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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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Mike Nelson of Wetaskiwin.

Canola contestant reaps 81 bushels an acre

Alberta producers finished one-two-three in this year’s ‘Canola 100’ competition. The contest encourages producers to target 100-bushel-an-acre canola and is meant to “inspire farmers towards greater innovation.” Mike Nelson of Wetaskiwin averaged 81.43 bushels an acre followed by Merle Klassen of Linden (76.63 bu/ac) and Curtis Harrish of Calmar (74.52 bu/ac). Sixteen fields (the minimum[...]
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Trimble to buy consulting firm Agri-Trend

GPS and precision farming firm Trimble is set to buy the Canadian operator of North America’s largest network of independent agricultural consultants. Publicly traded, U.S.-based Trimble, which specializes in GPS and other location services, including the collection and management of on-farm data and services for precision farming, announced Tuesday it will buy Red Deer-based, privately-held[...]
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Alberta Canola Producers Commission is contributing $150,000 from checkoffs towards the making of the $1-million documentary.

Provincial canola commission donates $150,000 to GMO documentary

Commission chair says ‘something needs to be done’ to counter the attacks on genetic engineering by its critics


The ag industry’s answer to anti-GMO sentiment is nearly halfway to its funding goal, thanks to a sizable donation from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. The commission is putting $150,000 toward Know GMO, a feature-length documentary being produced by Agri-Trend CEO Rob Saik. “There’s been a demand among producers to do something as anti-GMO sentiment[...]
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