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Farmers Edge to use data to edge into insurance sector

Farmers Edge has signed a four-year agreement with global reinsurance company PartnerRe to bring precision farming technology together with ag insurance. Under the agreement announced this week, the two companies plan to work together to develop new insurance products for the agricultural market. While Canadian farmers have access to government-run, subsidized crop insurance programs, as […] Read more

Adding an agronomist to your farm team

As farming gets more complicated a growing number of companies are offering to help out. Some farmers get advice from their local independent retailer, or an agronomist employed by a company like CPS. But more and more farmers are choosing to pay for agronomic advice. Based on the logo-covered trucks parked at farm shows, the[...]
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Five farm bookkeeping systems

Unless you hire it out or do it the old-fashioned way with a pencil and a ledger, every farm business needs a software solution for bookkeeping. In honour of the “back to the books” feeling that comes with autumn, this is a survey of farm bookkeeping software on the market today. It’s not absolutely necessary[...]
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Heat LQ cleared for pre-harvest use in wheat, barley

Wheat, durum and barley growers have a new pre-harvest herbicide option now that BASF has received Codex maximum residue limits (MRLs) for its product Heat LQ. While “there were probably some wheat acres already harvested,” according to Dan Packer, BASF’s cereals crop manager, this agreement will provide an additional pre-harvest option for farmers who still[...]
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Saskatchewan budget seen as costly touch for farms

Saskatchewan’s general farm organization is consulting its farmer members on less-discussed features of last month’s provincial budget, while warning them to brace for impact from new budget-related costs. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan last Monday wrapped up its latest round of spring district meetings, at all six of which APAS general manager Duane Haave[...]
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Talk to a lawyer before the inevitable

Death, divorce, disability and disagreement. While not all are inevitable, Laura McDougald-Williams, a partner in the Meighen Haddad Law Firm told an audience at CropConnect in Winnipeg in mid-February that it’s wise to protect your farm against the “4 Ds.”

Five ways to avoid payroll fines

Just hired your first employee? Don’t get stuck paying fines for filing errors

Have you recently hired an employee for your farm? Are you doing your own payroll and bookkeeping? If so, I’m offering you an opportunity to learn from my mistakes. There is a lot of information available about conducting job interviews, creating job descriptions and deciding how much to pay employees. However, it’s hard to find[...]
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The three worst forage weeds

The benefit of attending of Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Crop Diagnostic School at Swift Current last July was having the opportunity to get an up-close look at problems farmers face every season. One of the experts on hand was Rachel Turnquist, a regional forage specialist with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture. Turnquist gave us a look at what[...]
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Minogue: Back to school for hands-on learning

On the first day of Saskatchewan Agriculture’s annual Crop Diagnostic School about 100 ag retailers, agronomists and farmers gathered in Swift Current to get a hands-on look at common real-world crop problems. Anyone working in agriculture today has 24/7 access to online information about crop disease and pests, but there is no substitute for seeing[...]
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