Reading Time: < 1 minute The foundation that puts on FarmTech is cancelling the popular event, which was slated to run in January. “The FarmTech Foundation looks forward to when we can safely reconvene for… Canada’s premier crop production and farm management conference,” said a statement from the foundation, which is comprised of the provincial wheat, barley, canola and pulse […] Read more
Reading Time: < 1 minute It was another sold-out FarmTech as the annual crop production and farm management conference celebrated its 20th anniversary. The three-day event at Northlands’ Expo Centre features several dozen speakers and presenters.
Reading Time: 4 minutes What’s the forecast for Canadian ag? How about murky with a good chance of turbulence? ‘Headwinds’ was the phrase du jour when the country’s foremost ag economist came by FarmTech late last month. “There are lots of good things going on in the industry, but lots of headwinds as well — trade tensions, weather, excess […] Read more
Reading Time: 4 minutes Rural crime is a topic that everyone wants to talk about. “This is not just an issue in Alberta, but across the country,” RCMP Supt. Peter Tewfik said at a crowded FarmTech session. Rural property crime actually went down by 10 per cent in the province in 2018, he said. This means 480 fewer home […] Read more
Reading Time: 5 minutes Kyler Laird did it the John Deere way when he returned to the family farm in Indiana after his father’s death in 2010. But after five years of sitting in a tractor, planting crooked rows of corn, he decided to do it his way instead. “Even when I was a kid out discing or out […] Read more
Reading Time: 3 minutes What keeps you up at night? Up and down commodity prices? Weather? Finding (or keeping) rental land? For accountants Ryan Stevenson and Dean Gallimore, it’s the thought of farmers getting whacked with a tax bill they could easily avoid. “One of the best things about farming is that farming companies can transfer from one generation […] Read more
Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers are making some pretty big decisions off test strips — and that scares JP Pettyjohn. “We could flip a coin and pretty much come up with the same answer,” said Pettyjohn, a crop technology instructor at Lakeland College. “I don’t want an answer. I want the right answer.” Small-plot trials have been widely used […] Read more
Reading Time: 4 minutes He was enthusiastically welcomed as the prime minister who scrapped the wheat board, earning a standing ovation before the first word of his keynote address. But Stephen Harper had his eyes on an even bigger farm issue when he spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of nearly all of FarmTech’s 2,000 attendees. In a sweeping political […] Read more
Reading Time: < 1 minute FarmTech may have wrapped up on January 31, but here’s a few things that took place and some faces we thought you might like to see.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Wheat Commission is holding a fun contest to find the “most productive wheat grower” in the province. There are separate categories for dryland and irrigated farms, and entrants must grow a registered class/variety that falls under the Canadian Grain Commission western standards (CWRS, CWHWS, CWAD, CWRW, CWSWS, CWES, CPSW, CPSR, CNHR, or CWSP). The […] Read more