Just when I think a week has gone by where the most significant events to comment on in this blog are the usual things we’ve come to expect in our normal lives, I read the paper and I’m proven wrong. It’s become impossible not to have our attention drawn south, across the 49th parallel on an almost daily basis.
According to the Toronto Star, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin, Sean Duffy, publicly declared last week that Canada was on the list of those countries he claimed have committed “economic terrorism” against the U.S.
I think at this stage of the Trump Presidency, we’re at a point where there really are no words to adequately describe the constant flow of stupid that comes from that administration and its supporters.
But for this week I’ll just lump that congressman’s remark into the same file as the U.S. president cozying up to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, and both leaders’ continued efforts to disrupt the economic well being of the entire western world. I’ll just talk about something uplifting, like the Ag in Motion farm show, where I—and many of my Canadian terrorist friends from the magazine—spent several days over the last couple of weeks.
Our publisher, which owns Grainews and several sister publications, also owns that farm show, so we get a chance to use the show grounds each year to operate some equipment and review it. This year was no exception.
Our first task was to put a new Mack grain truck equipped with an mDRIVE transmission through its paces. We didn’t actually get to haul any grain, but we did put a few miles on the truck under a variety of conditions to see how that automatic-manual transmission works and how we think it would fit into a farm fleet.
Then, we spent a couple of days with a pair of Kubota M7 Series tractors making hay on a few acres of green feed that was seeded just for our test.
After that, we managed to get our hands on a Massey Ferguson 4910 utility tractor and did some work with it. We put its front-end loader capabilities to the test moving crushed rock around the show site, filling in potholes and levelling roads to help the show staff prepare the grounds. Doing exactly the same things with it farmers would while doing farmyard maintenance.
Then, of course, there was the show, itself. We spent three days on the grounds taking a look at what exhibitors had to show off, talking to many of them about what we thought was newsworthy.
All in all, we left with a treasure trove full of recorded interviews, photographs and video footage that will keep us busy for weeks to come as we sort it all out, create articles for the print issue of Grainews and videos to post online. So as we work through all that content, be sure to keep an eye on the upcoming issues and this website as we present our findings to you.