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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There is a Heather Smith Thomas

There is a real, live, actual ranching person in central Idaho called Heather Smith Thomas. I’ve met her. Thomas’ columns and features stories have been appearing in Grainews, Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, and numerous U.S. publications for more than 30 years. But it wasn’t until a Friday morning in late March that she and a Grainews

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The great Arizona ostrich experience

I don’t know if the Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Arizona will become an annual destination, but it was good to at least check it out once. I was surprised that an annual event that is expected to draw about 300,000 over the weekend really didn’t have an awful lot to do with ostriches. Apparently it

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Inspired by Idaho

  You don’t see cattle being fed like this in Western Canada. Actually you do on thousands of farms across the Prairies. But seeing these Black Angus cattle in a field in southern Idaho this week inspired me to resume my blog. This photo was taken somewhere near Idaho Falls in southern Idaho — all new

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They said “you’ll just love Quebec City”

I’ve been in Eastern Canada less than 24 hours and I’ve already eaten veal liver twice. I had it once yesterday at the Toronto airport because it was recommended by the waitress, (maybe it was difficult to move) and I had it again last night for dinner at a trendy little restaurant on St. Jean

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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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