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Drone schools and much more ahead this fall

DRONE SCHOOLS FOR BEEF AND CROPS If you have been wondering if a drone can fit into your farm’s beef management program, a two-day ag drone school coming up in early November in Lacombe County Alberta will not only answer those questions but also prepare you for certification as a drone operator. Landview Drones, based […] Read more

Getting more than you paid for

Earlier in the week I was chatting with a career truck driver. We were discussing how the trucking industry has changed. And we got onto the topic of how technology in the trucks now was so far advanced compared to what was in the rigs we both drove when we were younger. Autoshift transmissions and […] Read more


Get in and hang on

My morning routine usually involves first sitting down in my office with a coffee and scanning through emails, and then checking Twitter to see what, if any, interesting news is being talked about. Today I noticed two very interesting tweets almost one after the other. The contradiction between them was a bit jarring. The first […] Read more

Keeping up with the times

This week a news release on a survey about the general public’s attitude toward education arrived in my digital inbox. I’m not sure how I ended up on the mailing list for it. Getting inundated by “news” releases from marketing staff of all stripes, whether or not it has anything to with what we write […] Read more


Hand me that fish

There are some days lately—well, many of them actually—when it feels to me like the world is living through one giant Monty Python skit. I mean think of it. This week Boris Johnson’s Tory government in the UK tried to pass a non-confidence bill against itself to trigger an election—and it failed! Even with his […] Read more

Fill ‘er up

As I stood at a pump island fuelling up my Jeep, It struck me how unusual it is these days to find a gas station that actually offers a full service choice, like the one I was at. Pumping gas was one of those things a lot of young guys my age started out their […] Read more


Pencil out your winter feeding costs

Depending on your region of Western Canada, feed for cattle this winter might be in short supply. Does it make economic sense to feed cattle expensive feed? That’s the question Ted Nibourg, long-time Alberta Agriculture farm management specialist urges producers to pencil out before the feeding season begins. In a recent article in the Alberta […] Read more

Some days…

As I sat at my office computer this week with a long list of recorded interviews to transcribe and turn into articles, I couldn’t manage to accomplish anything constructive. It seems some days I just can’t get into it. That’s likely a problem everyone in every profession has experienced from time to time. As I […] Read more


A nemesis of the Nemesis?

The introduction of Versatile’s Nemesis tractor and the simultaneous announcement—but not official introduction—of the Kubota M8 tractor line at the same time caused some logistical problems for the two brands when it came to publicity. At the moment the Nemesis models rolled into the spotlight, Kubota confirmed it had an OEM agreement with Versatile to […] Read more

The Chronicles of IH

Our latest Grainews machinery book review this summer had us reading through pages of “The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines”, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery coffee table book filled with glossy images that detail the evolution of a brand’s […] Read more