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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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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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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Important “summer thinking” ahead

In perhaps what is a window between field spraying and harvest it may be a good time to think about the overall business/financial planning sides of the farm operation, says consultant Art Lange. Lange, a long-time Alberta Agriculture specialist who has been consulting for a dozen years, says there are some key questions producers should

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And the big wrap up on AIM day three

BY LEE HART Nothing impresses a crop protection company expert more when talking to an ag reporter than to demonstrate your knowledge of the agriculture industry. So I got off to amazing start on the third morning at the Ag In Motion farm show in Saskatchewan — as I was looking for the scoop on nitrogen

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India tire maker checks out Canadian market

Coming from a home town with a population of nearly 30 million people in a country where three acres is a common farm size —250 acres is getting into the “Big” farm range — it is no wonder Tarang Srivastava was impressed Tuesday with the seemingly endless wheat and canola fields in the Saskatoon area. “Who

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Another day at the office for Stampede bulls

As The Stampede is about to kick off in Calgary in a couple days it is good to know that bulls are looking forward to (or at least not dreading) the 10 days of rodeo events. That’s the word anyway from a University of Calgary researcher Ed Pajor. He’s a professor in animal behavior at

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Get out there and love your peas

You know when the crop checker leaves a handwritten note in the field, weighted down with a rock, and signed with “XOXO” that your field peas are in good hands. Not everyone would put this amount of feeling into checking crop conditions, so when I found this note on the edge of a southern Alberta

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Good beef marketing services

I’ve been away from this blogging thing for so long, I can only imagine how many people are wandering around wondering what to do with their days — well you now have some purpose… I am back. It’s not my fault I suffer from severe procrastination. I don’t know how many times I have seen a

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