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Summer events you shouldn’t miss

With cattle out on pasture, and crops growing it probably doesn’t mean you can take the summer off, but perhaps you can get away for a day or two here and there to attend some important events happening in Western Canada.


June 18 to 20, 2014

Farm Progress Show smallCertainly if you’re producing crops (and there is a smaller livestock equipment component as well) plan to attend the annual Farm Progress Show in Regina, coming up June 18 to 20 at the exhibition grounds.


There is tons of machinery to look at (and buy) if you’re in the market, a wide range of displays and also a great line up of speakers on a wide range of crop, livestock and farm management topics.

Look up the details at the Canada Farm Progress Show website at:



WCCA’s power-packed program chaired by Jerry Hatfield of the USDA offers dynamic speakers such as David Montgomery, author of ‘Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization’; Howard G. Buffett and Dwayne Beck, one of North America’s leading conservation agriculture experts. The conference focuses on growing more with greater efficiency, weatherproofing crops and innovations in conservation agriculture adoption. It’s all about helping farmers around the world learn more about how they can be economically sustainable while adopting conservation agriculture. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with farmers, researchers and others stakeholders who are making conservation pay every season. Explore the Exhibit Hall and Resource Center, to see the latest techniques, technologies, solutions and resources available from leading companies like Seed Hawk, Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and Mosaic. For details go to:


The Western Beef Development Centre is having its 16th annual fieldday Tuesday June 24, at the Termuende Research Ranch near Lanigan, Saskatchewan. With free registration at 9:30 am there is a full day of speakers and tours of research projects. Keynote speakers in the morning include Kendall Swanson of North Dakota University talking about successful reproduction in young beef cows, while later Kim Ominiski with the University of Manitoba will talk about the cost of extreme weather on breeding cattle. After the free-lunch there will be tours to look at research dealing with RFID tag retention, hay sampling, supplement strategies on pasture, trace minerals on pasture, fencing demonstrations and more.

Closing remarks are at 5 p.m. and if you have $10 you can stay for an excellent barbecue steak dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Full details available at the WBDC websites at:


CALGARY STAMPEDE – CALGARY, AB. JULY 4- 13, 2014 — Bring comfortable shoes, a good appetite for junk food, and your wallet and you’ll be set.



JULY 9, 2014

Plan to register for the one-day annual ILC Beef 2014 event being held during the Calgary Stampede at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary. Another great line up of speakers will provide their assessment of the Canadian economy, the current beef market and also look at beef industry trends.

The annual ILC is a great opportunity to get some insight into what’s ahead for the Canadian beef industry, as well as hear about developments and issues from around the world.

For more information or to register go to:



Three controlled traffic farming field days are scheduled for 2014. More information will be available soon at CTF fieldaysmnallwebsite June 25, 2014 – Lacombe, AB: Precision Seeding/Controlled Traffic Farming Field Day. Sponsored by Durango Farms, Farmers Edge and Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta – 1 to 4:30 pm. Year 4 CTF, year 3 canola precision planter, variable rate fertilizer, fungicides and plant growth regulators, tile drainage, winter wheat, telematics.

July 15, 2014 – Morrin, AB: Beyond Agronomy/Controlled Traffic Farming Field Day – 1 to 4:00 pm . Year 5 CTF, in season application of nitrogen, soil compaction and impact on structure, special guest Robert Ruwoldt CTF farmer from Australia.

July 17, 2014 – Jarvie/Dapp, AB: Controlled Traffic Farming Field Day. 1 to 4:00 pm. Year 4 CTF, impact of traffic, canola precision planter, UAV demo, special guest Robert Ruwoldt CTF farmer from Australia.

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]


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Lee Hart

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.



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