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Students will find tomorrow’s technology today at ‘smart farm’

Operation will use tech ranging from drones and data analytics to multispectral imaging and AI

It’s not often you find yourself in the middle of a field with full Wi-Fi bars on your phone. But what else would you expect from a ‘smart farm?’ “This is the classroom coming alive,” said Jason Bradley, director of smart ag for Olds College. “The smart farm is a place where students can get […] Read more





Does deep banding work? New research aims to find out

The practice could make immobile nutrients more available for three major crops

The jury is still out on whether deep banding fertilizer is worth the time and money — but researchers across Alberta are hoping to settle the debate once and for all. “I don’t think there’s any proof yet that deep banding works,” said Ken Coles, general manager of Farming Smarter. “We want to have some […] Read more



Permaculture operation provides food for thought

Couple raised on conventional farms took a very different path when they started their livestock operation

Nancy and Chad Hewlett wanted to do things a little differently when they decided to start farming four years ago. So they moved away from the conventional farming of their childhoods and took a more holistic approach instead. “Shifting to permaculture was a huge learning curve. Some days, it feels like I’m starting all over […] Read more


Wake up and smell the micro-roasted coffee

Alberta village is on the cutting edge of the ‘third wave’ coffee movement thanks to Profound Coffee

Teri Heck is on a mission to rid the world of bad coffee. “I grew up on the farm where we had terrible water and even worse coffee,” said the owner of Profound Coffee, a micro-roaster in Cremona. “Life is just too short to drink bad coffee.” Heck was always a double-double girl in the […] Read more



Cup of coffee on desk

Three tips for brewing your best cup of coffee yet

There’s an art to brewing the perfect cup of coffee, and Teri Heck has perfected it. “It’s such an important part of most people’s day, but people don’t really take the time to figure out how to make it properly,” said the owner of Profound Coffee. “There are some simple tricks and tips to get […] Read more


Iron backlog has come and gone

It’s taken a few years, but dealers have finally whittled down high inventories of equipment

Two years ago, you couldn’t drive past an equipment dealership without noticing the rows upon rows of machines — carry-over of anticipated demand that never came. “In 2013 and 2014, everybody was firing on all cylinders,” said Leah Olson, president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada. “With our record harvests, there was a fundamental shift […] Read more



Alberta organic industry hits new heights

There’s money to be made as organic becomes more mainstream and the industry matures

A surge in the number of organic crop producers in Alberta has boosted organic production on the Prairies to a level not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. That’s a key highlight of a new report from the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, an alliance of Organic Alberta and its counterparts in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “The […] Read more


Olds leads the way as medical marijuana market booms

Terra Life Sciences shows the power of value-added processing in its cannabis cultivation facility and pharmaceutical plant

Terra Life Sciences would look like any other manufacturing plant if not for the security guard parked out front. He’s the gatekeeper here. You’ll find another one just like him at the other gate, checking in visitors, scrutinizing IDs, buzzing through the people who pass muster. But these guards are just your first glimpse of […] Read more