A side view of the 50-year-old John Deere 95 combine with much of the tin cut away shows the inner workings.  |  Les Dunford photo

Project offers look inside a 50-year-old combine

Alberta man converts the machine into a demonstration model to show people how the old equipment worked

People driving in the country at harvest time see the big yellow, green and red combines moving through fields of grain, canola or pulse crops, with chaff and straw blowing out behind, and hear the hum of the machine. Some may see them unloading their bounty into grain carts or trucks, sometimes on the go. […] Read more

Jadeene and Rolin Wolfe take a break from seeding.  |  Les Dunford photo

Brother-sister team share a passion for farming

WESTLOCK, Alta. — The Wolff family has been farming in Westlock County for more than three-quarters of a century, and now the fourth generation is working the land and seeding and harvesting crops. Rolin Wolfe, with the help of his sister, Jadeene, was augering wheat into the tanks of a huge seed drill May 14 […] Read more

Jason Wrubleski and Greg Toronchuk work together to forge a regular horseshoe and a therapeutic horseshoe in the two-man, 45-minute event. In this instance, Wrubleski is the main man and Toronchuk his helper. They later reversed their roles for the second two-man event.  | Les Dunford photo

Blacksmithing mixes skill, art

It sounds simple enough: take a flat piece of steel, add heat and turn it into a horseshoe. But as you watch a farrier make a horseshoe, one blow at a time, you soon realize it is a combination of practised skill and art. On Feb. 10, the Ag Arena in Barrhead, Alta., became one […] Read more


Shingling and repairs are underway on the Fluet barn, built in 1933 near Mosside, Alta.  |  Les Dunford photo

Future brightens as barn gets new bones

For more than 84 years, the big, old barn on the Fluet farm just east of Mosside, Alta., has been part of the scenery. It has stood out as a landmark that many people may not give more than a glance. But there is a lot of history to it, some still being learned, and […] Read more

Environmental winner seeks long-term impact

Rancher says his goal is to keep animals and plants healthy 
and water sources clean for the next generation

CALGARY — Tom Thompson is passionate when he talks about his Winding Creek Ranch located about 15 kilometres northwest of Mayerthorpe, Alta., near to where he was raised on his parent’s farm. “I’ve always had a hankering for plants and animals, and growing up, there was something always pulling me into this direction, you know, […] Read more


Don Crews of Lloydminster, Alta., raises his hands in victory Oct. 1 with his winning 1,365 pound pumpkin at the Great White North Pumpkin Fair in Smoky Lake, Alta.  |  Les Dunford photo

How many pumpkin pies does 1,450 pounds make?

SMOKY LAKE, Alta. — This Alberta town really comes alive on the first Saturday of October when the Pumpkin Capital of Alberta hosts the annual Great White North Pumpkin Fair. “We are very pleased with the turnout of people,” said Pat Palechuk, president of the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Growers Association and a town councillor. “This […] Read more

Small breed draws big crowds

The Nelsons of Colinton, Alta., have been promoting their cattle,  including their Dexters, at Edmonton EDMONTON – Regular visitors to the cattle barns at Farmfair International in Edmonton often see familiar faces among those who show and promote their cattle. Probably no couple is more familiar to Farmfair goers than Allyn and Rita Nelson of […] Read more

Records fall at pumpkin festival

SMOKY LAKE, Alta. – Two festival records were broken at the 21st annual Great White North Pumpkin Fair and Weigh-Off held in Smoky Lake Oct. 3. The previous pumpkin and squash records fell to new champions. There were 28 entries in the pumpkin category this year, with weights starting at 60.8 pounds and working up. […] Read more