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Country Guide becomes an historical record

Nearly 50 years of magazines goes into university archives

If you were one of perhaps hundreds of western Canadian farmers who found their farms featured on the pages of Country Guide magazine between 1974 and about 2003, you are literally in the history books now. Your story and photos — whether it be fact or fiction— are now preserved for all time in the […] Read more

Grasshoppers, yes, but so far no locusts

Grasshoppers, yes, but so far no locusts

It took five days in the late 1800s for the cloud of locust to pass

I don’t know if there is much of a silver lining to the drought of 2021, but I’ll throw this out there — at least farmers aren’t dealing with a plague of locusts as happened back in 1874. I have heard in recent days of crop and pasture conditions ranging from okay, we’ll get through […] Read more


They are probably not making any CWB magnets anymore. Grab yours before they’re all gone.

A serious start on removing clutter

Aside from the CWB magnets, the next generation is probably taking it all to the dump anyway

A very important lesson and take-home message this month — don’t be afraid to throw away stuff you don’t need. Be ruthless. I am just thankful I don’t own a farm or even an acreage. After doing a pretty serious cleaning of my garage and basement earlier this spring and throwing out stuff (bordering on, […] Read more

News and events for Western Canada livestock producers

Get a new APP, prepare for coming AGM, book dates for fall conference

NEW APP FROM ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS The Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Daily app is now available to download for Apple and Android devices. Top three reasons to download the app: Stay up-to-date: With direct access to ABP Daily, it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the beef industry. Keep an eye on the markets:The latest cattle […] Read more


Some areas of Western Canada might already be past the point where “pig free” is even possible, says a University of Saskatchewan researcher.

Wild pigs continue to flourish

Control measures are being developed, although it’s unlikely to ever get them all

I am back on the trail of wild boars in Western Canada after a call from a farmer at Moosomin, in southeast Saskatchewan, who asked if there had been any progress in controlling or eradicating the pest. The short answer — no. From what I can see, the wild boar numbers appear to be increasing, […] Read more

Step out of comfort zone with 2021 crop year

Consider higher inputs, but also have safety nets in place

When it comes to crop production and marketing, 2021 is not the year to get wimpy according to some leading Western Canadian agriculture advisors. With some really strong markets across most major commodities don’t let fear get in the way — just go for it. That might be somewhat of an over simplification, but it […] Read more


These are some of the points that BETSY measures to create an ID for each individual animal.

Facial recognition comes to your cowherd

Forget about numbers and letters, BETSY can identify the smile on any Hereford or Holstein and any breed combination in between

The longer I am around the agriculture industry, it seems the more interested I become in seeing what happens next. In a column that appeared in early March, I talked about when I arrived on the scene of the family farm in eastern Ontario in the 1950s. It was at a time when real or […] Read more

Even a cutter ride was a bit of a novelty in 1969, as long-time neighbour Edith Whittaker hitched up her horse on this March day to pay a visit to my grandparents.

Is it over yet? Winter. I’m talking about winter

A bit of electricity and wood heat kept everything comfortable at 30 below

As we were just coming through a serious deep freeze in Calgary as I write this column for the March 2 issue of Grainews, it made me think about some of the winters as a kid growing up on the farm in eastern Ontario. As I recall through the later 1950s and ’60s, we always […] Read more


The expertly cooked rib eye roast being carved.

You can’t buy me off with a great meal

Plenty have tried, but I am still a hard-nosed journalist, unless there is dessert

I certainly can’t remember every meal I’ve had over my lifetime, (I would have a serious problem if I did); however, as I was about to make beef liver and onions one late January Saturday night here in Calgary, it did cause me to think back about excellent food and hospitality that I’ve experienced over […] Read more

Rather than a loop system, South West Terminal in Saskatchewan installed three parallel tracks for the siding at its elevator. Each is 8,500 feet long.

Smaller cars, more capacity to help move grain

Who knew they even made a three-mile-long train?

Everyone is impressed this year with improved grain handling efficiency across Western Canada and that is a good thing. In some recent years with bottlenecks and mysterious delays in grain movement, it was almost like the rail companies were surprised Western Canada had grain and other commodities that needed to be moved to export position. […] Read more