Wheat School – The USDA Shocks the Market – Dana Omland

The market just continues to get tossed around based on acreage, yield and carry out numbers from Stats Can and the USDA.  Today it was the USDA’s turn as they broke the news that they have revised their corn yield estimates down to 155 bu per acre from 160 bu per acre.  It has been… Read more »

Canola School: When is the Right Time to Soil Sample in the Fall – Ross Mckenzie

As harvest comes to an end over the next couple weeks it is incredibly important to start laying the groundwork for next years canola crop. The first step is soil sampling and with the warmer temperatures that we are supposed to get the next two weeks this is not the right time. As Ross Mckenzie… Read more »

Should There Be An Age Limit on Farm Workers?

By Shaun Haney Agriculture has some untouchable topics that we are just not supposed to talk about.  One of them is dealing with aging farm workers.  On the farm we are taught to respect our elders but in some cases in agriculture we take this to high levels of absurdity.   Recently, in northern Alberta… Read more »

Dairy Cow Waterbeds Provide Better Comfort

Animal activists often criticize that animal agriculture does not care for its livestock in a humane manner. Those of us in the industry realize that this is a ridiculous notion. At a dairy, animal care is ever more important due to the rule of “a happy cow produces more milk.” In the category of providing… Read more »

The Impact of a Potential Railway Strike to Canadian Farmers – Richard Phillips

As if 2010 hasn’t brought enough challenges for Western Canadian farmers, now we have the potential of a railway strike in our midst. The conductors at CN rail are talking tough about several issues and a settlement does not seem near. Richard Phillips is the Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada and he… Read more »