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Most of Prairies already covered in snow

MarketsFarm — Most of the Canadian Prairies were already blanked in snow by late November, with the deepest snowpack in Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to data compiled by Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Aside from the Rocky Mountains and some areas around the Great Lakes, the U.S. was largely […] Read more

Toban Dyck: Sanity in an oil change

The tangible elements of farming are therapeutic

The webcam on my MacBook hasn’t been working consistently, giving me a great excuse to participate in virtual meetings without having my mug on the screen. I slink back in my chair and engage in the conversation, but my eyes can wander without anyone noticing. I stare out my office window, which overlooks our farmyard […] Read more


The new FendtONE operator interface relies on up to three display screens.

FendtONE improves digital access

Improved operator interface makes tractor and implement control easier

Among the key trends influencing machinery design across all brands today is operator comfort. As part of that, making digital control and access simpler and more intuitive has figured high for engineering priorities as well. AGCO’s Fendt brand has been working on those priorities too. The latest result of that effort is the introduction of […] Read more

Design No. 105 on page 98 of The Radford Ideal Homes: 100 Houses Illustrated, 1910.

Les Henry: Catalogue houses of the past. Who were the actors?

Many houses thought to be Eaton’s have turned out to be from some other company

Yesterday’s version of online shopping was the catalogue. In Canada, the T. Eaton Company Ltd. catalogues were most common. Many Santa Claus lists were fulfilled via Canada Post from the T. Eaton catalogue. For Western Canada, the Eaton’s catalogue came from Winnipeg. The range of goods available was extensive — all the way from clothing, […] Read more


Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers plans virtual program

The event will be held in early December

While Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) has cancelled the live and in-person annual awards program due to COVID-19, this year to be held in Saskatchewan, the national board has decided to offer a virtual program to mark the 40th anniversary of COYF in Canada. It will be an afternoon virtual program running from 1 to […] Read more

Why not go with positive thinking?

At times my brain seems to have a black belt in catastrophizing

Do you ever overthink things? This could apply to a lot of thinking, but I’m talking about having that argument with someone in your head hours or perhaps even days before you actually talk to that person. “Well I bet they will say this, well I’m going to say that,” and so it goes. I’m […] Read more


Two more ‘murder hornets’ turn up on B.C. mainland

One nest found last month in neighbouring U.S. town

Beekeepers in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland are asked to keep an eye out for so-called “murder hornets” after two were found in the region within a week. A single Asian giant hornet was found Saturday at Aldergrove, near the intersection of Fraser Highway and Highway 13 — about five km from where […] Read more

Coronavirus kills 15,000 U.S. mink

Affected states aren't planning to cull

Chicago | Reuters — More than 15,000 mink in the United States have died of the coronavirus since August, and authorities are keeping about a dozen farms under quarantine while they investigate the cases, state agriculture officials said. Global health officials are eying the animals as a potential risk for people after Denmark last week […] Read more


The 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers Simon Michaud and Mylene Bourque of Quebec (left) and Justin and Laura Rogers of Atlantic Canada (right) will have to wait another year to welcome the next national winners.

In-person, Outstanding Young Farmers national awards on hold until 2021

Organizers decided it’s much better when everyone can meet in person

[UPDATE (at bottom): Nov. 13, 2020] Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) alumni, nominees and guests will have to wait another year to experience the hospitality of the “Paris of the Prairies,” as the 2020 national awards event to be held in Saskatoon in early December has been cancelled. Read more: COYF plans virtual program The […] Read more