Posts from "June, 2017"

Is this the droid you’re looking for?

There’s no question that the number of new product introductions from Canadian short-line manufacturers so far this year has been low, at least when compared to what we’ve seen over the last five-or-so years. During that time the weeks leading up to Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina would see my email inbox almost always

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New(er) crop potential of hemp and dryland corn

Hemp and corn aren’t necessarily brand new crops in Western Canada, but both have the makings to offer farmers some viable cropping options, say researchers. Jan Slaski, researcher with Alberta Innovates in Vegreville says industrial hemp —used for both food and fibre products — grows very well in most regions across the prairies. The crop has

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Alberta bovine TB case update

The isolated cases of TB in southern Alberta beef in 2016 may have dropped from the headlines, but the quarantine is still in effect on nearly three dozen Alberta/Saskatchewan farms and ranches. Alberta Beef Producers, in mid-June, provided the following update that explains the investigation to detect possibly infected animals continues, and it will likely

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‘Tis the season

Now that the calendar page has flipped over to June, the season of outdoor farm events in Canada is about to kick off. Here in the west, it all starts with Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina that runs through next week. That show has been held every June for so long I can remember

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Updates and reminders on weeds and insects

I didn’t actually hop through the plots at Farming Smarter’s first field day of the year near Lethbridge, AB last week, but I did walk fairly briskly because I knew their were donuts and a great lunch waiting at the end of the tour of nicely established research plots maintained by the southern Alberta applied

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Looking to the future

A few weeks ago I took in a lunchtime presentation in Winnipeg on the topic of international trade. The event attracted a pretty large crowd. I recognized some people from the ag machinery sector, but there were many others sitting in from a broad range of sectors. That was no surprise; trade is pretty important

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