Category: Farm Travel

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 12 – TEQUILA!!!!

It is among the most infamous of alcohols and depending on your “interactions” with it, the mere mention of the name can turn your stomach and make you crawl under your bed in shame. For others who can exercise a bit more restraint, it’s a more unique experience closer to scotch than it is to… Read more »

A Seeder Showdown Down Under

While Australia and Canada have much in common in regards to farming, the two countries’ growing seasons are also drastically different in many ways. One major similarity is farmers’ love of a good head-to-head equipment comparison, and what better to compare than seeder set-ups. That’s exactly what ABC News’ Landline program covered in a recent… Read more »

Making the Move from Australia to Kenya: Stuart Barden

Most farmers would find selling the farm and moving a province over a significant undertaking. What about moving an entire continent away? Would you do it? That’s what Stuart Barden did. After visiting Kenya during his Nuffield Scholar tour in 2009 and being wowed by the beautiful black soil and diverse landscape, Barden packed up… Read more »

Marlene Boersch – Pulse Production in the Black Sea Region

Western Canada is the leader in pulse production but there is some discussion regarding the potential of the Black Sea region to put a dent in Canadian exports. This week I was on the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Regional meeting tour and I heard a very interesting presentation from Marlene Boersch, Mercantile Consulting Venture on the… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 12 – Big Displays & Cool Tech at Agritechnica

There is no getting around the massiveness that is Agritechnica. It covers 388,000 square meters and had over 2700 exhibitors. As with any ag show, the bulk of that space is filled with the best, newest and most innovative products manufacturers can offer. That can make for a bit of sensory overload as you try… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Episode 11 – Rob Visits Agritechnica in Germany

Agritechnica tout’s itself as the world’s largest exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment. It is a massive display of agricultural ingenuity from almost every major manufacturer and some you’ve never even heard of. It takes place in November in Hannover, Germany and definitely takes a more European approach when it comes to farm shows. You’ll… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Ep 10 – Agriculture in Arizona…Just Add Water

This episode of AgriTreks brings us back to the Casa Grande area of Arizona for a look at the most valuable commodity in the desert. Managing the distribution of water is pivotal in such an extreme environment. In an area where water is so valuable because of its scarcity, an industry like agriculture stands or… Read more »

AgriTreks Ep. 9 – Cotton, Corn & Alfalfa in Casa Grande, Arizona

This episode of Agri-Treks brings us back to the Casa Grande area of Arizona for a look at some of the biggest crops in that region. It’s an area that ventures on the extreme side when it comes to hot and dry temperatures, but as we mentioned last time, if those heat units can be… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks – Welcome To Fertizona

Agriculture isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Arizona, in fact it may not even be the tenth thing. The climate can be harsh and unforgiving when you’re lacking those essential elements. But when those missing pieces of the puzzle are provided, all that sun can be turned into growing… Read more »

Saiks AgriTreks Episode 7 – Loading Soybeans On The Parana River In Argentina

This weeks episode of Saiks AgriTreks continues with Rob’s tour of the agriculture industry in Argentina. This time around, Rob gives us a quick look at the Louis Dreyfus loading facility on the Parana River. The soybean processing facility itself is massive and produces biodiesel, oil, raw soybean and soybean meal for export with most of… Read more »

Saiks AgriTreks : Corn Harvest in Cruz Alta, Argentina

The corn crop in Argentina holds major influence over corn prices worldwide. Argentina is the fourth largest corn growing country worldwide. According to the USDA foreign agriculture service the projected crop for 2012-13 is projected to be 23.6 million metric tonnes. The 2011-12 crop was badly affected by drought conditions spread across a large corn… Read more »

Saiks Agri-Treks Episode 4 – Trip to Argentina ExpoAgro – Part 2

In the last episode of Saiks Agri-Treks we followed Rob as he toured the various live machinery demonstrations at Expoagro in Junin, Argentina. This time around, we get a look at the agronomic side of the show as we visit some of the booths on the ground featuring some of the larger companies in Argentina…. Read more »

Saiks AgriTreks Ep 3 – Expoagro – Argentina

In this episode of Agri-Treks we travel to Junin in Argentina for a look at Expoagro. Expoagro is one of the biggest and most dynamic outdoor ag shows in the world. It runs over the course of 4 days over an area of roughly 500 hectares. There are live machinery demonstrations as well as a… Read more »

Crosby Devitt: Nuffield Arrives in Washington, DC

On March 4th we said goodbye to Europe and headed West to North America.We hit the halfway mark in our Global Focus Program while in Washington, DC. After a short night’s sleep, we started the morning on March 5th with a meeting at the Canadian Embassy. It was interesting to have both a Canadian and… Read more »

The Netherlands – Nuffield Scholars Conference Update

Almost 36 hours after leaving New Zealand, we arrived in Amsterdam at 6:00 am February 25th.  We took a train to Rotterdam, then a bus to our hotel where we met up with all of the 2012 Nuffield Scholars.  Over the past 3 days, I’ve gotten to know farmers from the UK, Ireland, France, India,… Read more »