Posts from "April, 2015"

Yours, mine and Deere’s

One topic has dominated the online blogs of ag machinery editors in the past couple of weeks. It’s the sudden debate over what machinery ownership really means in the age of digital technology. The resulting controversy has generated pages of online reader comments. It seems questioning what ownership means has touched a nerve. I think

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A lot of Ram trucks

The number of ways we’ve seen farm machines get into the Guinness World Records Book in past couple of years is imaginative to say the least. Some of those record setting efforts have come directly from brand marketing people, like my last blog entry which looked at setting a land speed record for a tractor

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The market looks strong

It’s hard to know what to make of the ag machinery market so far this year. 2015 started off pretty shaky. By the end of February AEM (the Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers Association) reported that farmers were clearly keeping their chequebooks in their pockets. Monthly sales reports showed Canadian farmers bought over 60 percent fewer combines

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Smarter Farming launches my film career

Farming Smarter, the southern Alberta applied research association, based in Lethbridge, launched my film career today. I play a brief but pivotal role in Farming Smarter’s latest promotional video called “Not Grandpa’s Farm”. If you really pay attention near the end, I have a 3.5 second dramatic scene as an old fart with a walking

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Shaping the new feedmill licensing system

Various players of the Canadian livestock feeding industry are busy adding their two-cents worth (or it might be $2 worth) of comments to a proposal by the Canadian Grain Commission to license feedmills. Unless Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has a change of heart, it looks like the licensing will happen. What the industry is doing

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The need for speed

Ag tires have undergone some major technological advancements in recent years. And they really had to. Farm machines are now bigger, heavier and faster than they used to be, and that calls for more capable tire performance. Introduction of the high flexion and very high flexion radials have significantly improved traction while enlarging the tire

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There is a Heather Smith Thomas

There is a real, live, actual ranching person in central Idaho called Heather Smith Thomas. I’ve met her. Thomas’ columns and features stories have been appearing in Grainews, Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, and numerous U.S. publications for more than 30 years. But it wasn’t until a Friday morning in late March that she and a Grainews

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