Exploitive politicians tap into populism

Really? Do we need more legislation about trespassing in Saskatchewan? Or is this just another ploy to speak to a voter base? Think about how public buses and film tax credits in the province were handled and whether governing for the all is taking place or just for the ones that brung ya. I think […] Read more

Ralph Goodale, Saskatchewan MP and minister for public safety, speaks in Saskatoon at a Chamber of Commerce event about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.  |  Michael Raine photo

Deal called last threat for supply management

The government didn’t doubt the sincerity of the United States’ chief negotiator when he told them his president wanted Canada’s supply management systems “gone.” Settling an update for the North American Free Trade Agreement had become tied to a few concessions on Canada’s part to ensure that a dispute resolution tool, outside of the U.S. […] Read more

Ralph Goodale, Saskatchewan MP and minister for public safety, speaks in Saskatoon at a Chamber of Commerce event on trade about the USMCA.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Likely last of the big deals threatening supply management

The government didn’t doubt the sincerity of the United States’ chief negotiator when he told them his President wanted Canada’s supply management systems “gone.” Settling an update for the North American Free Trade Agreement had become tied to a few concessions on Canada’s part to ensure that a dispute resolution tool, outside of the U.S. […] Read more


Dear Mr. President

Yes, Mr. President, you won. Just like you said you would. America is a better place, again, now that you have wiped out the North American Free Trade Agreement. Good, hard-working American dairy farmers are saved from those evil, socialist Canadian farmers, their communist masters and international globalism in trade is thwarted with the new […] Read more

Barb Glen won an award for her photo of Cal Wellman who lost his barn, corral, tractor and winter feed in the fire that devastated parts of southwestern Alberta last fall. | Barb Glen photo

Your Producer journalists served you well

Most of you might not be aware that in this craft of agricultural journalism, a subset of the larger media industry, we have professional associations. One of the highlights of being a member of these groups is the annual competitions that allow us to see what the current standards in our business look like. As […] Read more


At 3,200 gallons, the Dammann DT3200S4 is the biggest self-propelled sprayer in North America. With six-wheel drive and four-wheel steering it is also one of the most unique. | Michael Raine photo

That’s a big sprayer, even by Prairie standards

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Kitted-out as a Canada Special, the new Dammann 3500 HS4 Profi-Class is the largest self-propelled sprayer in the North American marketplace. While not quite the widest, at 125 feet, it takes the prize for the most capacity, at 3,170 gallons. The machine’s ability to remain in the field longer between refills makes […] Read more


Manure vacuums like the Mensch can free producers from tying their barns to their manure processing. A roots-type blower pulls in large volumes of material that is gathered by giant squeegees that ride on the barn floor.  |  Michael Raine photo

The Mensch vacuum really sucks

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Since the days of the pitchfork and wheelbarrow, farmers’ approaches to cleaning up the barn have been to automate the process as much as possible. That has driven producers to underfloor systems, various gutter designs, pumps and augers, which often keep manure handling processes fixed on single bedding protocols and materials and […] Read more


A Groweil 5040 with a New Holland 450 baler set up for silage. The wrapper works on the go and is available as a factory option from the company.  |  Michael Raine photo

New Holland adds single-bale wrapping

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Bale silage can be a time consuming and time-critical business. The wet bales need to be under plastic in a matter of hours. New Holland has added the single-bale, wrap on the go feature to its 450 model balers for 2018. Neil Martin of New Holland in Elmira, Ont., said that while […] Read more

A harvest of sensations

I wish I could record this darkness. Coyotes singing, dozens of them; all off to the southwest tonight. The Milky Way above so clear it’s three dimensional; rolling waves of stars as though quilted. And the Soo Line train horn blowing, along with the clatter of steel on steel, about a mile away. The whine […] Read more