GFM Network News

AGCO shifts gears

Right from its formation in the mid 1980s, AGCO’s strategy to add new products and technology to its line was to purchase additional companies. In the process, it wrote a lot of cheques to get new engineering. Today, however, under a new CEO and with its own R and D team, AGCO has changed gears. […] Read more

A year to top up sulphur during canola bloom

The canola crop may be in bloom, but if the flower petals look small or pale instead of that nice vibrant yellow, the crop may be suffering from sulphur  deficiency, says a soil fertility specialist. The window to correct the deficiency is closing quickly, says Elston Solberg, a senior Agri-Coach with Agri-Trend Agrology, but if […] Read more


Rake it up

  The unusually wet weather across most of the prairies this season gave grain growers a real headache. Cattlemen, on the other hand, were smiling. Pastures and hay crops have rarely been better, a pleasant change after last year’s dismal yields. But getting that hay harvested is posing a challenge. Continuing rains mean livestock producers […] Read more

More fuel for rodeo critics

 The Calgary Stampede may hand out more than a million dollars in prize money to cowboys, but it also handed one of its most persistent critics a significant propaganda gift following the death of six horses at the 2010 event.  While one group in California is calling for a boycott of Alberta in memory of […] Read more


Farms shows offer the best look at new innovations

Hello, and welcome to the first instalment of my blog. As machinery editor for Grainews, it’s my job to keep tabs on what’s new and exciting in the farm machinery marketplace. And there is a lot. This year’s Western Canada Farm Progress Show (WCFPS) in Regina was proof of that. The event, which hasn’t always […] Read more

Dealing with too much moisture

Even while waiting for fields to dry out, farmers are reluctant to complain about too much moisture. Particularly producers in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan say too much moisture isn’t great, but there have been many years when they face the hardship of too little moisture. At an indoor “crop walk” in Lethbridge this week about […] Read more


Seeding demo postponed

  Due to the fact that southern Alberta has water up to its proverbial boot tops, the AgTech Centre seeding demo near Lethbridge, AB scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed until June 30. With 10 to 15 inches of rain over the past 10 days and more rain forecast for this week, organizers had […] Read more

June 23 seeding demo at Lethbridge

What’s the best seeding system you can use? The answer to that may always remain a personal preference. But you can get an excellent idea of how six of the leading air seeders and drills compare at a southern Alberta field day coming up Wednesday, June 23. Alberta’s Ag Tech Centre is staging a seeding […] Read more



A complete horse ban is needed

If we really want to get these ‘sickos’ who slaughter horses for meat-sale profit off the street, the only real, long lasting solution is an outright ban on  breeding and ownership of any class of horse in North America by anyone– unless you are a card-carrying member of the Amish community. The value of or […] Read more