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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Expected the unexpected in agriculture

  Ranchers in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan dealing with TB quarantines on cattle — some strain from Mexico, where did that come from? How did that get into some 100-year-old herds? Further north, farmers in central and northern Alberta and Saskatchewan are looking at anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent of crops out

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Trump — was that a dream or a nightmare?

Well that was a shocking, surprising and disappointing U.S. election result. I figured it might be close, but I really didn’t think Trump would pull it off. Did anyone? As yappy and annoying as he is, he might prove to be the best president the U.S. ever had, however he will have to work hard

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Good work in handling the TB wreck

I don’t think I am surprised, but I continue to be impressed with how south eastern Alberta ranchers are handling this TB investigation currently being carried out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Producers immediately affected have been open and forthright in discussing the fact that one animal produced in this extensive ranching area

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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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Being ready for the harvest window

It was a good Monday afternoon on the Leslie farm at Sedgewick —central Alberta, about an hour southeast of Camrose. It didn’t rain, the sun came out, pea harvest continued. It has been a slow start to the harvest says Joel Leslie who was swathing peas Monday on the family farm. Joel farms with his

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Keeping Central Alberta harvest workers fed

If you happen to be in harvest mode somewhere in central Alberta and are feeling a bit hungry, give Mic’s a call… that’s short of Michele Wright. (Yes she’s a singer, but not THAT singer.) Her number to call or text is 1 780 210 0935 (don’t lose it.) The long-time cook, and occasional karaoke

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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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