Posts from "March, 2015"

Getting up to speed

There was a time when if a salesman had to spend more than five minutes with you explaining how to operate a piece of farm equipment, you probably didn’t need it. If you really did, chances were high you already knew how to use it, because it worked like virtually all the others. On top

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Used equipment primer

In about two weeks the spring auction sale season on the prairie will kick into high gear. Farm sales really take off as soon as April hits. And I can recall an auction company manager telling me it’s those early sales in late March and the beginning of April that really seem to set the

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Engineers!

I’ve always considered engineers to be the rock stars of the machinery world. They’re the ones who take the concepts discovered by Newton, Tesla and others and actually turn them into useable technology. Some, or maybe most, of that technology today is beyond impressive. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of meeting and talking

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The great Arizona ostrich experience

I don’t know if the Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Arizona will become an annual destination, but it was good to at least check it out once. I was surprised that an annual event that is expected to draw about 300,000 over the weekend really didn’t have an awful lot to do with ostriches. Apparently it

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Recalibrating

As I and a handful of other journalists had a casual conversation with some senior executives from one of the international machinery brands recently, it was interesting to hear about the intricacies of managing production facilities in a variety of countries around the world. Their firm has plants in the UK, the U.S., India, China

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Inspired by Idaho

  You don’t see cattle being fed like this in Western Canada. Actually you do on thousands of farms across the Prairies. But seeing these Black Angus cattle in a field in southern Idaho this week inspired me to resume my blog. This photo was taken somewhere near Idaho Falls in southern Idaho — all new

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