Side dump trailer wears many hats

FARGO, N.D. – The quest for a more efficient way to transport bulk agricultural products and byproducts often sends farmers to a construction equipment dealer. The latest crossover from construction to agriculture is the side dump trailer. There have been concerns over the years about this machine’s inherent instability, but the Jet Company of Iowa […] Read more


It’s not easy being green when choosing how to renovate

Renovating is part of the human condition. Whether it was adding branches to the temporary hut, putting more thatch on the roof or enlarging our one-room soddy, we have been renovating ever since we developed shelter. Environmentally conscious construction often focuses on new buildings, but maintaining and renovating an existing building can be more green […] Read more


Harvest: I bet you’re glad it’s over

Maybe you’ve had a busy harvest or maybe you didn’t have much of a crop to harvest. In either case, you are putting your combine away for the winter and it still needs tender loving care, whether it’s a 20-year-old machine or a two-year-old with all the gadgets. I’ve seen engine bearings in a tractor […] Read more



Soil study digs deeper into carbon sequestration

The scientific debate over whether plowed soil sequesters the same amount of carbon as no till doesn’t apply to the Canadian Prairies, says an Agriculture Canada researcher. Studies over the last 20 years have shown that zero tillage sequesters more carbon than plowed soil, but some soil carbon experts, including John Baker of the University […] Read more


Price of offsetting emissions

Companies that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year have been under the gun in Alberta since July 1, 2007. They must either reduce emissions intensity by 12 percent annually, relative to baseline levels, or offset their production. Emissions intensity is measured relative to economic output, so a decrease in emissions may […] Read more



Site simplifies ag info

It’s not always easy for farmers to find answers to their agronomic questions. The information is available in scientific journals, but access can be formidable. Even if farmers do find the articles, the scientific language can be laborious, making these publications difficult to read even for other researchers. “The information is often contradictor y, which […] Read more


Tillage not critical to carbon sequestration

Alberta producers who practise zero tillage have been paid millions of dollars over the past few years as part of an emissions trading scheme in the province. The Alberta Offset System has compensated them for conservation tillage because the management practice is supposed to hold more carbon in the soil, reducing the amount of greenhouse […] Read more


Manure rules force soil sampling regulations

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – There’s a reason why advances in soil sampling technology are flying at us left and right: manure. There were a number of new soil sampling machines on display at the recent InfoAg conference in Illinois. When asked why these machines are now in such a competitive market, the consensus of the manufacturer […] Read more



Man. insect report lists pest, virus expectations

Weather and insect populations go together like soup and marriage, horse and sandwich, love and carriage. “The weather certainly has an impact on insect populations. It affects different insects in different ways,” said John Gavloski, Manitoba provincial entomologist. The cool wet spring followed by a hot dry summer affected the 2011 insect population and is […] Read more


Soil EC data recorder was a Canadian first

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While Kansas- based Veris Technologies gets the agricultural attention, few people know that a Canadian company was the first to manufacture a soil electrical conductivity instrument. Geonics Limited of Mississauga, Ont., manufactured its first electromagnetic induction geophysical instrument in 1962. It was the EM15, and since then the EM series has become […] Read more