Posts from "August, 2016"

Being ready for the harvest window

It was a good Monday afternoon on the Leslie farm at Sedgewick —central Alberta, about an hour southeast of Camrose. It didn’t rain, the sun came out, pea harvest continued. It has been a slow start to the harvest says Joel Leslie who was swathing peas Monday on the family farm. Joel farms with his

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Keeping Central Alberta harvest workers fed

If you happen to be in harvest mode somewhere in central Alberta and are feeling a bit hungry, give Mic’s a call… that’s short of Michele Wright. (Yes she’s a singer, but not THAT singer.) Her number to call or text is 1 780 210 0935 (don’t lose it.) The long-time cook, and occasional karaoke

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Being precise

I suspect the idea of a plowing match started with a group of farmers sitting around claiming each could steer a team of horses pulling a plow in a straighter line than the other. Although, I may be wrong. When plows vanished from the prairie landscape here, so it seems did plowing matches. And any

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Going driverless

Last winter I met with a group of university engineering students and their professor in a small garage behind a house in Regina. They were one of 15 such teams working on creating an autonomous tractor and planter to enter in the AgBOT Challenge in Indiana last May. As it happened, they ended up winning

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Either a great dog or a dumb gopher

The general consensus was that this is a good dog, although no one was sure who it belonged to. So here was a field day near Camrose, AB talking about producing corn for silage or winter grazing, there were about 50 people standing around and this dog which looks to me to be perhaps a

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Keep corn as an option when feeding cattle

Don’t be afraid of growing corn for silage or grazing. It is cost effective and an excellent winter grazing or feed source…that was the take home message for me from a corn field day near Camrose in central Alberta this week. I spent a couple hours at the Corn Ranches customer appreciation and demo plots

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China wants “clean” Canadian canola

  It will be interesting to see if Canada can produce sufficiently “clean” canola to meet the specifications of Chinese buyers. At the moment, it sounds like exports of Canadian canola seed to China will be stopped as of September 1 (just a couple weeks away) because the dockage is too high. This is a

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Low price or good quality?

People have always shopped for bargains, but I suppose you could credit today’s low-price, big-box store concept that is a magnet for bargain hunters to Sam Walton. His creation, Walmart, spearheaded the trend. As a result, I wonder if he’s changed the way all of us consumers now think. We seem to always concentrate on

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Ugly, ugly hay year, pasture problems too

It is no news to beef and forage producers in many parts of Western Canada that it has been a poor, bad, ugly, frustrating hay year. After what seemed like a dry start to the growing season, it started to rain and it just won’t stop. In talking with my brother-in-law Joe Masi at Kootenay

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Getting a back-stage pass

One of the great things about my job as machinery editor is I sometimes get a chance to go behind the usually-closed doors of research and development shops at the manufacturers. Those workshops are where all the great new features that appear on farm equipment every year are born and evolve from concept to market-ready

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