New(er) crop potential of hemp and dryland corn

Hemp and corn aren’t necessarily brand new crops in Western Canada, but both have the makings to offer farmers some viable cropping options, say researchers. Jan Slaski, researcher with Alberta Innovates in Vegreville says industrial hemp —used for both food and fibre products — grows very well in most regions across the prairies. The crop has

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Alberta bovine TB case update

The isolated cases of TB in southern Alberta beef in 2016 may have dropped from the headlines, but the quarantine is still in effect on nearly three dozen Alberta/Saskatchewan farms and ranches. Alberta Beef Producers, in mid-June, provided the following update that explains the investigation to detect possibly infected animals continues, and it will likely

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‘Tis the season

Now that the calendar page has flipped over to June, the season of outdoor farm events in Canada is about to kick off. Here in the west, it all starts with Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina that runs through next week. That show has been held every June for so long I can remember

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Updates and reminders on weeds and insects

I didn’t actually hop through the plots at Farming Smarter’s first field day of the year near Lethbridge, AB last week, but I did walk fairly briskly because I knew their were donuts and a great lunch waiting at the end of the tour of nicely established research plots maintained by the southern Alberta applied

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Looking to the future

A few weeks ago I took in a lunchtime presentation in Winnipeg on the topic of international trade. The event attracted a pretty large crowd. I recognized some people from the ag machinery sector, but there were many others sitting in from a broad range of sectors. That was no surprise; trade is pretty important

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A UTV for your FD

On the eve of its 70th corporate anniversary, Daedong Industrial, which is the South Korean company behind the KIOTI brand, is offering to donate one of its Mechron 2200PS UTVs to a deserving fire department in the U.S. and Canada. It’s doing so with its “Shout Out” social media promotion and video contest. Here’s how

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Prince Philip “gone fishing”

Wouldn’t you know it. The guys stumbles into this cushy job and immediately after 67 years decides to coast. The UK and a good part of the world was rocked this morning by news that Prince Philip, at age 96, is talking retirement. At least he had the courtesy to give everyone five month’s notice.

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Just the facts, ma’am

I was going through my evening workout routine today, which means I was sitting on the sofa holding the TV remote and flicking through the show listings, when I noticed something unusual. An upcoming program description described it as “Reality, science fiction”. How could it possibly be both of those things? Those incompatible descriptions made

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Driving away skills

There are days when I think the best form of entertainment in town—since the movie theatre closed—is to get a window table at one of the local coffee shops on main street and watch some locals try parallel parking out front. I shouldn’t be too critical of anyone, though. Sometimes sliding a full-sized, four-door three-quarter

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