Father’s Day for many farm families involves a BBQ, gifts, maybe some golf, and likely some farm work if the weather is right for spraying. Like mothers, fathers play an integral role in the family farm business. For any family business there are smooth days, rocky ones and outright turbulent days that test the ties… Read More

Is a profitable farm the most successful farm? Or is it the largest land base, the one with the newest equipment? Or is it the one whose operator takes a vacation every year or has the lowest debt? Earlier this week, we talked to Dr. Greg Ibendahl, of Kansas State University, and we talked about… Read More

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released its flash report for May 2020 new machinery deliveries. The trend from prior months has continued as Canadian sales are down significantly while U.S. sales are more stable to 2019.  In both countries the under 40 hour power tractor category has been the strongest in comparison to… Read More

Lemken has announced that the company is exiting the sprayer business. The company says it plans to “strengthen its mechanical weed control, plus selective crop care business” instead. Lemken’s sprayer line-up was never sold in North America, but it does indicate the direction that some manufacturers may take due to the increased appetite for mechanical… Read More

Rural communities need certain basic functions to survive in the long term. Whether it’s medical service, the local school, rural broadband, or a dry goods store, rural communities struggle to keep enough services around. Could mail delivery be one the next big battles to keep alive? For many rural communities in Canada, Canada Post is… Read More

Canada and the U.S. have experienced very similar paths of food system disruption due to COVID-19. Both countries have seen the fall in restaurant demand and packers going offline, followed by milk dumping, animals being euthanized, and consumers hyperventilating over shortages of toilet paper and ground beef. Although they’ve experienced the same impacts and stress… Read More