Never mind Trump, Montana is open for business

Regardless of what U.S. President Donald Trump thinks about Canadian agriculture… (go ahead call him a ________________(fill in the blank)), not all Americans have the same view. Montana grain buyers and millers have been interested in Canadian grains ever since the Canadian Wheat Board folded, and recently business development reps from the Great Falls, Mt.

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Knowing the score

A few months ago I was sitting in a classroom discussing the value of exam scores. One of the questions posed was, is it important for students, either those in adult learning situations or kids in school, to focus on getting good grades, or is there a better way to evaluate progress? The opinions, as

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Steeling for higher prices

John Deere, the brand that owns the lion’s share of the farm equipment business in North America, announced recently it had a pretty good start to 2018. In fact, it estimates its net sales and revenue for the year will jump by a whopping 26 percent over last year. Whether that prediction holds may soon

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The pace of change

This week I was sitting in the cab of a 10-year-old old Class 8 truck equipped with an auto-shift transmission. After attempting to back up the truck and finesse it into position, the person behind the wheel commented that particular automatic transmission made the kind of slow manoeuvre he was attempting difficult. The transmission just

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No sour grapes here

In my blog last week, I talked about an ag equipment-related competition taking place in Finland amid the snow and cold weather. AGCO’s Valta tractor brand held the event, which brought together drivers from all over Europe to try their hand at, well, racing tractors on ice. And as I mentioned, I think we Canadians

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Gentlemen, start your engines

This year, according to Environment Canada, Edmonton has set a record for the longest continuous stretch of days with the temperature falling below freezing, almost 170 of them. And this week the forecast calls for more snow and winter-like weather there. Most of the country has seen these crazy low temperatures for months on end,

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Competing with a big dog

Last year I test-drove a couple of new Steigers at a Case IH media event in Iowa. The brand was officially pulling the wraps off of the newest versions of their high-horsepower machines, which use a CVT transmission. That was just a few weeks ahead of their official public debut. And we machinery editors had

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Putting it to the test

If you read my blog entry of a few weeks ago, you’ll be aware I recently enrolled in a driving school to finally get my Class One driver’s licence. This past week that long-time goal of having a “1” written in the classification box on my wallet card finally came to fruition. I’m now legally

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A taxing time

A few days ago, an article appeared in one of the financial publications, which quoted Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor known as “The Oracle”. Think long term and don’t follow the ups and downs of market trends more closely than necessary were his reported comments. In other words, keep calm and carry on. That was

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Time to sign on the DOTted line?

In the past month or so, it seems there have been no end of public guestimations from pundits about when North American roads will be taken over by autonomous cars and trucks. Of course the estimates vary wildly. I’ve seen opinions ranging anywhere from next week to never. And while all that broader discussion is

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