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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Northgate project really opens U.S. market

There is an interesting grain handling and export project about to begin shipping wheat and canola from Saskatchewan and Manitoba into the U.S. this fall. At the community of Northgate in southeast Sask., a Canadian company with U.S. interests is developing a rail terminal to buy and transport grain and oilseeds south into U.S. markets

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Great developments on the grain and forage crop front

There are some great things happening out there with crops and crop protection products these days. And here’s a sampling. Dow AgroSciences is bringing three products to the market place this fall that are far more than just “new and improved” herbicides, you can find more details on these in an upcoming issue of Grainews.

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Agrifac sprayers testing Canadian waters

Lars Stadman came all the way from Holland to Regina, Sask. this week to tell Western Canadian farmers his company makes an excellent high clearance field sprayer. Stadman, is sort of a soloist hoping to standout amid a symphony of product pitches and well staged machinery displays at the Canadian Farm Progress Show. He manned

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Pea leaf weevil cuts into nitrogen fixing

The pea leaf weevil, which has become fairly common in southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan over the past 15 years, doesn’t necessarily have a direct impact on pulse crop yields, but it can affect the ability of the crop to fix nitrogen. While the adults feed on the leaves of the plant and cause distinctive

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Carrier tillage tool and Tempo planter introduced

Vaderstad, the Swedish machinery manufacturer that partnered with Saskatchewan’s Seed Hawk seeding systems a few years ago, is making its own mark on Western Canada with a well established line of vertical tillage and specialty seeding equipment. While the Carrier vertical tillage equipment and Tempo precision planter are well known in markets around the world,

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Early indications of Ultimate Canola Challenge

Take one year of field research work for what it is worth, but results of the first year of the Ultimate Canola Challenge across Western Canada shows that a deluxe, gold-lined production package doesn’t appear to do anymore for canola yield than a good meat and potatoes program. Research groups in all prairie provinces are

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Summer events you shouldn’t miss

With cattle out on pasture, and crops growing it probably doesn’t mean you can take the summer off, but perhaps you can get away for a day or two here and there to attend some important events happening in Western Canada. FARM PROGRESS SHOW, REGINA June 18 to 20, 2014 Certainly if you’re producing crops

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GMO crops and dairy cattle hit the spotlight

A U.S. based organization called Center For Food Safety is keeping the public and the media advised of challenges against genetically modified crops and animal welfare issue. I just read an article from the Center reporting that two counties in Oregon have now voted to ban production and growing of genetically engineered crops. Voters in

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The definitive world fieldwork tour

I just returned from the definitive world fieldwork tour assessing the state of seeding and pasture progress on farmland surrounded by the Tri-City area of Balzac, Beiseker, and Nightingale (just north and east of Calgary). The executive summary — it is very quiet out there folks. Tractors and air seeders waiting for drier fields and

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