Year’s top 10 online stories

We regularly look at the top-read stories on producer.com. The following are the top 10 stories of the year.

10. Alberta rancher defies history to run for NDP (April).

Fourth generation rancher Cam Gardner ran for the NDP in the riding of Livingston-Macleod. He placed second to UCP candidate Roger Reid.

9. Deere previews next-generation combine (November).

John Deere previewed its twin-rotor X9 combine and matching draper header designed for small grains and oilseeds.

8. Net zero: Alta. town grasps electrical holy grail (June).

The town of Raymond, population 4,000, is the first in Canada to produce enough power to run town operations by placing solar panels on most municipal buildings.

7. No Chinese restriction on Canadian wheat, peas, flax imports (March).

This was a developing story that changed directions after the Globe and Mail had initially reported China had expanded restrictions.

6. Deere’s new electric tractor tosses the battery (February).

John Deere introduced an electric cable-powered tractor delivering up to 400 horsepower.

5. Saskatchewan farmer leads class action glyphosate lawsuit (May).

A Moose Jaw farmer leads a class- action lawsuit against Bayer and Monsanto contending that exposure to Roundup herbicide contributed to his cancer.

4. Three hundred cattle seized from Sask. Farm (February).

The cattle were seized by Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan from the Stoughton-area farm of Warren Russell, who insisted his animals were properly managed. He faces federal charges and is due in court later this month.

3. Two bulls hit price stratosphere (April).

Stefon and Rebecca Beechinor of Bentley, Alta., and partner JNR Farms of Willingdon, Alta., sold a 15-month-old Simmental bull for $275,000. The bull is a polled full-blood Simmental.

2. New Versatile-Kubota tractor now in production (April).

Versatile and Kubota are jointly building an all-new tractor. Versatile will market the new tractor as the Nemesis, while Kubota will market the M7 (or M8) series twin to the Nemesis.

1. Man. landowners ask $53.3 million for 23,800-acre farm (September).

This story had more than double the number of views of the No. 2 story. The land, is located near The Pas, Man, and includes equipment.

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