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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Ag In Motion was an informative first day

It’s official. If you want your province to dry out call Charles Schmidt. This climatological fact was among the many things I learned at the first day of the 2017 Ag In Motion (AIM) farm show near Langham, Sask. Tuesday. (About 20 minutes from Saskatoon — the show is still running Wednesday and Thursday so

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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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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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Prince Philip “gone fishing”

Wouldn’t you know it. The guys stumbles into this cushy job and immediately after 67 years decides to coast. The UK and a good part of the world was rocked this morning by news that Prince Philip, at age 96, is talking retirement. At least he had the courtesy to give everyone five month’s notice.

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It ain’t broke, let’s fix it!

Sometimes I think bureaucrats, politicians, the makers of electronic devices (cell phones/software programs) and a hundred other things just mess with stuff because they have nothing better to do. I was just reading recently where the federal government was asking for input into changing the cash deferral plan producers use when they sell a commodity

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A closer look at some good news stories

BY LEE HART Three supposedly “good news” stories to report on today: 1. Health Canada has approved ground beef for irradiation; 2. Research shows eating saturated fats such as butter and well marbled meat may not be bad for your heart, and; 3. NASA has found seven earth-sized planets that may support life. ABOUT IRRADIATION

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Banff bison are back, but…

I really didn’t get any warm fuzzy feeling with news in recent days that Parks Canada has reintroduced bison to Banff National Park. There was some newsworthy fanfare that after 140 years absence (of free roaming bison) and after it sounds like considerable planning, park officials released 16 head of bison in a remote area

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