Posts from "May, 2014"

GMO crops and dairy cattle hit the spotlight

A U.S. based organization called Center For Food Safety is keeping the public and the media advised of challenges against genetically modified crops and animal welfare issue. I just read an article from the Center reporting that two counties in Oregon have now voted to ban production and growing of genetically engineered crops. Voters in

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The definitive world fieldwork tour

I just returned from the definitive world fieldwork tour assessing the state of seeding and pasture progress on farmland surrounded by the Tri-City area of Balzac, Beiseker, and Nightingale (just north and east of Calgary). The executive summary — it is very quiet out there folks. Tractors and air seeders waiting for drier fields and

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Cultivation in moderation

A decade or two—or maybe three—ago, tillage slowly became a dirty word on the prairie. I can remember hearing many farmers in the 1970s express a the-more-passes-the-better opinion when it came to cultivation. But that coffee-shop wisdom was flawed. In fact, serious erosion of prairie soils was making magazine headlines at the same time many

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What the judges thought

Nominations have now closed on the Farmer’s All-Time Favourite Machine competition, and your submissions were handed over to the judges, who were charged with the task of selecting three finalists in each category. Picking those finalists was no easy task. We said at the start of this competition that the judges would take a few

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