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Unfenced "long paddocks" or "stock routes" are a holdover from the days when "drovers" moved stock to market in traditional cattle drives. Farmers can apply to graze their herds on these open ranges during times of poor pasture caused by drought. There is nothing to keep them off the roads in these areas.

Garvey: Road trip – Australia

Scott Garvey takes a drive through the fertile farming district on the Liverpool Plains of rural Australia

So far, I’ve only opened the left door of my rental car once, expecting to slide in behind the steering wheel that on this continent is on the opposite side. That means, of course, it’s necessary to drive on the left side of the road here. That’s just one of many differences between Canada and […] Read More




Mayo Schmidt, shown here in Winnipeg in 2007, led Viterra until 2012. (Dave Bedard photo)

Ex-Viterra chief to take Ontario’s Hydro One public

The chief executive who morphed Saskatchewan Wheat Pool from a debt-crushed grain handler into Viterra, then oversaw its sale to Glencore, has been tapped to take Ontario’s Crown-owned power utility public. Toronto-based Hydro One on Thursday announced Mayo Schmidt as its new president and CEO effective Sept. 3, replacing Carmine Marcello. “We believe that Mr. […] Read More



(Dave Bedard photo)

Diesel not expected to follow gasoline’s sudden jump

CNS Canada –– Despite a recent spike of up to 20 cents per litre more for gasoline in some Prairie centres, diesel isn’t expected to follow the same trajectory. “For every three cents that gasoline has gone up, diesel has gone up one,” explained Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com in Toronto. On average, gas prices jumped […] Read More

Claude Mongeau. (CN.ca)

Tumour surgery to sideline CN chief

The CEO of Canada’s biggest rail network expects to be off work until late fall for surgery and radiation treatments on a precancerous tumour. Canadian National Railway’s (CN) chief executive Claude Mongeau said Wednesday he expects to have surgery either near the end of this month or early in September, to remove a rare type […] Read More


Morris’ new 1,000-bushel air cart and new prototype tender are designed to work together, cutting refill times in the field down to only five to seven minutes.

Morris’s new concept air cart tender

This prototype tender is designed to dramatically cut spring air cart refill times

At Morris’ display on the grounds of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, the company’s chief operating officer, Don Henry, points out the two new air carts the brand is introducing for 2016, a tow-between version of its 800-bushel model and its biggest model yet, a 1,000-bushel, tow-behind cart. But while Henry says the company […] Read More


Biomass pellets burn in a boiler furnace chamber. Nova Scotia's COMFIT program offered 17.5 cents/kWh for electricity generated from local-level biomass plants. (Matt Myers photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

N.S. halts local-level biomass, wind power plan

Nova Scotia is ending its feed-in tariff program that pays local-level groups to generate power from biomass, wind and other renewable sources. Energy Minister Michel Samson said Thursday a provincial review of the community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) program shows it’s “at a point where the program could begin to have a negative impact on power […] Read More