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ble augers used on farms. It could take a couple of years before producers see the results in the marketplace, but auger manufacturers are getting set to work the new standard into their equipment designs.


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The Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research reports almost 70 per cent of farm injuries involve machinery. The new Canadian Standards Association standard for portable agricultural

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augers was developed over several years by the agricultural machinery technical committee of the CSA. The standards committee includes farmers, manufacturers, regulators and researchers from Canada and the U.S. The group considered research results, member experience and similar standards in the U.S. and Australia. Jim Wassermann, an engineer with the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute in Saskatchewan, is a member of the team that came up with the new CSA standard. Wassermann said most of the upgrades in the auger standards relate to the design of the intake guard and the auger driveline. “Those are the areas where most injuries take place,” he said. “The standards team has now come up with practical options to prevent a hand or foot from contacting the rotating flighting, without restricting product flow.

“For example, a retractable intake guard is now an option in the new standard. It can stay in place for most operations, but in unique situations, it can be retracted and alternative safety precautions put in place.” The new standard also references all recent standards that relate to guarding auger drivelines and PTOs.




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— Lack of sleep can also influence poor safety choices. Safety is a conscious decision, not one of fate, say farm experts. It’s important to follow safety rules and procedures at all times of the year, but especially in the busy seasons of spring and fall on the farm.

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that exists and provide recommendations about what can be done to prevent injuries and tragedies. The statistics From 1990 to 2008, an average of 104 people died every year from agricultural incidents in Canada, according to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) program. Agriculture ranks the fourth most hazardous industry in Canada, with 12.9 deaths per 100,000 farm population. Agriculture creates a unique environment, where children have direct access to the workplace. The most common locations for agricultural fatalities involving children are fields and the farm yard. Of the 248 children who died due to agriculture-related injuries between 1990 and 2008, 63 per cent of the fatalities were machine-related. Seventy per cent of agricultural fatalities occurred from May to October, and 92 per cent of people who died in agricultural injury events were male. Along with the human loss and suffering, economic losses from largely predictable and prevent-

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general clear of moving parts. Use safety guards and keep the machinery in good repair. — Keep work areas neat and clean. — Underage people should not operate vehicles or machinery. — Teach children safety fundamentals. This includes clearly identifying where farm machinery and vehicles are operated, and where they may not play. Children need to develop a healthy respect for the potential dangers of being near a moving machine or vehicle, and learn how to stay safe. — If you are the owner/ operator of a farm, clearly communicate to your staff that risk-taking involving machinery or vehicles is not allowed or tolerated. Your employees should understand that you expect them to always operate in a safe manner. This includes no speeding and no impaired or distracted driving. — Make sure operators are competent, confident and capable when it comes to using machinery.

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Safety — a shared responsibility — can save time, money ... and lives Continued from Page 6 If additional training or instruction is necessary, make safety the priority. Take the time to read manuals, ask questions and consult industry experts who can give you answers. — Have an emergency plan and review it often with anyone who is regularly at your farm. That plan should include contact information for local emergency responders, and contact information for friends or relatives who can be called if something goes wrong.

Motorists, give farm-machinery operators the room they need on the road. Be patient and pass with caution when it’s safe to do so. Like many aspects of farming life, safety is a shared responsibility and a team effort. It’s absolutely necessary that everyone does their part to reduce injuries or deaths involving machinery and vehicles. Safety on the farm not only saves time and money, it reduces human suffering. Together, everyone can make the farm a safer and healthier place to live, work and play. — Canadian Safety Council

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Institute plan to keep children safe on farm Farming is one of Canada’s most dangerous industries, and children are often present in that workplace — one that exposes them to machinery, chemicals, livestock and other hazards. Too often, children have access to the entire farm and view it as one big play space. Children must be taught about farm dangers and be kept isolated from these risks. The coming week — March 14 to 20 — is National Farm Safety Week and, once again, Canada Safety Council encourages all Canadian farming families to ensure the safety of children on the farm. Injuries involving children can be prevented by attention to details, and a sound understanding of fundamental safety principles. According to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) program, from 1990 to 2005, there were 217 agricultural fatalities among children and youth aged 14 or younger. About 45 per cent were under the age of five. Runovers and drownings are the most common cause of fatalities among children. Machine runovers caused 42 per cent of fatalities, followed by drownings (15 per cent), machine rollovers (11 per cent), animal-related injuries (seven per cent), and being caught in or under a non-machine object (five per cent). Every year, children are run over and killed by farm machinery. Bystander runovers and extra rider runovers cause many agricultural fatalities among young children. Bystander runovers occur when children playing on the farm or ranch worksite (usually the yard or driveway) are run over by a tractor, pickup truck or other farm vehicle. The vehicle is generally reversing at the time of the runover. Extra rider runovers occur when a child falls from a machine they had been riding on as a passenger and were subsequently run over. Enforce a “no extra riders” rule on tractors and other farm machinery. One of the best ways to

keep children safe is to have a designated play area on the farm. Provide fencedin play areas with highmounted, self-locking, gate closures for young children. By limiting children’s play areas to a specific location, the safety zone is greatly increased and exposure to farm dangers is decreased. Teach small children the fundamentals of safety, such as which areas are offlimits. As they grow older, explain why certain things are dangerous. When they start helping with the work, make sure they are properly trained, keeping their limited strength and experience in mind. The safe way to do things is not always obvious to a child, so always explain and enforce the safety aspects of the job. Children often imitate what they see. Above all, farmers and their workers must set a good example, both for their own safety and as a role model for children. To make your farm more child-safe, here are several things you can do to protect

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Fence farm ponds, manure pits Continued from Page 11 — Keep work areas neat and clean and machinery in good repair. — Make grain bins and work areas offlimits to children. It takes only two or three seconds to become helplessly trapped in flowing grain. — Keep children away from farm chemicals. Store the chemicals in a cabinet, room

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Hand signals critical communication for worker safety Communication is vital to worker safety in any situation — particularly in a fast-paced environment, such as on a farm or ranch. Distractive surroundings can prevent important messages from getting through.


Distance, noise and distractions from moving livestock, hooking up farm implements or navigating an oversized load, significantly reduce a worker’s ability to hear another worker. That’s where common

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tire pressure indicators, shedded, very nice truck 1994 Freightliner TA highway tractor, day cab, 726,764 km at booking, N14, 18 spd. trans., wet kit, drive tires near new, Cat’s Eye tire pressure indicators, shedded, good cond. 1994 Lode King aluminum Super B grain trailers, open ends, newer tarps, 11R24.5 tires, Cat’s Eye tire pressure indicators $7,074.90 w/o done on the above tractor and trailers as of Sept./11 1981 IH 1724 SA grain truck c/w 15’ steel box, 131,603 km at booking, 404 eng., 5&2 trans., roll tarp, 10.00x20 rubber, shedded Two Michel’s hyd. hopper augers for grain trailers SPRAYER 2002 Willmar Eagle 8600 sprayer, 4WD, 90’, 1200 US gal. stainless steel tank, 380/90-R46 tires, 1908 hr., four E-Kay dividers, 340hp Cummins, air ride suspension, two rinse tanks, EZ STEER guidance c/w 500 monitor, auto boom height, Mid-Tech controller, triple nozzle bodies, shedded, vg cond., S/N 8600JL86109 Four 520/85R46 Firestone radials to fit above sprayer, limited wear, to be sold separately AIR DRILL 51’ Flexicoil 5000 c/w front TBT FC 2320 tank and rear TBH FC 2320 tank, dbl. shoot, 4-1/2” steel packers, 12” spacing, Dutch low draft openers, both tanks and drill were rebuilt and gone through four seasons ago, c/w extra rollers. NOTE: The drill will be sold with choice of one tank. The remaining tank will be sold separately. HEAVY HARROWS 70’ Flexicoil 85 heavy harrows, hyd. tine adj., limited use, purchased new in 2005, vg to exc. cond. AUGERS and GRAIN VAC Buhler FarmKing 13”x70’ swing auger c/w AG Remote electric swing mover, reverser, vg cond., purchased new in 2007 Westfield TF 100-41, 10”x41’ auger c/w mover, 30hp Kohler, good cond., purchased new in 2008

• Westfield J208-46, 8”x46’ auger, 18hp Kohler, good cond. • Kongskilde 700 grain vac, 1000 PTO, shedded, vg cond. FIELD EQUIPMENT • 12’ Houle HLL-12 hyd. land leveller, hyd. lift and tilt, limited use, exc. cond., purchased new in 2011 • 28’ Big G Tandem disc, smooth blades, older heavy disc • Eversman 600 hyd. scraper • Rock-O-Matic 546 rock picker, 540 PTO drive, good cond. • 60’ Flexicoil Sys. 95 Harrow/Packer • 70’ Flexicoil harrows/drawbar, newer tines GRAIN BINS and AERATION • 2009 Grainmax 5000 hopper bin, rocket, vents, dbl. skid, site glass, exc. cond. • Three 2007 Wheatland 1620 E hopper bins, epoxy lined, 4119 bu +/-, level alert, manhole, poke hole, manway, dbl skids, never stored fertilizer, (one bin has side wall damage) • Four Sakundiak 18’x6 ring hopper bins, 5600 bu+/-, dbl skids, ladder, roof vents, top/bottom manways, full bin indicators, aeration tubes, OP cables • Four Grain Guard aeration fans, (Three 5hp, 3hp) • Grain Guard 60,000 BTU gas aeration heater • Chigwell 12612E hopper bin, 1600 bu+/• Westeel 14’x5 ring, 1650 bu+/-, good wood floor • Twister 14’x4 ring, 1500 bu+/-, good wood floor • Three round wood bins (Two - 1200 bu +/-, 1000 bu +/-) PICK UP and TRAILERS • 2002 Ford F-250 XLT Super Duty, elec. 4x4, ext. cab, long box, 172,411 km at booking, 5.4L, auto, A/T/C, spray-in liner • 20’ TA 5th wheel trailer, homebuilt • 8’x5’ SA utility trailer, tilt deck, 1’ sides RECREATION and LAWN EQUIP. • 2011 Kubota RTV 900, 4x4, diesel, 149 hr. at booking, hyd. dump, windshield, winch, bush guard, exc. cond.

• Polaris Big Boss 500, 6x6, 4,572 km, manual dump box • John Deere 240 lawn tractor c/w 30” rototiller and 48” mower, 18hp Kaw., good cond. • Swisher 48” lawn sweep • • • • • • • • • • • •

MISCELLANEOUS Chem Handler II (40 gal.) c/w banjo pump GPI chemical pump 1250 and 450 gal. poly water tanks 5hp Honda slough pump, quantity hose 20’ Brandt 3-pt. hitch sprayer, 65 gal tank, hand gun 6’ Ford 3-pt. hitch rotary mower 6’ Ford 3-pt. hitch rear blade 8’ 3-pt. hitch cult. New Sakundiak bin sheets and wall stiffeners 60 gal. 3 cyl. Ind. Air upright compressor Two 500 gal. fuel tanks/stand, 300/500 gal fuel tanks/stand, 12V fuel pump Four 4’x8’ high steel shelving units, Oxy/ Acetylene outfit c/w bottles, HD Tow Rope, Drill Press, Banjo Pump, pressure washer, Hyd. 12T press, grinder/stand, 12V Lincoln grease gun, 20T air hyd jack, Columbia gas snowblower, 4’ work bench, bolt bin and bolts, 3/4” Drive socket set, Saws-All, quantity wrenches, four water extinguishers, Tri-Met grain tester, welding table, chop saw, floor jack, tire chains 22.5, misc scrap iron and lumber

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE Ward has discontinued his farming operation. This is a very nice line of well maintained equipment. Note the low hours on most pieces. The above listing is a guide only. All goods are sold on an “as is”, “where is” basis and any description, verbal or in advertising, of goods is set out or offered as a guide only. Doug Johnson Auction Service Ltd. accepts no responsibility for errors in description, it being the responsibility of prospective buyers to inspect the goods before the sale and satisfy themselves as to condition, age, authenticity, make or model. This list is subject to additions and deletions. Doug Johnson Auction Service Ltd. will not be responsible for accidents, damage or loss. All sales are final. GST will apply on some items. Payment in full on sale day. Payment by cash or cheque only. If paying by cheque and unknown to Auction Company, we require a reference letter from your bank. Arrangements must be made 48 hours prior to the sale for cell phone and absentee bidding.

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can get a message across and be an effective way to communicate.” A series of “standard” hand signals have been adopted by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s farm-safety program to improve safety for farmers. The signals enable all workers, helpers and family members to communicate in the same language, which can decrease the risk of injury. Peterson shared a story of a husband-and-wife team that almost had an incident on their farm because of lack of communication. That prompted an agreement between the two and their family to learn and implement the set of hand signals. “Their frustration level reduced significantly because they made

that commitment to learn the same language,” Peterson said. “Less frustration means a safer environment and higher productivity.” Using hand signals saves time and prevents incidents and it can also reduce severity of injuries. To be of full benefit, it’s important that the entire work team knows and consistently uses the hand signals. Farm owners and managers are encouraged to post the hand signals in a place where employees will see them every day. “It would be a big safety step if all members of Alberta’s farm families, employees and farm visitors learned the standard hand signals and adopted them,” Peterson said.“It is important to train new employees about the safety features and practices.” — Agri-News

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Collaboration … is it the future of farming? Working collaboratively with multiple producers is an effective way to increase product offerings and expand access to markets. Collaborating with others in one of the following market channels might be right for you. Farmers’ markets — the most common avenue for delivering fresh food to

the consumer, farmers’ markets allow the consumer to directly access communitybased producers who make, bake or grow the products they sell. An active farmers’ market is a natural location for a food-hub aggregation and distribution centre. The market-based food hub could involve both local market vendors and

other producers. Community supported agriculture or community shared agriculture (CSA) — is part of a growing social movement that encourages urban and rural citizens to share responsibility for the food that is grown. Consumers purchase shares in the farm operation, where the farmers and consumers

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share the risks and benefits of food production. The arrangement can be as formal or informal as the producers wish. “We’ve seen effective collaborations between two or more vegetable producers who combine their products so they can both better meet customer needs, as well as vegetable growers and poultry, dairy or livestock producers joining forces to improve their product mix,” said Karen Goad, the farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Home-delivery service —

is an old-fashioned model

that is regaining its popularity. Home-delivery service is a market channel where farmers sell their products to a “middle man” who then delivers multiple farmers’ products directly to the consumers’ homes or to a specific drop-off point. Producer collaboration can increase the variety and volume of products available for home delivery and online sales. This channel gives farmers more access to a larger client base and it

allows customers to get the food they want in a convenient manner. Online sales — increasingly, single-farm operations are turning to the Internet to sell their product. The online sales model offers a direct marketing channel for businesses to market and sell their products online. That option also allows consumers increased opportunity to buy products at a time that is convenient for them. On-farm stores — is a farm-direct marketing channel that allows producers to deliver quality agri-food products directly to the consumer at a farm or ranch store. This model can also offer a consumer involvement option, such as a learning farm or U-pick orchard. “Alberta has many examples, such as honey ice cream or honey sweetened barbecue sauce, where producers use each other’s ingredients in their valueadded products and sell both products in their onfarm stores,” Goad said. “These collaborations ex-

tend the market reach of all producers involved in the collaboration.” Direct commercial sales — the popularity of locally grown food has spread to the commercial food market. Professional chefs and exclusive restaurants understand the value of offering locally grown food in their establishments. In that model, the producers sell directly to restaurants or food establishments. “About 10 Edmontonarea producers are currently collaborating in a threeweek Chef Market Pilot at Northlands Park,” Goad said. “During the second week, an inspired Corey McGuire, TZiN Wine and Tapas’ executive chef, who is participating in the pilot, told participants that he was going to build a menu based on the products from producers there that day.” Specialty retail — is a marketing channel where producers sell directly to specialty retail stores, such as health-food stores or exclusive delis and boutique food outlets. — Agri-News




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Students from farm families qualify for grad scholarships Rural students entering postsecondary education in agriculture or an agriculture-related field are eligible to apply for one of 60 scholarships, valued at $1,500 each, under the Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarships program. The program offers graduating Grade 12 students from farm families the opportunity to capture a scholarship to help fund their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture or an agriculture-related field of study. “Providing basic education support, particularly to those in rural communities, is one of the key focus areas for Monsanto Fund giving,” Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with Monsanto Canada, said in a news release. “We are proud to support students from farm families who want to pursue studies, and hopefully careers in agriculture.” Scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria: — Students must come from a family farm with confirmed plans to enrol in their first year


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Agronomy service one of ENR’s strengths ENR Distribution (ENR) is now up and running after a year of building. It has been an interesting chain of events on how the company got started. In the beginning, Sunalta Fertilizer started out like any other fertilizer company selling NPKS. Sunalta partnered with McRae’s out of Pincher Creek area, because of their agronomy strengths. After a number of soil tests in the area, they were astounded by the amount of problem soils we have in central Alberta. Two of the challenges were low pH and high aluminum and iron. A low pH soil e.g. 5.5 hinders efficiency up to 50 per cent of macro nutrients like nitrogen, phosphate and potassium. Aluminum is the biggest prob-

lem, as it stunts the roots and ties up phosphate, making it unavailable to the plant. So to counter those, we started using a pelletized Lime to increase the pH. That product can be blended with other fertilizers for seed blends. Because of its fine grind, it’s soluble and works right away. The other problem we have in the area is gumbo and alkali areas. These are caused by too much magnesium (Mg) and sodium (Na) and by adding pelletized Gypsum (CaSO4). It will loosen the soil and flush the Mg and Na off the clay colloid. The sulfur that’s mobile will carry the excess Mg and Na out of the root zone. One of ENR’s strengths is its agronomy service, which is backed by science and under-

stands how things work in the soil and the plants. We teach other dealers what the different products do and where to be used. Moreover, ENR is a distribution company that sells to fertilizer dealers. We want to make everyone accessible to fertilizers that make agronomic sense. There’s a lot of good agronomy recommendations out there, but

the dealers can’t find the products or don’t know what they are used for. Through ENR, any dealer can buy our products or even blends at a wholesale price. ENR Distribution is set on rail to unload cars at the rate of 200/ mt per hour. Our shed will hold 7000/mt when filled. Right now, we’re impregnating micronutrients onto our calcium products. By do-

ing that, we can reduce the cost by as much as 75 per cent. The impregnation system is capable of running at up to 1/ mt/min. No one else in Canada has the ability or the products to make these blends. ENR is driven by the needs of your agronomist and what they see missing is what ENR brings in for its dealers.

McRae Holdings Fertilizer Company has all the fertilizers to accommodate soils in this growing area! Stop wasting money on expensive salts and start helping out the plants you are growing. We carry low salt fertilizers and products to remediate problem soils. McRae’s carry these types of products: a) Pelletized Lime calcium carbonate used to increase PH

d) 0-0-22-22-11 K/mg excellent source of MG as well as K and S

b) Pelletized Gypsum calcium sulphate used on heavy sticky land and alkali areas

e) 16-20-0-13 Good source of P and S

c) 0-0-52-17 SOP Low salt index safe in seed row

g) 46-0-0, 11-52, 0-0-60, for general use

f) Hamates excellent nutrient for waking up depleted soils

MICRONUTRIENTS Baron, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc Some of these can be impregnated onto our calcium products decreasing the cost substantially!

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