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Emission reduction that could work

Carbon taxes and/or cap and trade systems will be implemented across the country. Everyone has their own opinion on whether this makes sense, but...

The changing crop mix

You really don’t know what you can grow until you try. That’s why the mix of crops continues to change across Western Canada. At one...

More Co-operation Possible Between Grain and Cattle Producers

By Kevin Hursh It all started in the fall of 2016. With the seemingly endless rain that year, most of our chickpea crop never matured...

Striving for Higher Yields is a Matter of Survival

By Kevin Hursh As farmers, most of us are tired of hearing it – that we must keep increasing production to feed a hungry world. Many...

High Land Prices and Exorbitant Cash Rents

By Kevin Hursh In farming circles wherever you travel, there’s a commonality to conversations over land prices and cash...

Hiring Outside Expertise

According to the old adage, a farmer is a jack of all trades but a master at none. While that’s perhaps truer than ever,...

Hogs versus Dogs

by Kevin Hursh  It’s amazing what enterprises make money and which ones are a low-margin grind.  At a recent producer meeting, I had the opportunity to visit with two different producers who...

Livestock Lessons

Kevin Hursh As Canadian grain farmers, we need a code of practice. Before you see red and start calling me names...

Crop Returns Tighten

Profitable cropping options are few and far between heading into the 2018 growing season. With a 50 per cent tariff on peas exported into India...

Intercropping Warrants More Research

This year, I experimented with a quarter section of chickpea/flax intercrop. Unfortunately, with such a dry May and June in my region of southwest...

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