can pull together with some effort and a bit of creativity to the benefit of the community at large. The farming and ranching community, with a population of about 200, recently won a $50,000 contest from Alberta-based

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