Lee Hart

Lee Hart

Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)


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Pencil out your winter feeding costs

Depending on your region of Western Canada, feed for cattle this winter might be in short supply. Does it make economic sense to feed cattle expensive feed? That’s the question Ted Nibourg, long-time Alberta Agriculture farm management specialist urges producers to pencil out before the feeding season begins. In a recent article in the Alberta

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Beef pot roast confirms global warming

It was good to see The Weather Network holding the feet of the Canadian beef industry to the fire in a bid to reduce greenhouses gases and save the planet. The Weather Network recently caught some heat from the Canadian Cattleman’s Association following a tweet from the Network that said: “If you really want to

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Cattle, balers and herbicides on AIM Day 2 agenda

Not that people haven’t seen cows before, but it was good to see several beef breeds featured at the Masterfeeds Beef Breeds Showcase at the 2019 Ag In Motion (AIM), near Langham, Sask. Hereford cattle along with the less common, but often award winning Speckle Park beef breed were on display. Palmer Charolais of Bladworth,

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Ag In Motion #5 ready to roll

No turning back now, folks. The show begins. The gates don’t officially open until Tuesday morning (July 16) but after months of planning and weeks of set up, the 2019 edition – fifth annual- Ag In Motion (AIM) farm show is ready to roll near Langham, Sask. Bigger and better than ever? Well I saw

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Some days the news ain’t great

Well it is not exactly the weather forecast Prairie farmers were hoping to hear, but AccuWeather is predicting a hot, dry summer across most of Western Canada. Actually the west side of Alberta will be hot, dry and smoky and the rest of the prairies will just be hot and dry, according to AccuWeather Senior

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Canola trade conflict at a standstill

If Canadian farmers were hoping to hear today there is a quick fix in sight to the resumption of canola exports to China, they would have been disappointed. There is little change on the efforts of the Canadian canola industry and federal government in getting the canola market to China re-opened — everyone on this side

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Update on canola and shrimp

CANOLA: NO NEWS IS, WELL, NOT SURPRISING I just finished sitting in on the second Canola Council of Canada (CCC) and Canola Growers of Canada webinar with an update on the China-doesn’t-want-our-canola situation and really there is no news or little change. On the Canadian side all players are looking at all options, but honestly

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Political parasite attacking Canadian canola

Here’s one profit-robbing pest Canadian canola farmers can’t control with the field sprayer — politics. It was pretty clear during a webinar with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) last week there is no immediate end in sight to China’s refusal to accept Canadian canola seed because it is allegedly “contaminated”. It is not clear what

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What language are we talking?

Following is part of a news release I received this morning, which really brought home a fundamental message — I sure do miss the simplicity of my Dick and Jane reader. There are many areas of agriculture, agri-business and new technology that I don’t understand — some just a little bit, and some of it

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