It is that time of year when farmers are placing their orders for soil sampling with fertilizer retailers and professional agronomists.  When you decide to soil test it is essential that you request the proper depths and analysis of those depths in order to make the right fertilizing decisions.  Many producers fall into the trap… Read More

The smell of a liquid manure spreader (better known as a honey wagon) is very familiar in many rural areas of Canada. Liquid manure spreaders are very popular in hog and dairy operations. Many people argue that once incorporated, liquid manure is highly beneficial in comparison to its solid manure alternative. In talking to farmers… Read More

Whether you have a dairy or a beef operation you have probably had to make the decision between a paddle mixer or auger feed box.  Whether you own a Harsh, RotoMix or a Keenan you need to weight the benefits and disadvantages of each.  What I tend to find in discussing this issue with many… Read More

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

Recently I travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to visit the global headquarters of Dow Agro Sciences.  I had the opportunity along with several other people from the Canadian ag media to entrench ourselves in the company’s strategy and objectives to better understand the company.  Much of the presentation had to do with with the opportunities for… Read More

One of my favourite things to do at a farm show is check out some of the cool new inventions that people have come up with. Most of the time the inventions really have limited scope and will provide little value to the greater farming community except for a few neighbours. But once in awhile… Read More