Yahoo! Bryce is hungry (so what else is new)

The kid obviously needs to work on his penmanship, but after five days in a coma, and still with more hoses connected to his body than on the air distribution system of a John Deere seed drill, no one seemed too worried about the style of the scribble – the message was clear. Bryce was

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Keep life in perspective

  I know I should be more like my responsible co-workers and be posting reports here that help farmers grow better crops, or harvest more pounds of beef per acre, but ideas for this column usually come from what’s on my mind at the moment. And this morning before I head off to a Foothills

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Bryce is back (almost)

It doesn’t take much to make some people happy. Just a look is all they need. Young Bryce, who has been in a medically-induced coma for the past few days, following a serious accident Saturday, awoke briefly from this prolonged sleep shortly after 12 noon Wednesday and recognized his family. And minutes later as that

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Swathing tips

To say the weather this season has been extraordinary would be an understatement. The virtually non-stop rain that made spring seeding difficult is now making harvest a challenge. It’s not hard to find lodged crops in fields. Getting them swathed will test the limits of machines. In the last issue of Grainews, Lyndsey Smith had

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Waiting with Bryce

I spent most of the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend in the intensive care unit (ICU) waiting room at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary joining family members from south eastern B.C. in a vigil for a young man, who just a few hours before was a vital, living-the-moment teenager, but now lay hooked up

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Introducing the 700 Series Lexions

If last weeks topic—Gleaner’s new transverse rotaries, in case you didn’t read it—wasn’t enough to satisfy your desire to see new combines. Here are some more for you to look at it. Claas has just unveiled its new, 700 Series Lexions. Claas has five models available for 2011 in its new 700 Series Lexion combine

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Supply managed beef industry?

I know many Canadian beef producers have been reluctant to consider the concept of supply managed beef production, but there may come a day when egos have to bite the bullet and seriously look at that option. I understand the last rancher who used the words “supply management” at a producer meeting mysteriously ended up

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The new Gleaner

  The S77 Tritura is the first of the new breed of transverse rotary Gleaners. Photo: courtesy AGCO. Earlier this year, Grainews was the first western Canadian farm publication to break the news AGCO intended to release updated versions of its transverse rotary Gleaner combines. A few weeks ago, on this blog, I promised you

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The world’s most comprehensive crop report

A quick trip from Calgary to Saskatoon, last week, cross country through Hanna then to Kindersley and Rosetown, to Perdue and then Saskatoon, gave me a 110-kph snapshot of what’s happening with crops in that part of the world. I wasn’t driving. There was everything from some excellent wheat, canola and pea crops north of

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Shut it down

“Roger, go with throttle up” is one of the most memorable statements heard in recent history. Those words were spoken by the space shuttle Challenger’s commander just moments before it exploded. For producers, a variation on that phrase, “Go with throttle down” sums up what engineers have bee encouraging them to do. Run equipment at

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