Posts from "September, 2016"

Why some cattle feeders are bleeding red

When I woke up on a recent morning to the surprising news that Western Feedlots at Strathmore, east of Calgary had announced it was closing down, I started wondering what could have gone wrong. Here is what I always considered was a professional, well run operation ——was this announcement a result of the ongoing downturn

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By the numbers

A few days ago I was stopped on the side of the road chatting with a member of the harvesting crew from a neighbouring farm. The field just beside where we were parked, along with others nearby, were yielding exceptionally well, he told me. The canola was running somewhere north of 60 bushels per acre.

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Keeping your head above water

Nearly every day some new press release pops up in my email inbox, usually several. In the agricultural machinery world most of those announcements use a pretty matter-of-fact style. They generally rely on the newsworthiness of the machine to provide any impact. I guess all the brands think we machinery editors a pretty pragmatic bunch.

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At the show

Last week involved yet another road trip as I headed south to take in the U.S. Farm Progress show in Boone, Iowa. This year all four of the major brands coordinated their primary new product launches around that event. For its official launch, John Deere invited members of the farm media to its nearby Des

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