Political parasite attacking Canadian canola

Here’s one profit-robbing pest Canadian canola farmers can’t control with the field sprayer — politics. It was pretty clear during a webinar with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) last week there is no immediate end in sight to China’s refusal to accept Canadian canola seed because it is allegedly “contaminated”. It is not clear what

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Are you in a buying mood?

There’s no doubt the commodity market news as of late has been a little gloomy. Much of the unease has come from the actions of the Chinese, who seem determined to punish Canada for locking one of their white-collar crooks. Among other things they’ve decided to take a swipe at Canadian farmers. They randomly locked

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Getting technical

When I saw the first news images of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques making a repair to the outside of the International Space Station, one thing stood out to me momentarily. All his tools were tethered to prevent them from drifting off into the black abyss of space. I did briefly flirt with the idea of

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Under the desert sun

When field testing prototypes, Canadian ag equipment, manufacturers—like all others—need to log as many hours on a machine as is possible in the shortest amount of time. If they stick to testing in Canada, snowfall pretty much sidelines the equipment for at least half of the year. But if they head far south of the

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What language are we talking?

Following is part of a news release I received this morning, which really brought home a fundamental message — I sure do miss the simplicity of my Dick and Jane reader. There are many areas of agriculture, agri-business and new technology that I don’t understand — some just a little bit, and some of it

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Hitting the powder

I don’t think there is anyone in this country that will be sad to see the end of winter, especially one like we just experienced. So with the snow receding, giving us the first look at grass and fields again, you might think I’d be turning my attention in this entry to seeding or something

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Kon’nichiwa

When the press release from Versatile (Buhler Industries) first popped up in my email inbox with the name Kubota in the heading, I thought, “Here it comes!”. There’s a good reason I was bracing for a really big announcement between those two brands. The rumours around a deal between them have swirled through the ag

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My knowledge as of the Ides of March

The amount that I have learned since my last blog is scary. The real scary thing I learned – my editor said if I don’t write more timely blogs they may be looking for a new writer. (The ancient Romans seemed to have been acting on a similar impulse on this day in 44 B.C.

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Species extinction?

When I attended Case IH’s introduction of the new AFS Connect Magnum tractors near Phoenix, Arizona, in January, just a couple of miles away in another field on the University of Arizona’s grounds a different and much more private event was taking place. Regina-based DOT Technologies had one of their autonomous implement carriers there conducting

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Aren’t we better than that?

In January, John Deere did something quite unusual. It displayed a combine and some of its leading edge equipment at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Why? Well much of the equipment Deere had on display had a digital component that relied on Artificial Intelligence. That’s pretty cutting edge in any aspect of the

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