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Cattle, balers and herbicides on AIM Day 2 agenda

Not that people haven’t seen cows before, but it was good to see several beef breeds featured at the Masterfeeds Beef Breeds Showcase at the 2019 Ag In Motion (AIM), near Langham, Sask. Hereford cattle along with the less common, but often award winning Speckle Park beef breed were on display. Palmer Charolais of Bladworth, […] Read more



Ag In Motion #5 ready to roll

No turning back now, folks. The show begins. The gates don’t officially open until Tuesday morning (July 16) but after months of planning and weeks of set up, the 2019 edition – fifth annual- Ag In Motion (AIM) farm show is ready to roll near Langham, Sask. Bigger and better than ever? Well I saw […] Read more

Some days the news ain’t great

Well it is not exactly the weather forecast Prairie farmers were hoping to hear, but AccuWeather is predicting a hot, dry summer across most of Western Canada. Actually the west side of Alberta will be hot, dry and smoky and the rest of the prairies will just be hot and dry, according to AccuWeather Senior […] Read more


Canola trade conflict at a standstill

If Canadian farmers were hoping to hear today there is a quick fix in sight to the resumption of canola exports to China, they would have been disappointed. There is little change on the efforts of the Canadian canola industry and federal government in getting the canola market to China re-opened — everyone on this side […] Read more

Update on canola and shrimp

CANOLA: NO NEWS IS, WELL, NOT SURPRISING I just finished sitting in on the second Canola Council of Canada (CCC) and Canola Growers of Canada webinar with an update on the China-doesn’t-want-our-canola situation and really there is no news or little change. On the Canadian side all players are looking at all options, but honestly […] Read more


Political parasite attacking Canadian canola

Here’s one profit-robbing pest Canadian canola farmers can’t control with the field sprayer — politics. It was pretty clear during a webinar with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) last week there is no immediate end in sight to China’s refusal to accept Canadian canola seed because it is allegedly “contaminated”. It is not clear what […] Read more

What language are we talking?

Following is part of a news release I received this morning, which really brought home a fundamental message — I sure do miss the simplicity of my Dick and Jane reader. There are many areas of agriculture, agri-business and new technology that I don’t understand — some just a little bit, and some of it […] Read more


My knowledge as of the Ides of March

The amount that I have learned since my last blog is scary. The real scary thing I learned – my editor said if I don’t write more timely blogs they may be looking for a new writer. (The ancient Romans seemed to have been acting on a similar impulse on this day in 44 B.C. […] Read more

Making headlines today – Jan 10, 2019

SMAll BUT POWERFUL I love practical research results that really speak to me. I was reading this morning that researchers in the United Kingdom have determined that people with a few extra pounds around their waist — these even used the word obese— have smaller brains — 12 per cent smaller than people who aren’t over […] Read more