Winter 2011 issue

Articles in this issue

  • Business

    • Viterra takes on the world

      A lot can happen in three years. Take Saskatchewan-based Viterra. Following Saskatchewan Wheat Pool’s acquisition of Agricore United in 2007, the […]

    • Software support eases switch from paper

      Only 50 per cent of Canadian farmers were using a computer to keep their farm books in 2006. The 2010 figure […]

    • Say goodbye to written records.

      Joan Cool doesn’t usually talk specifics about commodity prices, input costs and application rates. But ask her how many tonnes of […]

    • Potash deal could hurt foreign investment.

      Politicians have long declared Canada open for business. But a recent decision by Investment Canada to block Australia’s BHP Billiton’s takeover […]

    • Get a grip on foreign markets.

      Food produced by Canadian farmers is reaching more regions of the globe every year. It could be reaching still more foreign […]

    • Desktop PCs still rule farm offices.

      Is it time to buy a Mac computer for your farm business? What about laptop versus desktop technology? Those are the […]

    • Agri-business goes global.

      When Canadian agri-businesses look to expand, they’re more likely than ever to cast their nets beyond Canada’s borders. Doing business abroad […]

  • Farm Life

  • Production

    • Know your custom operator

      Larger farms, rising equipment costs and labour shortages are just a few of the reasons farmers are turning to custom operators. […]

    • Put it in writing.

      You can’t buy a new combine without signing a contract. Buying or building new grain bins usually starts by signing a […]

    • Watch your equipment costs.

      Farmers typically hire custom operators for one of two reasons. First, they do not have time to do the job themselves. […]

    • Will that be cash or a crop share.

      The scope of custom work is changing. At one time, most custom operators were hired by farm owners to do a […]

  • Technology

    • Aerial photos enhance GIS data

      Thirty-four years ago, when Jack McKinnon launched Prairie Agri Photo of Carman, MB, infrared technology gave farmers their first bird’s-eye view […]

    • Controlled traffic farming gains ground.

      Controlled traffic farming (CTF) — the establishment of permanent traffic lanes for farm machinery to reduce compaction of crops — is […]

    • Field smarts trump satellite data.

      Farmers who use GPS mapping, auto-steer and crop yield maps to improve input application have a lot to think about. But […]

    • GPS add ons tackle precision envy.

      GPS-capable add-ons are the high-tech version of haywire and binder twine because they let you upgrade farm machines without forcing you […]

    • He lives the dream.

      You’ve heard the expression, “like a kid in a candy shop.” Well, that’s Steve Larocque in a wheat field, or canola […]

    • IPCPs fill demand for special wheats.

      Marketing non-registered varieties of hard red spring wheat is possible, and often profitable, through arrangements such as Identity Preserved Contract Program […]

    • KVD gives way quietly to declarations.

      Things were simpler for western red spring wheat growers before August, 2008. That’s when Canada’s traditional method of visually identifying wheat […]

    • Put high-tech tools in their place.

      GPS technology is changing the way farmers approach the hands-on business of seeding, spraying and harvesting their crops. Widespread adoption of […]

    • Verify wheat variety through lab test.

      The best way to know which variety of wheat you’re delivering is to know your seed before planting, says the Canadian […]

    • Wheat identification goes high-tech.

      The old wheat identification system, KVD (kernel visual distinguishability), worked for years to prevent contamination of CWRS wheats by varieties and […]