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1. AGCO will phase out the orange AGCO tractor brand in 2010. “No products will be discontinued,” says Doug Griffin, AGCO vice president of marketing for North America. “And no parts and service support will be discontinued.” Nearly all Orange AGCO dealerships will turn over to Massey Ferguson dealerships, he says. The same tractors will still be available in Massey Ferguson colours, and really the only thing distinguishing the haying equipment as AGCO versus MF was a sticker.

2. Reminder: 4-Hers in grade 12 should apply for scholarships. Alberta 4-H alone has 106 scholarships worth a total of $85,000. The province’s scholarship application period starts February 1. Last year, Alberta 4-H had 240 applicants for 103 total scholarships, so your odds are good. For more information, visit the website at www.4h.ab.ca.For more about 4-H scholarships in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, visit their respective websites at www.4-h.sk.caand www.4h.mb.ca.

3. Dow AgroSciences Canada has bought Hyland Seeds from Thompsons Limited of Blenheim, Ont. Jim Wispinski, Dow AgroSciences Canada president and CEO, says Hyland Seeds, which specializes in corn, soybeans, dry beans and winter wheat seed, “strengthens the northern tier genetics to benefit Canada and Northern U. S. seed industry.” Hyland has a research facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a research farm in Carman, Man. It already has “significant” market share in the Manitoba corn and bean market, and will continue to push more silage corn in Alberta and grazing corn in Saskatchewan. Farmers can expect to see more “value circles,” as Hyland general manager John Cowan calls the contract production programs. The combined company already has the Nexera specialty canola program and, through Hyland, is the biggest supplier of beans to Heinz.

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