There is a very large mainstream interest in food and how it is produced.  As a result, agriuculture practices have never been under so much scrutiny and inspection from the general public.  Studies show that farming is a very trusted profession by the masses but there are still some highly critical opponents.  In many ways… Read More

Photo is courtesy of BugMan50 Dennis McKnight, The Innovators, spoke at Tiffin Conference 2010 about the ability of the Canadian beef industry to compete globally.  Dennis has clients around the world who he assists in developing markets for their products. Dennis believes that Canadian beef can compete but we may need to rethink how we… Read More

At the Tiffin Conference at the Lethbridge College, one of the most popular speakers was Ryan Kasko from the Kasko Cattle Co. Ryan talked about his 2008 trip to Brazil and what some of his observations were.  Ryan travelled to Brazil and visited ranches and feedyards.  Ryan talks about the fact that Brazilian beef tastes… Read More

Kevin Hursh from Hursh Consulting and Communications, took the time at the end of the exhausting week at CropWeek 2010 to sit down and chat about the week. I discussed with Kevin the highlights and lowlights of the week.  This was definitely a week where people had lots to talk about in the meetings hallways… Read More

It is no secret that durum prices are less than fantastic.  Spring wheat is currently in somewhat of a better position but has its own issues on the supply side.  Many farmers at CropWeek were really wondering how much durum they would plant this coming spring with the glut that is preventing any probability of… Read More

I have seen some of my grandfather Mehalko’s old farming photos where they were seeding with twelve foot drills.  That twelve foot drill had a relatively inaccurate rate seeding tool and it was fairly difficult to manage depth.  All of this and not to mention the open cab. I visited the SeedHawk booth to check… Read More

In my opinion, inoculants are a very interesting product.  Products like Nodulator fix Nitrogen which has benefits for this years soybean or pulse crop but also has extreme benefits for next years cereal crop to. Its one of those amazing innovations in agriculture that we take for granted sometimes until you really sit down and… Read More

Last year at this time you could not talk to any farmer in North America without talking about fertilizer.  Fertilizer is still a hot topic but it is more centred now around variable rate technology or products like ESN.  ESN allows farmers to apply more fertilizer at seeding time due to the timed slow release… Read More

At one time we mainly used shovels to move grain.  When the auger was invented it was a huge innovation for not only moving grain but also for saving the backs of farmers.  At CropWeek there was more augers than you would believe.  The auger is no longer the only way to move grain today… Read More

Gary Pike is the founder of the Pike Management Group and has a fabulous reputation for helping farmers become more efficient, productive and profitable.  I know several farmers that are members of Gary’s group and speak very highly of his data platform and business management advice.  As many of you are experiencing, farming has become… Read More