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he carbon tax has kicked in, but producers are still trying to figure out its impact — and what can be done to ease the hit on the bottom line. “Everything we buy — whether it is in inputs, fertilizers, freights, parts, machinery — all of those service providers to us are all impacted. Their costs go up,” said Greg Stamp of Stamp Seeds near Enchant.

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llison Ammeter didn’t see the inside of a combine in October. As harvest carried on across the province, Ammeter was left waiting and wondering when the rains would stop and whether she and husband Mike would finish harvest before the snow started flying. They didn’t. “We got not quite two-thirds done, which is fairly average in our area,” said the Sylvan Lake-area farmer. “We did our peas and most of our barley in September, and didn’t do any wheat or canola until November. We’ve still got a fair bit of wheat out, a little bit of canola, and all our fababeans are still out. “Nobody in Alberta has seen this in the last 60 years. We’re all kind of making it up as we go along.” But despite the unprecedented weather and record-long harvest, the lesson she learned from it was nothing new — “weather changes, and you have to roll with the punches.” “We seeded probably the earliest we’ve ever had our entire crop in the ground, and we were prepared that we might be combining in August given how early our seeding was,” she said. “But it was a cool, cloudy, rainy summer, and everything was later, despite when it got started.” Like Ammeter, D’Arcy Hilgartner didn’t



This is not a winter wonderland. Allison Ammeter and husband Mike will have to deal with these fababeans, pictured here on Nov. 20, in the spring.   PHOTO: Allison Ammeter quite finish harvest on his farm near Camrose, despite a strong start to the growing season. “We started out the year fairly dry. As we came into May, there wasn’t a lot of moisture out there, and as we came to the end of seeding, it was getting really dry,” said Hilgartner. “But seeding went better than it has in

years. We didn’t have any weather delays. We didn’t get stuck. We didn’t have any issues that way. “We got it all seeded and then the rains came, which was perfect. But the rains really never stopped until it snowed.” The delayed harvest was a good reminder

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Find ‘your own reasons’ to make your farm safer, says expert Finding time is often the biggest hurdle, but farm safety expert Donna Trottier says the key is to start small and build on that BY JENNIFER BLAIR

“Start small with your safety program, work on your safety program over time, keep it simple, and let it grow.”

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t’s been one year since Alberta’s controversial farm and ranch safety legislation came into effect, and the jury is still out as to whether the act is actually making farms across the province safer. But preventing agriculturerelated injuries is “pretty complex,” and legislation alone can’t bear that load without some support from train ing and education, said farm safety expert Donna Trottier. “Legislating common sense has proven to be beneficial, with things like seatbelt legislation that has kept people safer on the road — but legislation alone isn’t the most effective approach to preventing agriculture injury,” said the co-ordinator for the Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension working group. “Other jurisdictions have found that simply legislating it isn’t always improving the injury statistics. It requires incorporating various strategies — education, legislation, and other levels of influence.” Legislation has brought farm safety to the forefront of farmers’ minds. “Everybody is talking about it because of Bill 6,” said Trottier, who is developing an industry-led farm safety program that includes educational resources and awareness tools for the working group. “But when I talk to farmers, their reason for having farm safety programs isn’t necessarily driven by that legislation. The driving factor for farm safety is protecting people — farmers, kids, family members, employees. “If we can find our own reasons for including safety strategies that fit the business needs on the farm, that will be the motivation for people.” Right now in Alberta, farm safety is “all across the board,” said Trottier. “It’s like asking how good is the average driver in Alberta.


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“We all have some bad habits, and we’ve done things on the farm the same way for years. But we need to ask ourselves if that’s the safest way to do it.”

Practical strategies

Farm safety expert Donna Trottier will be sharing some practical strategies for building a farm safety program at the upcoming FarmTech Conference.   PHOTO: SUPPLIED We have good drivers and we have bad drivers,” she said. “The degree of farm safety program implementation in Alberta varies widely.” But when compared with other industries, agriculture is “probably on the lower end of the scale” for having formal safety programs in place. And farm safety often becomes just another item on a neverending to-do list. In a survey of 400 Alberta producers conducted by agri-food market research firm Kynetec, about 40 per

cent indicated they’ve identified risks on their farms and taken action on them. However, about 20 per cent said they haven’t taken action on identified risks, another five per cent said they haven’t identified risks at all, and 35 per cent said the question was ‘not applicable.’ “Sometimes we don’t give safety the attention it deserves,” said Trottier. “We get busy with the haste of the season, and we forget to think about the risks that are involved in our daily activities.

That’s the basis for Trottier’s presentation on farm safety at the upcoming FarmTech Conference, which runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. “People have their own reasons why they would want to implement a safety program on their own farms, and I want my talk to help farmers identify their reasons for incorporating safety into their overall risk management strategy,” said Trottier. “I want my talk to help them find their reasons for arguing for safety instead of against it. There’s been a lot of negative talk about farm safety, and I want this to have a positive spin and give farmers a reason to incorporate safety on their farm.” Developing a farm safety plan can be intimidating, but Trottier hopes to provide some basic strategies to help producers get started. “Most farmers want something that’s straightforward and really practical as a starting point for their programs,” she said. “It’s not about telling farmers how to do the job that they’re already doing.

It’s more about reminding them to bring farm safety to the front of their minds and think about the hazards and the risks that we have in our daily activities.” Farm safety plans also help farmers train other people about the hazards of working and living on the farm, she added. “We want to make sure that the people on the farm are made aware of the hazards, the control measures they have in place for those hazards, and the procedures to follow in order to do the job safely,” she said, adding training helps prevent injuries, increase productivity, and create a strong safety culture on the farm. “We need to consider all the risks on the farm, what we can and can’t do about those risks, and then evaluate the level of risk that we’re willing to accept as we work on the farm.” There’s an economic benefit, too, said Trottier. “Farmers and ranchers are managing a huge area of risk — from weather to finances — and it makes really good business sense to add that farm safety component into that overall risk management realm,” she said. “Farmers can justify spending money on a safety program just the same as they would when buying a new piece of equipment.” But safety programs work best if they’re “customized to the farm and developed to fit the operation,” she said. “The best place to start is by identifying the hazards on the farm and evaluating what controls can be put in place to reduce the hazards,” said Trottier. “We know how to grow things in agriculture. Start small with your safety program, work on your safety program over time, keep it simple, and let it grow. It doesn’t have to be complicated — just get started.”




Chuck the crystal ball — protect your downside If you’re worried about missing big rallies and don’t like delivery commitments, then consider options, says David Derwin BY JENNIFER BLAIR AF staff


avid Derwin has one piece of advice for farmers wondering where markets will go in 2017: “Expect the unexpected.” “A lot of the marketing advice out there is about trying to guess where the market is going to go, and I think too much time is spent there,” said Derwin, an investment adviser with PI Financial, a Winnipeg investment and commodity futures firm. “I don’t want to guess too much on where the markets are going. It’s better to have a good strategy in place and know what you’re going to do whether prices go up, down, or sideways.” And the strategy that Derwin favours is using exchange traded options. “The best way to look at options is kind of like insurance. You pay a premium and get your downside protected,” said Derwin. “You buy insurance on your equipment, your buildings, and your crops, and if your shed burns down, your insurance covers that. An option basically provides that price protection, so that if prices go down, the value of that option essentially increases to offset the loss on your cash prices.” Options are very flexible, said Derwin, because they give producers the opportunity — not the obligation — to sell their crop at a certain price or before a certain date. “You can buy them and sell them at any time, and you’re not locking in a price,” he said. “So often, the hesitancy to hedge or look at other marketing tools is the fact that you don’t want to lock in a price. We’ve seen it so many times — you put in your target price, your target price gets hit, and the first couple of days you’re happy your target price got hit. And then three weeks later, the price is 40 or 50 cents a bushel higher and you say, ‘Darn, I wish my target price hadn’t got hit.’ “With options, there is an element of being able to protect your downside but still have your upside.” And unlike hedging, there are no production commitments with options, Derwin added. “That’s another reason why there’s hesitancy to hedge — you don’t want to commit and then have to deliver your grain that isn’t going to come out of the ground for six to nine months and you don’t know what you have,” he said. “Options give you the ability to protect the downside and not have to worry about not having the crop to deliver.” Once those marketing strategies are in place, market forecasts can act as a road map for producers, said Derwin.

Downward drift

The cattle markets have had “some pretty big moves” over the past year, but the trend has been mostly one way. “Cattle is one example where, over the past couple of years, prices seemed to go relentlessly

Open outcry floor trading has largely gone the way of the dodo, but grain and livestock markets still make unexpected moves and producers need to take advantage, says market expert David Derwin.  PHOTO: REUTERS higher and higher and higher,” said Derwin. “And then, through 2016, cattle prices were basically drifting sideways to lower. That was pretty much the pervasive trend. “Right now, we’re still under that same kind of longer-term biggerpicture trend. The longer-term trends on cattle have definitely been drifting lower and heading down.” Fat cattle prices have seen a fairly big range in the past year. “From their peak down to the trough, we’ve had about a move down of about 20 per cent,” said Derwin. “Late in the year, cattle prices had a nice strong move higher, and in many cases, we ended the year not much different from where we began. So we want to be taking advantage of prices when they’re higher and not get too panicky when we have some big moves lower.” It’s the same story with feeder cattle, though feeder cattle prices haven’t rebounded as high. “From top to bottom, they’ve had about a 20 per cent price move, and they’re still down about 12 per cent for the year.” Going into 2017, producers will want to “capture those highs and avoid those lows,” said Derwin. “It can’t be done all the time, but the whole point of managing revenue exposure is to smooth out some of those extreme moves as well,” he said. “The trends are drifting sideways or lower, and are likely to continue, so we want to be thinking about doing some hedging.”

Seize the day

In the canola market, producers saw about a 20 per cent change in prices over the course of 2016. “For canola, we got to highs of about $520 a tonne, and they were sitting there during some low points at about $450 a tonne,” said Derwin. “There were two times that canola got to $520 or $530 a tonne, and when you look back over the past three or four years, that’s been pretty much the high end of the range for canola.” When canola hits those high prices, it’s “prudent” to take advantage, he said. “We know that, after a market has had a good strong move, it should cause us to act a little bit.” New crop is setting at “some decent levels,” and that’s where producers could see rallies in 2017.

“Canola has been very much sideways, especially for this new crop. It’s really been in a range between about $480 to $520 a tonne for the past year. I would expect to see some fairly big moves within that range,” said Derwin. “It’s not unusual to see grain prices have a range of 15 to 20 per cent in any given six-month period. It wouldn’t surprise me for a bit of a price move to occur. “But what we want to do if and when it gets there is be ready to act and protect those prices.”

Wheat may surprise

Where things could get a little more interesting in 2017 is in the wheat market, said Derwin. “Wheat could be the one that surprises us a little bit,” he said.

“If we get a 10 per cent increase in wheat futures, we might want to be a little more proactive in using options to protect that gain we see.” Except for some blips in the late spring and early summer, wheat prices went “pretty much straight down” in 2016. “If we’re looking at the futures markets, we’ve seen the price of wheat drop between 15 to 20 per cent in the last year,” said Derwin. “For those who were a little more attentive, there were some nice little price moves higher in the spring and the summer that would have allowed you to capture prices at a higher level.” Those little rallies show that “you never really know where prices could go,” said Derwin, and that’s one of the benefits of using options in a marketing plan. “It allows you to put in place that floor price when you have that downside. Because you’re not locking anything in, if prices have gone higher, you can still capture that upside.” So instead of relying on guesswork when marketing this year, producers should be using marketing strategies such as options to manage whatever the markets throw at them. “Spend more time and effort understanding the strategies and learning how they work and what to do when prices get to different levels, as opposed to trying to guess or predict or hope that prices get to those different levels.”

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Top three marketing resolutions for 2017 This year, instead of making a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight or save some money, consider resolving to improve your marketing plan. PI Financial’s David Derwin has three simple marketing resolutions to get you started.

Resolution No. 1

Understand all the marketing tools in your tool box. “In general, you want to be more aware of the tools that are out there, so be aware of what is out there and learn about it. There are going to be these pricing opportunities, and you need to be more involved and proactive on the marketing side.”

Resolution No. 2

Work with an adviser who will keep on top of your marketing. “We all know farmers wear so many hats and they’re extremely busy. They don’t necessarily have the time to follow the markets as closely as is probably warranted. You want to work with someone who can stay on top of it for you and very actively monitor what the markets are doing.”

Resolution No. 3

Use exchange traded options. “If there’s one thing I can really encourage producers to do is look at your marketing and get comfortable with how options work. Options act like a bit of a Swiss army knife — this one tool can be applicable in so many situations.”



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Whether the weather be fine Or whether the weather be not Whether the weather be cold Or whether the weather be hot We’ll weather the weather Whatever the weather Whether we like it or not


hat poem by an anonymous British writer came to mind many times over the past year when trying to put words to what was happening in the canola market. Weather always plays a major part in determining the course of direction taken by grains and oilseeds, but it seemed to be at the forefront more often than usual in 2016. Mother Nature’s roller-coaster started off in the spring, with the large sections of dark red growing on the moisture maps raising concerns over a possible drought in Alberta and Saskatchewan. That dryness persisted through the planting season and brought about dire warnings of low yields and “remember whens?” However, the brunt of a drought never really materialized, as rain finally came to much of the dry Prairies in June and the “click, click, click” of the slowly rising futures market gave way to the inevitable drop. That story is told fairly clearly when looking at the nearby canola futures chart

of 2016, with prices seeing steady growth from March through early June before the sharp sell-off that took values right back to where they started by the end of July. It was around that time that the canola market lurched the other way once again, as what had been “much-needed” rains morphed into “too much of a good thing.” Disease and quality concerns became widespread, especially in grains and pulses, but also in canola. If that wasn’t enough, the 2016 western Canadian harvest was quite unlike anything seen before. September was OK and it was looking like a challenging year would at least come to an end somewhat smoothly. However, that wasn’t the case for a large portion of the Prairies, as an early winter storm hit at the beginning of October. The snow stuck around and kept at least a quarter of the country’s crop in the field through the month (and considerably higher percentages in those areas hardest hit). Then, to turn it all around one more time and ease back into the gate before starting the 2017 adventure, November was about the nicest November ever when it came to harvest weather. The warm and dry conditions would have been more welcome in October, but still came in time to allow most crops to come off. When it was all said and done, Statistics Canada pegged canola production for the year at 18.4 million tonnes, which would be right in line with the previous year’s

upwardly revised number and well above some of the more dire projections out earlier in the growing season. However, many analysts still think there is even more canola out there. Now looking ahead, those supplies are already seeing record demand from the domestic crush sector, while exports are running a bit behind the year-ago pace. That demand should provide support going forward, but numerous outside factors will also come to play in 2017. Exchange rates and activity in U.S. markets are a given, but there are plenty of other unknowns heading into 2017, in addition to the weather, that will make their way into this column. For starters, the new political situation in the U.S. comes with plenty of question marks, while Chinese demand is also tricky to pin down. The whims of the charts will also be felt from time to time. Another rocky ride is a given, and perhaps a revised poem is in order… Whether the weather be wet Or whether the weather be dry The future’s uncertain No matter how hard we try Prices will follow the technical charts The loonie, Chicago, and Trump Then all we can do is ask “why?” Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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We can’t take our markets for granted — relationships matter New crop missions are an important customer connection and give farmers a new insight BY LANE STOCKBRUGGER


spent the first half of December on the road, on a whirlwind tour of four key markets for Canadian wheat and durum exports: Algeria, Morocco, England, and Italy. In total, we logged over 20,000 kilometres between these four markets in 15 days. It’s a long way from the 4,000acre grain and oilseed farm I run with my brother Lance, in eastcentral Saskatchewan. You see, Canada exports 20 million tonnes of cereal crops each year. And it’s our job to maintain and protect these markets, through presentations, conversations, and dialogue, which is exactly what I did on the 2016 Canadian Wheat New Crop Missions. Our two-week mission was organized and co-ordinated through three organizations: Cereals Canada, Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). There

were four new crop missions in total, spanning 17 countries in the fall of 2016 that travelled through Asia, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and West Africa. The approach provides customers with updates from experts along the Canadian value chain, including a farmer, a representative of grain exporters, and technical specialists from the CGC and Cigi. As a farmer, I was honoured to represent western Canadian producers, and our role is ever important on these missions, to tell our story. It was the opportunity to speak about our independent approach to running our businesses and how we make decisions on our farms that are in the interest of the family business, for today and looking toward the future. I spoke of our focus on technological advancements to help farmers in Canada be as productive as possible while ensuring that we are growing crops in a sustain-

able manner that will protect our land, air, and water for the next generation. The value of having a team of Canadians representing the value chain became more obvious as our mission through North Africa and Europe continued. Customers had heard that Canada had a tough growing season, plagued with too much moisture and a long drawn-out harvest. This led to very real questions and concerns about the quality that Canada would have to offer for export to Canadian wheatand durum-dependent markets. It was our chance to correct any misinformation they had, and to share the whole story about the quality that would be available for their import needs. Questions about glyphosate and how we use it on the farm were valuable to hear and even more importantly to have the ability to respond first hand and explain how we use herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides

to produce the quality product customers have come to expect from Canada. These discussions during the missions help build new business relationships and strengthen existing ones, which frankly is ever important to this Canadian farmer if we intend to maintain and grow our position in these markets. After spending these valuable two weeks in conversation with the decision-makers of these important end-use markets, I have a better appreciation of our role and the importance of that role. Conversing with companies and seeing their businesses in action using Canadian wheat to produce products for local markets and international distribution is humbling. What we do as farmers makes a difference, but we can’t rest on our laurels in this competitive landscape. Lane Stockbrugger farms at LDS Farms near Leroy, Sask.



In times of hardship, take time to consider all of your riches The love of your children, support of family and friends, and faith are priceless treasures to be cherished By BRENDA SCHOEPP AF columnist


am admiring the picture on the cover of Alexander McCall Smith’s book The Full Cupboard of Life. His fictitious stories from Botswana are an easy and humorous read. The cupboard referred to is typical; containing four plates and four cups, two bowls, a couple of pots, a little cooking oil, and a teapot. That’s the entire kitchen. This past year I moved from an amazing farm and a beautiful log home to a temporary home with my office in one box and my kitchen in another. In my kitchen box was tandoori spice, sea salt, two plates, two cups, one pan, some cutlery, two bowls, a tea and coffee pot. All my other possessions went into storage. As we unloaded into the storage unit, I was overcome with the feeling that I still had so much! As a traveller I have had the privilege of living like a queen and the honour of dining with the poorest of the poor. From the chef’s table to the little dung stove on the dirt floor, each meal was greatly appreciated. It was food — beautiful food — and an immense and spiritual blessing to a weary wanderer.

The tiny meal of rice served on a banana leaf by a servant girl was as memorable as the finest meal prepared by an executive chef. And as I learned to live out of a backpack or single bag, I also learned to enjoy the smallest of graces. The cake the Italian hikers baked for us in Peru when it was not safe to venture out and there was no other food left. We ate that cake while the bullets screamed by and the train was overturned, hanging on to the moment as though it was our last — and it could have been. The late meal served on the sidewalk in Argentina as children surrounded us with their questions and the owner proudly accepting Canadian currency to display his good fortune and proof of our visit. The little cups of nuts in a circle on the floor shared with us and the gods on a festival day in India and the speared fish grilled over an open fire at a coastal village. The epicentre of our lives in the country is often around the kitchen table. It is in this space that we train our children, say our prayers, decide on and then execute a business deal, weep for our losses, and laugh out loud. The cupboard is always remarkably full with the graces of summer set

in shiny jars or frozen for a thaw on a winter day. There is no shortage of simple abundance. There will be farm kitchens this winter (it may be yours), where the stress of farming and ranching hangs over the table like a damp mist. It does not however, mean the cupboard is empty. The food bill might be trimmed, the lights shut off a little earlier, trips cancelled, or tough decisions made — but the cupboard is full to overflowing with community support, extra hugs from the kids, understanding, faith, and the good fortune of experiencing the journey together. As a young single mother I remember the days of so little. We lived on $600 a month, had an old half-ton with a slant six under the hood, wore second-hand clothes, and made food really stretch. We still fondly laugh about a puff wheat cake we were generously given and that we made last for a week. The children gently remind me how much they loathed that garden and the work that came with it. But we always had enough and our simple lives kept us close. Don’t get me wrong: Having plenty is much more fun and much less stressful, but when days are set like stones

we seek small victories and tender mercies. And our definition of abundance may differ. While some may be stressed about not getting a new John Deere tractor or making a payment, another family may truly be hungry. There is always someone in greater need. Our grace and compassion, discreet aid, and continuous verbal support may not seem like much of a sacrifice. But to the family in need, it is a gift. I recall the words of an elderly stranger whom I helped: “The world is round my dear, the world is round.” So if you are on the receiving end of a little help from neighbours and friends, relax and enjoy the spirit in which the gift was given. Because the world is round and your time to help another lies wrapped like a secret in the future. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, may God grant you a full cupboard, in this life! May you be curious and kind, accepting and generous, caring and cared for. And above all, thankful. Brenda Schoepp is a farmer from Alberta who works as an international mentor and motivational speaker. She can be contacted through her website www.brendaschoepp. com. All rights reserved. Brenda Schoepp 2017

It’s about time that Internet access is available to all In an age when Donald Trump can move markets with a tweet, being connected is a necessity BY SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS Dalhousie University


nformation is power, and without data, it is impossible to operate a business — any business. At the tail end of 2016, Canadian agriculture received the news it had long been waiting for: the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared that broadband Internet access in Canada is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all. CRTC intends to invest over $750 million to support this initiative. In spite of the lack of details contained in the announcement, in terms of future costs for Canadians and businesses, it spells good news for Canadian agriculture and consumers alike. Let’s face it: most Canadians take the Internet for granted. Being connected has become second nature for most of us. As an example, most knew the minute that George Michael or Carrie Fisher had passed on, even though it occurred during the holidays when many are not connected. You only need to experience a complete sense of dis-

connectedness once in order to really appreciate how important high-speed Internet is to modern living. In remote areas, the Internet can get choppy, simply due to high winds. Even precipitation can slow the Internet down to a point where work becomes impossible. The CRTC’s focus on broadband Internet access comes at the right time. In agriculture, things will get much more interesting as getting sound data in real time will play a significant part in most farming businesses. In an era in which Donald Trump’s most outlandish message on Twitter can move markets in seconds, farmers need the proper information tools in order to keep up. Rurality, of course, makes closing distances a challenge, which in turn makes communication critical. Therefore, the need for better and more efficient communication through a reliable network becomes obvious. For meetings, sharing data and most important, for anticipating unpredictable effects like climate change, access to data underlies almost every business decision. Crop prices and futures are also key information points for farmers who want to make their operations more sustainable.

The “Internet of Things” is an increasingly promising concept for a growing number of farmers, allowing them to anticipate the future before it happens. With devices like wireless sensor networks, network-connected weather stations, hightech cameras and smartphones, farmers can obtain an impressive amount of environmental and crop performance data, collected by field sensors and cameras, and accumulated by human observations, which have been recorded via mobile smartphone applications. Triangulating data is what it’s all about. Farmers can analyze the data they have, filter out worthless data and compute personalized crop recommendations for any specific farm and commodities. But without proper, affordable bandwidth, all of this can be at best a very painstaking process. Farmers are no longer rustic labourers on tractors. Things have changed. Given that Canada is losing farms at a yearly rate of seven per cent to nine per cent, agricultural operations have got larger — much larger — and smarter as well. With precision agriculture, resources are managed more sustainably, which lowers the carbon footprint of

farms. Adapting production input based on localized needs for each individual animal allows better use of resources to maintain the quality of the environment, while improving the sustainability of the food supply. This is what is happening already. What is not happening enough, however, is any systematic attempt to appreciate how more efficient Canadian farms could contribute meaningfully to global food systems, and increase profitability for the sector. Better Internet capacity can only help in this regard. Canadian consumers will also gain on many levels. First off, allowing rural Canada to connect with the rest of the world would help urbanites better understand agriculture. This could potentially be the most significant contribution from the CRTC’s decision. Farmers will gain access to more data, but so could city dwellers. The great rural-urban divide could be narrowed, thus allowing citizens from both socio-economic segments of our nation to understand each other better. Over the last century or so, public discourse around how we support agriculture in Canada has mostly been fuelled by

misconceptions and confusion. We have seen interest groups repeatedly use ignorance as a weapon to serve their constituents. Data-driven debates can only bring farmers closer to people’s kitchen tables. In other words, better virtual connectivity could potentially lead to better agri-food policies in Canada. What is more, Canada has almost 200,000 farms, many of which are still hobby farms. With access to broadband Internet service, it could become possible to operate small-scale farms more efficiently, thanks to better market access and perhaps in turn creating more variety for Canadians looking for locally grown products. One day, expectations in grocery stores and in restaurants could be more aligned with how limiting agriculture can be at times. This may be a pipe dream, but if access to broadband Internet service can only accomplish half of what it is capable of, Canada will gain. However, we can only hope this access is affordable for farmers to use. Sylvain Charlebois is dean of the faculty of management and professor of food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.


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LESSONS } from page 1 to “take advantage of every possible opportunity,” he said. “There was no such thing as a perfect spraying day this year. It was more like, ‘it’s pretty close,’ or, ‘the crop is almost dry,’” said Hilgartner, who still has some flax and fababeans out in the field. “We probably could have got a little further along in harvest before the rains hit again in October if we had done that a little more, but that’s one of those areas that you learn.”

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On the other hand, Dave Bishop was one of the few farmers in Alberta who lucked out in September. “We were luckier than most of the rest of the province because everyone down here got everything off, even if it was later,” said Bishop, who farms near Barons, just north of Lethbridge. “But it was a good reminder that Mother Nature rules the roost and can sometimes kick you in the butt when you least expect it.” Spring seeding was drier than normal for Bishop, who has both dryland and irrigated crops. But in the end, “everything came off pretty good.”

“A lot of people regret maybe waiting that extra day for something to get perfect instead of getting a little more aggressive and harvesting things when conditions were first appropriate.”

Spring harvest

At first glance, this looks like a typical harvest scene, except it took place in November. After spending all of October waiting to get back into the field, Allison Ammeter was finally able to continue harvest in November.   PHOTO: SUPPLIED “We started seeding pretty dry, but then it started raining and we ended up with a pretty decent crop. I feel very fortunate that the weather co-operated more so down in the south here and we were able to get our crops off.” It was the same story on Greg Sears’ farm near Sexsmith. “In our immediate area — and when I say immediate, I’m talking about 10 miles around us — people ended up being done fairly fast,” said Sears. “Ourselves, we were finished before the end of September before the really horrible weather set in.”

The dry spring was a nail-biter for Sears, but he learned quickly that “you always have to stay optimistic about what’s going to come.” “Going into the season, in the spring we were dry and I don’t think there was much optimism when we were putting seed in the ground,” said Sears. “But it turned out to be quite the opposite at the end of the year, and our yields were really good in our area.” And harvest was a prime example of “making hay while the sun shines,” he added.

But even though Sears finished harvest, he didn’t get his fall work done, including his normal fall application of fertilizer, and that’s “definitely going to make for more work in the spring.” “With a little better preparation, I think we probably could have got the majority of that fall work done,” he said. Bishop managed to get his fall work done “a week or two later than normal,” so he should be set to seed on time in the spring. “I really feel for the farmers who still have crop out there because it’s going to be a big delay in the spring — they’re going to have to deal with the crop laying out there,” he said. “That’s going to delay their spring, and if it happens to be a wet spring, it’s just going to delay them further.” For Hilgartner, “the harvest of 2016 will continue into the spring of 2017, unfortunately.” “If things start to dry off in midMarch, it won’t take us very long to finish harvest off. But it’s always

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out there looming above us that we’re not quite done,” said Hilgartner. “How it will impact seeding is hard to say.” That’s the big question on Ammeter’s farm, too. “We’re going to have to do something fast, because our priority is to seed the next crop, or else we’re going to be in exactly the same place next fall,” she said. “We don’t want to start getting into that cycle.” Ammeter expects they will at least be able to combine their canola, but options are limited for the wheat. “I think we’re going to be dealing with it in some rather environmentally unpalatable ways, like burning it or doing some deep tillage,” she said. “We’re a lowtill or zero-till farm, so that goes against our grain. But there’s a lot of 100-bushel wheat out there getting chewed up by mice. “I think there will be a lot of people lighting matches around here.”

Cropping plans

The potential for a late start could also see a shift in some crop acres — mainly away from long-season crops toward shorter-season options. “In the areas that have been hard hit, I think we’re going to find that if people can’t get crops off fast enough, they’re going to have to put in really short-season crops,” said Ammeter. “Usually people make decisions based on price, but from the standpoint of what do we have time left to seed, we might see more of the short-season crops seeded unless we get a really early spring.” Fababeans, for instance, take around 110 days to reach maturity, and they’re usually the first crop in the ground, said Ammeter. Peas, on the other hand, are a 90-day crop, so that’s going to factor in when people are pencilling out their cropping plans for 2017. “It’s a whole different type of decision-making,” said Ammeter. “Normally, we’re looking at what’s our rotation, what are the best varieties for our climate, what are the prices looking like worldwide, and right now, we’ve thrown in this additional thing of when will I be able to get onto my land and do I need to choose something shorter season.” Sears agrees. “I suspect around the province there’s going to be a shift to shorterseason crops with the additional work of spring harvest and spring field work that has to be done.” Sears is planning on reducing his wheat acres and increasing both field pea and malt barley acres, mainly because of a lack of fall fertilizer. But he doesn’t expect that most farmers will “change up their rotations a huge amount.” “Making wholesale changes to rotations is usually not the best idea.” Likewise, Hilgartner will be sticking to their rotation, come what may this spring. “We have a rotation, and we follow it. We might not get the crops all at a high, but we won’t get them all at a low either.” And as far as Ammeter is concerned, rotation is the “best tool they have” to spread their risk around and weather this storm. “Last year (2015), we probably had the easiest harvest we’ve had in 10 years, and this year, we had the toughest harvest we’ve had in 70 years — but I don’t think that means that you change rotations,” said Ammeter. “For the most part, we still think that crop rotations are the answer, that the best thing you can do is stick to a rotation. “I think this will be a year that really proves that one out.”

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Government response

used for heating. A few months ago, the government also bumped up funding for a Growing Forward 2 program which offers grants to offset part of the cost of upgrades such as more energy-efficient lighting and solar panels for barns. “What I’m hearing from producers right across the province is to ensure we can find those efficiencies and make sure the system works for everyone,” Carlier said in an interview. Carlier has said producers will be able to take advantage of programs offered to all Alberta residents, such as programs that will make housing more energy efficient. “Part of the carbon levy is to incent people a little bit more to find those personal efficiencies,” he said. All of the money collected from the carbon tax will be going back into Alberta’s economy to try to find efficiencies and to make every industry, including agriculture, ready for a more environmental economy. “There is a lot of work that producers right across the province and the country have been doing and we’d like to continue working with them to continue the good work they already do,” said Carlier.

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“What I’m hearing from producers right across the province is to ensure we can… make sure the system works for everyone.”

“Everything we buy — whether it is in inputs, fertilizers, freights, parts, machinery — all of those service providers to us are all impacted. Their costs go up.”

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“If their costs go up, are they able to pass it on, if they want to maintain the same margin they’re having? For farmers, it becomes tough because how do we maintain margins?” Kevin Auch, chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission is also concerned. “If all those other items go up in cost, it comes off our bottom line before we ever make a dollar,” said Auch, who farms at Carmangay. “With a thin-margin business like farming, that could be a concern if those numbers are too big. We just don’t know what they will be at this point.” One exemption made for producers is that there is no tax on dyed fuel used in tractors and other farm equipment. But producers, like everyone else in Alberta, now pay 4.5 cents of tax on every litre of gasoline and six cents on every litre of diesel, effective Jan. 1. Stamp says this could make a difference in staffing costs at his farm. “If my staff is driving to and from work with her car, she’s paying more for fuel and everything she is buying will be going up,” he said. “She will be in a tighter position. They may want to be paid more, which is fine. Costs go up for everybody and they have to cut back or try and make more money.” Other costs are also set to go up, said Stamp, a delegate for Alberta Barley. “A lot of our irrigation cost is electricity. So if electricity and transmission costs keep going up, it’s going to make our irrigation costs very high. Seed cleaning also uses electricity, so as that keeps going up, it brings the cost of cleaning up.” Auch is concerned about rising fertilizer costs in the province. Both urea and anhydrous ammonia are produced in Alberta using natural gas. Auch would prefer to have fertilizer produced and used locally. “If we’re importing fertilizer because our homemade fertilizer becomes more expensive, then you have extra freight costs on there. But if those freight costs are less than the carbon tax, it will happen. We will be importing fertilizer.” And this approach could actually add to producers’ carbon footprint instead of reducing it. Team Alberta, a group representing the four biggest crop commissions, has met with the government to discuss an improved carbon offset system for farmers, as well as other concerns about climate change and carbon tax. “We want the government to understand that agriculture is actually part of the solution,” said Auch, an active member of the lobby group. “If you’re going to tax us, reward those who are doing the sequestering (carbon through no till) as well,”

he said. “If we’re sequestering more carbon than what we’re using, we shouldn’t be penalized at all. If what you’re trying to achieve is removing carbon from the atmosphere, well, we’re doing that.” Many producers have adopted these practices because of environmental and economic benefits. But some may need incentives to choose some of the lower carbon practices, and that could be an area where the government could step in and assist, said Auch. “Incentives for adopting more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices is one example where you could mitigate some of the damage from the tax. But we don’t know the numbers right now. The bigger concern is how this is going to affect our costs before we make a dollar.” Team Alberta has met with Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. One of its requests is a seat for the agriculture industry on two government bodies, Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.

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Bayer says commercial hybrid wheat getting closer to Canadian market But some wonder if the money would be better spent on open-pollinated lines while finding better ways seed companies can get financial returns BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff


t seems commercializing hybrid wheat has been just over the horizon for years, but it’s now on the market in Europe and Bayer CropScience, is developing hybrid wheat for Canada. “Hybrid wheat in Europe is a commercial reality,” said Marcus Weidler, head of the company’s Seeds Canada division. “The company (which is not Bayer) producing hybrid wheat in Europe is having a hard time keeping up with the demand. It is sold out every single year.” Around a million acres of hybrid wheat are seeded annually in Europe — mostly in France and a lesser amount in Germany, he said. Typically it’s grown where farmers face more production challenges, Weidler said. But the biggest advantage of hybrids over open-pollinated crops, is heterosis, where a crossbred individual demonstrates qualities superior to both parents, with the goal being higher yields. More yield is also essential to offset higher hybrid seed production costs, especially for wheat, which is normally selfpollinating and has heavy pollen that doesn’t travel far. Hybrid seed production and distribution costs are the main reasons for commercialization delays. But Bayer CropScience has developed several smallscale systems that work and is confident they can be expanded. “The volumes are so huge it takes a long time to scale this up and also to have it reliably working is key,” Weidler said. “The system has been tried before by many other people, but we got it working.” Hybrid wheat is expected to yield 10 to 15 per cent more than open-pollinated cultivars, he said. Is that enough? That’s the question Rob Graf, a winter wheat breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, asked during his presentation at the 3rd Canadian Wheat Symposium earlier this winter. The upper range of the hybrid wheat yield projection is for feed wheats, he said. “In quality wheats the heterosis is much lower,” Graf said. Based on average Saskatchewan wheat yields, a 15 per cent increase translates into 5.4 more bushels an acre, he said. “Not bad, but is it enough?” I would say in essence hybrids, when they come, if we have that kind of yield they will be used, but they won’t be for everyone.” Jim Anderson, a wheat breeder at the University of Minnesota, said at the symposium that with the exception of Nebraska State University and Texas A&M, most publicly funded American breeders are taking a “wait-andsee approach.” “If they are successful that is great for the industry, but if not, the public will still be there developing those inbreds,” Anderson said. “I think there is a good chance

for some success there but the key is to having that economical (hybrid) seed production and then working with the seeding rates so the growers don’t have to purchase quite so much seed to put into the ground.” The rate of hybrid wheat yield gain will not keep pace with inbred lines, Graf said. “The main reason for that is with hybrids the lines that are males to females must incorporate many more traits that make them ideal female lines,” he said. “The rate of (yield) increase in hybrids, after that initial boost in heterosis, will actually be slower and so in essence what will happen is over time inbred line breeding will meet and surpass the yield of hybrids.” It’s partly because there are so many genes involved in wheat breeding, Graf said. Wheat breeders in the past complained about a yield drag because of kernel visual distinguishability (KVD) — a prerequisite for registering new western Canadian milling wheats, which ended in 2008. “In fact with hybrids you are probably adding far more trades than with KVD,” he said. Hybrids are primarily a way for breeding firms to get a return on investment, he said. “And I don’t think it is a secret to anyone that there are very definitely major challenges ahead for hybrids. I am not saying that it can’t be done, but there are significant challenges.” Seed grown from a hybrid crop lacks heterosis. As a result a farmer must buy new seed if he or she wants to grow that variety again. Variety developers need a return on investment, but instead of investing in hybrids innovative ways to capture value should be found, Graf said. “If we can move the investment that may be going to hybrids (and) put it into line breeding long term I would suggest we would be better off,” he said. Improved yield is Bayer CropScience’s main motivation for hybrid wheat, not capturing revenue, Weidler said. A slower rate of yield gain hasn’t been the case with hybrid canola, he said. “We have also seen in canola the last 10 years the average yield increase is 4.4 per cent, which is unmatched anywhere,” Weidler said. “Other crops show me that there might be good reason to believe that the breeders can manage this and come up with the same yield gain or maybe better yield gain than when you have line breeding.” The cost of producing and distributing hybrid wheat seed is the biggest challenge, Weidler said. Not only does wheat have a bigger seed and is bulkier than canola, the ideal wheat field plant population is four times that of canola. Contrary to the production of hybrid canola seed, to serve western Canadian farmers hybrid wheat production needs be decentralized. “It means we will have a big number of partners to help us produce the right amount and the right quality of seed for a

specific geography,” Weidler said. “There is no way to have central production, absolutely no way. But to be clear, we do not have all the answers. We are in conversation with a lot of people to get this done. Nobody has done this before.” Hybrid wheat production is also complex and time sensitive, he said. “No. 1 is to synchronize males and females,” Weidler said. “And the second challenge is a chemical hybridization agent, which has to be applied in a very tight window to the females so they are male sterile. If you scan’t get into the field because it is too wet, or it has been too dry and you don’t want to stress the plants, that can be a challenge. “The key in hybrid wheat is to come up with a sustainable, easy-to-use hybridization system to produce it.”

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Crop data system in beta for Western Canada Climate Corp.’s Climate FieldView system is already on offer down East STAFF

“Farming at the zone level is the new reality.”


Monsanto arm’s farm data suite, already being offered for sale in Eastern Canada for use this spring, is in beta testing toward a rollout later this year in Western Canada. Management from Monsanto and its farm data systems arm, The Climate Corp. said they see a launch for their Climate FieldView platform in Western Canada toward the end of 2017, as they work on the platform’s compatibility with small grains and related equipment. The package had its Canadian launch in September at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and was offered for sale in the East last month, for use in the 2017 crop season. Climate CEO Mike Stern described the East as “very much of a corn and soybean environment,” similar to the company’s markets in Michigan and Ohio. The FieldView suite of tools is meant to allow farmers to visualize and analyze crop performance, using field data maps as well as satellite imagery.

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out which fields to prioritize before heading out to scout. That tool, which Climate said will be “a first for the digital ag industry,” is meant to help farmers save time and protect yield, before yield is impacted at the end of the season.

Collaborations Climate Corp.’s prototype of an in-field sensor. Plans for a field sensor network are part of the Monsanto-owned company’s R&D program.  photo: Going global

FieldView, launched in 2015 in the U.S. to tie Climate Corp.’s product offerings into one package, comes also to Brazil this year with launches in Australia, Argentina and South Africa

expected in 2018-19, the companies said. The company said it will also bring its products into the European market in 2018-19, having taken its first steps there by buying Estonian farm manage-


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ment software firm VitalFields in November. The conference call laid out near-term plans for both Climate Corp.’s and its parent company’s research and development pipelines, noting Climate has “more than 35” R&D projects in the works. “Farming at the zone level is the new reality,” Climate’s chief scientist Sam Eathington said in the company’s release. Climate, he said, “is already delivering advanced seed scripting and zone-level nitrogenmonitoring capabilities, and our robust research pipeline ensures we will continue to provide farmers actionable insights to help them operate more efficiently and sustainably.” Among those, the company said, it plans to develop variable-rate prescription tools for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, creating what it described as “the industry’s first comprehensive fertility solution, delivering customized insights for crop nutrition and fertility management.” The company, through collection and analysis of “millions” of data points on seed product performance across various geographies, said it also plans to provide seed product selection plans for its farmer users. Climate said its field health research will lead to development of a disease insights package, identifying and predicting a specific field’s disease vulnerability and diagnosing crop diseases, applying artificial intelligence to images of infected plants. Climate said it’s also working on a new “directed scouting” tool to help farmers better sort

Monsanto also laid out a number of key projects in its own R&D pipeline, including its Higher-Yielding Corn trait family, a collaboration with BASF; the DeKalb Disease Shield corn hybrids platform; and Acceleron seed-applied disease protection products, a collaboration with Bayer. The company said it’s also working on an “innovative biological approach” to control varroa mite infestations in bee colonies, and a seed-applied nematode control product, dubbed NemaStrike. Noting the still-pending merger plans between Bayer CropScience and Monsanto, the company’s chief technology officer Robert Fraley said “parallel development” of herbicides and crop traits would allow the combined company to shave “years” off the delivery timelines for products in its pipeline. Accelerated earnings, he said, could then be allocated toward additional areas of R&D. Monsanto also announced it has reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, for agricultural applications of the institute’s new CRISPR-Cpf1 genome-editing technology. The agreement’s specific terms weren’t disclosed. Monsanto has previously signed deals for other genome-editing technologies for agricultural use, including a licence from the Broad Institute for use of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. CRISPR-Cpf1, Monsanto said, marks “an exciting advance in genome-editing technology, because it has potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted improvements in a cell’s DNA when compared to the CRISPR-Cas9 system.”

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Slowing sales may signal shift

Alberta companies head to Boston food forum

Slumping U.S. soybean export sales have fuelled concerns that formerly sizzling demand is cooling down. Soybean sales ended the past year sharply down and the slowdown is linked to increased competition for business from South America, as well as strong sales earlier in the year. Some market watchers say the United States is grappling earlier than usual with a seasonal shift of export demand to Argentina and Brazil, with one analyst saying reduced sales are “a solid indicator that South America is taking control of the world export market.” — Reuters

Anyone interested in exporting food or beverages to the eastern U.S. is invited to participate in Taste of Canada 2017 in Boston on June 5-6. “Taste of Canada is an agri-food buyer-seller forum where Canadian suppliers can showcase their food products in a tabletop setting while meeting one on one with prescreened American importers, buyers and distributors from the retail and food-service industries,” said Shelly Nguyen of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The product categories include bakery and desserts, seasonings, specialty oils, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and specialty foods and snacks. There is no fee to participate. For more info, contact Nguyen at 780-422-7103. — AAF

Rising loonie and lower soybean prices weigh down canola Argentina’s weather woes are a boost for oilseed markets, but that’s offset strong crops elsewhere By Jade Markus


CE Futures Canada canola declined in the first trading week of 2017, pressured by a beleaguered oilseed market south of the border. Sharp, sudden strength in the Canadian dollar added to the losses. Canola followed Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybeans lower in the week ending Jan. 6. Soybeans’ sharp declines caused canola to close below the technically important $500 level in the March contract. However, the market saw a significant amount of backand-forth trading, as prices saw day-to-day fluctuations based on South American weather. “There’s a lot of conflicting comments, and the bottom line is we don’t really have a good handle on how much problem we have,” said Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc.

While the full extent of the issues and their effects on production isn’t clear, the market is aware of trouble areas in key South American growing areas. “Argentina has the biggest problem. It’s had very wild weather over the last several weeks,” Lerner said. Standing water in areas of the country is concerning to traders and will cause crop loss, he said. Though crops will not be able to return to levels seen before the flooding, the short-term forecast shows improved conditions. A frequent rainfall pattern is expected for key growing areas over the next 10 days, with better drying weather between events, Lerner said. “They are not going to be able to have a bumper crop — they could still do OK, but the weather needs to snap around here pretty quick,” he said.

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Weather-related issues in Argentina underpinned oilseed markets, but favourable conditions in other growing regions erased that support. “Brazil’s crop conditions are almost ideal, as far as I’m concerned,” Lerner said. Northeastern Brazil has seen dryness and mild yield loss, but the majority of the country’s crop is doing extremely well, he said.

“It’s had some really good timely rains and temperatures have been mostly seasonal, so I think the yields are going to be high.” Weaker weekly export sales reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture also pressured CBOT soybeans, and in turn canola. Sales of soybeans reached a marketing-year low, and a large cancellation caused

investor concern that U.S. soybean buying may be slower moving forward, especially as competing South American supplies come into the market. Advances in the Canadian dollar did little to help canola values, and added to the downside on the week. The Canadian dollar gained more than one per cent against its U.S. counterpart, and strengthened against a bundle of other currencies, propped up by strength in crude oil. Unlike soybeans, soyoil was able to edge up slightly on the week, and if gains in the loonie stall out, canola may be able to kick back up alongside that market in coming sessions. Jade Markus writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

Broken wheat hedging market adds to U.S. farmers’ woes The Kansas hard red winter wheat contract is failing to reflect cash prices, and that has big implications on a crop insurance payout of about $10,000 because the futures prices used to calculate his policy benefits did not reflect how far the cash market value of his grain had fallen.

By Karl Plume Chicago/Reuters


ansas wheat farmer Michael Jordan is breaking with a century-old tradition grain producers have trusted to protect their businesses: He has stopped using futures to hedge risks to his crops. The CME Group’s Kansas City wheat contract sets grain prices for millers, exporters and other grain buyers both today and in the future. Traditionally, prices converge with the price of wheat sold in local cash markets. But Jordan and other U.S. farmers say they no longer trust this hedging tool, amid growing complaints among producers and grain elevators that the hard red winter (HRW) wheat contract is broken. The last three expiring contracts have gone off the board with wider-than-normal basis at their registered delivery locations, with cash prices 25 per cent or more lower, according to exchange and cash market data. Both the CME and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have said they are aware of the issue, but declined to comment directly on the matter.

Sowing uncertainty

Futures contract problems have happened before. CME’s soft red winter wheat contract failed to converge for nine straight contract expirations beginning in 2008, before the exchange implemented a scheme known as variable storage rates (VSR) to force convergence. Among possible solutions being discussed for the HRW

Storage woes

  Photo: Thinkstock contract are a doubling of current storage rates or enacting a VSR scheme, said David Schemm, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. The issue is sowing financial uncertainty throughout the agricultural economy, from grain elevators and wheat millers to crop insurers and farm banks. “This is turning a lot of storage hedges and new-crop forward contracts on their heads,” said Dan O’Brien, an agricultural economist with Kansas State University. Growers hedge risk via forward cash contracts with elevators, which take market positions to cover their own risk. They, in turn, are able to offer farmers competitive prices for future deliveries of grain. Crop insurance calculations are also askew as prices that set premiums and determine payouts, set by futures prices, are far different than actual cash prices. Schemm said that hurt his own farm. He missed out

One key factor behind the contract problem, said Kansas State University agricultural economist Art Barnaby, is storage. The HRW contract sets monthly wheat storage costs at six and nine cents per bushel. But elevators storing HRW wheat for these contracts — including ADM, Cargill, Marubeni Group’s Gavilon Grain — say the price tag for this storage should actually be valued much higher, Barnaby said. That’s because they do not want their storage capacity filled with grain they cannot sell. Meanwhile, massive global supplies of wheat are keeping cash prices low, especially in Kansas, where farmers harvested record-large yields this year. The lack of coming together of futures and cash prices has left many farmers fearful this season. The loss of market protections, they say, threatens to heap further pain on farmers struggling with decade-low grain prices and net farm incomes at a seven-year low. Farmers have used futures for decades to hedge the financial risk of planting a crop by locking in prices for future grain sales. “The whole point of hedging is to protect yourself against price moves,” said Jordan, who planted 1,000 acres of hard red winter wheat this fall. “But instead, all this has done is increased the risk.”



Loonie value will determine 2017 ag outlook FCC’s chief agricultural economist says a low Canadian dollar is expected to continue to benefit the sector STAFF


low loonie is likely to continue to benefit Canadian farmers through 2017. That’s according to J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada’s chief agricultural economist, who added that will be the continuation of a trend seen throughout 2016. “There are certainly other factors that could influence Canadian agriculture, such as the global economy, the investment landscape, commodity and energy prices,” Gervais said in a release highlighting issues for the coming year. “The Canadian dollar, however, has been a major driver for profitability in the last couple of years and could have the biggest influence on the overall success of Canada’s agriculture industry in 2017.” Gervais is forecasting the dollar will hover around the 75-cent mark and will remain below its five-year average value relative to the U.S. dollar in 2017, potentially making the loonie the most significant economic driver to watch in Canadian agriculture this year. The low dollar not only makes Canada more competitive in agricultural markets relative to some of the world’s largest exporters, but it also means higher farm cash receipts for producers whose commodities are priced in U.S. dollars. The enhanced competitiveness will also mean stronger demand for Canadian agricultural products, an important issue given the higher projected supply of livestock and crops. That could translate into revenue growth, especially for livestock producers who are hoping for a rebound from weak prices in the latter half of 2016.

“A lower Canadian dollar makes farm inputs more expensive, but the net impact in terms of our export competitiveness and cash receipts for producers is certainly positive.” J.P. Gervais

“A l o w e r C a n a d i a n d o l l a r makes farm inputs more expensive, but the net impact in terms of our export competitiveness and cash receipts for producers is certainly positive,” Gervais said. “Given the choice, producers are better off with a low dollar than one that’s relatively strong compared to the U.S. dollar.” Food processors are also better off with a low Canadian dollar, which is partly the reason behind the strong growth in the gross domestic product of the

sector over the past few years. Canadian food products are less expensive for foreign buyers, while it is more difficult for foreign food processors to compete in the Canadian market, according to Gervais. “The climate for investment in Canadian food processing is good, given the low dollar and growing demand in the U.S.,” Gervais said. He projects that exports of food manufactured products to the U.S. could climb five per cent in 2017. But he also notes that “a weak loonie raises the price of inputs like fertilizers or equipment, making them more expensive for producers, which may impact their purchase decisions.”

The lower dollar looks to be a net gain for agriculture.  PHOTO: thinkstock

Open Farms Days breaks record for visitors and sales


he latest edition of Open Farm Days broke records as visitors flocked to farms and ranches across the province to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Alberta. Newly released data shows there were close to 18,000 visits to the 92 farms and ranches hosting events and activities Aug. 20-21, while 26 culinary events offered farmto-table experiences during the two days. On-farm sales totalled $134,280 — an increase of 35 per cent over the previous year’s event.   2015 2016 % Growth Farm participation


92 28 per cent

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17,804 75 per cent



$134,280 35 per cent

Open Farms Days aims to grow farm-to-fork tourism opportunities and support growth in the local food sectors. The event is put on by the province, Ag for Life, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Travel Alberta and participating farms, ranches and agricultural societies. — Province of Alberta release


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New rules limit livestock travel time The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations: Part XII which deals with humane transportation. The most significant change would limit travel time to 36 hours (from 48 hours previously) and also increase the rest time (to eight hours). The agency says it has also included new language (such as definitions for compromised and unfit animals) to “establish clear end results for industry and transporters to better understand what is required.” Comments can be made until Feb. 15. The proposed changes can be found at (search for ‘health of animals’). — Staff

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Bid to raise beef checkoff ‘on hold’ Alberta Beef Producers supports raising national levy to $2.50 a head, but wants to sort out provincial checkoff first BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AND GLENN CHEATER AF STAFF


he national cattle checkoff is set to rise in most parts of the country this year — but a hike in Alberta is “on hold” for now. The $1 mandatory checkoff, applied to every head of cattle that goes to market, generates about $7.5 million annually. The funds are used to support marketing and promotion (through Canada Beef) and research (through the Beef Cattle Research Council). But the levy hasn’t gone up since its introduction 17 years ago, which means it has declined about 30 per cent because of inflation. Members of eight of nine provincial beef organizations, including Alberta, have backed a proposal to raise the levy. “In order to do what needs to be done for the industry, the national checkoff needs to be at $2.50,” said Bob Lowe, chair of Alberta Beef Producers (ABP). “In Alberta, the delegate body has voted in favour of raising it to $2.50. When we actually do that is another story. There are a whole lot of issues going on, and that’s probably not No. 1 right now. “In Alberta, it’s kind of on hold. We have voted for it and that was passed overwhelmingly. But as far as it being implemented really soon, we haven’t even discussed that yet.” The challenge for his organization is the $2 provincial levy, said Lowe. The provincial checkoff raised $10.4 million in the last fiscal year (ending March 31, 2016). But because it’s refundable, ABP ended up handing back $2.4 million — mostly to big feedlots. “We have to sort our provincial levy out first, I think, if we can,” said Lowe. “And if that proves to be an impossibility, well then, we take other steps beyond that. First things first, we sort out our provincial.” The former Conservative government made the provincial checkoff refundable in 2010. While the current NDP regime has said it would consider reversing that move, it has asked ABP to get the agreement of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association. But negotiations so far have not been successful.

The national beef checkoff hasn’t gone up in nearly two decades, which means less money for marketing and research.   PHOTO: CANADA BEEF Talking to consumers

“In Alberta, the delegate body has voted in favour of raising it to $2.50. When we actually do that is another story.”

Bob Lowe

“As you know, we’ve been talking to cattle feeders pretty regularly — we’ve put a proposal before government,” said Lowe, owner of Bear Trap Feeders in Nanton. “All government has to do is change the legislation to allow the non-refundable checkoff. If it can do that, then let us as an industry sort out how to get that done.” Lowe said he’s hoping for a resolution soon. “We’ve got to do something,” he said. “There’s been too much time talking about it.”

He said he would also like to move on the national checkoff, which he called “100 per cent justified.” “I would have no trouble speaking and trying to promote that, whether or not we have a refundable checkoff. But it would sure be nice to know which way we are going to go before we go to bat for the national one. We will be trying to get the national levy through, whether or not we end up with a refundable or non-refundable checkoff. But right now, we’re concentrating on the provincial issue first.”

Provincial organizations determine how the national checkoff is allotted. In 201516, ABP directed $9.8 million of the national checkoff collected in this province to marketing and promotion, and $1.3 million to the research council. When the national levy is raised, provincial organizations will have a third allotment avenue, which has been dubbed ‘issues management,’ said the general manager of the Canadian Beef CheckOff Agency (the parent agency of Canada Beef and the beef research council). “There (is) a need to support the consumer and the public, in terms of beef and why beef is a healthy protein option, but also being able to tell our story about things like hormone-free beef or antibiotic resistance,” Melinda German said in an interview earlier this winter. “This area of issues management is all about ensuring we are out in front of things, telling our story to the consumer, to the public about really what is happening in the industry

and making that connection. We have really lost that connection and that is why this issues management came up as a component of one of the pillars in the national strategy that we felt was very important to support.” Every five years, the checkoff agency conducts a review of the economics benefits from the levy. The latest one, completed in June, concluded that every dollar of checkoff money results in $14 worth of value to the beef industry. “That is very significant and if we compare that to our trading partners in Australia and the U.S., we find that our return on investment is higher and we are doing a very good job,” said German. Her agency is currently working with provincial organizations to get through the paperwork of enacting the increase. She expects that process will be largely complete in most provinces by the end of this month. For more information visit, — With staff files



Livestock industry must prepare for just about anything Threats can appear from any direction and most aren’t even on the radar BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


hile the livestock industry and governments have improved their ability to respond to disease outbreaks, they need to broaden their preparations. They must include new diseases and challenges, says a report from the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council. Rob McNabb, general manager of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, says the report is aimed at situations “for which we don’t have a current playbook on how to respond.” These include diseases that are not yet a concern in Canada which means they’re not reportable or notifiable. “We’re not even watching for them,” McNabb said. That situation makes disease prevention and biosecurity all the more important, he points out. Changing weather patterns caused by climate change plus increased travel and globalized trade “mean we’ll see a lot more diseases,” he adds. Most of the threats the

Faced with poor prices, low-quality feed being dumped on market Prices for feed barley and wheat don’t appear ready to spike any time soon, as farmers across Western Canada continue to dump supplies containing high concentrations of vomitoxin and fusarium into feedlots. “Steady as it goes here is the tone,” said Allan Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. “We’re looking to clean up the worst stuff here by springtime.” Barley is going for $160 or slightly higher per tonne right now, while feed wheat is a little weaker, he said earlier this month. “So $150 to $155 (per tonne for feed wheat) is the spread we’re seeing,” he said. “The feedlot price that the farmer should see is low $150s.” The export value of the low-quality feed is unknown, he said, but there should be enough of it to keep the domestic market well supplied for a while. “So far it hasn’t affected pricing drastically. I suspect that’s largely because for every load that doesn’t show up, there’s two more looking for a home.” Barley faces the same hurdles as wheat when it comes to vomitoxin and fusarium, but draws less attention, he said. “It’s just a smaller market; there’s fewer acres of barley than wheat so we don’t notice it as much.” — CNS Canada

Livestock producers must prepare for a new world where global travel and other vectors make disease movement inevitable.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK industry is currently prepared for “are just the tip of the iceberg.” The council report says, “While some commodities have experience with reportable diseases, the impact of an emerging disease with unknown factors may be quite different.” The animal health and welfare council wants to draw attention to emerging threats because in the early stages, they’re often not well defined, which may result in conflicting reports about the issue’s scope and potential impact.

“In many cases these problems are novel and as such may fall outside of the established regulatory authority for either the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or provincial authorities,” the report reads. “Emerging issues are not limited to disease events. They could be antimicrobial resistance, bioterrorism or other environmental hazards e.g. extreme weather, floods, earthquake, toxic or chemical in nature or market or trade issues driven that have animal health and welfare implications. Potential impact on human health must also be considered.”

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Managing scours so they don’t manage you Scours, the most common disease in calves, can quickly put you behind the financial 8-ball BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AF STAFF/EDMONTON


cours can put you in a financial hole in a hurry. “For every percentage of the herd that you lose, the rest of the herd has to pick up the slack,” said Claire Windeyer, assistant professor in production animal health at the University of Calgary. Producers who had relatively low calf mortality, around five per cent, only needed their calves to be 25 to 40 pounds greater at weaning to make up for the lost calves. “If you have 15 to 20 per cent calf loss — which hopefully isn’t a common occurrence, but is where we get into some of those wrecks — the rest of your herd is going to have to weigh between 100 to 200 pounds greater, and that’s not going to be feasible,” she said during a recent Beef Cattle Research Council webinar. To avoid that situation, keep a close watch for scours, she said. When a calf has scours, its feces are softer than normal consistency with a higher fluid content. The problem must continue for at least two days — one day “doesn’t really count,” said Windeyer. Scours can be caused by a host of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Often, more than one pathogen is present. “When we are investigating these (cases), it’s not about the specific pathogens as much as it is about the risk factors that trigger the issue,” she said. Older calves may catch scours brought on by coccidia, while younger calves may have E. coli.

Scours can cause a ‘wreck’ in a herd if not dealt with properly, says animal health expert Claire Windeyer.   PHOTO: SUPPLIED “The point being that if you are talking to your vet about a scours issue, it’s important to tell them the age of the cattle affected. Keeping track which one you treat and how old that calf is may give some clues as to what pathogen it is, which may help target that control strategy a bit better.” Humans are susceptible to some of the pathogens that cause scours, so producers should be diligent in washing their hands and not allow kids and seniors to handle suspect calves. It’s the dehydration associated with scours that generally kills calves.

“We need to address the dehydration if we want to prevent calf mortality,” said Windeyer. A dehydrated calf will have severely sunken eyes with space between the eyelid and the eyeball. Calves that are mildly dehydrated with a strong suckle reflex can be treated with an electrolyte solution. “It’s important to note that not all of the products are created equal,” said Windeyer. Calves that can’t stand and don’t have a good suckle reflex are in need of intravenous fluids, and should be handled by a veterinarian. There’s a misperception that all cases of scours should be treated with antibiotics, but they will not treat or cure all cases, because some of the pathogens are viral or parasitic. “We need to manage dehydration more than the scours,” she said. “We do treat some of these cases with antibiotics, but that’s more about preventing the complications.” In some instances, the gut lining of calves may become compromised and damaged by scours. Bacteria can then travel across the gut lining into the bloodstream. “A third of scouring calves do end up with bacteria in the blood and some of those will become septicemic,” said Windeyer. These calves will need intravenous antibiotics, administered by a veterinarian. Calves with scours should be kept warm and dry and need a source of energy to help them recover.

Make sure calves get the colostrum they need University of Calgary animal health professor offers her tips on how to assess a situation and when to intervene BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AF STAFF/EDMONTON


any beef calves are not getting enough colostrum at birth, and the fallout can be drastic and last a lifetime. That’s why it’s important that calves consume some colostrum within the first four hours of life, said Claire Windeyer, assistant professor of production animal health at the University of Calgary. The probability that a calf will consume colostrum can be determined by two factors: suckling reflex and calving ease. When births are assisted by producers, calves are often less likely to consume colostrum. One of Windeyer’s grad students found that calves with a weak suckle reflex were 42 times more likely to fail to consume colostrum. The suckling reflex of a calf can be assessed 10 minutes after the animal is born. “It’s a pretty good predictor and a quick and easy test that you can do after the calf hits the ground,” Windeyer said during a Beef Cattle Research Council webinar. “It tells you about the risk of that calf failing to get up and consume colostrum within four hours.” Calves born without an assist had a 14 per cent chance of failing to consume colostrum on their own. Easy assists had a 40 per cent chance of failing to consume colostrum, and difficult ones had a 64 per cent failure rate. But the suckle reflex influences those numbers. Unassisted calves with a strong suckle reflex had an eight per cent chance of failing to consume colostrum, a number that didn’t really worry Windeyer. But calves born unassisted with a weak

  Photo: thinkstock suckle reflex were 78 per cent likely to fail to consume colostrum on their own within four hours. Calves born with an easy assist from a producer and a strong suckle reflex were 26 per cent likely to fail to consume colostrum while those with a weak suckle reflex had a 94 per cent chance of failing to consume colostrum on their own. “That’s an indicator that we should be getting in there and should be doing something, (even) if it is late at night and you want to go to bed,” she said. It might be a good idea to bottle feed the calf with colostrum if the cow is agreeable. In the case of difficult assists — such as when a producer assists a birth with a calf puller — even a calf born with a strong suckle reflex will fail to consume colostrum about 50 per cent of the time. “If the suckle reflex is weak, they will not consume colostrum on their own. These calves need assistance off the bat and there is not much point in waiting.” Because of the risk of Johne’s, Windeyer does not recommend feeding dairy colostrum to beef cattle nor bringing in dairy cattle to a beef herd. Instead, use high-quality, sanitized colostrum products for beef cattle, she said.

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Calving problems are becoming rare, but be prepared to act The first key step is to note when the birth process starts and investigate if too much time passes By Roy Lewis DVM


umerous articles have been written over the years on how and when to intervene at calving, how to recognize malpresentations, and what to do about them. Producers now see fewer and fewer calving-related problems as our breeding has improved and we select for easy-calving heifers with larger pelvises and moderate birth weight bulls. Ensuring cattle have adequate exercise with good nutrition (including access to balanced minerals) will ensure cows have adequate strength for uterine contractions and calves are vigorous when they are born. I have always stated at calving time the goal is to get a lively vigorous calf from every cow not just an “alive” calf. Overpulling or pulling too fast (and not in unison with the cow’s contractions) is not an option. I would suggest since we all don’t need to pull or assist calvings very often, we need to revisit our equipment and review calving guidelines and protocols every calving season just to be prepared.

Even though we no longer need to assist many calvings, timely intervention — and more importantly, recognizing your limits — are critical as time ticks along. With each calving an internal clock starts ticking as the cervix of the cow opens up and the delivery process starts. In my view, it is imperative to watch and record the time of the initiation of calving as this makes it very easy to decide when to intervene. Usually in one hour for cows and 1-1/2 hours for heifers, progress should be made. If continual straining happens, blood appears first, or the cow appears hunched over and nothing is being presented, it may be wise to check her out. Since we don’t need to assist many cows anymore, there is sometimes a reluctance to intervene. I’ve found in working with many experienced producers over the years, that their intuition usually guides them. If they feel something isn’t quite right, intervening at that time and checking the cow or heifer out earlier rather than later has usually avoided a wreck. Whether it is a full breech birth (both back legs

pointed forward), head back, or torsion, a farmer’s intuition is usually correct. Something is not right and intervention is necessary. Knowing when to call for help can also be a difficult decision to make. With any malpresentation, improperly dilated cervix, or situation which requires fetal manipulation and extraction, bear in mind that progress should be made every 15 minutes. If not, call for assistance. In my mind, veterinarians should be called for most full breech births. It takes careful manipulation in full breech births to avoid tearing the uterus and this is where mistakes can happen, leading to death of the cow in some cases. Torsions are a very rare thing indeed, so recognizing them is the first step in getting help with the correction. Torsions present similar to a full breech birth with the cow or heifer going through what appears to be the first initial signs of labour but then there is no progression. There is no water bag presented or fluid discharge, yet the cow/heifer appears uneasy. When examining the cow vaginally, there feels like

bands of tissue running every which way and it does not feel normal. You may be able to wiggle your hand and reach the calf, but it feels like you are going down a loose corkscrew and your hand may be upside down by the time you reach the calf. This is a sure sign it is a torsion and immediate veterinarian intervention is required. Your veterinarian may be able to correct the torsion. Some do it by manipulation, or casting the cow and having helpers roll the cow while holding on to the calf per vagina. Others use a detorsion rod but in probably half the cases either the twist is too tight or there is no room to detorse and a caesarean section is required. Torsions are just a fluke — there is no hereditary component and I have never seen a cow develop a torsion again (and if it did, the odds would be very, very low). I have never seen an incidence rate reported, but it would be one every thousand to several thousand births for sure. Veterinarians would be called to examine most torsions. One time a producer with only 120 cows had two torsions a week apart and

was very quick to recognize the second one. Most torsions are 180 degrees but some can be 360 degrees or more. The real important part with torsions is recognizing them and whenever I get one I have everyone examine the cow vaginally so they are better able to recognize it next time. Call for help and hopefully a successful outcome is the result. With all calving abnormalities — including improper cervical dilation, to twins coming totally mixed up to placenta presented first or a vaginal prolapse in the way — call for help or take the animal to the veterinary clinic if no progress is made in 15 minutes. These are not very common abnormalities anymore, so a veterinary bill to get a successful outcome and potentially save the cow and calf is what we all strive for. I hope everyone has a great and, hopefully, uneventful calving season. Roy Lewis practised large-animal veterinary medicine for more than 30 years and now works part time as a technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health.



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The ‘Pineapple Express’ — moisture streaming from Hawaii — returned to California earlier this month, producing the heaviest rains in several years. The downpour triggered flooding in some areas and evacuations in the state and neighbouring Nevada. In an encouraging sign, the U.S. Forest Service said the rain had restored moisture levels in southern California vegetation to a seasonal normal for the first time in five years. Although there is more water in reservoirs and snow in the Sierra mountains than there has been in several years, officials say the drought conditions plaguing the state are far from over. — Reuters

Low water levels after recent dry weather prevented cargo vessels from sailing fully loaded on the Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany this month. Both rivers were too shallow for normal sailings, with some barges in central Germany only able to sail 30 per cent full. Loads were being divided among several vessels instead of being carried by a single craft, increasing transport costs. The Rhine is an important shipping route for commodities including grains, minerals, coal and oil products such as heating oil. The Danube is a major route for east European grain exports, especially maize, to western Europe. — Reuters

When it came to severe weather, Alberta (thankfully) was No. 2 We still had nearly twice as many ‘hail events’ as usual, but Manitoba was worse off for once  



he new year comes with the usual list of Top 10 things about the previous year, and in the category of weather, this really appears to be the case. There are the Top 10 Prairie weather stories, Top 10 Canadian weather stories, and the Top 10 world weather stories (which often tend to be skewed toward American weather stories). While I will do an article or two about the different top weather stories from across our region and the world, for this week’s article I thought I would take a look at a summary bulletin that was issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The bulletin was issued in late December and was a summary of severe summer weather across the Prairies. (I have to thank the website ‘A Weather Moment’ — — for capturing this bulletin as it didn’t stick around on Environment Canada’s website for very long.) This bulletin is a summary of severe summer weather that is, for the most part, related to thunderstorms. It looks at the occurrence of severe hail, wind, rain, and tornadoes and compares what happened in 2016 to the 30-year average.  The period of time covered by this summary is April to September, and the period of average is from 1980-2009. The definition of severe weather as defined by Environment Canada is as follows: ‘A severe thunderstorm event is the occurrence of one or more of: large hail (two centimetres or larger in diameter), heavy rain (50 millimetres or more within one hour), strong winds (gusts of 90 km/h or greater, which could cause structural wind damage), or a tornado.’ It was a very active year for severe summer weather across the Prairies in 2016, with a total of 595 severe weather reports.  This is about a 139 per cent increase over the

30-year average of 249 reports. Manitoba was the most active region followed by Alberta and then Saskatchewan. Looking at the bar graphs (below) that break out the type of severe weather by province you can quickly see that severe hail events were by far the most numerous, with 368 total events. This compares to the average of 129 events over the 30-year period. Of particular interest is the fact that Manitoba beat out Alberta. Typically, Alberta sees the greatest number of severe hail events, with an average of 50 events, whereas Manitoba’s average is 33.  This is due in part to the high elevation in Alberta that results in shorter distances for the hailstones to fall. This gives the hailstones less time to melt on the way down as compared to Manitoba. Looking at the next category, severe wind events, Manitoba once again came out on top with 55 events.  In fact, Manitoba came out on top for all of the severe weather categories, with Alberta coming in second in three of the categories and tying for second in one. Overall, Manitoba was the only province that saw above-average numbers of severe weather events across all four categories.  Alberta saw above-average amounts of all events except for tornadoes, while Saskatchewan saw above-average amounts of severe hail and rain events, but was slightly below average in the wind and tornado categories. I’ve included several tables to help highlight these numbers. Once again, I would like to thank A Weather Moment for capturing this data. In the next issue we’ll begin our look at the top weather events of 2016. Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park. Contact him with your questions and comments at

    2016 severe weather season summary

This graphic shows the total number of severe summer weather events that took place across the Prairie provinces in 2016. A quick look at the graph shows that hail was the main severe weather event last summer. Manitoba led the way with 147 hail events and Alberta came in a close second with 144 events.

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Root rot pathogens deliver a one-two punch to pea fields Pea fields take a bigger yield hit when both aphanomyces and fusarium root rots are present BY JENNIFER BLAIR AF staff / Medicine Hat


wo root rot pathogens are teaming up to wreak havoc in Alberta’s pea fields. “Before 2016, I thought that we were just dealing with fusarium root rot in the brown soil zone, but 2016 completely changed that hypothesis,” said Syama Chatterton, plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “We saw a lot of aphanomyces root rot down in southern Alberta, and we’re seeing a fairly large yield penalty from aphanomyces that we don’t often see if there’s only fusarium present.” These two different species working together makes this a “really complex disease to deal with,” said Chatterton, who spoke at the Farming Smarter conference last month. Chatterton’s research team has been surveying for pea root rots for the past four years, but it wasn’t until they moved to DNA testing that they found a difference between the different pathogens that devastate pea crops across the province. “When we started out in 2013, we actually didn’t know what was causing the problem,” said Chatterton. “Aphanomyces and fusarium root rots occur as a complex and can be very difficult to distinguish.” DNA testing has made that easier, but in the field, distinguishing between fusarium and aphanomyces can be tricky. “If you’re seeing plants that have a characteristic yellowing and stunting of the shoots, it’s a good indicator

When combined, fusarium and aphanomyces root rots increase the likelihood and severity of disease in pea fields, said plant pathologist Syama Chatterton.   PHOTO: SUPPLIED that you’re dealing with aphanomyces, whereas oftentimes we see that plants in the field that have fusarium root rot can look fairly healthy,” said Chatterton. “Having said that, when we go to the field and start collecting roots, the symptom expression is really not as clearcut. It’s actually really difficult to tell just by looking at the roots.” But based on the past four years of field surveys, it’s a safe bet that fusarium is present wherever aphanomyces is, she added. “We found that fusarium species were present in all the fields that we tested,” said Chatterton. “Usually, if we’re finding aphanomyces, we’re finding fusarium as well.” In 2014 — a “very, very wet year” — 83 per cent of the fields tested in the

black soil zone were positive for aphanomyces, followed by 56 per cent in the dark-brown soil zone and 34 per cent in the brown soil zone. “In the Peace, we didn’t actually find any fields that were positive. That was good. It hadn’t reached up that far north,” she said. “But in 2015, which was a really dry year, there were a lot less fields testing positive for aphanomyces. But we did find it in 50 per cent of the fields we tested in the Peace, indicating that it had reached that far north.” Chatterton didn’t know what to expect in 2016, given the “wacky weather,” but a “fairly high” number of fields tested positive for aphanomyces last year. “It was at 56 per cent in the brown soil zone, which was the highest we had seen yet,” she said. “Root rots are, unfortunately, fairly widespread, but we do see they have less of an impact in dry years.”

Predicting the risk

Right now, Chatterton is working to develop a tool that will predict root rot risk (aside from looking at the weather forecast). “The idea is that you can take a soil test, quantify the amount of inoculum you have present in the soil, and know if you have a low, medium, or high risk,” she said. “The step that we’re working on right now is trying to understand how much inoculum causes how much disease.” In a recent series of greenhouse tests, Chatterton added aphanomyces’ oospores (or long-lived resting spores) to sterilized, ‘clean’ soil to determine at what level disease would

begin developing. She then compared those thresholds to those of ‘raw’ soils that have other pathogens, like fusarium, present. The presence of fusarium “complicates the whole issue.” “You need about 100 oospores per gram of soil in the dark-brown soil zones to cause severe disease, whereas in the brown and the black you need about 750 oospores per gram of soil,” said Chatterton. “However, if you add fusarium into the mix, particularly in the brown soil zones, we see that the incidence of disease is increasing to about 100 oospores per gram of soil in all soil types to cause disease.” And the impact on pea yields could be significant, she added. In a Lethbridge field trial, there were “fairly good yields” when only fusarium was present, with yields ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 kilograms per hectare. But yields dropped to between 1,000 and 3,000 kilograms per hectare when aphanomyces was present as well. “There does seem to be an interaction between aphanomyces and fusarium that causes more disease.” But while it may soon become easier to predict root rot with this tool, managing the disease is a different story. “The No. 1 risk factor is crop history, and that’s particularly for ones who have had a field that has had about four to five cropping cycles with a susceptible host,” said Chatterton, adding peas and lentils are most susceptible to root rots. “Long rotations between susceptible pulse crops are currently our only control option.”

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Thinking of trying soybeans? Then steer clear of illegitimate seed Unscrupulous seed sellers are bringing seed across the border that’s not suited for Alberta or is under patent protection BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AF STAFF


f someone who isn’t a certified seed dealer offers you a good deal on soybeans, it’s probably too good to be true. Although it hasn’t been seen in Alberta directly yet, there have been reports of sellers peddling illegitimate Roundup Ready trait soybeans in Western Canada. “We know that some of these illegitimate sellers are setting up dealer networkers and they are attempting to set up dealer

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networks in Alberta,” said Lorne Hadley, a Landis, Sask.-area grain farmer and executive director of the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, a member-owned non-profit that educates, monitors, and enforces plant breeders’ rights among other intellectual property tools. Soybeans aren’t a common crop in Alberta, but are grown in the south of the province and new shorter-season varieties may see northward expansion, said Hadley, who grows soybeans on his farm about 80 miles from Saskatoon.


In 2011, Monsanto’s patent on the first Roundup Ready trait in soybeans expired. Some illegitimate sellers may be selling or trading soybean seed, but these varieties are covered by plant breeders’ rights or other patents. These intellectual property tools mean seed can’t be traded between farmers. In most cases, the companies selling soybeans that had Roundup Ready One had direct agreements or sales contracts where producers agreed not to trade common seed of Roundup Ready One varieties. Farmers who buy seeds through an illegitimate dealer, especially if they are a first-time grower of that crop, have no way of knowing if they might be getting themselves into a legal problem, said Hadley. And buying illegitimate soybeans is bad practice because of the length of time you don’t know if they are suited to your area. “Someone who is buying common soybeans from someone else on a seller claim that is not backed up by varietal ID is taking a huge risk,” said Hadley. “Unscrupulous sellers can go to the U.S., buy some good-looking soybeans, bring them to Canada, clean them up, and sell them as common seed without regulation or enforcement.

“We know that some of these illegitimate sellers are setting up dealer networkers and they are attempting to set up dealer networks in Alberta.”

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“You plant these soybeans and they may come up just great but they never mature.” Illegitimate dealers often claim there is a shortage of seed to push a sale or offer a price that is too good to be true. “Either the person selling it shouldn’t be selling it because of intellectual property rules like plant breeders’ rights or the quality is questionable,” he said. The best thing to do is to always buy seeds from a retailer that has experience in the crop that you’re wanting to grow, said Hadley. “Even if it’s not in Alberta, go to someone who has connections to a reputable soybean firm so you can get some advice during the growing season. Don’t buy from some guy off the back of a half-ton who is gone the next day.”

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Lower grain inspection fees, give back surplus, says farm group A hike in inspection fees and greater exports mean the Canadian Grain Commission is sitting on a $100-million surplus BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff


“Export volumes have been higher in the past few years than first estimated, so the volume of fees has also been much higher, but that’s no reason to now hoard farmers’ money.”

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Although most of the fees are paid by grain companies, it’s believed that much of the cost is passed on to farmers. The fee increase coincided with a jump in Canadian grain exports, which meant the commission’s revenues exceeded expectations, MacKay said. The per-tonne fees introduced in 2013 were based on the grain commission’s estimate that it would inspect 23.3 million tonnes of export grain annually, not including shipments to the United States, which rarely move through export terminals. Those exports averaged 23.3 million tonnes from 1993-94 to 2009-10, but in the first two crop years after the hike, they averaged almost 36 million tonnes — 13 million more than expected. During the previous five crop years (2012-13 to 2008-09) exports (excluding to the U.S.) averaged 28.2 million tonnes or almost five million tonnes more than the CGC projected. “It’s a fair point that export volumes have been higher in the past few years than first estimated, so the volume of fees has also been much higher, but that’s no reason to now hoard farmers’ money,” said Matt Sawyer, who farms near Acme and is the Alberta director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers. “However, it is a great reason to now reduce these user fees, which are clearly out of line for their intended purpose of those operations and it’s time to refund the surplus, giving the money from growers back to the growers.”

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he Western Canadian Wheat Growers wants to see a cut to Canadian Grain Commission fees, and the full and immediate refund to farmers of millions of dollars in surplus earnings. “With approximately $100 million of farmers’ hard-earned money having piled up into this enormous surplus, it’s time to immediately give growers a break and reduce these user fees,” WCWGA president Levi Wood said in a news release. “User fees are supposed to help pay for their operations, but a nine-figure surplus in user fees is shocking.” The farm group has launched a petition asking for an immediate reduction in user fees charged by the grain commission and a refund of the surplus back to farmers. Canada’s grain industry will be consulted this winter on the fees, but any changes won’t take effect until Aug. 1, 2018, said Remi Gosselin, the grain commission’s manager of corporate information. “We made commitments in the past to stakeholders that we would review their fee schedule every five years,” he said. “We would like to consult with grain industry stakeholders on our next schedule of proposed fees. “Fee changes require regulatory changes and cannot occur without going through the regulatory process. At this point if the CGC attempted to lower fees early it would take several months to make changes and we are already planning on reviewing all our fees in early 2017.” Lower fees are among the possibilities to be considered, Gosselin said. “We are also currently examining potential options to use the accumulated surplus and it will include an assessment of stakeholder views on the various possibilities,” he said. “At this point we can commit to ensuring that the surplus will be used in a manner that advances interests of the grain sector as a whole.” Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay “looks forward to sitting down with the new grain commissioners and exploring options related to user fees...” one of his officials said in an email. “These user fees were put in place by the previous government.” Gosselin said the grain commission’s current operating surplus is around $100 million. As of March 31, 2015 it had a $63.3-million surplus — enough to operate for a year. Then commissioner Murdoch MacKay told the Winter Cereals Manitoba annual meeting last winter that relief was on the way. In an interview later he said fees would likely be reduced. Grain industry players, including farmers, complained bitterly when the fees jumped, on average, 44 per cent in 2013. The increase came after the former Conservative government ordered the grain commission, which has a statutory duty to protect Canada’s grain quality, to be self-sufficient. Outward inspection fee, which pays for part of the renowned ‘Certificate Final’ guaranteeing customers’ grades, tripled to $1.60 a tonne.

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Cash grain brokers an option for marketing your crops But since they don’t take physical possession of grain, brokers don’t have to be licensed with the grain commission Alberta Agriculture and Forestry release


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umerous cash grain brokers have become established across the Canadian Prairies. Could using the services of a cash grain broker be part of your marketing plan? “By definition, a broker is a matching agent who arranges a transaction between a buyer and a seller, and for that service, is paid a commission,” said provincial crop market analyst Neil Blue. “The seller typically pays a commission, but some brokers may charge commission to both the seller and buyer.” A broker acts as an agent between a seller and a buyer. Unlike a grain dealer, a broker

doesn’t take legal or physical possession of the crop (but may arrange for trucking). That means a broker does not need to be licensed with the Canadian Grain Commission, although some are. If licensed with the grain commission, the broker will need to post a bond or irrevocable letter of credit from a bank to serve as security for outstanding payables. (A list of licensed grain companies can be found at www.grainscanada. — click on ‘Licensed grain companies’ on the left side of the home page.) Cash grain brokers often deal with buyers who aren’t licensed. Under current rules (which are under review), end-users of grain need not be licensed with the grain commission. End-users include cattle-, hog-, and poultry-feeding operations. The cash grain broker attempts to deal with buyers who they believe will stand for payment of the delivered grain, but there is always a chance of a full or partial payment default. In such a case, the cash grain broker will try to help recover the funds. At least one cash grain broker, said Blue, in a case of payment default, covered the outstanding payments for their brokered grain sales from their own resources.

“By definition, a broker is a matching agent who arranges a transaction between a buyer and a seller, and for that service, is paid a commission.”

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“If there is a higher default risk in using a cash grain broker compared to a large licensed grain company, why would one do so? The answer is usually for a higher net price,” said Blue. “A cash grain broker can often get a producer a higher price for grain than the producer could arrange on their own. Brokers can often do so by arranging to meet a buyer’s needs for volume purchases.” Also, a broker may be able to find higher-priced markets that the producer may not have the time or knowledge to seek out. Often the deal is made ‘picked up from the farm’ with direct delivery to the buyer’s facility. Typically, an intermediary buyer is not involved and that saves handling costs, potentially benefiting both buyer and seller. “In this year where many producers have lower-quality or ‘tough’ crops to market, a cash grain broker may be able to find a buyer who is willing to purchase grain with specs that prevent that grain from entering traditional market channels,” said Blue. A crop-marketing contact list, that includes some cash grain brokers, is available by emailing Blue at



European flax demand shifts to Canada over Dow herbicide Western flax prices are their highest since 2015 and are likely to rise further By Rod Nickel and Michael Hogan Winnipeg/Hamburg/Reuters


emand for Canadian flax, used in linoleum flooring and health foods, has pushed prices of the oilseed to one-year highs as Europe shuns Russian supplies laced with a herbicide made by Dow Chemical. The European Union, the world’s second-largest importer of flax after China, slashed acceptable levels for haloxyfop by 90 per cent last June, shifting demand to Canada, where farmers do not use it. “Europe’s need to import more Canadian flaxseed has contributed to increasing prices of flaxseed in the EU in recent weeks,” said Thomas Mielke, chief executive of Hamburg-based forecaster Oil World. Canada’s good fortune is a reversal from 2009, when it was mostly locked out of EU trade after genetically modified flax showed up in shipments. It also comes as

CP, CN Rail both go over their grain revenue caps again The two railways must pay a fine and return the overages, with the money going towards grain research The Western Grains Research Foundation can soon expect a late gift of over $4.4 million in surplus Prairie grain freight revenue, according to a new ruling from the Canadian Transportation Agency. The agency has determined CP Rail and CN Rail went over their maximum revenue entitlements a.k.a. the revenue cap — for Prairie grain by $3.4 million and $1.0 million respectively during the 2015-16 crop year. The two railways’ respective revenue caps were $677.9 million and $684.7 million. In addition to paying back the overage, the railways must pay fines of $169,324 and $52,096 respectively. CN’s overage is its third in a row — it exceeded the cap by 0.9 and 0.7 per cent in the previous two crop years. CP was 0.3 per cent over in 2014-15 and 0.3 per cent below in 2013-14. The two railways together moved 40,393,402 tonnes of Prairie grain in 2015-16, down 2.2 per cent from their total volume the year before. Their combined average length of haul in 2015-16 was 951 miles, up four from the previous crop year. CN’s Prairie grain handle in 2015-16 came in at 19,784,579 tonnes, with an average haul of 1,015 miles. CP’s handle in the same crop year was 20,608,823 tonnes, with an average haul of 890 miles. The annual revenue caps are calculated each year using a formula based on total grain tonnage and average length of haul as well as the Volume-Related Composite Price Index, an inflation factor for costs such as labour, fuel, material, and capital purchases.

Canadian farmers have substituted some flax plantings in recent years with more profitable canola and lentils. Dow is aware of health concerns about haloxyfop in flax and is trying to find a “pragmatic way forward,” with the European Commission, said spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra. “The EU has shown little willingness to consider the impacts on the trade of bulk agricultural commodities,” she said, adding other companies sell generic versions of haloxyfop.

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Western Canadian flax prices range between $12 and $13 per bushel, their highest since 2015, said Canadian analyst Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research. Some Russian shipments pass the EU’s strict inspection and currently sell for nearly one-third more than at the beginning of 2016, a European oilseed broker said.

  pHOTO: tHINKSTOCK “We’re going to be looking at the effects of this right through next October, November,” said Don Kerr, president of Flax Council of Canada. Higher demand has generated more sales for delivery in spring, when Canada’s inland shipping channels reopen, Kerr added.

Canadian exporters, that include Richardson International and Glencore Plc unit Viterra Inc., may be hard pressed to fill flax demand, however, after farmers harvested their smallest crop in four years, with mixed quality. Canada’s Agriculture Department on Wednesday forecast Canadian 2016-17 flax exports of 600,000 tonnes, down two per cent from a year earlier. Consumers are not likely to notice higher food prices, since flax makes up a small portion of cost, but industrial linseed oil users may get pinched if prices stay high well into next year, said LeftField’s Penner. Canadian farmers are likely to plant more flax in 2017, partly replenishing global supplies, he said. China may now buy more Russian flax, since it does not have the same strict standard, Penner added, while Turkey is already buying more from Russia at a discount, according to the European broker.





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Public-private wheat-breeding co-operation key to farmer success? Canada’s wheat breeding remains almost all public, while other jurisdictions have gone all private or to a mixed model BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff/Ottawa


aking wheat a more competitive crop requires public and private breeder co-operation — and getting a return on investment from farmers buying seed. That was the consensus among a group of experts at the Canadian Wheat Symposium earlier this winter. “My observation would be that ultimately farmers are going to be paying for this one way or another,” said Garth Patterson, executive director of the Western Grains Research Foundation. Farmers will pay if it makes sense, said Henry Van Ankum, a farmer from Almonte, Ont., and a director of the Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The way I view it is you have to spend money to make money,” he said. “We’ve got to attract investment. Sometimes that investment needs a return. “We’re going to have to pay our share of it along the way.”

Declining importance

Wheat is the most widely grown and traded crop globally. It accounts for around eight per cent of Canadian farmers’ cash receipts, or almost $3.8 billion a year, noted Rob Graf, a winter wheat breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge. But its popularity is declining. This year western Canadian farmers harvested 21.9 million acres of wheat — the lowest in five years, according to Statistics Canada data. Farmers want to see private investment in wheat like in corn and soybeans, said Jim Anderson, a wheat breeder at the University of Minnesota. “But at the same time they want a very strong public sector,” he said. “They want an alternative to the companies. The thing that I hear a lot of is, ‘Jim, we don’t want wheat to go the same way as soybean.’” It’s not just a lack of technology in wheat. Demand for corn and soybeans is growing for demographic and economic reasons, Patterson noted (see accompanying story). Wheat hasn’t been genetically modified to resist herbicides or pests, but western Canadian yields have gone up (0.7 per cent a year between 1991 and 2012) thanks to improved varieties, Graf said. Those gains were “somewhat higher than the global average.” In 2016, 95 per cent of the Canada Western Red Spring wheat grown in the West were public varieties. “From the standpoint of yield increases, largely from the public sector, I would say we have done a really good job,” Graf said. On-farm increases were double that, due to improved agronomy. “Long-term, stable, wellfunded programs have been an effective strategy (due to) WGRF funding,” he said.

Canada’s publicly funded wheat breeders have done a good job increasing wheat yields thanks to funding from the Western Grains Research Foundation and the federal government, winter wheat breeder Rob Graf said at the Canadian Wheat Symposium earlier this winter.   PHOTOs: ALLAN DAWSON

“My observation would be that ultimately farmers are going to be paying for this one way or another.”

In Europe, private companies dominate wheat breeding, with public researchers focused on pre-breeding, Marcus Weidler, head of Seeds Canada for Bayer CropScience, told the 3rd Canadian Wheat Symposium.

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There are the equivalent of 11 publicly funded wheat breeders in Canada and four with private companies — one breeder for about every two million acres of wheat. “So I would say there is ample room for the private sector,” Graf said. “My question would be how long patience lasts in the private sector if there is no product? Graf bred wheat for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool until it pulled out after several years. Marcus Weidler, head of Seeds Canada for Bayer CropScience, didn’t respond directly to those comments. But he noted that five years ago Bayer decided to invest $1.9 billion into wheat over 10 years. Canadian wheat development will see a $24-million investment, including a breeding station at Pike Lake, Sask. But while wheat varieties developed by the public sector dominate in Canada and the U.S., the opposite is true in Europe, Weidler said. There, public researchers focus on prebreeding such as developing

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Economics don’t favour more wheat Making wheat more productive won’t likely boost plantings, but will help keep the crop in farmers’ rotations, says research funder BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff/Ottawa


s wheat plantings decline in Western Canada and elsewhere, some say the fix is transferring the innovation in crops such as canola, soybeans and corn. But there are other factors at play, says Garth Patterson, executive director of the Western Grains Research Foundation. “The markets aren’t treating wheat as favourably as some of the other crops,” he said. “And the issue is attracting investment so we have to work together (as public and private wheat breeders).” A recent Food and Agriculture Organization report says demand for commodities such as corn, vegetable oil, and sugar are driven by a growing world population. Poor people earning better incomes, but wheat demand is driven only by population growth, Patterson said. Over the past dozen years, world food prices went up by an average of 73 per cent. Meat (much of it produced by feeding corn and soybean meal) went up 63 per cent, while vegetable oil and sugar jumped 68 and 215 per cent, respectively. Cereal prices lagged those commodities, going up 43 per cent during that period, Patterson noted. It’s a similar story on consumption — world corn consumption rose three per cent annually in the last five years, but wheat consumption went up by just 1.8 per

There’s a simple reason why wheat acres have declined — the crop is less profitable than corn, soybeans, and canola, says Garth Patterson, executive director of the Western Grains Research Foundation.   PHOTO: ALLAN DAWSON cent a year, International Grains Council figures show. It projects in the next five years corn consumption will see an average increase of 1.8 per cent a year — almost double wheat’s expected one per cent annual rise.

“It makes sense because as people upgrade their diets they usually lower consumption of cereals for the other foods,” Patterson said in a later interview. “The point I was making was, we shouldn’t expect high growth rates in cereal consumption.” That means there won’t be a big jump in wheat acres, unless a crop failure somewhere results in higher prices, he added. However, it doesn’t follow that investing in wheat innovation is a wasted effort. Improved varieties and agronomic practices is what farmers need to make growing the crop more profitable, Patterson said. “That would still keep wheat in the rotation,” he said. “To be sustainable we need cereals in the rotation.” Western Canadian farmers harvested 21.9 million acres of wheat this year, a sharp drop from the previous 10-year average of 24 million. The decline in wheat acreage isn’t isolated to Western Canada. “In 2012, Hans Braun, CIMMYT’s director of global wheat program observed that maize, soybeans, and cotton were pushing wheat globally into marginal production areas, which lowers the yield potential,” Patterson said. “He concluded that partnerships — public-private — were the key to increased research in wheat.” The Western Grains Research Foundation, which administers money collected from farmers, has been partnering with the private sector for years, he added.

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new breeding techniques and focusing on high-risk, longerterm targets, thereby supporting both the private sector on the breeding side but also supplying farmers with new innovations. In Germany, major companies such as Bayer, Syngenta and Limagrain are working with the public sector through a body known as proWeizen, to develop an efficient hybrid wheat-breeding platform. “It is the largest pre-competitive wheat project ever conducted in Germany,” Weidler said. Once developed through this model, the private companies will adopt advances and then compete, he said. Five million euros invested by the public is being matched by the companies. “I think that is one solution to think about — how we can split the work between the private and public sector,” Weidler said.

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W h e a t b r e e d i n g i n A u s t r alia went 100 per cent private after the introduction of endpoint royalties paid by farmers, he added. However, public researchers are spending the same amount of money just on pre-breeding as they did 10 years ago when they also did variety development. “I am getting a little bit nervous with how fragmented the situation is here in Canada,” Weidler said in a later interview. “Everybody is trying to do a little bit, but there is very little coordination on what needs to be done. So I wonder how long can Canadian wheat be competitive in the global market.” Wheat agronomy, which has the potential to match yield increases from genetic improvements, also needs more investment, he added. Ultimately, farmers will decide if there’s enough incentive for public and private wheat breeders to continue in Canada, Weidler said.

“I wonder how long can Canadian wheat be competitive in the global market.” Marcus Weidler

Minnesota wheat breeder Anderson noted that private companies are getting more involved in wheat breeding in his country by partnering with universities. But he added that farmers also “realize they have a pretty good deal with the public varieties because the seed is cheaper.” What farmers pay through state wheat checkoffs is probably one-tenth of what they’d pay for wheats developed by private companies, he said. Canadian farmers also want low seed costs, but also to attract company investment. It means balancing farmer and corporate interests. Last year, JRG Consulting Group, at the request of provincial wheat and barley commissions and associations, explored five options ranging from the status quo with more co-ordination, to a farmer-owned wheat development company. The consultants prefer a model that would create a non-profit producer body called Wheat and Barley West. It allows for economies of scale and a consolidated farmer voice accommodating larger and/or more focused strategic investments in variety development, the report said. It’s less risky for farmers, than starting a farmer-owned seed company. It also puts farmers in position to gear up should the federal government, which currently produces and pays for most new cereal varieties, decide to cut back.



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Radical transformation of food system needed The focus of future investments in the food system must be on nutrition — not calories

CLEAVER CANOLA The view of ruins that once formed the centre of the Roman Empire from the rooftop terrace of the UN FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The empire failed for many reasons, but declining health of its population was among them.  Photo: Laura Rance The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists have collaborated to create an annual award recognizing excellence in global food security reporting. The prize includes financial support to attend an IFAJ conference as well as an FAO event. As the first recipient, FBC editorial director Laura Rance recently attended the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.


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rom its offices overlooking centuries-old ruins of the fallen Roman Empire, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is grappling with an issue many consider a threat to modern civilization. Global rates of malnutrition are growing at an unprecedented pace, despite progress that has been made reducing hunger and poverty. Sandwiched between the two extremes of famine and obesity, currently one in three world citizens suffers from effects of poor diet. If left unchecked, that ratio is expected to reach one in two by 2035, largely due to surging rates of obesity in emerging and developed economies. “We can no longer say that malnutrition is a poor-country issue,” keynote speaker Patrick Webb, director of USAID’s Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab at Tufts University in Boston, told a symposium here in early December. “Our diets are not helping us anymore, they are hindering us,” he said as politicians, non-government organizations, researchers and even a smattering of royalty gathered to explore how policy, trade and the private sector can make a difference. Earlier this year, the United Nations declared 2016 to 2025 a decade of action on nutrition, calling on world leaders to place more focus on eradicating hunger and all forms of malnutrition. Dietary risks have displaced alcohol and tobacco as the leading cause of non-communicable disease worldwide, accounting for 10 per cent of the global burden of disease and disability.

Diet-related diseases stemming from obesity are rising the fastest in emerging economies where consumers are spending their growing food dollars on highly processed, sugary and high-fat foods that expand their waistline. The population of overweight and obese globally is 2.458 billion, triple the number of undernourished in the world. The FAO places the cost to the global economy at $3.5 trillion per year or $500 per capita. Webb said the problem is complex but fixable. One study put the cost of addressing global malnutrition at US$7 billion per year. However, the momentum is going in the wrong direction, a phenomenon speakers at the symposium attributed to a global food system that disproportionately favours foods made from grains. For example, Webb said annual subsidies for a few major cereal crops are roughly a hundredfold greater than what it would take to fund actions globally to tackle four forms of undernutrition. Business as usual will create a “huge nutrition and health crisis,” he warned. “Tweaking at the margins on this is not enough. We need a radical transformation of our food system to nourish, not just feed, nine billion people,” Webb said in reference to FAO projections of the world’s population levels in 2050. Webb said the problem is partly related to distortions in prices, supports to farmers and research priorities. While farmers will continue to grow the crops best suited to their operations, the incentives through policy and subsidies they receive for those crops must change. “Really what I am arguing is that we need to pay more attention to those distortions,” he said in an interview.

“Most public research funding also supports mainly a few cereal crops,” he said. “Much more needs to go to support nutrientrich products if the intent is to have these available for all consumers.” Turning the tide won’t be easy, but the stakes are high — not only for human health but for the environment, said Anna Herforth, a researcher and consultant specializing in the links between nutrition, agriculture and the environment. “By 2050, the same dietary trends would result in an 80 per cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” Herforth said, noting that would make it impossible to contain global warming to manageable levels. “More of the same is unsustainable for both human and environmental health. So we need a really fundamental shift in policies to support diversified production for healthy diets and more environmental sustainability,” she said. Herforth said agricultural investment priorities are caught in a time warp dating back to the 1960s when scientists behind the Green Revolution focused on achieving significant yield gains of staple grains to avert a looming humanitarian crisis. The issue today isn’t a lack of calories. Although distribution issues remain, the world’s farmers are producing enough calories. The looming concern is a shortage of nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables and fruits in human diets. Yet the bulk of research and investment spending remains focused on corn, rice and wheat. “The international and national research systems are set up in a way that makes research on these same traditional crops quite easy to do, whereas we would need quite a bit of change to enable a greater emphasis on the fruits, vegetables, legumes and animal-sourced foods,” she said. “We need to shift this. Why would we invest in more of the same when that will result in more of the same?” She said many argue that the food system is driven by consumer demand. But there are

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Farmers’ markets drive food sector innovation




They offer valuable insights into changing consumer tastes and preferences BY LAURA RANCE

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hile many view farmers’ markets as an enjoyable and quaint, albeit inefficient, place to buy food, few would characterize them as cutting edge. But small-scale farmers and farmers’ markets are an important source of innovation in the food system because they are a source of direct consumer feedback, Gialuca Brunori, a professor with the department of agrarian, agri-food and agroecology science at the University of Pisa, Italy said. Brunori said small-scale farmers who direct market to consumers are constantly trying new products and approaches, some of which are later embraced by industrial food makers. “In general, consumers like to go to farmers’ markets in Italy and Europe because they look for local food, fresh food, seasonal food and mostly they like to talk to farmers,” he said in an interview. “They want to have a social connection with farmers and from this interaction, innovation can come.” Foods such as sourdough artesian breads illustrate that con-

Gialuca Brunori   photo: laura rance sumer appetite for diverse food products is high, which gives larger businesses the assurances they need before making an investment. He said the private sector offers huge potential for reshaping the food system to offer more nutritious options but key to success will be ensuring the results are real and not contrived. “There is a market demand for healthy products, but how does the industry address this? In some cases it is addressing it well, in other cases it is not addressing it well,” he said, noting labelling practices can sometimes create confusion and misunderstanding. Policy support for local food net-

works is also important to driving change, again because it fosters interaction and dialogue. Angela Tagtow, executive director for the centre for Nutritional Policy and Promotion with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said supporting local food systems is one of four pillars of U.S. government strategy. Since 2001, the USDA has invested $1 billion supporting 40,000 local and regional food businesses. Since 2009, the number of farmers’ markets in the U.S. has doubled to 8,200, and 42 per cent of schools in the U.S. now source directly from farmers. Other speakers noted that while trade deals that increase the flow of agricultural goods internationally can improve the seasonal supply of nutritional foods, governments can’t rely on trade policy alone to fix the looming nutritional crisis. And while speakers representing food industry said the effectiveness of regulatory controls such as sugar taxes or marketing bans are unproven, others said governments must step in when market forces lead consumers towards bad nutritional choices.




Malnutrition has many faces Overweight people now outnumber the hungry BY LAURA RANCE

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he issue of malnutrition makes feeding the world decidedly more complicated than boosting the amount of grain farmers grow or the number of calories in people’s diets. • U ndernutrition affects nearly 800 million people, accounting for approximately 12 per cent of deaths worldwide. In developing countries, 60 per cent of deaths in the under-five age group are linked with low weight. • Children who are deprived of an adequate diet in utero and during their first 1,000 days are compromised physically and intellectually for life. Stunting, when a child’s height is low for his or her age and wasting, when weight is too low for a child’s height, are both indicators of chronic undernutrition. According to an FAO report, adult productivity losses in South Asia due to the combined effect of stunting, iodine

deficiency and iron deficiency are equivalent to two to four per cent of GDP every year. • Two billion people globally suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. • At the other end of the spectrum however, is overnutrition, a phenomenon that is escalating rapidly in both developed and developing economies. While the issue hasn’t received as much attention because of the “more compelling problems at the other end of the scale,” it is now surfacing as a serious threat to human health and the economy. Governments in some middle-income countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico face the double burden of famine and obesity. • Worldwide obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980. There are now an estimated 2.458 billion adults over the age of 20 characterized as overweight or obese. The number of undernourished in the world is placed at 805 million. That means there are now three times more people in the world who are overweight than undernourished.

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food system } from page 26 several supply-side barriers that give lie to that argument. Nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are perishable, which makes them more risky for farmers to grow — especially in underdeveloped economies where access to storage, transportation, processing and markets is poor or non-existent. Addressing those issues so smallholder farmers could grow a more diverse range of crops would serve a dual purpose of boosting incomes because these also tend to be higher-value crops. Increased biodiversity would also favour environmental quality. Herforth said the food industry is also guilty of skewing consumer choices. “They spend a lot of money to influence consumers to demand the products that they are able to manufacture

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from cheap supplies of starchy staples and oilseeds that have received the most investment.” Webb called for new dietary guidelines to be aimed at policymakers rather than consumers. “Policy-makers have to demand much more from the food sys-

tem rather than passively leaving it up to the private sector,” he said. “Since diet is a modifiable risk factor for disease, then we need to modify it.”

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Big changes coming for nitrogen use, says soil expert It will be a new ball game when governments turn their attention to reducing N20 emissions BY LORRAINE STEVENSON

“We’re going to have to be a lot smarter about how we use our nitrogen and how we put it in our rates.”

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he fertilizers farmers use will one day be manufactured from algae or hydrogen fuel, not natural gas, says a soil expert. These will be long-lasting sensorbased nano fertilizers, not likely to be nearly as easy to handle as current products, and which may reside in the soil for multiple crops, making annual field applications a thing of the past. “You’re laughing,” Mario Tenuta, professor of applied soil ecology at the University of Manitoba said to the audience at a farm conference here. “You’re going to be buying it.” Or at least a next generation of farmers will. These products are still in development, but the farm sector is already moving to enhanced efficiency sources and precision N use is becoming increasingly critical, he said. “The future is this,” said Tenuta. “Environmental issues will be a big driver of nitrogen use, sources and production technologies.”

Big emitter

Agriculture in Canada accounts for about 10 per cent of all this country’s greenhouse gas. And one in particular — nitrous oxide (or N20) — is emitted into the environment every time nitrogen is added to soil, said Tenuta. Regulators are bound to turn their attention to this as governments move to meet their emissions targets reductions, he predicted.

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Nitrogen use is going to get a lot more sophisticated in the coming years, says soil scientist Mario Tenuta.   Photo: Shannon Vanraes The two large sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs) related to nitrogen fertilizer stem from manufacturing it from natural gas and using it on the fields. Each time nitrogen is added to soil, a complex chemical process results in a fraction lost as N20 to the atmosphere. “If we have any hope of reducing GHGs in Manitoba, who do you think will be counted on to contribute?” he asked.

What farmers should be more concerned about, instead of paying higher costs to buy fertilizer, is the impact a tax on emissions from N20 could have, he continued. His analysis of the impact carbon costing would have on the price of fertilizer is that at a carbon cost of $50 a tonne, which is what the federal government will require by 2022, that would increase the cost of a 100-kilogram bag of N by $10.

That’s not much compared to the volatility farmers already experience in fertilizer prices, Tenuta said. “The carbon tax on manufacturing a fertilizer is actually going to be a fraction of the cost of buying the fertilizer,” he said. But should government decide to impose a tax based on N20 emissions it will be a very different story. “The carbon cost of the N20 that was emitted from using that fertilizer is closer to $50 per hectare for using that 100 kilograms of nitrogen,” he said. “What is most important, actually, is reducing the N20 emissions from the field that comes from using that fertilizer. That’s what we should be concerned about.”

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And that’s why adoption of best management practices that will

help reduce N20 emissions now is so critical, he said. “We’re going to have to be a lot smarter about how we use our nitrogen and how we put it in our rates,” he said, adding that that’s where the 4R nutrient stewardship program can help. The 4Rs stand for right rate of fertilizer (to match crop needs), right time of application (so nutrients are available when plants need them) right place (keeping nutrients where crops use them) and right source (the type of fertilizer is matched to crop needs). “Precision nitrogen management is going to be more important as we move forward,” he said. Other tools available to farmers include soil testing for residual N, three-inch-deep banding, and applying as late into fall as possible. Tenuta said the whole aim of his research is to show growers already using these practices the real advantage in what they’re doing. What farmers can certainly expect in future is that their farms will eventually be monitored on their N usage. “You’re probably going to have to be certified someday to use it,” he said. “Nitrogen rates definitely are going to be scrutinized moving forward and the sources of fertilizer you’re using are going to be scrutinized.”

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2005 Haybuster 2650 ..................... $14,900 2011 MacDon D60, 35’ .................. $34,000 2003 Lucknow 285 ......................... $12,800 2014 NH SR200/440HB ............... $169,000 2011 NH CX8080, 1072/854 hrs .. $258,000 1999 NH 994, 25’ ........................... $15,000 GRAIN AUGER 2010 NH CX8080, 1000/900 hrs .. $228,000 2001 Brandt 1390, ........................... $9,000 2013 MacDon D65, 40’ .................. $49,500 2007 NH CX8080, 1972/1539 Hrs $179,000 2011 MacDon M150, 35’ .............. $118,000 HEADER COMBINE 2014 NH CR8090, 728 hrs ........... $349,000 2010 MacDon M150, 950 Hrs ..... $109,500 2010 Honeybee, HB30, Gleaner 2012 NH CR8090, 1144/917 hrs . $289,000 adaptor, 30’ ................................ $49,500 2010 MacDon M150, 2053/1440 hrs ............................ $85,000 2012 NH CR8090, 1314/1041 hrs $299,000 1999 Honeybee SP36, 36’ ............. $29,000 2004 NH CX860, 2688/2035 hrs .. $119,000 2007 Honeybee SP36 .................... $29,800 2010 MacDon M150, 35’, 1848/1213 hrs ............................ $85,000 2004 NH CX860, 3685/2869 hrs .... $98,000 2013 Honeybee HP30 .................... $48,000 1994 Honeybee SP30, .................... $9,800 2012 MF 9740, .............................. $98,000 2006 NH CX860, 2545/1895 hrs .. $118,000 2009 NH 88C, 42’ ........................... $68,000 2003 Premier 2952, 2098 Hrs......... $48,000 1997 NH TX66, 3754/2781 hrs ....... $28,500 2001 NH 94C .................................. $29,000 1998 MacDon 960, ........................... $9,500 1998 NH TX66, 2796/2188 hrs ....... $48,000 2006 NH 94C .................................. $29,500 1998 MacDon 960, 25’ ..................... $9,500 1996 NH TR98, 2931/2211 hrs....... $39,000 2008 NH 94C .................................. $29,500 2013 MacDon M155/D6540, 1997 NH TR98, 2740/1934 hrs....... $38,000 2010 NH 94C, 30 CX/CR ................ $36,500 520 hrs ..................................... $138,000 1997 NH TR98, 2391/1622 hrs....... $39,000 2003 NH 94C, 30 CX/CR ................ $29,500 2007 NH HW325, 1200hrs ............. $58,000 2008 NH CR9070, 1300/965 Hrs . $198,000 2011 JD 630D, 30’.......................... $58,000 2014 NH SR200............................ $175,000 2008 NH CR9070, 2279/1562 hrs $228,000 2012 JD 635D, 35’.......................... $68,000 2010 MacDon, 30’, CR/CX ............. $68,000 2013 MacDon M105, 170 Hrs ..... $138,000 2010 NH CR9070, 1622/1199 hrs $179,500 1998 MacDon 960, ........................ $25,000 TRACTOR 2007 NH CR9070, 948/780 hrs .... $198,000 1998 MacDon 871 TX Adaptor ......... $6,000 1995 Ford 8240 .............................. $35,000 2007 NH CR9070, 1710/1253 hrs $179,000 2010 MF 5100-35, ......................... $58,000 2012 Case IH U105 ........................ $59,000 2008 NH CR9070 ......................... $169,500 2009 NH 94C, 36 CX/CR ................ $39,500 2011 Case IH 210, 1290 Hrs, ...... $148,000 2008 NH CR9070, 1434/1023 hrs $189,500 2008 NH 94C-36, .......................... $49,500 2011 NH T7.235, ......................... $145,000 2008 NH CR9070, 1489/1020 hrs $195,000 2003 NH 94C-36, .......................... $39,500 2008 NH T6030, 4950 Hrs, ............ $84,000 2008 NH CR9070 ......................... $169,500 1999 NH 994-30, ........................... $29,500 2012 NH T7.170 ........................... $109,000 1998 NH 994-36, ........................... $19,000 2009 NH CR9070, 1597/1208 Hrs $179,000 1995 NH SP25 ................................ $15,000 2011 NH T7.170 - LDR, 2005 hrs . $119,000 2010 NH CR9070, 1300/1153 hrs $198,000 1997 Westward 9030........................ $4,000 2011 NH T7.270 AutoCommand 2010 NH CR9070, 1616/1190 hrs $189,000 - LDR, 2360 hrs ........................ $178,000 MOWER CONDITIONER 2007 NH CR9070, 1510 thr hrs .... $148,500 2009 NH TV6070 - LDR, Eng 2004 NH 1475, Toung only ............... $6,500 2009 NH CR9080, 1347/980 hrs .. $249,000 Hrs: 4660 ................................... $95,000 2006 NH 1475, .............................. $21,500 2011 NH CR9090, 1087/837 Hrs $299,000 2010 NH T7040 ............................ $129,000 2002 NH 1475, Toung only ............... $2,000 2012 NH CR9090, 868/632hrs ..... $339,000 1995 NH 2216, ................................ $7,500 2011 Versatile 305, 1800 hrs ........ $149,500 2012 NH CR9090, 811/576 hrs .... $369,000 1995 NH 2216, ................................ $9,500 2010 Kubota BX1860 ....................... $9,000 2013 NH CR9090E, 680 Thr Hrs .. $379,000 2012 NH H7460 .............................. $33,500 2008 Kubota B2320 2013 NH CR9090Z, 1128/804 Hrs $369,000 1999 MF 670 ,16’ Hay Head .......... $10,000 c/w loader & mower ................... $12,500 2009 NH CX8080, 1858/1430 hrs $215,000

2012 NH BR7090. 3500 Bales ....... $39,500 2013 John Deere 569, 11,000 Bales .......................................... $39,800 2004 CIHRBX562, 12,600 Bales ... $13,800 2005 NH BR780, ........................... $13,500 2003 NH BR780, ........................... $11,800 2006 NH BR780A, ......................... $14,500 2010 NH BR7090 ........................... $29,500 2013 NH CR9090Z, 1204/815 Hrs $369,000 SPRAYER 2005 NH CR970, 2459/1821 hrs .. $138,000 1993 Flexi-Coil S65, ........................ $7,900 BLADE 2003 Flexi-Coil S67, ...................... $19,500 2 - 2015 Grouser 770HD, 14’, 8-way $45,000 2006 NH CR970, 1861/1300 hrs .. $149,000 2013 NH SP240, 1000 Hrs, 1200 2007 Leon 4000 STX425- Frameless$13,800 2006 NH CR970, 1495/1159 hrs .. $178,000 Gal, 100” ................................. $309,000 2011 Leon Q5000 STX Quad ......... $30,000 2006 NH CR970, 1547/1219 hrs .. $159,000 2008 NH SF115, ............................ $24,900 2013 Leon Q5000, ......................... $33,000 2000 CIH8010, 1728/1322 hrs ..... $189,000 2009 Spraycoupe 4660, 2002 Bobcat S185.......................... $23,500 2013 JD S680, 933/653 hrs.......... $387,000 440 gal, 80’................................. $84,500

TRACTOR 4WD 2009 CIH STX535Q, 3103 hrs ...... $278,000 2014 NH T9.615, 1263 hrs ........... $338,000 2014 NH T9.645, 963 hrs, Tracks/PTO/2 Pumps ............... $385,000 2002 NH TJ450, 9000 hrs ............ $138,000 2012 Versatile 500 ........................ $285,000


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Finding a formula to measure soil structure The way soil properties combine can be used to mathematically determine soil quality STAFF


o most people the quality of a soil is the sum of its physical properties — is it healthy and full of microbes? Does water infiltrate it readily or run off? How much air and water can it provide plant roots? Is it hard for roots or equipment to penetrate? Robson Armindo, a professor at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil, wanted to better understand the interactions of soil, air, and water. In an article in the Soil Society of America Journal he details how to. “It was hard for me to use a generic soil physical quality index without knowing its origin and process,” Armindo said. “This sparked my curiosity to evaluate many other factors in an analysis.” Soil structure can change depending on the crop, climate, and land use in question. In addition, soils differ greatly

over space and time. This variability makes it difficult. “For example, under conditions of highly irrigated vegetable production, the best soil type may be a sandy soil rather than a clay one,” he says. “The user should consider the purpose, crop type, and climate to classify whether the soil has adequate physical qualities or not.” Armindo combined this information in mathematical equations. He tested the theory across different soils in Germany, Brazil, and the United States and found it successful. “By using the information from these equations, a person may decide how to use a particular soil,” Armindo explains. “Once the agronomist or land manager has access to this information, in addition to other physical, chemical, and biological properties, he or she can make a decision about the soil’s best use and management.”

Determining the broad strokes of soil quality could all boil down to doing the math.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

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Former AWB head found to have breached duties Court ruling noted that Canada refused to make similar suspicious payments when asked to STAFF

An Australian court has ruled the former chair of AWB (the former Australian Wheat Board) breached his duties as a director when payments were made to the Iraqi government while that nation was under UN sanction. The Australian Supreme Court of Victoria said Trevor Flugge failed to make adequate inquiries about the propriety of the payment of inland transportation fees and as a consequence, failed to stop AWB from engaging in improper conduct, according to the website The organization paid approximately A$220 million to the Iraqi government for “trucking payments.” “The fact that the complaint was being pursued by the UN should have alerted him to question whether the UN had knowingly approved what AWB was doing,” Justice Ross Robson of the Australian Supreme Court of Victoria wrote in his ruling. Robson also noted that if Flugge had carried out his duties he “would have found the true nature of the trucking payments and that AWB was flouting, on a large scale, UN resolutions, which if disclosed would severely damage AWB’s good name and reputation. Flugge would have ascertained that AWB was paying a trucking fee that Canada had also been asked to pay but had refused to pay as Canada was advised by the OIP that to make such payments Canada would be in breach of UN sanctions to pay U.S. dollars to Iraq or one of its instrumentalities.”



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Kubota F2260, 2002, 1325 hrs, 60” front mount mower with bagger . . . . . . . .$11,500 NH TM125, 2000, 8400 hrs, 100 PTO HP, MFWD, Ldr & Grapple, Powershift Trans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$45,000 NH 8670, 1998, 9189 hrs, 4 HYD outlets, Allied Loader, FWA, Grapple, Block Heater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$48,000 Versatile 2145, 2006, 9380 hrs, 145 PTO HP, MFWD, No Ldr . . . . . . . . . . . . .$64,500 NH TV145, 2005, 4000 hrs, long loader with grapple, C.E. Pto and 3 pt, HID Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$69,000 NH TV6070, 2011, 3457 hrs, LL, directional tires, high flow ready, const. yellow$115,000 NH T7.250, 2013, 940 hrs, 165PTO HP, no ldr, P.S. sidewinder, 4 remotes . . . .$133,000 NH T7.235, 2011, 4030 hrs, CVT, 20.8R42, 4 electric remote, 860TL, grapple .$135,000 NH T7.250, 2013, 1100 hrs, 165PTO HP, P.S. sidewinder, 4 remotes, brand new 875 ldr/gr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$159,000 MF 8650, 2011, 1589 hrs, Rear Weights, Pivoting Front Fenders, Cab Susp., Air Ride Seat, Like new Loader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$161,000 NH T7.235, 2013, 4332 hrs, 150 PTO HP, P.S., Sidewinder, 3 remote . . . . . . .$166,000 CHALLENGER MT675C, 2009, 1420 hrs, 275 PTO HP, Frt & Rear Duals, 4 Rems, 3 point hitch, frt weights, CVT TRANS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$169,000 JD 7215R, 2011, 4108 hrs, 178 PTO HP, Self Leveling Loader, Power Quad, 620-42 Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$191,000 Case IH 9180, 1986, 8000 hrs, 375 HP, 24.5R32 Duals, Powershift, 4 Remotes, CAT 3406 Engine (Steiger Lion 1000) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$55,000 CaseIH STX450 Quad, 2002, 5878 hrs, New undercarriage, 36” tracks, 4 Rems, Tow Cable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$165,000 CaseIH STX485 Quad, 2010, 9370 hrs, New undercarriage, 30” Tracks, 4 Rems, PTO, Tow Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$175,000 JD 9420, 2004, 4200 hrs, 425 HP, 24 Speed, 5 Elec SCV’s, Duals, HID Lights, Diff Lock, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$185,000 CaseIH STX500, 2004, 3700 hrs, 500HP, 800 Mich, Luxury Cab, Elec Mirr, Hi Flow Pump, Diff Locks, 5 Rems, HID Lights, FM750 Integrated GPS, 18’ Leon Blade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$215,000 NH TJ530, 2007, 4298 hrs, 800 Duals, PTO, Tow Cable, 4 Rems, No GPS . . . .$235,000 NH TJ530, 2007, 3075 hrs, 800 Duals, 4 REMS, Tow Cable Full GPS . . . . . . .$235,000 Versatile 450, 2012, 1230 hrs, 450HP, 800 Duals, P.S., 6 Elec Rems, Deluxe Cab, Raven GPS, frt & rear weight pkg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$299,000 NH T9.435, 2015, 161 hrs, 370 HP, New 710 duals, Lux cab, 6 REMS, HID, GPS ready . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$315,000 Versatile 500, 2016, 440 hrs, 800 Duals, HID Lights, Diff Lock, PTO, Weights, Deluxe Cab, Leather seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$355,000 NH T9.450HD, 2013, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH T9.480HD, 2014, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In


CaseIH 2188, 1995, 3405/2784 hrs, Bigtop topper, singles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$39,500 MF 8780XP, 2000, Small grain, Singles, P/U . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$66,000 JD T670, 2009, 1246/946 hrs, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In JD T670, 2010, 963/684 hrs, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In JD 9770STS, 2011, 1693/1306 hrs, 615P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In JD 9770STS, 2011, 1112/744 hrs, 615P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In JD S690, 2015, 310/196 hrs, No P.U., Premium, HID, Power Cast Tailboard, 650 Duals, 750 Rears, Pro Drive, Full GPS, Greenlight done Jan 2017$485,000 NH TR96, 1987, 3090 hrs, P.U., chopper, Singles, AS IS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,900 NH CR960, 2003, 1975/1405 hrs, 14’ SWM P.U. Singles, 2 speed rotors, Std Chop, moisture sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$92,000 NH CR960, 2005, 1998/1437 hrs, 14’ SM P.U. Singles, Dlx Cab, Dlx Chopper, Remote sieve Adj, Elec Mirrors, Yield Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$99,900 NH CR960, 2003, 2305/1686 hrs, 14’ SM P.U., Singles, dlx chopper, moisture sensor, Reconditioned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$115,000 NH CR970, 2004, 2301/1688 hrs,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$125,000 NH CR9070, 2010, 1471/1132 hrs, 16’ SM P.U. Duals, Dlx Cab, Dlx Chopper .$199,000 NH CR9070, 2011, 1320/1064 hrs, 790CP, Singles, Std Chopper, Long Auger, Diff Lock, LCTS, Full GPS, Pwr Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$220,000 NH CR9080, 2009, 1341/950 hrs, 790CP, Singles, long auger, dlx chopper, diff lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$226,000 NH CR9070, 2011, 1049/877 hrs, 790CP, Singles, Dlx Chopper, HID, Diff Lock, GPS Ready, LCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$245,000 NH CR9070, 2011, 920/723 hrs, 16’ SM P.U., Dlx chopper, Singles, long auger, diff lock, intellisteer ready, Y&M, SCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$249,000 NH CR9070, 2011, 1229/878 hrs, 14’ SM P.U., Duals, Dlx Cab, Dlx Chopper, Full GPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$250,000 NH CR9070, 2011, 1062/848 hrs, 790CP, singles, diff lock, HID, long auger, Dlx Chopper, Elec Mirrors, Air Comp, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$256,000 NH CR9080, 2011, 598 hrs, 790CP, Duals, Dlx Chopper, HID, LCTS, Full GPS, Long Auger, Leather Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$299,900 NH CR8090, 2013, 1003/719 hrs, 790CP, 900 Singles, DSP, diff lock, dlx chopper, HID Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$305,000 NH CR8090, 2014, 974/680 hrs, 790Cp, Duals, Dlx Chopper, HID Lights, Diff Lock, Full GPS, Long Auger, Leather Seat, Twin Pitch Rotor, DSP, IntelliCruise, Triple Checked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$389,000 NH CR8090, 2014, 893/611 hrs, 790CP, Duals, Dlx Chopper, HID Lights, Diff Lock, Full GPS, Long Auger, Leather Seat, Twin Pitch Rotor, DSP, Triple Checked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$400,000 NH CR9090, 2013, 1247/865 hrs, 790CP, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CR9090, 2013, 1050/780 hrs, 790CP, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CR9090Z, 2012, 1231/967 hrs, 790CP, Duals, Opti Spread, IntelliCruise, Full GPS, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CR8.90, 2016, 790CP, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CR9.90, 2015, 721/575 hrs, 790CP, Duals, Dlx Chopper, Folding Auger, HID Lights, In-Cab Folding Covers, 90 MM Cylinders, Leather Seat, 3 Cameras, Full GPS, S3 Rotors, Field Pea Concaves, DSP . . . . . .$505,000 NH CX840, 2003, 2630/1920 hrs, 14’ Rake Up, Singles, Dlx Chopper, Chaff Blower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$110,000 NH CX840, 2003, 2188/1671 hrs, 14’ Rake Up, Singles, Dlx Chopper, Chaff Blower, Remote Sieve Adj. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$115,000 NH CX840, 2004, 1890/1522 hrs, 14’SM P.U., Singles, Dlx Chopper, Y & M, Chaff Blower, Beacons, Remote sieve adj., Reconditioned, Reman Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$120,000 NH CX860, 2002, 3147/2362 hrs, 14’ P/U, Singles, Chaff Blower . . . . . . . . . . .$78,000

NH CX8080, 2010, 1395/1039 hrs, 14’ SM P.U., Singles, Dlx Chopper, long auger, SCTS, diff lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$225,000 NH CX8080, 2010, 981/764 hrs, 76C-14 SM, Singles, Dlx Chopper, LCTS . . . .$235,000 NH CX8080, 2012, 998/766 hrs, 790CP, Singles, Dlx Chopper, Electric folding covers, Full GPS, Diff lock, LCTS, long auger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$265,000 NH CX8080, 2013, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CX8080, 2013, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CX8080, 2015, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CX8080, 2015, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH CX8080, 2016, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Coming In


Michel’s ProTech, 2013, Electric Hopper Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,300 CaseIH 1010, 1997, 22.5’, auger, no transport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,500 NH 971-25, 1994, 25’, Auger Header, Bergen Transport, HCC Pick Up Reel . . . . .$9,900 HONEYBEE SP30, 1995, 30’ TR/TX adapter, plastic teeth, transport . . . . . . . . .$12,500 NH 76C, 2009, 76C-14’, swathmaster p.u. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$17,500 HB SP36, 2000, 36’, cat adaptor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,000 NH 72C, 2005, 30’ Rigid Auger Header, Hyd F & A, Trailtech Transport . . . . . . . .$22,000 NH 94C, 2003, 30’ SK, Transport, UCA, CR/CX Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In HONEYBEE ST30, 2004, 30’, JD Adapter, Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$24,500 HONEYBEE ST30, 1997, 30’, CNH Adapter, Transport, steel teeth . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 NH 72C, 2011, 30’ Rigid Auger Header, Hyd F & A, Bergen Transport . . . . . . . . .$28,000 NH 94C, 2004, 36’, SK, Pick Up Reel, CNH Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$29,000 HB SP36, 1999, 36’, Cross Auger, Headsight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$29,000 MACDON 973, 2004, CaseIH only adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$33,000 NH 994, 2003, 30’, Upper cross auger, CR/CX adapter, HHC, Auto header height, gauge rollers, transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In JD 930D, 2007, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In HB SP36, 2008, 36’, DK, UII, Transport, Hyd F & A, UCA, CASEIH Adapter (8000 Series) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$39,500 NH 94C, 2008, 36’, CR/CX Adapter, DK, F & A, Hyd Tilt, UCA, AHHC, UII Reel. . . .$42,500 HB SP30, 2014, 30’, DK, UII, transport, header tilt, headsight, cross auger . . . . .$58,500 HB SP30, 2014, 30’, DK, UII, transport, header tilt, headsight, cross auger . . . . .$58,500 HB 94C, 2012, 30’, UII reel, header tilt, DK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$47,500 HONEYBEE SP30, 2013, 30’, SK, HCC Reel, CNH Adapter, AHHC, UCA, Hyd Tilt, Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$62,500 HONEYBEE SP30, 2013, 30’, SK, HCC Reel, CNH Adapter, AHHC, UCA, Hyd Tilt, Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$62,500 MACDON D6035, 2010, 35’ SK, Transport, UCA, CNH Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . .$63,000 HB SP30, 2013, 30’ DK, Hyd Tilt, Transport, AHHC, CNH Adapter, Brand New HCC P.U. Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$67,500 HB SP30, 2013, 30’ DK, Hyd Tilt, Transport, AHHC, CNH Adapter, Brand New HCC P.U. Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$67,500 HONEYBEE SP36, 2013, 36’, DK, HCC Split Reel, CNH Adapter, AHHC, UCA, Hyd Tilt, Transport, Hyd F&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$67,500 MACDON D6035, 2011, 35’, DK, Transport, UCA, 6 Bat Reel, Double Draper Drive, CNH Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$69,000 JD 630D, 2014, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 880CF, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 880CF, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In MACDON FD7040, 2012, 40’ DK, Transport, UCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75,000 JD 630D, 2013, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In MACDON FD75-30, 2016, Coming In MACDON FD75-30, 2016, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In MACDON D60S, 2010, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In MACDON D60S, 2011, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In JD 635F, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In Macdon FD75-40, 2014, 40’, DK, Transport, UCA, Rock Retarder Kit, Outer & Inner Skid Shoes, Brace Kit for Center Reel Arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In






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NH 760CG, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 760CG, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 760CG, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 740CF, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 740CF, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH 740CF, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In


JD 890, 2002, Hay Header, 14’, DK, New knives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,500 NH 688, 2002, 17000 hrs, Bale Command, Hyd P.u., Net & Twine . . . . . . . . . . .$11,500 CIH RBX562, 2003, Narrow P.U., Hyd P.U. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,500 JD 566, 1997, 18000 hrs, Bale Kicker, 1000 pto, twine only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,500 NH 499, 1991, Haybine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 Hesston 956, 2004, 5421 hrs, Auto cycle, bale kicker, twine only . . . . . . . . . . .$16,000 Hesston 956A, 2006, 11195 hrs, Twine Only, Auto Cycle, Bale Ejector, Hyd P.U. .$16,000 NH BR780A, 2006, Twine Only, Bale Command, Xtra Sweep P.U., Hyd P.U. . . . . .$16,500 NH H7150, 2012, Tongue Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$17,000 NH BR780A, 2007, BC, Narrow pick up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$17,000 MACDON A40D, 2010, 18’, Double Knife, Steel Rollers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$24,000 MF 1375, 2011, 16 discbine’, pivot tongue, steel rolls, guage wheels. . . . . . . . .$35,500 NH BB9080, 2010, 29612 hrs, Big Square Baler, 1-3/4”/1000 PTO . . . . . . . . .$49,000 Case IH RD163, 2014, Discbine, MowMaxII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$43,500 JD 4995, 2006, 1450 hrs, 995 - 16’ Discbine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$85,000


HB WS30, 2006, 30’, DK, HCC reel, transoport, came off of JD 4895. . . . . . . . .$16,000 MF 220, 1997, 3806 hrs, 22.5”, UII Reel, Guage Wheels, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$18,500 CaseIH 8825, 1997, 3169 hrs, 21 ft. Draper Header. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,000 JD 4895, 2002, 3660 hrs, 30ft. HB transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$41,000 MF 9220, 2006, 25’, SK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$49,500 MACDON 4952i, 2005, 1934 hrs, 30’, DK, UCA, Hyd F & A, Triple Del, Turbo, Large Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$64,000 MACDON 9352i, 2005, 1677/1333 hrs, 30’, split reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$65,000 MF 9435, 2009, 1267 hrs, 30’, SK, UII Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$69,000 MF 9435, 2011, 1441 hrs, 30’, SK, UII Pick Up Reel, Elec F & A, Guage Wheels, 480/85R26 Frt Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$71,500 MACDON M150, 2011, 925/711 hrs, Traction Unit Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$72,500 JD 4895, 2009, 1055/770 hrs, 25’, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$73,000 NH H8040, 2008, 2675 hrs, 25’, SK, Hyd F & A, P.U. Reel, Dlx cab, electric mirrors, Prairie Special, 21Lx28 tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75,000 MF 9430, 2010, 1285 hrs, 25’, p/u reel, elec F&A, guage wheels, SK . . . . . . . .$79,000 MF 9435, 2011, 977 hrs, 30’, 5200 Header, SK, Elec Fore & Aft, Triple Del. . . . .$89,000 CaseIH WD1203, 2012, 367 hrs, 30’, DK, Hyd F & A, Transport . . . . . . . . . . .$109,000 MF WR9740, 2013, 325/176 hrs, 36’, SK, Susp Cab & Axle, 21mph speed . . .$109,000 MF WR9740, 2012, 544 hrs, 25’ Draper, roto shears, UII Reel, guage Wheels, GPS, hyd roller, 9126 Auger header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$134,000 MACDON M150, 2011, 35’, SK, Transport, Hyd F & A, Hyd Ctr Link, 600 Tires Coming In MACDON M155, 2013, 703/555 hrs, 35’, SK, Transport, Hyd F & A, HID Lights, 600 tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$139,000 MACDON M155, 2012, 650 hrs, 35’, SK, Hyd Deck Shift, 6 Bat Reel, Transport, rotoshears, 600 tires, swath roller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$139,000 MACDON M205, 2011, 649/493 hrs, 35’, DK, Transport, UCA, 6 Bat Reel . . . .$149,000 Case IH WD1903, 2014, 263 hrs, Electric mirrors, deluxe cab, full GPS . . . . . .$135,000 MACDON M205, 2015, 35’, DK, Transport, UCA, 6 Bat Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In


JD 787, 1997, 170 Bushel 2 Comp tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,000 FC 3450, 1998, Mech tank. Tow Behind 3 Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,500 FC 5000, 1998, 57’, 12”, 3.5” stealth, 4” pneumatic, TBH, DS, AS IS . . . . . . . . .$19,500 FC/JD 5000/787, 1992, 45’, DS, 9”, steel packers, TBH 230 Bush, 4 run, AS IS $25,000 NH SC430, 2007, DS, Mech, TBH, Flex ctrl momnitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$44,500 Seedhawk 4012/357, 1999, 40’ x 12”, Single Knife, DS, 357 On board tank, NH3 Kit also . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$49,000 NH SD440A/P1040, 2005/2009, 40’x10”, DS, 4”PrdStealth, Harrows, Steel Pkrs, 6 run, TBH, Mech Tank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$72,500 NH SD440A, 2007, 46’x12”, 550lbs., 5.5” Rubber, single shoot, TBH . . . . . . . .$84,000 NH SD550/P1060, 2007/2009, 60’x12”, 5.5” Rub, DS, 3.5” Dutch, VR, TBH, Liquid hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$99,900 NH SD440A/P1060, 2004/2013, 58’x9”, DS, 4”Stealth, 4.5” Steel, TBH, VR, Hyd Auger, Duals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$125,000 NH P2060/P1060, 2012, 60’x10”, DS, Coming In NH P2060/P1060/P1060, 2009, 70’x12”, DS, 4” Prd Stealth, 4.5” steel pkr, VR, NH blockage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$169,000 NH P2060/P1060/P1060, 2009, 70x10, DS, 4” prd row Stealth, steel pkr, harrows, VR, NH blockage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$175,000 Seedhawk 5012/600, 2012, Viper Control/Non SCT, Agtron Blockage, Conveyor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$220,000 NH P2060/P1070, 70’x10” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In


BOURGAULT 850 Centurion II, 1990, 82’ boom, single nozzle, foam marker . .$11,000 Hagie STS12, 2000, 2721 hrs, 1200 Gal SS Tank, 90’ Boom, 320 Tires, Crop Div, Ind tank, Triple Nozzles, Outback S with E Drive and 360 Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$109,000 JD 4730, 2008, 2135 hrs, 100’, 800 Gal Tank, 520 & 320 Tires, Crop Dividers, Full GPS SF1, Sectional Control, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$169,000 NH SP.275F, 2012, 642 hrs, 1200gal SS, 120’ boom, Norac, FM750 control, 380 tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$259,900 NH SP.365F, 2013, 749 hrs, 1600gal, SS, 120’ boom, intelliview monitor, ultraglide, accuboom, intellisteer, electric flush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$329,000 NH SP.365F, 2013, 701 hrs, Coming In NH SP.345F, 2015, 199 hrs, 1200 gal, 120’ boom, Lux Cab, Elec Mirrors, Boom Blowout, Ultraglide, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$420,000


FC 820/1720, 1994, 35’ x 12” Spacing, NH3 Kit, 3” Stealth Openers . . . . . . . . .$25,000 HONEYBEE SP36, 2005, JD Adapter, Pea Auger, New Canvasses, Reel Foreaft, SK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$30,000



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If you’re struggling to find and retain good employees, you may find answers at The Human Resource Essentials workshops (Jan. 31 at the Aidrie Agriculture Centre and Feb. 1 at the Stony Plain Provincial Building). The workshops will focus on key components of an HR strategy: simple effective job descriptions, interviewing, training plans, boosting employee engagement, and tools for managing performance. The workshops run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and cost $25 (which includes lunch). To register call 1-800-387-6030. — AAF

The Alberta Barley Commission saw revenues fall by nearly $800,000 but still posted a surplus last year. Revenue fell to $4.1 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year from $4.9 million a year earlier, largely due to a drop in checkoffs and less revenue from the AgriInnovation program. But costs also were lower, including a drop of $360,000 for AgriInnovation expenses, $175,000 on salary, benefits, and contractors, and $25,000 for director fees and expenses. Revenues for its GrainWest magazine were also up but so were expenses. The financial statements can be found in the 2016 annual report at (click on the ‘Our Priorities’ pull-down menu). — Staff

Study says faster Internet HEARTLAND speeds are not enough

Call for rural broadband coverage draws praise

CRTC likens high-speed Internet to having a telephone, and orders telecommunications industry to invest $750 million in next five years By Alex Binkley AF contributor


move by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to make residential and mobile Internet a basic service is being called a ‘game changer.’ “For too long, rural and underserved communities all across Canada have faced an uphill battle to participate meaningfully in our digital economy,” said Josh Tabish, campaigns director for OpenMedia, a citizens’ group lobbying for better Internet service. “The ruling will be a game changer for rural and underserved communities across Canada where Internet access is either unavailable or unaffordable, due to a digital divide keeping almost one in five Canadians offline. Saying broadband is as important as the telephone, the CRTC will require the telecommunications industry to invest $750 million during the next five years in infrastructure projects. This is in addition to $500 million in Internet development for rural Canada announced by the federal government. “Canadians asked for universal Internet access, support for rural communities, world-class speeds, unlimited data options, and minimum guarantees for the quality of their Internet,” said Tabish. “They want to enjoy equal opportunity to participate in the social and economic activities afforded by Internet access at a fair price.”

Even the NDP finance critic hailed the announcement as “great news.” “Access to this basic service should be a right in Canada,” said Guy Caron. Currently, Canada has some of the slowest broadband speeds among developed nations and Canadians are forced to pay for the most expensive Internet packages in the industrialized world. The CRTC has ruled that full broadband should be 100 per cent accessible within 10 to 15 years. That would include targets of 50 Mmbps download speed and 10 mbps upload speed, and the ability to subscribe to a fixed Internet package with an unlimited data option. Rural and urban communities must be able to access Internet speeds five times as fast as the U.S. minimum and the government should encourage the widest availability of the fastest mobile networks. The CRTC said Canadians should have access to the tools and services they need to empower themselves regarding fixed Internet access services. By mid-2017, service providers should ensure that contracts are written in clear and plain language, and should make available online tools so consumers can easily manage their data usage. Broadband Internet services would allow more Canadian entrepreneurs to easily access crucial information relating to international markets and create more business opportunities across Canada, the commission noted. It said all levels of government must address gaps in digital literacy.

A new study says increasing the culture of use in rural areas is equally important to making faster broadband available BY LORRAINE STEVENSON Staff


new study says rural residents will need help becoming more Internet savvy as faster broadband services become available. “Everybody treats broadband with a mentality of ‘build it and they will come,’” said Wayne Kelly, a research associate with the Rural Development Institute in Brandon, Man. “What we’re finding, though, is that there is a need to encourage use so that people can fully take advantage of the availability of high-speed Internet. This will become even more essential as rural communities get access to the level of service recommended by the CRTC.” The Canadian Telecommunications and Radio Commission recently declared broadband a basic service and set a target that download speeds of 50 megabytes per second (mbps) become available to all Canadians. The federal agency expects Internet providers to invest $750 million over five years to build or upgrade broadband and improve access in underserved areas. In a study that looked at use in rural areas of southern and central Manitoba, Kelly found both access and lack of digital literacy are barriers to increased use. Broadband access can deliver many benefits, including fostering economic development in rural areas and delivering social services such as “telehealth” and online education, the study noted. “This wide range of benefits relies on users having both access and skills to use broadband effectively,” it said. “It is also essential to build a culture of use in rural municipalities in order to encourage citizens, businesses, and governments to take advantage of the opportunities presenting themselves online. Access cannot be the only piece of the puzzle that is focused on as both digital literacy and a culture of use are critical parts of rural broadband as well.” The federal government committed $500 million in its 2016-17 budget to improve rural Internet service and recently rolled out a new program (called Connect to Innovate) to improve Internet service to 300 rural and remote communities by 2021. It will be used to build so-called “backbone” networks, which are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. It will also help support satellite-dependent northern communities and also fund

“last-mile” connections to households that don’t have Internet speeds of at least five megabits per second. Canada has good-quality high-speed networks in its cities and telecommunications companies invested more than $13 billion last year. “The era of the smart city has arrived,” said Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. “But this high-speed revolution cannot just be confined to cities. Networks need to be extended to remote and rural areas.” But Kelly’s study says “a market failure in rural regions has resulted in patchy broadband access that is substantially slower and more expensive than what is available in urban areas.” Canada’s National Broadband Task Force in 2001 recognized the problem and recommended direct investment to ensure access and literacy across Canada but that approach was never implemented, the report says. “Instead, the federal government spent more than a decade focusing on policies to stimulate private sector investment in high-cost rural areas.” But there have been low levels of investment by the private sector, resulting in a patchy, non-cohesive Internet network across rural Canada, the report says.

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CAFTA less enamoured with Europe trade deal Deal doesn’t solve trade barriers, making it less attractive to the sector, longtime trade champion says By Alex Binkley AF contributor


he Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says its support for a CanadaEurope trade deal is now conditional. The longtime enthusiastic backer of the deal says high tariffs and other headaches won’t be quickly resolved. Claire Citeau, CAFTA’s executive director, told the Commons trade committee that it expected the deal would generate $1.5 billion in new Canadian agri-food exports to Europe. “Today unfortunately it is clear that commercially viable access that was promised for all exporters may not be fully achieved for some time, and certainly not by the time the agreement is implemented,” she said. To work for agri-food exporters, the trade deal needs to resolve both tariff and nontariff barriers before its implementation. “To date, the issues that remain outstanding include the timely approval of biotechnology traits, the timely approval and re-evaluation of crop input products, and the approval of meat-processing systems,” she said. “CAFTA has strongly encouraged the completion of respective legal and political processes related to the deal, while simultaneously completing the technical discussions so that the

stated benefits can be realized in the form of commercially viable access for our exporters. “Today, given the slow progress that the EU is making to resolve these issues, CAFTA gives conditional support to the implementation of the CETA, with three conditions,” she added. CAFTA represents farmers, processors, and exporters from the beef, pork, grains, oilseeds, pulse, soy, malt, and sugar sectors. Its members account for 90 per cent of Canada’s $54-billion agriculture and agri-food exports, supporting 940,000 jobs across Canada. CAFTA wants to see the federal government commit “to a well-resourced advocacy strategy and comprehensive implementation plan for Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters to achieve real access for all exporters. Such plans will focus on ensuring that the negotiated outcomes result in commercially viable access, including but not limited to the grains and oilseed sectors and the meat sector through the establishment of high-level working groups.” She asked the trade committee to recommend the government keep the implementation plan in place “until such time as the market access outcomes contained in the agreement become commercially viable for all our exporters.” CAFTA wants the government “to exert every effort to resolve

as many of the outstanding technical barriers as possible during the interim period between now and the date the agreement is implemented. “Canadian agri-food exports to the EU currently face high tariffs, with an average of 14 per cent,” Citeau said. “On Day 1 of implementation, tariffs on almost 40 per cent of products will be eliminated immediately. The tariffs are not the only part of the access equation and for some sectors non-tariff barriers are as important as tariff reductions. “The particular issues today that we’re facing with the agreement are that non-tariff barriers are happening even before the agreement is implemented and those currently are in two very specific areas: the timely approval of biotechnology traits, and the timely approval and re-evaluation of crop input products and in that regard the European Union, as part of the deal, has committed to timely approval of those traits and currently has not done so, so this creates anxiety for our farmers. “The second very specific issue is in the area of the approval of meat-processing plants, and specifically among others but in particular the areas of carcass washes, again, another area where the EU had committed to working together to advance these issues before the agreement is implemented but currently our farmers, our beef and pork producers, don’t

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pulses, canola oil, frozen foods, and maple syrup. This is only about five per cent of our total agri-food exports. Really, our exports should be much higher.” CAFTA anticipates the trade deal could result in sales of “an additional $600 million in beef, $400 million in pork, $100 million in grains and oilseeds, $100 million in sugar-containing products, and a further $300 million in processed fruits and vegetables.”



Chartered banks say they’re keen to increase farm lending Big 5 all say they view sector as a growth opportunity and important component of their lending portfolios BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


he major Canadian chartered banks have all reaffirmed their commitment to farm lending at a recent Senate agriculture committee meeting. Bank of Montreal currently has the largest agriculture portfolio with $8.5 billion in farm loans. The Royal Bank is second at more than $6 billion, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is close to $6 billion, TD Canada Trust is in the $5-billion range and Scotiabank is about $3.5 billion. Adam Vervoort, national manager of agriculture for BMO, said his bank had edged out RBC “slightly in terms of what they have outstanding to the agricultural sector.”

“It’s clearly a high-priority area for the Bank of Montreal. It has been for many years and continues to be now,” he said. Gwen Paddock, national director, agriculture and resources industries at RBC, said her bank’s loans reflect the diversity of agriculture including cash crop, dairy, beef and some of the smaller niche markets. “It’s good business for the bank, and it’s an area where we want to grow,” she said. Darryl Worsley, national director of agriculture, CIBC, said the bank has been lending to farms since its inception and they continue to view the sector as a strong one, worthy of credit. “We view it as a strong business; it’s important to CIBC. We lend to all different sub-sectors right across Canada. We view it as a growing business and one with great opportunities,” Worsley said. Farm lending is very competitive,

added Troy Packet, vice-president of TD Canada. “Every one of us would love to have more agriculture on our books,” Packet said. “It’s an area of continued focus. Obviously, we want to grow market share right across the country.” Their comments came in response to questions from Senator Don Plett of Manitoba, following an outline of bank involvement in farm lending. Alex Ciappara, director of credit market and economic policy at the Canadian Bankers Association, told the committee that banks have $34 billion in loans outstanding to Canadian farmers through operating and term loans as well as mortgages representing about 37 per cent of the total agricultural financing market. Banks provide more than half of nonmortgage loans and around 22 per cent of mortgages to farmers.

However, Farm Credit Canada is the “dominant player with 27 per cent of the agricultural financing marketplace and almost half of farm mortgage debt in the country,” he noted. Statistics Canada figures show that from 1991 to 2011, the average farm area increased by about 30 per cent, while the number of farm operators has decreased by about 25 per cent. Land now represents about two-thirds of the value of all farm assets, up from 54 per cent in 2005. “The evolution towards larger farm operations and an aging farm population are contributors to increased interest in buying and selling farmland,” said Ciappara. “For farmers who have devoted a lifetime of hard work in their farm operations, they view their farmland as an investment to support their retirement. Selling farmland is a big decision for farmers who wish to retire.”

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eart problems have forced Ted Menzies, veteran farm leader and former federal cabinet minister, to resign as president and CEO of CropLife Canada after just three years in the post. While his appointment in 2014 was controversial, coming months after leaving the federal cabinet, he continued to be an ambassador for Canadian farmers as he was when he was an Alberta crop grower and politician. “I got a wake-up call,” Menzies said in an interview. “If I’d carried on the way I was going, I was at a high risk of having a stroke because of my erratic heartbeat. If I couldn’t do the job at 100 per cent, then I needed to get out of the way.” For now, Menzies is focused

on dealing with the health issue, which he learned about from a cardiologist in late December. He said he’s been impressed by the reaction to the news from old political friends and many people he came in contact with over the years. One of them is Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “He was always a gentleman; even in politics he stayed above the partisan fray. He always looked for common ground on an issue and he always had that big smile. He has many friends in the industry and elsewhere.” Richard Phillips, former executive director of Grain Growers of Canada, called Menzies “a great agvocate for our sector.” Phillips was head of the Canadian Grain Council until he had to resign himself to battle bladder cancer. “Ted is very knowledgeable and dedicated; he has moved

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mountains to promote agriculture in Canada,” said Carla Ventin, vice-president of Food & Consumer Products Canada. “And he always did this with a smile on his face, and also made everyone else smile.” Menzies said he wanted Canadians to receive the message that innovations “generate more than 111,000 jobs and $8.3 billion in additional agricultural output in Canada. This increased output from plant science innovations also accounts

for 71 per cent of Canada’s positive trade balance in crops.” Pierre Petelle, CropLife Canada’s vice-president of chemistry, has been appointed acting president while an executive search to fill the position on a permanent basis is underway. First elected as a Conservative MP to represent the constituency of Macleod in 2004, Menzies served as the minister of state for finance and parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance. Prior to entering federal politics Menzies was involved in several farm organizations, serving as president of several of them including Western Canadian Wheat Growers, Grain Growers of Canada, and Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. Menzies owned and operated a 5,000-acre farm in southern Alberta from 1974-2003 where he produced grain, oilseeds, pulses and spices.



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Homelessness a hidden problem in rural Alberta Affordable rental units, especially for families, are in short supply in most small towns and rural areas in the province BY DIANNE FINSTAD AF contributor


t’s easy to assume homelessness is a big-city issue. While not as visible, the shortage of adequate, affordable housing is also a very real challenge faced by many rural communities. “I’m a strong believer that everyone deserves a place to call home,” said Joshua Benard, the passionate project manager for a Sustainable Housing Initiative at the Alberta Rural Development Network. Considering a large number of homeless people in urban centres actually comes from rural areas, the network put out a call in 2015 to get a handle on the situation. While expecting maybe a dozen expressions of interest, instead a whopping 40 communities responded. “One-third of Alberta’s population lives in rural Alberta, but the lack of resources these communities have is mind blowing,” said Benard. “Lack of funding towards addressing these challenges is also disappointing. When it comes to rural homelessness, there is zero funding from the province that goes to homelessness outside of the seven major cities.” The irony is without any funding to measure the scope of the problem, there’s no data to show the need for funds. So the Rural Development Network, a not-forprofit partnership of nine Alberta colleges and universities focused on enhancing rural life, tackled a strategy on affordable housing for low-income and homeless citizens in rural Alberta. “From the original 40, we looked at the communities that were furthest along, and we identified 17. We helped them apply for funding through CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation).” The Crown corporation awarded grants to five communities, with the Alberta Real Estate Foundation also providing support. One of the five successful applicants is Fort Macleod, a community of 3,000 with very few affordable options for renters. The vacancy rate is low and most rental properties aren’t suitable for families, said Angie O’Connor, a co-ordinator with Fort Macleod Family & Community Support Services. “‘Homeless’ in a rural community is defined differently than in the city,” said O’Connor. “We look at it more as individuals ‘at risk’ of being homeless. They could be couch surfing, in an overcrowded place, or staying with friends.” Fort Macleod used part of its funding for a housing liaison person to help connect people to housing resources, and is also updating a needs assessment study as a first step in building a social housing complex. “The vision and mission of our town is to be a family-friendly community and yet, we have no

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“One-third of Alberta’s population lives in rural Alberta, but the lack of resources these communities have is mind blowing.” Joshua Benard

social housing for families,” said O’Connor. “We have an active group of stakeholders on a committee trying to raise awareness. They believe it’s important to everyone to have stable homes people can afford.” Affordable housing is not only good for the renters, but also the town, she added. She pointed to numerous agricultural-related businesses — such as dairies, Crop Production Services, and Bouvry Exports — that need employees who will stay for the long term. But it can be difficult for people to stay with a company if there’s no suitable, long-term housing in the area. “If you want a rural community to stay vibrant, you need people to live in it,” said O’Connor. Another of the initial five communities working on housing is Sexsmith, just outside Grande Prairie. (The others are Banff, Lac La Biche, and Boyle.) Private developer Brian Molendyk built a seniors’ apartment there and is interested in other affordable housing opportunities. He put in a proposal after a needs assessment study identified a lack of housing for younger families. “The study came back with a need for 30 more units in Sexsmith.

Right now, there’s no program to help with that,” he said. Molendyk is ready to build a project offering affordable housing if funding assistance can be found. “Usually lower rent means old and rundown — so if you could have something new and nice, and yet affordable, I think there’d be a good demand for that,” he said. “I think it would keep some people who want to be in Sexsmith. A lot of people like to be in a smaller town versus a bigger city.” Pincher Creek is another community committed to tackling the affordable housing challenge in its midst, beginning with updating a 2010 housing needs assessment. “Current statistics are very important for raising money for housing initiatives,” said David Green, a spokesperson for Family & Community Support Services. “One thing we provided was an online survey and paper copies so people could respond anonymously.” Green describes the homeless issue in Pincher Creek as people unable to afford adequate accommodations, ranging from single parents to single adults. It’s also workers commuting from other towns. “They tell us they’d love to live

here and be part of the community but can’t afford it,” he said. “We have lots of houses for sale on the market, but a very limited number of rental accommodations. So there are some big gaps in the housing continuum.” The town’s council is examining ways to address that gap. But there’s a dilemma that comes with getting into social housing, said Green. “One of the key issues if we create perpetually affordable housing is: Who owns the land, and who operates or manages such housing?” Another factor is the cost of construction, but that’s where the Alberta Rural Development Network can help, said Benard. “Modular construction is probably the way to build, to standardize some of the costs, and minimize the processes to deliver affordable housing to communities.” Other priorities are for the developments to be sustainable as well as affordable. Making the units energy efficient and culturally relevant are also considerations, as part of a well-rounded approach being outlined in a funding proposal to take to the province. Addressing housing shortfalls in rural areas is worth the effort but it is also a first step in rural revitalization, said Benard. “It’s as much about economic development as it is about doing the right thing. I’ve been to community consultations where businesses say they have to bus people into town because there’s nowhere for them to live in the local community. That’s not sustainable, and that’s not going to attract business.” Any rural community interested in developing affordable housing can contact the network at www.



Send agriculture-related meeting and event announcements to: Jan. 17: Cattlemen Clinic, location t.b.a., Smoky Lake (also Jan. 18 in Flat Lake). Contact: Lara 780-826-7260 Jan. 17-18: Agronomy Update 2017, Lethbridge Lodge Hotel, Lethbridge. Contact: Ag-Info Centre 1-800-387-6030 Jan. 18: 2017 Peace Agronomy Update, Dunvegan Motor Inn, Fairview. Contact: North Peace Applied Research Association 780-836-3354 Jan. 18: Getting Into On-Farm Retail Bus Tour, starts near Aldersyde. Contact: Karen Goad 780-538-5629 Jan. 18: Septic Sense — Solution for Rural Living, New Sarepta Agriplex, New Sarepta (also Jan. 25 in Buck Lake). Contact: Heather Dickau 780-955-3555 ext. 3287 Jan. 18-19: Adding it Up: Getting a Handle on Your Greenhouse Financials, Red Hat Co-op, Redcliff (also Jan. 25-26 in Lacombe). Contact: Ag-Info Centre 1-800-387-6030 Jan. 19: Calving Clinic, Heritage Inn, Pincher Creek. Contact: Rachel McLean 403-700-7406 Jan. 19: Working Well workshop, locations t.b.a., Athabasca County (also Jan. 31 Eckville, Feb. 8 Springbank, Feb. 9 Milk River, Feb. 14 Valleyview, and March 8 St. Michael). Contact: Roxanne Senyk 780-675-2273 Jan. 21: Winter Watering Systems Tour, Hines Creek Composite School, Hines Creek. Contact: Peace Country Beef & Forage Association 780-835-6799 Jan. 24: Winter Watering Systems Workshop and Tour, Goodridge Hall, Goodridge. Contact: Lara 780-826-7260 Jan. 24: Pricing Principles, Agri-Food Business Centre, Leduc (also Jan. 26 in Airdrie and Jan. 31 in Grande Prairie). Contact: Ag-Info Centre 1-800-387-6030 Jan. 25: Powering Farm Productivity (herd management and related topics), locations t.b.a., Fort Assiniboine. Contact: Sandeep Nain 780-349-4546 Jan. 26-28: Holistic Management Course, Rycroft Ag Society Hall, Rycroft. Contact: Jen 780-835-6799 Jan. 27-28: Canadian Bull Congress, Camrose Regional Exhibition, Camrose. Contact: Canadian Bull Congress 1-800296-8112 Jan. 28: Ladies Livestock Lessons, Canadian Angus Association office. Airdrie. Contact: Daniela 403-335-3311 ext. 204 Jan. 28: Keeping Your Small Flock Healthy, Holiday Inn Express, Whitecourt. Contact: Chunu Mainali 780-415-9624 Jan. 31: Human Resource Essentials, Agriculture Centre, Airdrie. Contact: Cindy Cuthbert 780-538-5287





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Tighter margins make it that much easier to find yourself caught short when bills come due Alberta Agriculture and Forestry release

The new year is a good time to review your marketing plans and cash flow projections, says a provincial farm financial specialist. “Cash is the lifeblood of a business, but with so much emphasis usually put on profitability, it can be easy to overlook this fact,” said Rick Dehod. “Poor cash flow management can drive a growing and/or profitable company out of business. In the previous five years, we have seen a lot of farm families choose to expand and grow their farms. This has been through the investment of their equity and retained earnings, but also with debt.” With margins squeezed by falling commodity prices and rising costs, new farms and leveraged operations are most at risk, he said. “You don’t have to wait for a crisis to benefit from good cash flow planning. A properly developed cash flow projection can help a business foresee and prepare for potential shortages.” Along with being able to pay bills on time, a cash flow plan can reduce interest costs through managed borrowing; increase interest income by transferring surplus funds into interest-bearing accounts temporarily; and lower costs by being able to buy inputs at favourable prices. Reviewing last year’s performance will help you prepare for the coming year.

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“You don’t have to wait for a crisis to benefit from good cash flow planning. A properly developed cash flow projection can help a business foresee and prepare for potential shortages.”

“Now that you know your yields, you might gain a better understanding of your cost of production so you can determine what a profitable price may be,” said Dehod. “With the winter extension season approaching, it may be a good time to gain more information on using the futures markets. It may also be a good time to seek assistance from your accountant or your mentor to fine-tune your operating plans. Cash flow management is part of farm business management, and the ultimate stress test of your farming operation.” Alberta Agriculture has an Excel spreadsheet to project cash inflows and outflows for the coming year. Go to and search for ‘cash flow analyzer.’

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Finding the right person big hurdle for proposed federal science adviser For agriculture finding a candidate that looks beyond the high-tech sector will be key BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


he federal government’s plan to name a chief science adviser will be welcome — if the appointee has a broad knowledge of science and research in Canada and will speak out for it, say representatives of the agrifood sector. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan issued a call for nominations that closes Jan. 27. She said the chosen candidate will “ensure that government science is open to the public; that federal scientists are able to speak freely about their work and that science is effectively communicated across government.” Originally the position was to be an officer of Parliament who could report directly to MPs and senators much as the Parliamentary Budget Officer and other offi-

cials do. It’s not clear from Duncan’s announcement how much independence the adviser will be allowed. It’s crucial the appointee “be very cognizant that science is more than BlackBerry,” said Mary Buhr, dean of agriculture and bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. “While one person can’t know everything about science, we need someone who can pull together experts from all fields for evidencebased decisions,” she said. Politics tends to be short on men and women with science and engineering background, which makes the role of the science adviser all the more important, she added. Governments also tend to be hijacked by special interest groups and the chief science adviser needs to bring sober second thought to programs and policies, added Jeffrey Wichtel, dean of the Ontario Veterinary College.

That includes understanding the impact of climate change and how to deal with new diseases and other threats it brings, he said. “It’s important for the science adviser to be a dispassionate voice,” Wichtel said. “The person needs to understand the one health concept gaining acceptance in the human, animal and environmental health fields. Essentially it says the health of people, animals and the environment are closely linked.” A concern for Buhr and Wichtel is how accessible the science adviser will be to the non-governmental scientific and research community. They fear the adviser and his or her staff will be focused on coordinating science and research done by government departments and agencies. Duncan noted that more than 35,000 federal employees are involved in science and technology activities. Also, nearly 50,000

researchers and trainees across the country are supported by the federally funded research councils. “From clean air and water to food security and technological advancements, science plays a crucial role in providing the evidence the government needs to make decisions that improve the lives of Canadians,” Duncan noted. “This search for a chief science adviser is a historic moment. This position is critical because science affects everything from the health and well-being of Canadians to the economy and the environment. Science is also the foundation of sound decision-making within government.” She said the mandate of the position was developed after a rigorous process of consultation across government and review of best practices from around the world and advice from the research community.

For over 100 years, wheat has been the very backbone of farming in Western Canada. In fact, one might say that most farms out here were built on it. But in recent years, rising disease pressure has led to reduced yields. And profits to match. That’s why it’s more important than ever to maximize your return on investment. To achieve that goal, an integrated plan should be adopted to manage weeds, disease and resistance from seed to harvest. Fortunately, BASF offers a portfolio of industry leading solutions that are designed to help you put your cereal crops back where they belong: On top. For more information, visit

New step in Port of Churchill’s potential sale Formal agreement signed by owners and northern First Nations CNS CANADA

There may yet be hope for the Port of Churchill and the rail line that services it. OmniTrax, the Denverbased company that currently owns both has inked a formal agreement that will see the facilities change hands, according to a press release. OmniTrax has signed the memorandum of understanding regarding the potential sale and ownership transfer to the Missinippi Rail Consortium, a group of Manitoba First Nations. This next step comes after a year of due diligence and the signal from the consortium that it intends to move forward, a statement from OmniTrax said. The consortium is now able to negotiate with vendors ahead of the 2017 grain season. The deal is non-binding and the sale remains subject to scrutiny from the federal government. The federal government is still looking at supporting this transaction, but in the meantime the 2017 grain season hangs in the balance as does the continued shipment of freight through the North, the statement said. It’s not yet clear how many, or which, First Nations are part of the consortium, but Mathias Colomb First Nation made an offer to buy the port in the past. The consortium is still open to other members. “Now we need the government of Canada to complete its review so that this process can be concluded as soon as possible,” Mathias Colomb Chief Arlen Dumas said in a press release. OmniTrax has owned the port for nearly 15 years, but laid off a number of staff and closed the port ahead of the 2016 grain-handling season. The rail line now provides freight service to Churchill once a week, compared with twice a week previously.

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2004 MACK TANDEM AXLE dump truck, fresh AB. safety, low kms, very clean, good condition. Call 780-983-0936, Clyde, AB. WIDE SELECTIONS AT BEST PRICING. Full lineup of Wilson, Sundowner, Norbert stock trailers to help you get your cattle to market. With 15 years of sales and service we will not be undersold! Bassano, AB., 1-800-641-4508.

2012 IHC TRANSSTAR, low pro, Max 300 HP diesel Allison auto trans, single axle, loaded cab, 13’ Armstrong landscape dump, $39,900.; 2003 GMC C8500 tandem, automatic, with 15’ box, low miles, $34,900. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ladimer, 306-795-7779, Ituna DL#910885

2009 VOLVO VNL430, No DEF, Volvo D16, 535 HP, 18 spd., 4-way locks, 290,000 kms, mint condition, farmer owned. $72,900. Westlock, AB. 780-206-1234.


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2006 FREIGHTLINER tandem axle, daycab, Mercedez power, auto trans, nice clean safetied tractor, $19,500. 780-983-0936, Clyde, AB. COMMERCIAL GRADE Wind and weather shelter buildings available in widths from 20’ to 90’. Prices starting at $2495. If you have bought an auction building and need 1989 IH EAGLE, 425 CAT, 3406 engine, to upgrade to more durable material or 5th wheel, 24.5 alum. budds, white, parts we can help. Located in Yorkton. $16,500. 306-960-3000, St. Louis, SK. Contact Paul at 306-641-5464 or Ladimer 306-795-7779. 2005 PETE 378, pre-emission, C15 Cat, 18 spd., full lockups, flat-top, winch, safetied, $37,500. 306-563-8765, Canora, SK.

MANUFACTURING BUSINESS. Welding, light fabricating. one-of-a-kind product. Mainly Ag. Peak sales Sept - March. Owned 30 years, room for growth. Relocatable. $195,000. plus inventory; 50’x70’ shop, $325,000. 306-446-4462, North Battleford, SK.

ONLINE ONLY UNRESERVED AUCTION: Jan 25- 31, 2017. 2008 Peterbilt 367, 550 ISX, 18 spd, 46 rears, 880,000K . 306-865-7660. #334832

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2010 F250, 5.4 auto., 126K, new Courtney Berg Hydra-Dec bale handler, new Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx tires, truck totally gone over in shop, $29,995. Duchess, AB., 403-378-4331. 2007 CHEV C6500, 2 WD, Duramax dsl., 7 spd. trans, 20’ flatdeck w/winches, only 152,000 kms, $21,900. 2008 Dodge 3500, 2 WD, Hemi gas engine, auto trans, 16’ flatdeck, 178,000 kms, $16,900 OBO. 2001 STERLING 9500, tandem water truck, 4500 gal. tank, C12 Cat, 13 spd., Bowie pump, $22,900; 1998 FREIGHTLINER FL80, tandem water truck, Allison trans, 3200 gal. water tank w/Honda GX160 pump, 293,000 kms, $21,900. Trades considered. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ph. Ladimer, 306-795-7779, Ituna, SK. DL#910885.

ONLINE ONLY UNRESERVED AUCTION: Jan. 25-31, 2017. 1996 Champion 726A IV VHP, 8.3 Cummins powershift, Espar heater. Call 306-865-7660. DL #334832.

EQUIPMENT HAULING. Serving Western Canada and Northwest USA. Call Harvey at 1-877-824-3010 or cell 403-795-1872. Vandenberg Hay Farms Ltd., Nobleford AB. Email:

USED, REBUILT or NEW engines. Specializing in Cummins, have all makes, large inventory of parts, re-powering is our specialty. 1-877-557-3797, Ponoka, AB.

DIESEL ENGINES, OVERHAUL kits and parts for most makes. Cat, CIH, Cummins, LARRY’S EQUIPMENT HAULING: Farm Detroit, Mack. M&M Equipment Ltd., Parts machinery and construction equipment. and Service phone: 306-543-8377, fax: Serving Western Canada. 780-720-4304. 306-543-2111, Regina, SK. EQUIPMENT TOWING/ HAULING. Rea- 290 CUMMINS, 350 Detroit, 671 Detroit, sonable rates. Contact G H Wells Services Series 60 cores. 306-539-4642, Regina, SK and Trucking, 306-741-9059, Morse, SK. WANTED DIESEL CORES: ISX and N14 Cummins, C15 Cats, Detroits Ddec 3, 4, CUSTOM BALE HAULING. Will haul large DD15. Can-Am Truck 1-800-938-3323. squares or round. Phone 306-567-7199, Kenaston, SK. 3406B, N14, SERIES 60, running engines and parts. Call Yellowhead Traders, LONG LAKE TRUCKING, two units, custom 306-896-2882, Churchbridge, SK. hay hauling. Call 306-567-7100, Imperial, SK. FARM AND INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL motor sales, service and parts. Also sale of, and repairs to, all makes and sizes of pumps and phase converters, etc. Tisdale Motor Rewinding 1984 Ltd., 306-873-2881, fax 306-873-4788, 1005A111th Ave., Tisdale, SK. Website:

REGULATION DUGOUTS: 120x60x14’, $2000; 160x60x14’, $2950; 180x60x14’, $3450; 200x60x14’, $3950; Larger sizes C7 INDUSTRIAL CAT engine fits 950 loadavailable. Travel incl. in Sask. Gov’t grants er, factory rebuild. Sold with warranty, $21,885 exchange. On Track Company Inc. available. 306-222-8054, Saskatoon, SK. at 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB. MULCHING- TREES, BRUSH, Stumps. C12 CAT ENGINE, MBL: 435 HP, rebuilt. Call today 306-933-2950. Visit us at: Drop in. Sold with warranty, $24,885. Call James at On Track Company Inc. at 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB. NEUFELD ENT. CORRAL CLEANING, WILL DO STYROBLOCK cocoon harvesting payloader, Bobcat with rubber tracks and 3126 CAT ENGINE, rebuilt, 250 HP, and custom pollination. Call Maurice vertical beater spreaders. Phone $14,985 exchange. Call James at On Track Wildeman, 306-365-7802, Lanigan, SK. Company Inc. 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB 306-220-5013, 306-467-5013, Hague, SK. SPECIAL PURCHASE OF new and near new 2014-2015 Crosstek XVs. Save up to $5000. Come in quickly!! 1-877-373-2662. DL #914077.

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PORTABLE TOILET SALES: Selling Five Peaks Technologies new portable toilets and accessories. Phone 403-680-0752 for details. Visit on-line:

CLIFF’S USED CRAWLER PARTS. Some older Cats, IH and Allis Chalmers. 780-755-2295, Edgerton, AB.

2013 VOLVO 630 D13, I-shift automatic, warranty, heavy spec, full lockers, new head and injectors, engine & cab heaters, PTO fluid pump w/remote, $85,000 OBO. 306-515-1461, Lemberg, SK.

2009 FORD EXPLORER LTD., V8, AWD, loaded, 4 leather buckets, new winter JIM’S TUB GRINDING, H-1100 Haybuster tires, very good condition, 219,000 kms, with 400 HP, serving Saskatchewan. Call 306-334-2232, 306-332-7332, Balcarres. $14,900. Photos. 306-843-2934, Wilkie SK

In sizes 20’ to 30’ in single, split and dual hopper configurations and finished with Berg’s quality lasting processes. The front, hitch and hoppers are zinc coated and chipguarded for added protection.

KELLO DISC BLADES and bearings: 22” to 42” notched. Parts: oilbath and greaseable bearings to service all makes of heavy construction discs. Call: 1-888-500-2646, Red Deer, AB.

USED PORTABLE TOILETS, mostly poly John, some good, some not so good, $300 each, take choice. 403-680-0752.

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BRUSH MULCHING. The fast, effective way to clear land. Four season service, competitive rates, 275 HP unit, also avail. trackhoe with thumb, multiple bucket attachments. Bury rock and brush piles and fence line clearing. Borysiuk Contracting Inc., Prince Albert, SK., 306-960-3804.

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2009 NH 9070, 1793/1474 hrs, Intelli- NEW FARMKING SNOWBLOWERS, 50” to View II display, Y&M, remote sieve adjust, 96”. Call KMK Sales Ltd. 306-682-0738, elec. stonetrap, duals, diff. lock, long au- Humboldt, SK. ger, PSD, deluxe chopper, chaff spreader, c/w 76-C 14’ Swathmaster PU plus 2003 NH 94-C 36’ draper header, fore/aft, split PU reel, single knife drive, gauge wheels, transport, all stored inside, $200,000 OBO. Call 780-608-9290, Strome, AB.

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VIEW OUR WEBSITE WWW.CIABUILDING.COM DIAMOND CANVAS SHELTERS, sizes ranging from 15’ wide to 120’ wide, any length. Call Bill 780-986-5548, Leduc, AB. CONTAINERS FOR SALE OR RENT: All STRAIGHT WALL BUILDING packages or sizes. Now in stock: 50 used, 53’ steel and built on site. For early booking call insulated SS. 306-861-1102, Radville, SK. 1-800-667-4990 or visit our website: WOOD POST BUILDING packages or built on site. For early booking call 1-800-667-4990 or visit our website: INSULATED FARM SHOP packages or built on site, for early booking call 1-800-667-4990 or visit our website: POLE BARNS, WOODSTEEL packages, hog, chicken and dairy barns. Construction and concrete crews available. Mel or Scott, MR Steel Construction, 306-978-0315, Hague, SK. WINTER BOOKING DISCOUNTS ON STEEL farm buildings. Order your steel farm building now before prices increase, and do not pay until spring. Factory direct steel buildings built to suit your operation. Call Prairie Steel now to lock in your price for winter fabrication - we offer all sizes and options. Leasing options available. Contact us at 1-888-398-7150 or email

2009 TERRAGATOR 8204, Cat, TerraShift, Airmax Precision 2, twin bin, SmarTrax, 4530 hrs., $73,500; 2008 4 WD Ag-Chem 8244, airflow bed, 70’ booms, $69,500; 2006 8204 twin bin, 5600 hrs., $56,000. USD prices. 406-466-5356, Choteau, MT. View We know that farming is enough of a gamble so if you want to sell it fast place your ad in the Alberta Farmer Express classifieds. It’s a Sure Thing. Call our toll-free number today. We have friendly staff ready to help. 1-800665-1362

JOHN DEERE 9600, well maintained, alWESTERN GRAIN DRYER, mfg. of grain ways shedded. Phone 403-823-1894, dryers w/auto. drying/moisture control. Drumheller, AB. Updates to Vertec roof, tiers, moisture control. Economic designed dryers avail. 2010 9870, ProDrive, Harvest Smart, self1-888-288-6857. level shoe, Rice dual tires, 615 PU, exc., c/w 2010 JD 635D draper header, $249,000. Henry 403-588-0958, Alix, AB. CONVEYAIR GRAIN VACS, parts, acces- 2006 9660 WTS, 914 PU, duals, 2300/ sories. Call Bill 780-986-5548, Leduc, AB. 1550 hrs. $132,500. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. HEAVY DUTY WHEEL DOLLY. Change your Farming is enough of a gamble, advertise in 2010 JD 9870 STS, loaded, 4 WD, only sprayer tires in less than an hour! Over 100 the Alberta Farmer Express classified section. 480 sep./ 600 eng. hrs, $269,000 CAD units sold last 12 months. Perfect tool for It’s a sure thing. 1-800-665-1362. OBO. 218-779-1710, Bottineau, ND. safely and quickly moving or changing large wheels/tires, $1,499. 403-892-3303, Carmangay, AB.

AUGERS: NEW and USED: Wheatheart, Westfield, Westeel augers; Auger SP kits; WANTED: JD 7810 c/w FEL & 3-PTH; SP Batco conveyors; Wheatheart post pound- or PTO bale wagon; JD or IHC end wheel ers. Good prices, leasing available. Call drills. Small square baler. 403-394-4401. 1-866-746-2666. NEW MERIDIAN AUGERS: TL12-39 w/37HP,EFI Vanguard eng., c/w mover, HD clutch, reversing gearbox and lights. Retail $24,200, cash price $19,500. 306-648-3622, Gravelbourg, SK.

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MERIDIAN AUGERS IN STOCK: swings, truck loading, Meridian SP movers. Call Hoffart Services Inc., Odessa, SK., 306-957-2033.

YEAR END CLEARANCE: Loaded HD8-39/ HD8-46/ TL 10-39 plus SLMD12 72 and SLMD12 - 95 plus. Used Augers: 2012 TL 10-39; 2012 SLMD 12-72 with winch and swing mover; Brandt 10x60 S/A: Wheatheart 8x51’ c/w mover. Also dealer for Convey-All Conveyors. Leasing KEHO/ GRAIN GUARD Aeration Sales available! Call Dale, Mainway Farm Equip., and Service. R.J. Electric, Avonlea, SK. Call 306-567-3285, 306-567-7299, Davidson, SK. 306-868-2199 or cell 306-868-7738. Hit our readers where it counts… in the classifieds. Place your ad in the Alberta Farmer KEHO/ GRAIN GUARD/ OPI STORMAX. BRANDT 8x50, BLUE, hyd. mover, winch, Express classifed section. 1-800-665-1362. For sales and service east central SK. and bin sweep, good cond. Ed 306-272-3848, MB., call Gerald Shymko, Calder, SK., 306-269-7745, Foam Lake, SK. 306-742-4445 or toll free 1-888-674-5346. Stretch your advertising dollars! Place an ad MORRIS 14 BALE hay hiker, good condiin the classifieds. Our friendly staff is waiting tion. Call 306-290-8806, Dundurn, SK. for your call. 1-800-665-1362.


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USED LMC GRAVITY SEPARATORS, 400 BPH and 300 BPH units available. Call LMC Canada 1-800-667-6924.

RECONDITIONED COMBINE HEADERS. RIGID and flex, most makes and sizes; also header transports. Ed Lorenz, 306-344-4811, Paradise Hill, SK. or web- FLOATER TIRES: Factory rims and tires: JD 4930/4940, R4045; 800/55R46 Goodsite: year tire and rim; 710/60R46 Goodyear LSW; Case 650/65R38 Michelins, $13,500. Duals available for combines. 306-697-2856, Grenfell, SK. PUMPS, PRESSURE WASHERS, Honda/Koshin pumps, 1-1/2” to 4”, Landa pressure washers, steam washers, parts washers. M&M Equip. Ltd. Parts & Service, Regina, SK. 306-543-8377, fax 306-543-2111.

MEDICINE HAT TRACTOR Salvage Inc. Specializing in new, used, and rebuilt agricultural and construction parts. Buying all sorts of ag and construction equipment for dismantling. Call today 1-877-527-7278, Medicine Hat, AB.

VW MFG. Carbide Drill Points and Openers for air drills. New super slim paired row opener VW32RPR. Full orders qualify for nearly Free, or FREE shipping. Phone 403-528-3350. MOON HEAVY HAUL pulling air drills/ air seeders, packer bars, Alberta and Sask. 30 years experience. Call Bob Davidson, Drumheller, AB. 403-823-0746.

TRIPLE B WRECKING, wrecking tractors, combines, cults., drills, swathers, mixmills. CASE/IH 4012 ATX drill, Edge-On shanks, etc. We buy equipment. 306-246-4260, Farmland boots, low disturbance sweeps, disc closers every shank, $18,000 OBO. 306-441-0655, Richard, SK. 403-820-0145, Drumheller, AB.

2007 7010 Case/IH, dual wheels, w/2016 header, $170,000. Call A.E. Chicoine Farm AGRA PARTS PLUS, parting older tractors, tillage, seeding, haying, along w/othEquipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. er Ag equipment. 3 miles NW of Battleford, SK. off #16 Hwy. Ph: 306-445-6769. 2000 CASE/IH 2388 w/1015 header, $65,000; 2004 2388 w/2015 PU header, $115,000; 2006 2388 w/2015 PU header, LOEFFELHOLZ TRACTOR AND COMBINE $130,000; 2009 7088 w/2016 PU header, Salvage, Cudworth, SK., 306-256-7107. $180,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, We sell new, used and remanufactured parts for most farm tractors and combines. 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK.

AFAB INDUSTRIES POST frame buildings. For the customer that prefers quality. 1-888-816-AFAB (2322), Rocanville, SK.

NEW CONVEY-ALL DRIVE OVER belt conveyor w/electric drive 20 HP motor. Retail $15,000. Special year end price, CHIEF WESTLAND AND CARADON BIN $12,900. 306-222-6173, Saskatoon, SK. extensions, sheets, stiffeners, etc. Now available. Call Bill, 780-986-5548, Leduc, BATCO CONVEYORS, new and used, AB. grain augers and SP kits. Delivery and leasing available. 1-866-746-2666. LIFETIME LID OPENERS. We are a stocking dealer for Boundary Trail Lifetime Lid Openers, 18” to 39”. Rosler Construction NEW BATCO 2075 w/electric drive kit. Retail $36,500. Blow-out Special, $28,500. 2000 Inc., 306-933-0033, Saskatoon, SK. 306-648-3622, Gravelbourg, SK. BROCK (BUTLER) GRAIN BIN PARTS and accessories available at Rosler ConBUILD YOUR OWN conveyors, 6”, 7”, 8” struction. 306-933-0033, Saskatoon, SK. and 10” end units available; Transfer conCUSTOM GRAIN BIN MOVING, all types veyors and bag conveyors or will custom up to 22’ diameter. 10% spring discount. build. Call for prices. Master Industries Phone Accurate estimates. Sheldon’s Hauling, Inc. 1-866-567-3101, Loreburn, SK. 306-961-9699, Prince Albert, SK.

2008 CASE/IH 4420, 1 owner, 100’, Aim Control, 5 nozzle body, full load, leather seats, ViperPro monitors, AutoSteer, autorate, AutoBoom, 2501 hrs, 1200 gal. SS tank, crop dividers, all updates, 2 sets of RECONDITIONED rigid and flex, most Michelins, very well maintained w/service makes and sizes; also header transports. records, stored inside heated shop, mint Ed Lorenz, 306-344-4811, Paradise Hill, SK condition, field ready, $195,000 OBO. 306-421-9909, Estevan, SK.

Go public with an ad in the Alberta Farmer COMB-TRAC SALVAGE. We sell new and Express classifieds. Phone 1-800-665-1362. used parts for most makes of tractors, combines, balers, mixmills and swathers. 306-997-2209, 1-877-318-2221, Borden, 1997 IBEC 24’, 9 tier, dual fuel, PLC and SK. We buy machinery. M2 micro processor with preheat tier and dual direction discharge, $70,000. Call 2011 CLAAS LEXION 760, 700 sep. hrs., SMITH’S TRACTOR WRECKING. Huge 780-990-8198, Fort Saskatchewan, AB. fully loaded, $265,000 CAD OBO; 2010 inventory new and used tractor parts. Lexion 590, fully loaded, 500 sep. hrs., 1-888-676-4847. 2008 GSI 1226, 3 PH NG/LPG, 10.5 million $220,000 CAD OBO. All exc. cond., used BTU, batch or continuous, 3640 BPH. only in small grains; 2000 Lexion 480, Portable, needs nothing, still in operation, $27,000 CAD OBO. Call 218-779-1710, G.S. TRACTOR SALVAGE, JD tractors only. Call 306-497-3535, Blaine Lake, SK. $99,000. 780-206-1234, Barrhead, AB. Bottineau, ND.

2013 SEEDMASTER 6012, seed brakes and other options: Nova 560-8-D, load cells, 40 bu. rear tank, sect. control, flow sensors, $234,000. 780-754-2361 Irma AB 2013 BOURGAULT 3320 XTC 66’, 10” space, MRB, DS, Bourgault updates done, blockage and X20 monitors c/w 6700 cart, 2 fans, 4 metering tanks, conveyor, duals, whole unit always shedded, exc. cond., $320,000. 780-872-3262, Lashburn, SK. 4710 CONCORD and 3000 air cart, 47’, 10” spacing, 300 bu., disc levelers, 3” Dutch openers, 4 rank, 5 plex, Agtron blockage, $14,000 OBO. 306-463-7420 Kindersley SK 2009 BOURGAULT 3310, 75’, w/6550 tank, 1 year on new tips and discs, very accurate drill and tank, $205,000 OBO. Call 306-867-7165, Loreburn, SK. 2015 BOURGAULT 3320 XTC, 76’, side band, 10”, 6550 cart, $265,000 OBO. Can arrange delivery 306-563-8482 Yorkton SK

REDUCED! 2300 bu. Westeel hopper bin, Stretch your advertising dollars! Place an ad like new, double skids and ladder, only in the classifieds. Our friendly staff is waiting $5000. 306-260-6132, Hanley, SK. for your call. 1-800-665-1362. BIN MOVING, all sizes up to 19’ diameter, w/wo floors; Also move liquid fert. tanks. 306-629-3324, 306-741-9059, Morse, SK. BOOK NOW, TAKE DELIVERY, DON’T PAY UNTIL NOVEMBER, 2017. Top quality MERIDIAN bins. All prices include: skid, ladders to ground, manhole, set-up and delivery within set radius. Meridian Hopper combos: 3500 bushel, $10,450. SPECIAL: 5000 bu., $13,990. We manufactor superior quality hoppers and steel floors for all makes and sizes. Know what you are investing in. Call and find out why our product quality and price well exceeds the competition. We also stock replacement lids for all makes and models of bins. Leasing available. Hoffart Services Inc., 2005 PETERBILT STAHLY, Cummins, Allison auto., New Leader L3020 G4, moni306-957-2033, Odessa, SK. tor, New Leader controller, Starlink GPS 4145 hours, $78,000; 2004 Peterbilt, Cummins, Allison auto, 1800 gal stainless, boom, Raven controller, Raven Auto20’ AND 40’ SEA CONTAINERS, for sale 80’ Raven section shutoff, 4270 hours in Calgary, AB. Phone 403-226-1722, Steer, $65,000. USD prices. 406-466-5356, Cho1-866-517-8335. teau, MT. BOND SEA CONTAINERS. New, used and modified sea containers. All sizes avail. Buy, rent or lease. Call Bond today 306-373-2236, or visit

BEAVER CONTAINER SYSTEMS, new and used sea containers, all sizes. 306-220-1278, Saskatoon and Regina, SK. 20’ TO 53’ CONTAINERS. New, used and modified. Available Winnipeg, MB; Regina and Saskatoon, SK. 306-933-0436. 20’ and 40’ SHIPPING CONTAINERS, and storage trailers. Large Sask. inventory. Phone 1-800-843-3984 or 306-781-2600. SHIPPING CONTAINERS FOR SALE. 20’53’, delivery/ rental/ storage available. For inventory and prices call: 306-262-2899, Saskatoon, SK.

2011 4520 1-bin, 70’ booms, $145,000; 22010 Case 4520’s, 70’ booms: 3-bin, 3100 hrs., $168,000; SPECIAL- 2010 Case 4520, 1-bin, 5100 hrs., $93,500; 22007 Case 4520’s, 3-bin, 70’ booms, 3300 hrs., AutoSteer, $134,000 and $98,000; 2006 Case 4510, AutoSteer, FlexAir 70’ booms, 7400 hrs., $77,000; 2005 Case 4520 w/70’ FlexAir, 4000 hrs., $78,000; 2004 Case 4010, 80’ SPRAYER, 7000 hrs., $58,000; 2- 2004 Loral AirMax 1000s, 70’ booms, immaculate, $76,000 and $93,000; 2006 2-bin AgChem, 70’ booms, $58,000; 2002 KBH Semi tender, self-contained, $32,000; 2009 and 2012 Merritt semi belt tender, self contained, $32,000 and $42,000; 2- 24 ton Wilmar tender beds, $17,500 ea; 2012 Wilmar Rangler 4560, 780 hrs., $28,500; 2009 Rangler, 2400 hrs, $23,500; 1974 10,000 gal. NH3 transport, $38,500; 18,000 gal. NH3 holding tank, $34,500. USD prices. 406-466-5356, Choteau, MT.

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2010 65’ 3310 BOURGAULT Paralink, 12” spacing, mid row shank banding, double shoot, rear hitch, tandem axles, low acres, $145,000. 2002 49’ Morris Maxim air drill, 12” spacing, w/7240 Morris grain cart, $52,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. JD 1820, 61’ air drill, 10” spacing Atom Jet paired row boots, 4” pneumatic packers, NH3 Raven controller, sectional, JD 1910 430 cart, variable rate, 3 meters, $49,000. 306-743-7622, Langenburg, SK.


2001 DEGELMAN 70’, original tines at 24” manual adjust, one owner, $25,800 OBO. 306-563-8482, Rama, SK.


LEONS 775Q, Q/A, 6-way hyd. front mount blade, $13,500; Allied Farm King 960, 3 PTH snowblower, hyd. spout, $3,500; JD 158 FEL, bucket, joystick, mounting kit to fit JD 4240, 4440 & 4230 JOHN DEERE 8630, PTO, tires like new, ex- tractors, $5,500; Leons 707 push blade 8’ cellent condition, $19,500. 306-861-4592, front mount blade, $1,200. Lamont Farm Fillmore, SK. Centre Ltd., 780-895-7338, Lamont, AB.

2006 NEW HOLLAND TG255 FWA SuperSteer c/w front and rear duals, good tires, front and rear weights, 3PTH, 4 remotes, 1000 PTO. Field ready. Excellent cart tractor. 306-595-2180, Pelly, SK.

WANTED: MF 820 tandem disc, complete WANTED: 2294 FWA, in good running oror for parts. Call Bernie 306-422-8407, St. der; and 1370, 2290 Case w/weak engines Louis, SK. 306-395-2668, 306-681-7610. Chaplin, SK. 1992 37’ CASE/IH 5600 HD cultivator, 2013 140A FARMALL Case/IH w/loader, w/Degelman mounted 4-row harrows, 1800 hrs., $82,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm $25,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. ONLINE ONLY UNRESERVED AUCTION: WANTED MODEL 8810 Bourgault air seed- Jan. 25-31, 2017. er or 9400 Bourgault cultivator 40’. Case 4490, 4 WD with 12’ Degelman dozer 306-560-7679, 306-576-2171 Wishart, SK. blade. 306-865-7660. DL #334832.


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DEGELMAN 45’ LAND ROLLER, $34,900; Flexi-Coil 30’ 6000 disc drill, $16,900 and 57’ 5000, $17,900; Wishek 38’ disc, $104,900. Pro Ag Sales, 306-441-2030, WANTED TO BUY 1972-2006 Deutz tractor COULEE AGRI PARTS LTD. Your anytime. North Battleford, SK. with good engine for parts. 306-395-2668, GRATTON #1 place to purchase late model combine or 306-681-7610, Chaplin, SK. and tractor parts. Used, new and rebuilt. Toll free 888-327-6767. COMPACTED SUBSOIL ISSUES? Avoid “band-aid” solutions. Since 1984. Call Rick CASE/IH 9150, powershift, new tires 2 403-350-6088, anytime. yrs. ago, 8250 hrs., return line, no PTO, $48,000 OBO. 780-608-9024, Tofield, AB. KELLO-BILT 8’ to 20’ offset discs w/24” to 36” notched blades; Kello-Bilt 24’ to 38’ 1980 CASE 4490, 4WD, singles, new motor tandem wing discs w/26” and 28” notched (100 hrs), 175 HP, asking $8000 OBO. Call blades and oilbath bearings. Red Deer, AB. 306-778-3749, Swift Current, SK. Call: 1-888-500-2646. LIZARD CREEK REPAIR and Tractor. We CASE/IH 5600 HD chisel plow, 29’ with buy 90 and 94 Series Case, 2 WD, FWA Degelman 3 bar harrows, $6500 OBO. tractors for parts and rebuilding. Also have rebuilt tractors and parts for sale. 403-820-0145, Drumheller, AB. 306-784-7841, Herbert, SK.

DEGELMAN 1038 10’ box blade, exc. $5000; Degelman 4600 blade, 4-way, mounts for JD 6430 tractor, exc., $9500; Degelman 6900 2-way, mounts for JD 9320. 780-352-3012, Wetaskiwin, AB.

NICE 2010 JD 9630, 4 WD, orig. owner, 2500 hrs., fully loaded, big hyd. pump, 5 remotes, 800 duals, all updates done, best offer. Don 306-948-6059, Biggar, SK.

9420 JD, bought new in 2003, shedded summer/winter, 710x42 tires, used on 40’ cult. on small farm, 2800 hrs., mint cond., $155,000. 306-752-4336, 306-921-7683, Melfort, SK.

2002 BOURGAULT 8810 52’, packers, 8” sp. $36,000; 1996 Bourgault 40’ 8800/3195, $16,000. 306-563-8482, Rama, SK.

FLEXI-COIL 60’ HARROW packer draw bar, very good condition. 306-560-7679, 306-576-2171 leave message, Wishart, SK

1997 JD 7610 MFWD, 740 loader and grapple, 19 spd. powershift trans., good rubber, 2 hyds., 8449 hrs., $60,000. 403-485-8085, Vulcan, AB.

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NH 1060 tbt air cart, Dual 20.8 x 38 tires, No monitor, used 1 season, as new .........$79,500 25’ Hesston PT Swather ......................................................................................$3,000 25’ 725 CIH (MacDon) PT Swather ....................................................................$3,000 40’ Morris 3100 Hoe Drills, mover and hitch .......................................................$10,000 946 Versatile Ford Tractor, 5,000 hrs, 24.5 x 32 D .............................................$50,000 560 Hesston Round Baler, 1,000 PTO ................................................................. $5,500 660 NH Round Baler, 540 pto, nice shape ...............................................................$5,500 60’ S82 Flexicoil Harrow Draw Bar, Nice shape ..................................................$5,250 44’ 820 F.C. Deep Till Air Seeder, harrows ...............................................................CALL 2320 F.C. TBH Air Tank, complete with 320 - 3rd tank .................................................CALL 40’ 340 F.C. Chisel Plow & 75 Packer Bar, P30’s ..........................................$27,500 41’ Flexicoil 300 B Chisel Plow, 3 bar harrows ...................................................$12,500 100’ 65XL Flexicoil Sprayer, complete with windguards, elec. end nozzles single tips, auto rate, excellent condition ...........................................$12,500 29’ 225 DOW Kello- Bilt Tandem Disc, 28” smooth front & rear blades, 10.5” spacing, oil, bath bearings, as new ................................................................. $60,000 47’ 820 Flexicoil Chisel Plow, 4 bar harrow, low mileage......................................$67,500 2009 GMC Topkick 20 ft. Grain Truck, automatic, silage gate, air ride suspension,approx. 7,000 kms................................... $105,000 New E-Kay 7”, 8”, 9”Bin Sweeps available..........................................................CALL 8-46’ Meridian Grain Auger 27 HP Kholer, E-Kay mover, belt tightner, power stearing, lights, no spill hopper, as new ............................................................$12,800 13“ X 95’ FarmKing HydraulicSwing Auger, reverser, low proflie hopper, spout, full bin alarm, 1 season.........................................................................................CALL 10”-50’ Sakundiak Hydraulic Swing Auger.......................................................$1,750 8” Wheat Heart Transfer Auger ..........................................................................$1,250 New Outback MAX & STX Guidance & mapping..................................................... In Stock New Outback E-Drive, TC ..................................................................................... In Stock New Outback E-Drive X, c/w free E turns.............................................................. In Stock New Outback S-Lite guidance .............................................................................$1,250 New Outback VSI Steering Wheel Kits.............................................................. In Stock Used Outback E-Drive Hyd. kits ............................................................................... $500 **Outback GPS Systems, E-Kay Custom Augers, Movers, Clutches, Bin Sweeps & Crop Dividers, Kohler, Robin Subaru & Generac Engines, Headsight Harvesting Solutions, Greentronics Sprayer Auto Boom Height, Kello-Bilt Discs**

2006 FLEXI-COIL 5000 HD 51’, 10” sp., 5” rubber packers, single shoot, $27,000; NH 359 mixmill, PBF, new tires, $3100; 2001 Bourgault 5440 dual fan, air seeder hopper, $31,500. 403-665-2341 Craigmyle, AB ACREAGE EQUIPMENT: 3-PT. CULTIVATORS, Discs, Plows, Blades, Etc. 780-892-3092, Wabamun, AB. RICHARDSON GRADER, good condition, $2100. 306-460-9027, 306-463-3480. Flaxcombe, SK. ODESSA ROCKPICKER SALES: New Degelman equipment, land rollers, Strawmaster, rockpickers, protill, dozer blades. 306-957-4403, 306-536-5097, Odessa, SK. 1984 CHEV 3T, B&H, $9000 OBO; Forklift stonepicker, $500; Zamboni style Badger shop sweeper, $6000 OBO; CIH 2388 concaves, $200 ea.; Karcher hot water washer, $700 OBO. 306-272-7038, Foam Lake, SK.

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PUREBRED BLACK ANGUS long yearling bulls, replacement heifers, AI service. Meadow Ridge Enterprises, 306-373-9140 BEV’S FISH & SEAFOOD LTD., buy di- or 306-270-6628, Saskatoon, SK. rect, fresh fish: Pickerel, Northern Pike, Whitefish and Lake Trout. Seafood also BLACK ANGUS BULLS, two year olds, seavailable. Phone toll free 1-877-434-7477, men tested, guaranteed breeders. Delivery available. 306-287-3900, 306-287-8006, 306-763-8277, Prince Albert, SK. Englefeld, SK. SELLING: BLACK ANGUS BULLS. Wayside Angus, Henry and Bernie Jungwirth, NEW AND USED PTO generators. Diesel 306-256-3607, Cudworth, SK. and natural gas sets available as well. Call 1-888-300-3535, Airdrie, AB. NORDAL LIMOUSIN And ANGUS Bull Sale, Thursday, Feb. 16th, 1:00 PM, Saskatoon EX-GOVERNMENT STAND-BY UNITS: Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK. Offering 2 12V92 w/400 KW, 600 volts, 388 hrs, year old polled, red, and black Limousin $25,000; 12V92 w/400 KW, 600 volts, 419 bulls. For more info. contact Rob Garner at hrs, $25,000; 12V92 w/400 KW, 600 volts, 306-946-7946, Simpson, SK. Catalogue 638 hrs, $25,000; 16V92 w/500 KW, 600 online at: volts, 700 hrs, $25,000; 16V92 w/800 KW, 600 volts, 700 hrs, $30,000; KT450 Cum- SOUTH VIEW RANCH has Black and Red mins w/250 KW, $15,000. Can-Am Truck Angus 2 year old bulls. Ceylon, SK. Call Export Ltd, 1-800-938-3323, Delisle, SK. Shane 306-869-8074, Keith 306-454-2730.

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BANNERLANE HORNED HEREFORDS Annual Sale, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2:00 PM CST (1:00 PM MST) at the farm, Livelong, SK. 30 coming 2 year old bulls, semen tested; 34 bred Hereford cross heifers, preg checked; 4 feature bred heifers. Dinner at noon. Central point free delivery. Email: or phone Rob Bannerman, 306-845-2764, 306-248-1214. Catalogue online at:

WANTED: ELK BULLS, various ages. 306-845-7518, 306-845-244, Turtleford SK FRESH AND SPRINGING heifers for sale. Cows and quota needed. We buy all classes of slaughter cattle-beef and dairy. R&F Livestock Inc. Bryce Fisher, Warman, SK. BUTCHER MEAT GOAT KIDS, butcher Phone 306-239-2298, cell 306-221-2620. lambs, bred boer nannies. 306-466-2068, Shellbrook, SK.

NORDAL LIMOUSIN And ANGUS Bull Sale, Thursday, Feb. 16th, 1:00 PM, Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK. Offering 2 year old polled, red, and black Limousin bulls. For more info. contact Rob Garner at 306-946-7946, Simpson, SK. Catalogue 90- TWO YR. OLD and yearling Red Angus online at: bulls. Guaranteed, semen tested, and delivered in the spring. Bob Jensen, 306-967-2770, Leader, SK.

COMING 3 YR. old Red Angus herdsire, BIG ISLAND LOWLINES Premier Breeder. used on PB herd. Call Little de Ranch, Selling custom designed packages. Name your price and we will put a package to306-845-2406, Turtleford, SK. gether for you. Fullblood/percentage LowTUBING FROM 1-1/4” to 3-1/2”. Sucker rod 3/4”, 7/8” and 1”. Line pipe and Casing 17 REG. RED ANGUS heifers, born Feb/ line, embryos, semen. Black/Red carrier. Darrell 780-486-7553, Edmonton, AB. March 2016, exc. brood cow prospects. also available. Phone 1-800-661-7858 or Little de Ranch, 306-845-2406, Turtleford. 780-842-5705, Wainwright, AB. NEW 36” AND 42” STEEL PIPE. Great REG. RED ANGUS bulls born Feb./Mar. for landrollers. Located at Camrose, AB. 2016, calving ease, good growth. Little de SHORTHORN BRED HEIFERS and young Ranch, 306-845-2406, Turtleford, SK. 306-955-3091 for more info. cows, most are polled, 30 available. Bred to polled Shorthorn bulls. 780-777-7350 USED 3-1/2” OILFIELD tubing for sale, RED ANGUS BULLS, two year olds, se- or 780-939-3070, Morinville, AB. men tested, guaranteed breeders. Delivery $34 per joint, loaded. 780-205-7856, available. 306-287-3900, 306-287-8006, 306-248-7376, Lloydminster, SK. Englefeld, SK. DRILL STEM: 200 3-1/2”, $45 each; 400 2-7/8”, $32 each; 400 2-3/8”, $33 each. NORDAL LIMOUSIN And ANGUS Bull Sale, WELSH BLACK- The Brood Cow Advantage. Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:00 PM, Saskatoon 306-768-8555, Carrot River, SK. Livestock Sales, Saskatoon, SK. Offering 2 Check year old Red and Black Angus bulls. For Canadian Welsh Black Soc. 403-442-4372. more info. contact Rob Garner at 306-946-7946, Simpson, SK. Catalogue online at:

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BLOCKED AND SEASONED FIREWOOD: $180 per 160 ft.≥ cord; bags $80 (includes refundable deposit for bag). Bundles of 4’-5’ or 6.5’ also available. Vermette Wood Preservers 1-800-667-0094, Spruce Home.

LAZY S BULL POWER 2017, January 28th, at the ranch, Mayerthorpe, AB. 225 polled red and black Simmental, Angus and Beefmaker (Sim Angus) bulls. 780-785-3136. Video online

(from the 2016 crop year) We are also contracting for the upcoming growing season. For more information please contact: Sandy Jolicoeur at (306) 975-9251 or email

FROSTFREE NOSEPUMPS: Fully sustainable livestock watering. No power required to heat or pump. Prevents contamination. Grants available. 1-866-843-6744. HI-HOG CATTLE SQUEEZE. 306-773-1049 or 306-741-6513, Current, SK.

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2002 521DXT CASE payloader w/grapple fork. Call 306-773-1049 or 306-741-6513, Swift Current, SK. SVEN ROLLER MILLS. Built for over 40 years. PTO/elec. drive, 40 to 1000 bu./hr. Example: 300 bu./hr. unit costs $1/hr. to run. Rolls peas and all grains. We regroove and repair all makes of mills. Call Apollo Machine 306-242-9884, 1-877-255-0187. 13 SILAGE TROUGHS, 30’L, steel framed w/planks, $600 ea; Jiffy 250 feed wagon, $3500. Ph 306-837-7818, Loon Lake, SK.

75 SECOND AND THIRD Black and Red Angus young bred cows. Call 306-773-1049 CHAROLAIS BULLS, YEARLING and 2 year or 306-741-6513, Swift Current, SK. olds. Contact LVV Ranch, 780-582-2254, Forestburg, AB. GOOD QUALITY BRED HEIFERS. Red 15 PUREBRED CHAROLAIS bred heifers Angus, Red Angus cross Hereford and Red and 15 second calvers bred Charolais. Angus cross Simmental. Bred Red Angus. Creedence Charolais Ranch, Ervin Zayak, Ferguson Stock Farm Ltd., 306-895-4825, Paynton, SK. 780-741-3868, 780-853-0708 Derwent, AB

STEEL VIEW MFG. Self-standing panels, windbreaks, silage/hay bunks, feeder panels, sucker rod fence posts. Custom orders. Call Shane 306-493-2300, Delisle, BORDER COLLIE PUPS red and white, from working parents, ready to go, $500. SK. 306-587-7169, Success, SK.

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SEASONED SPRUCE SLAB firewood, one cord bundles, $99, half cord bundles, $65. Volume discounts. Call V&R Sawing, 306-232-5488, Rosthern, SK.

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2014 HIGHLINE BALE PRO CFR651, with chopper and grain tank, processed 1000 bales, asking $27,000. Call 306-397-2653, 306-441-2663, Edam, SK.

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USED JIFFY SLIDE-IN round bale handler, in good condition. Phone 403-627-2601, Pincher Creek, AB.

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SOUTH VIEW RANCH has Red and Black BRED HEIFERS: 75 Red and Black Angus; Angus 2 year old bulls. Ceylon, SK. Call 25 Hereford. Exc. ranch raised females. Bred to top quality bulls. Call Dean at Shane 306-869-8074, Keith 306-454-2730. 780-855-2580, New Norway, AB.

WANTED: USED, BURNT, old or ugly tractors. Newer models too! Smith’s Tractor SPRUCE FOR SALE!! Beautiful locally Wrecking, 1-888-676-4847. grown trees. Plan ahead and renew your shelterbelt or landscape a new yardsite, get the year round protection you need. We sell on farm near Didsbury, AB. or deliver anywhere in Western Canada. 6 - 12’ MF #36 DISCERS. Will pay top dollar spruce available. Now taking spring orders YEARLING & 2 YEAR old Charolais bulls, 125 BRED RED ANGUS cross heifers, bred and pick from anywhere. Phone Mike while supplies last. Phone 403-586-8733 Creedence Charolais Ranch, Ervin Zayak, to Red Angus bulls. Bulls out July 1st for 306-723-4875, Cupar, SK. or visit: 780-741-3868, 780-853-0708 Derwent, AB 60 days. Call 306-355-2700, Mortlach, SK. WANTED: USED 10’ grain bagger. Call Eric POLLED PB YEARLING CHAROLAIS 306-272-7038, Foam Lake, SK. bulls, performance and semen tested. Will keep until April, $3000-$4000. Charrow WANTED: NH BALE WAGONS & retrievCharolais, Bill 306-387-8011, ers, any condition. Farm Equipment Find780-872-1966, Marshall, SK. ing Service, P.O. Box 1363, Polson, MT 59860. 406-883-2118. HARMONY NATURAL BISON buying fin- COMING 2 YR. old polled PB Charolais ished up to $6.25/lb HHW; Culls up to bulls, come red factor. Call Kings Polled $5.25/lb HHW; Feeders up to $4.75/lb Charolais, 306-435-7116, Rocanville, SK. LW. Call/text 306-736-3454, SE Sask. REGISTERED CHAROLAIS BULLS, 2 year QUILL CREEK BISON is looking for fin- olds and yearlings. Polled, horned, some Take us with you. ished, and all other types of bison. COD, red. Quiet hand fed, hairy bulls. 40+ head paying market prices. “Producers working available. Wilf at Cougar Hill Ranch with Producers.” Delivery points in SK. and 306-728-2800, 306-730-8722, Melville, SK Download the app at COZY CAPS! Ear protection for newborn MB. Call 306-231-9110, Quill Lake, SK. calves! 306-739-0020, Carlyle, SK. Email BISON WANTED - Canadian Prairie Bison is looking to contract grain finished bison, BRED COW HERD REDUCTION, by half. as well as calves and yearlings for growing 150 head. Bred Charolais, to calve first markets. Contact Roger Provencher at week of April. 306-432-4803, Lipton, SK. 306-468-2316, MULCHING- TREES, BRUSH, Stumps. Call today 306-933-2950. Visit us at: 8 2015 CHOICE yearling bison heifers, BRED HEIFERS: Approx. 200 big, strong $3200/ea. 780-689-8630, Athabasca, AB. top of the line, one iron Simmental and Simmental Red Angus cross, bred Red or GUARANTEED PRESSURE TREATED fence Black Angus. Exposed May 24th, 2016. Full posts, lumber slabs and rails. Call Lehner vaccination program plus Ivomec. Contact Wood Preservers Ltd., ask for Ron 3J Simmental Farms, 306-325-4622 or 306-763-4232, Prince Albert, SK. FOR FINISHED BISON! Paying DAVIDSON GELBVIEH & LONESOME 306-327-8005, Lintlaw, SK. NEW 220’ ROLL FORM steel fence, shrink $6.40/lbHHW. Also paying top dollar for DOVE RANCH, 28th Annual Bull Sale, wrapped, stored indoors, includes: 5’6” cull cows. Call Tara 403-843-2231. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1:00 PM at their boards, screws, stringers, capping, $5,000. bull yards, Ponteix, SK. Complimentary 306-915-7061, Macklin, SK. FIFTEEN 2015 BISON HEIFERS, $3000/ea. lunch at 11:00 AM. Pre-sale viewing and Call Larry 780-745-2119, Kitscoty, AB. hospitality, Friday, March 3rd. Selling 100+ PB yearling bulls, Red or Black. PerBUYING: CULL COWS, herdsire bulls, formance and semen tested. Contact Veryearlings and calves. Phone Elk Valley non and Eileen 306-625-3755, Ross and Ranches, 780-846-2980, Kitscoty, AB. Tara 306-625-3513, Ponteix, SK. View catalog and video on our websites: BISON CALVES, bulls and heifers, $2300 or each. Call Frank 306-662-4163, Maple Creek, SK. H. S. KNILL TRANSPORT, est. 1933, speGELBVIEH STOCK EXCHANGE BULL WANTED: ALL KINDS of bison from year- SALE, March 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM, at the cializing in purebred livestock transportalings to old bulls. Also cow/calf pairs. Ph Medicine Hat Feeding Co., Medicine Hat, tion. Providing weekly pick up and delivery service across Canada/USA and Mexico. AB. On offer: Red and Black Purebred year- Gooseneck service available in Ontario, 16’ PEELED RAILS, 2-3” $7.50 ea., 125 per Kevin at 306-429-2029, Glenavon, SK. ling bulls. For more information or for a Quebec and USA. US and Canada customs bundle; 3-4” $9.25 ea., 100 per bundle; 4-5” $11 each, 75 per bundle. Vermette NILSSON BROS INC. buying finished bison catalogue call Don at Jen-Ty Gelbviehs, bonded carrier. Call 1-877-442-3106, fax Wood Preservers, 1-800-667-0094, Spruce on the rail, also cull cows at Lacombe, AB. 403-378-4898 or cell 403-793-4549. View 519-442-1122, or For winter delivery and beyond. Smaller on-line: Home, SK 155 King Edgroups welcome. Fair, competitive and asward St., Paris, ON. N3L 0A1. SOLIDLOCK AND TREE ISLAND game wire sured payment. Contact Richard Bintner and all accessories for installation. Heights 306-873-3184. from 26” to 120”. Ideal for elk, deer, bison, sheep, swine, cattle, etc. Tom Jensen ph/fax: 306-426-2305, Smeaton, SK. WANTED: CULL COWS and bulls. For bookings call Kelly at Drake Meat Processors, 306-363-2117 ext. 111, Drake, SK. BLOCKED SEASONED JACK Pine firewood and wood chips for sale. Lehner Wood Preservers Ltd., 306-763-4232, Prince Albert, SK. Will deliver. Self-unloading trailer.

ALBERTA ELK RANCHERS Production Sale 6th Annual. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 7:00 PM, Nisku Inn, Nisku, AB. Gateway Auction Services Ltd., ph. 1-866-304-4664. Details go to:

HORSE COLLARS, all sizes, steel and aluminum horseshoes. We ship anywhere. Keddie’s, 1-800-390-6924 or RANCH READY HORNED Hereford Bull Sale, March 10th, 1:00 PM at the ranch, Simmie, SK. 15 two year old bulls, 30 yearling bulls, 6 purebred open heifers, 20 commercial open heifers. View catalogue and sale videos: Contact Craig Braun at 306-297-2132. SUNGOLD SPECIALTY MEATS. We want your lambs. Have you got finished (fat) MISTY VALLEY FARMS 41st Annual lambs or feeder lambs for sale? Call Rick 403-894-9449 or Cathy at: Production Sale of Horned Herefords, at: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at the 1-800-363-6602 for terms and pricing. ranch, 1:00 PM MST. On offer: 70 long yearling bulls including Lanni Bristow’s sale group; 45 bred registered heifers; 55 bred commercial Hereford heifers; 15 open heifer calves from Mark Law. Bulls semen tested. Heifers pregnancy tested. SASK. SHEEP DEV. BOARD sole disMisty Valley Farms, RR #1, Maidstone, SK. tributor of sheep ID tags in Sask., offers Harold Oddan 306-893-2783; Maurice programs, marketing services and sheep/ Oddan 306-893-2737; Lanni Bristow goat supplies. 306-933-5200, Saskatoon, SK. 780-943-2236; Mark Law 204-743-2049.

CATTLE SHELTER PACKAGES or built on 1 FEMALE BLUE HEELER pup, ready now. site. For early booking call Excellent working dog. 306-492-2447, 1-800-667-4990 or visit our website: 306-290-3339, Clavet, SK. PAYSEN LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT INC. We manufacture an extensive line of cattle handling and feeding equipment including squeeze chutes, adj. width alleys, crowding tubs, calf tip tables, maternity pens, gates and panels, bale feeders, Bison equipment, Texas gates, steel water troughs, rodeo equipment and garbage incinerators. Distributors for El-Toro electric branders and twine cutters. Our squeeze chutes and headgates are now avail. with a neck extender. Ph 306-796-4508, email: Web:

LOG HOMES AND CABINS, sidings, paneling, decking. Fir and Hemlock flooring, timbers, special orders. Phone Rouck Bros., Lumby, BC. 1-800-960-3388.

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FFS- FUCHS FARM SUPPLY is your partner in agriculture stocking mixer, cutter, DOUBLE RV LOT for sale, Yuma, AZ. With feed wagons and bale shredders and in- RV support building - washer/dryer, toilet, dustry leading Rol-Oyl cattle oilers. shower etc. 403-871-2441, 928-503-5344. 306-762-2125, Vibank, SK. FREESTANDING PANELS: 30’ windbreak panels; 6-bar 24’ and 30’ panels; 10’, 20’ and 30’ feed troughs; Bale shredder bunks; Silage bunks; Feeder panels; HD bale feeders; All metal 16’ and 24’ calf shelters. Will custom build. 306-424-2094, Kendal, SK. GREG’S WELDING: Freestanding 30’ 5 bar panels, all 2-7/8” drill stem construction, $470; 24’x5.5’ panels, 2-7/8” pipe with 51” sucker rods, $350; 24’x6’ panels, 2-7/8” pipe with 6- 1” rods, $375; 30’ 2 or 3 bar windbreak panels c/w lumber. Gates and double hinges avail. on all panels. Belting troughs for grain or silage. Calf shelters. Del. avail. 306-768-8555, Carrot River, SK.

USED PORTABLE TOILETS, mostly poly John, some good, some not so good, $300 each, take choice. 403-680-0752. PORTABLE TOILET SALES: Selling Five Peaks Technologies new portable toilets and accessories. Phone 403-680-0752 for details. Visit on-line:

YUMA, AZ. HOME for sale: 3 bdrm, 2 baths, w/solar system, pool, att. garage and RV garage, fully furnished. For more info. call 403-871-2441 or 928-503-5344.

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TIMBER FRAMES, LOG STRUCTURES and Vertical Log Cabins. Log home refinishing and chinking. Certified Log Builder with 38 years experience. Log & Timber Works, Delisle, SK., 306-717-5161, Email Website at

MEDALLION HOMES 1-800-249-3969 Immediate delivery: New 16’ and 20’ modular homes; Also used 14’ and 16’ homes. Now available: Lake homes. Medallion Homes, 306-764-2121, Prince Albert, SK.

WANTED: ORGANIC LENTILS, peas and RTMS AND SITE built homes. Call chickpeas. Stonehenge Organics, Assini- 1-866-933-9595, or go online for pictures boia, SK., 306-640-8600, 306-640-8437. and pricing at:



MESA AZ. For sale fully furnished 2 bdrm. MULCHING- TREES, BRUSH, Stumps. REG., CERT. CDC COPELAND, AC Metcalfe. mobile home. For more info call Call today 306-933-2950. Visit us at: Call for early order and bulk discount pric306-317-2740. ing. Visa, MC, FCC financing. Custom treating available. LLSEEDS.CA, 306-530-8433, Lumsden, SK.

FARMLAND FOR SALE. SE-22-82-21-W5, SW-22-82-21-W5, NE-22-82-21-W5, SE-34-82-21-W5. 159 acres ea. Approx. 250 cult. acres, trees and muskeg. Nampa and Peace River area. Call 780-919-3489. ONE QUARTER GRAINLAND for sale, East of Bindloss, AB. For more info. call 403-379-2521.

DWEIN TRASK REALTY INC., Delisle, SK. Cash renter tenders being accepted for one year lease on N1/2 and SE1/4 of SIESTA 24SR, #F9602907, 25-33-09-W3. For further information 2016 $129,900. Diesel Genset. Full body paint. please call Dwein 306-221-1035. Mercedes Sprinter chassis. AMVIC Lic. Dlr. Call 1-866-346-3148 or shop online 24/7 DWEIN TRASK REALTY INC. Perdue at: SW-01-35-12-W3, includes steel bins, Zipperlock shed, plus treed yardsite. On main grid. FMV = 51,400. $127,500; Dundurn RM 313, N1/2 07-33-02-W3 and RM 314 N1/2 12-33-03-W3 Total FMV = 211,900. PARTS FOR VINTAGE snowmobiles, 1990 $634,900. Call Dwein 306-221-1035. and older. Call Don at 780-755-2258, Wainwright, AB. SEVERAL QUALITY LAND packages for sale. Please check out our website at Regina, SK. WE CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR LAND! Homelife Prairies Realty Inc. Over a hundred years of combined agricultural experience. Can sell big or small packages. Can evaluate your property and work with you to get you the best price! Look after the details and your best interest! For an evaluation or a cup of coffee contact: Tim Graham, 306-526-8196 or Robert Young, 306-586-0099, Emerald Park, SK. LAND FOR RENT by tender, 25 1/4 quaters for cash rent at Leader, SK. Tenders close Jan. 31, 2017. or call Ervin Ausmus 306-628-7918. FOR RENT: 3000 acre ranch. Includes hay meadows, pasture, possible farm site, 2 barns, house and quonset. Preferably young energetic couple. Mail replies to: Box 386, Glaslyn, SK. S0M 0Y0.




ELIAS SCALES MFG., several different ways to weigh bales and livestock; Platform scales for industrial use as well, nonelectric, no balances or cables (no weigh like it). Shipping arranged. 306-445-2111, North Battleford, SK.

TOP QUALITY CERTIFIED alfalfa and grass seed. Call Gary or Janice Waterhouse 306-874-5684, Naicam, SK.

FARMLAND FOR SALE in the Kipling, SK. area, RM 124. 7 quarters with 1000 cult. acres, 1200 sq. ft. w/double att. garage, nat. gas heat, built in 1995, heated shop, quonset, seed cleaning complex incl. weigh scale and apple grain storage. 306-736-2850, 306-735-7575.

HYBRID AND OPEN-POLLINATED canola varieties. Certified #1 Synergy (Polish), Dekalb, Rugby. Phone Fenton Seeds, 306-873-5438, Tisdale, SK.

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CDC GLAS FLAX, reg. and cert., top quality seed. Gregoire Seed Farms Ltd, North Battleford, SK., 306-441-7851, 306-445-5516.

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EXCELLENT QUALITY CERTIFIED #1 Cardale, CDC Utmost, CDC Plentiful, Muchmore, AAC Elie, AAC Connery, AAC Brandon, Elgin ND. Frederick Seeds, 306-287-3977, Watson, SK.

SHAVINGS: Cattle Feedlot/horse/poultry bedding. Bulk pricing and delivery available. Vermette Wood Preservers, Spruce Home, SK. 1-800-667-0094. Email TOP QUALITY ALFALFA, variety of grasses View and custom blends, farmer to farmer. Gary CONVENTIONAL WHEAT STRAW round Waterhouse 306-874-5684, Naicam, SK. bales and pea straw round bales. Ph/text $28/ACRE, CATT CORN, open pollinated Troy 306-867-7719, Glenside, SK. corn seed. Lower cost alternative for grazing and silage. 7-9’ tall leafy plants, 8-10” ROUND ALFALFA/GRASS MIXED hard cobs, early maturing 2150 CHUs. Seed core, 5x6, average 1450 lbs., 3.5¢/lb. produced in MB. for over 10 yrs. High nu- 306-736-2445, 306-577-7351, Kipling, SK. tritional value and palatability. Delivery available. 204-723-2831, Check us out on 190 - 2ND CUT ALFALFA bales. Baled with no rain. Feed analysis done. Can deliver. facebook at: Catt Corn 306-567-7199, Kenaston, SK.

CERTIFIED #1 AAC Brandon HRS, high germ., low fusarium gram. Seed Source, LOOKING FOR OLD and new crop soybeans 306-323-4402, Archerwill, SK. FOB Western Canada. Licence and bonded grain company. Call, email, text Now for CERTIFIED AAC BRANDON, AAC Jatharia competitive pricing at the farm! Market Grant, Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, Place Commodities Ltd, accurate real time marketing. 403-394-1711, 403-315-3930. 306-524-4339, Semans, SK. Hit our readers where it counts… in the classifieds. Place your ad in the Alberta Farmer Express classifed section. 1-800-665-1362.

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RM RUSSELL. 3400 acres. For more details check out our website Regina, SK. Realtors/Brokers welcome.

AAC ELIE, CERT., sister to AAC Brandon, top quality seed. Gregoire Seed Farms Ltd, North Battleford, SK., 306-441-7851, 306-445-5516.

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QUARTER FARMLAND for Sale by Tender. 134 acres, NE-13-44-04-W3, RM Rosthern. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Please submit tenders to: Robert Baynton, Box 1191, Rosthern, SK, S0K 3R0. Call for more information 306-467-4898.

FARMLAND NE SK(Clemenceau) 4 quarters plus 36 acre riverside parcel w/5 bdrm. home. Featuring: bins on concrete with direct hit on railroad cars, 40 acres of mostly mature spruce timber, 2 farmyards- 1 bordering Etomami River and 50 miles of provincial forest, excellent elk hunting and other big game and goose. 580 acres cult. Full line of farm equipment and sawmill also available Reg Hertz, 306-865-7469.


AAC BRANDON, reg. and cert., top quality seed. Gregoire Seed Farms Ltd, North Battleford, SK., 306-441-7851, 306-445-5516.

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CERTIFIED ARDILL PEAS, 93% germ., no SHEDDED DAIRY AND FEEDER HAY, POLY TANKS: 15 to 10,000 gal.; Bladder disease. Call Hickseeds 306-354-7998 3x4x8 square bales; Greenfeed and straw. tanks from 220 to 88,000 gallon; Water (Barry), 306-229-9517 (Dale) Mossbank SK Tests available. 403-633-8835, Tilley, AB. and liquid fertilizer; Fuel tanks, single and double wall; Truck and storage, gas or dsl. CERTIFIED #1 CDC Amarillo and CDC ALFALFA BROME PUBESCENT 3x3x8 bales, Wilke Sales, 306-586-5711, Regina, SK. Meadow. Fenton Seeds, 306-873-5438, 1st and 2nd cut. Feed analysis available CERTIFIED #1 LEGACY (6R). Call Fenton Tisdale, SK. Call 306-773-2503, 306-741-9784, Swift 3 - 1000 GALLON PROPANE tanks. 2 are Seeds, 306-873-5438, Tisdale, SK. Current, SK c/w trailers; and 1 - 500 gal. propane tank. CERTIFIED #1 CDC Amarillo, high germ. CERT. #1 AAC Synergy, CDC Copeland, and quality. Seed Source, 306-323-4402, LARGE ROUND ALFALFA brome mixed hay. Call for details 306-287-8062, Watson, SK. Call 306-764-6372, Prince Albert, SK. excellent quality. Northland Seeds Inc., Archerwill, SK. 306-324-4315, Margo, SK. CERTIFIED CDC AMARILLO, CDC Lime- HAY BALES ROUND mixed 5x5, hard rick, CDC Greenwater, CDC Mosaic. Call core, no rain, net wrapped, horse quality, TARPCO, SHUR-LOK, MICHEL’S sales, Grant, Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, $100/bale. Near Regina, SK 306-539-6123 service, installations, repairs. Canadian DE DELL SEEDS INC. high yielding grain 306-524-4339, Semans, SK 400 BROME/ALFALFA 6x6 round hay bales, company. We carry aeration socks. We corn, high yielding silage corn, proven in 4¢/lb., no rain. Contact 306-634-7920, carry grain bags. We now carry electric the prairies. The leaders in non-GMO tech- CERT.#1 CDC Limerick and Cooper, 306-421-1753, Estevan, SK. chute openers for grain trailer hoppers. nology. Prairie dealer. Beausejour, MB. excellent quality. Northland Seeds Inc., 1-866-663-0000. 306-324-4315, Margo, SK. Free delivery. Call 519-203-2676. 350 EXCELLENT 2nd cut, Alfalfa/Brome mix, 1500 lbs., 4.5¢/lbs. 306-834-7204, REGISTERED CERTIFIED CDC Greenwater; Kerrobert, SK. Certified CDC Striker. Martens Charolais and Seed, 204-534-8370, Boissevain, MB. GOOD QUALITY HAY put up dry without 2- NEW 20.5Rx25 Michelin 1* XTLA G2 L2 EXCELLENT QUALITY CERTIFIED #1 CS rain. 400 big square bales, 3x4x8., tubeless loader tires, $1775 ea.; 4- new Camden, Summit, CDC Minstrel, CDC Ruf306-320-1041, Leroy, SK. LT245/75R/17 BFG Rugged Trail, $175 ea; fian, CDC Orrin. Frederick Seeds, New P205/70R/15 BFG Long Trail trailer 306-287-3977, Watson, SK. ROUND WHEAT STRAW bales and green- tire, $80. All stored inside. 306-915-7061. feed oat bales, all netwrapped. Phone/text CERTIFIED #1 CDC RUFFIAN, AC Leggett, 306-291-9395, Langham, SK. CDC Orrin. Call Fenton Seeds, GOOD USED TRUCK TIRES: 700/8.25/ 306-873-5438, Tisdale, SK. 11R22.5/11R24.5; CERT. CANTATE CANARY SEED. High- HORSE QUALITY HAY bales rounds and 900/1000/1100x20s; 9R17.5, matched sets available. Pricing est yielding available variety. Hansen small square, grass or alfalfa. Call CERT. #1 CS CAMDEN, Triactor, Souris. from $90. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ph excellent quality. Northland Seeds Inc., Seeds, 306-465-2525 or 306-861-5679, 306-290-8806, Dundurn, SK. Ladimer, 306-795-7779, Ituna, SK; Chris Yellow Grass, SK. 306-324-4315, Margo, SK. at 306-537-2027, Regina, SK. CERTIFIED CDC CALVI. Phone Grant at Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, 306-524-4339, Semans, SK CERTIFIED AAC PREVAIL, AAC Foray and AAC Pasture. Volume and cash discounts. REG. AND CERT. CDC Calvi, great Please text or call Jeff at Sopatyk Seed standability, excellent quality. Northland Farms, 306-227-7867, Aberdeen, SK. Seeds Inc., 306-324-4315, Margo, SK. Email:

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CERT., REG. CDC Copeland. Volume and REG. AND CERT. #1 Bethune flax, 98% w w w .m illiga n biofu e ls .c om cash discounts. Please text or call Jeff at germ., Triffied free. Sandercock Seed Sopatyk Seed Farms, 306-227-7867, Farm, 306-334-2958, Balcarres, SK. B EST D EA LS FO R D A M A G ED C A N O LA Aberdeen, SK. CERTIFIED #1 CDC Sorrel, AAC Bravo. CDC COPELAND BARLEY, reg. and cert., Fenton Seeds, 306-873-5438, Tisdale, SK. top quality seed. Gregoire Seed Farms Ltd, North Battleford, SK., 306-441-7851, 306-445-5516. WHY NOT KEEP MARKETING SIMPLE? You are selling feed grains. We are CERT. CDC COPELAND. Labrecque Seed buying feed grains. Also buying chickFarms, 306-222-5757, Saskatoon, SK. peas, lentils and golden flax. Fast payment, with prompt pickup, true price disTOP QUALITY CERT. #1 CDC Copeland, REG., CERT. MCLEOD R2Y soybean, early covery. Call Jim Beusekom, Allen Pirness, season, high yield. Custom treating David Lea, Vera Buziak or Matt Beusekom AC Metcalfe, Newdale. Frederick Seeds, available. Call for early order and bulk dis- at Market Place Commodities Ltd., Leth306-287-3977, Watson, SK. count pricing. Visa, MC, FCC financing. bridge, AB. Phone 1-866-512-1711. Email or CERTIFIED CDC MAVERICK, 96% germ., LLSEEDS.CA, 306-530-8433, Lumsden, SK. no disease. Call Hickseeds 306-354-7998 CERT CDC Blackstrap (early); CDC SuperVAN RAAY PASKAL Farms in Iron Springs (Barry), 306-229-9517 (Dale) Mossbank SK jet; CDC Jet. High germs. Martens Charo- area is looking for Feed Barley. Put more $$$ in your pocket and sell direct to us CERT. #1 COPELAND, 95% germ., 94% lais & Seed, 204-534-8370, Boissevain, MB with no brokerage fee. Call 403-732-5641. vigor, 0 fus., 47. Sandercock Seed Farm, 306-334-2958, Balcarres, SK. WANTED: OFF-GRADE PULSES, oil seeds and cereals. All organic cereals and specialty crops. Prairie Wide Grain, Saskatoon, SK., 306-230-8101, 306-716-2297.

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CERT. REG. FDN. CDC Impulse and CDC Proclaim red lentil seed. Higher yielding than Maxim. Volume and cash discounts. Please text or call Jeff at Sopatyk Seed Farms, 306-227-7867, Aberdeen, SK. Email:

WANTED: FEED BARLEY Buffalo Plains Cattle Company is looking to purchase barley. For pricing and delivery dates, call Kristen 306-624-2381, Bethune, SK.

WANTED: FEED GRAIN, barley, wheat, CERTIFIED CDC IMPULSE red lentils. Call peas, green or damaged canola. Phone Labrecque Seed Farms, 306-222-5757, Gary 306-823-4493, Neilburg, SK. Saskatoon, SK. LACKAWANNA PRODUCTS CORP. BuyCERT. #1 CDC IMPULSE CL red lentil. ers and sellers of all types of feed grain Highest yielding Clearfield red lentil Call and grain by-products. Contact Bill Hajt or Lent at 306-862-2723. 306-465-2525, 306-861-5679 Hansen Christopher Seeds, Yellow Grass SK. CERTIFIED #1 CDC Impala (small red) Clearfield. Fenton Seeds, 306-873-5438, Tisdale, SK. ROUND ALFALFA/ALFALFA GRASS solid core greenfeed 5x6 JD hay bales for sale. CERTIFIED CDC MARBLE, dark speckled Call 306-237-4582, Perdue, SK. lentils. Call Grant, Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, 306-524-4339, Semans, SK ALFALFA CUBES, LIVESTOCK PELLETS, bedding and grass seed. Cubes: $250, 500 kg tote; $12.70, 20 kg bag; Bulk available. Bulk livestock pellets. Bedding CERTIFIED CDC AMARILLO. Volume and shavings. Grass seed dealer. Delivery cash discounts. Please text or call Jeff at available. 780-201-2044, Bonnyville, AB. Sopatyk Seed Farms, 306-227-7867, Email: Aberdeen, SK. HORSE AND DAIRY QUALITY HAY, alfalGREEN PEAS: CDC Raezer, CDC Limerick, fa and orchard grass mix, 80- big squares CDC Greenwater, Fdn., Reg. and Cert. on 4x3x8, between 1100 and 1200 lbs., $88. all, top quality seed. Gregoire Seed Farms 2000- small squares, 60-65 lbs., $6. No Ltd, North Battleford, SK., 306-441-7851, rain, shedded. All prices are hay shed price. Phone 403-381-4817, Coalhurst, AB. 306-445-5516. CERTIFIED CDC AMARILLO yellow peas. 2ND CUT ALFALFA, 3x4x8’ squares, 200 Labrecque Seed Farms, 306-222-5757, tons. Also big square flax straw bales. Saskatoon, SK. 403-501-1837, Tilley, AB.

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CUSTOM BALE HAULING. Will haul large squares or round. Phone 306-567-7199, Kenaston, SK. LONG LAKE TRUCKING, two units, custom KORNUM WELL DRILLING, farm, cottage hay hauling. Call 306-567-7100, Imperial, and acreage wells, test holes, well rehabiliSK. tation, witching. PVC/SS construction, expert workmanship and fair pricing. 50% 200 BIG ROUND organic oat straw bales, government grant now available. Indian $18 each. 306-722-3225, Fillmore, SK. Head, SK., 306-541-7210 or 306-695-2061 TOP QUALITY GRASS HAY for sale, shedded, can deliver, 306-501-9204 ask for Paul. Belle Plain Colony, Belle Plain, SK. 1000 ROUND 5x6 bales. Grass/legume grass, unthreshed barley and straw. Excellent to average quality. Priced accordingly. Contact Ed 306-563-6261, Gorlitz, SK.

U-DRIVE TRACTOR TRAILER Training, 30 years experience. Day, 1 and 2 week upgrading programs for Class 1A, 3A and air brakes. One on one driving instructions. 306-786-6600, Yorkton, SK.


EXPERIENCED LIVE-IN Care giver with 12 yrs exp., is looking to care for a senior lady. Please call 306-551-7300.

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FARM WORKER WANTED on small feedlot near Edmonton, AB. Full-time. Must have Class 1 license. Job entails 60% trucking, 30% working with cattle and 10% running other equipment. Wage is $25-$30/hr., benefit package, WCB, 2 weeks holidays after one year. Housing available. E-mail resume to:



CLEANING PLANT TRAINEE/OPERATOR, full-time to Operate grain cleaning equipment at Hickseeds Ltd. in Mossbank, SK. Should have: Knowledge of grain and seed industry; Ability to manage time and meet deadlines; Good communication skills; Record keeping capabilities for bin • Competitive Prices samples, quality control etc; Be able to fol• Prompt Movement low specific directions, protocol and procedures. Duties will include: Provide sup• Spring Thrashed port to site manager to ensure work flows in a safe and efficient manner; Load“ON FARM PICK UP” ing/unloading trucks; May be required to 1-877-250-5252 assist with farm duties at times. Must be flexible with work hours during peak season, be able to work independently and have own transportation. Wages based on experience. Call Barry Hicks 306-354-7998 BUYING SPRING THRASHED CANOLA or e-mail: and grain “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. EXPERIENCED FULL-TIME HELP for farm, Class 1 an asset. Competitive FEED GRAIN WANTED! Also buying light, mixed tough or offgrade grains. “On Farm Pickup” wages. Call 306-537-6435, Odessa, SK. Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. 2 SEASONAL FARM MACHINERY operators BUYING HEATED/DAMAGED PEAS, required. Must be able to operate grain FLAX & GRAIN “On Farm Pickup”. Westcan cart, tandem grain truck, FWA tractor Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. w/rockpicker, 4WD tractor for harrowing. Also manual labour for upkeep of leafcutTRI-AG MARKETING SOLUTIONS. Buy- ter bees and general servicing of equipers of all classes of wheat, barley, oats, ment. May 1 to October 31. $15-$18/hr. and canola. Will buy tough and damp 101008187 SK Ltd., 303 Frontier Trail, Box grain. Trucking available. Prompt payment. 372, Wadena, SK., S0A 4J0. Fax: Can also provide full marketing strategies. 306-338-3733, phone: 306-338-7561 or Call Matt 306-469-7660, Big River, SK. email:



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Being involved in all aspects of the beef business has taught me that there are many valuable traits that are needed in order to produce healthy, palatable and profitable beef. No breed satisfies as many of these requirements as today’s Canadian Limousin, who have now managed to bring docility to what I believe is the most profitable breed in the world.”

AMAGLEN LIMOUSIN Ian & Bonnie Hamilton Darlingford, MB 204.246.2312 Bulls for sale by private treaty and Manitoba Bull Test, April 1st

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ANDREW RANCHES Greg Andrew / Tim Andrew Tilley, AB / Youngstown, AB 403.633.6337 / 403.854.6335 Bull Sale March 14th, Brooks, AB

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HILLVIEW FARMS Raymond & Corine, Colin & Tessa Verbeek Morinville, AB Ray 780.939.2173 Colin 780.982.1676 On farm bull sale March 4th, Morinville, AB

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6th Annual Bull Sale

February 12, 2017

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“Mature Bulls Designed for Today's Cattlemen” 60 coming Two Year Old Simmental and Simmental/Angus Bulls All the bulls come from many generations of red or black genetics. Performance and calving ease bulls. Semen tested and guaranteed.

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RED OR BLACK - CALVING EASE OR PERFORMANCE make this your one-stop-shopping event! Featuring new bloodlines and reputable genetics you’ve come to know. Catalog and videos will be available online at & Sale will be broadcast online at Vernon & Eileen Davidson Box 681, Ponteix, SK S0N 1Z0 Ph 306.625.3755 Cell 306.625.7863 • Cell 306.625.7864

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February 20, 2017 With over 2000 mother cows exposed in 2016, we at Ole Farms raise trouble free cattle. In order to be profitable we believe that a cow must be able to: feed herself on forages for as many days as possible with minimal mechanical intervention, rebreed each summer and wean a calf every year. Our cattle must be deep bodied, easy fleshing and have solid feet. This enables them to hold condition and breed without being pampered. Our sale bulls are 21 months of age. They are moderate, forage developed and ready to make your operation more profitable.

1:00 p.m. at the farm near Athabasca, AB – Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

180 Red & Black Angus Two Year Old Bulls Strong set of 200 Commericial Red & Black Angus Bred Heifers Due to start calving May 1st

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Kelly & Anna Olson: 780-675-4664 – Kelly Cell: 780-689-7822 Travis: 780-689-8324 – Graham: 780-675-0112 P.O. Box 420, Athabasca, Alberta T9S 2A4

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32nd Annual Bull Sale February 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm Spruce Grove

LFE 3013C Chunk x Dream On

LFE 3067C Rich Ray x Dreaming Red

LFE 3086C Chunk x Big Dreams

LFE 3011C Advance x Tangle Ridge

125 Simm. Yearlings 90 Simm. Extra Age LFE 3092C Hilton x Winslow

LFE 3003C Resource x Net Worth

45 Angus Yearlings 45 Angus Extra Age LFE 3019C Smoken x Pride Rock

Website: Office Ph.: 780-962-5050 Kyle Lewis: 780-220-9188 Jordan Buba: 780-818-4047 Ken Lewis: 780-818-3829 emails: Guest Consignors: Mark Land & Cattle, Lenny Mark 780-842-7207 & Golden Sunset Ranch, Kyle Martin 780-581-4418

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OUTLAW CATTLE COMPANY Brad Dundas : : 403.325.0684 Box 58 Hussar, AB T0J 1S0 : :


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For six years the Bull Buyer’s Guide has been the Canadian Cattlemen’s source for bull sale information.

“Where the serious bull buyers are lookin g”

WHY SHOULD YOU ADVERTISE IN THE BULL BUYERS GUIDE • Massive Distribution (91,000) Promotes your bull sale to cattlemen across Western Canada in leading ag publications. • Covers All Breeds: The only Bull Buyers Guide that reaches commercial cattlemen across all breeds that may not be getting the individual breed publications. • Unbeatable Value: One low price gets you into all 3 publications • Full Colour Ad: Send it to us press ready or don’t have an ad, no problem, we’ll build it at no extra charge

PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTION LATE FEBRUARY ISSUES: Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017 February 20 - Saskatchewan AgDealer February 23 - Manitoba Co-operator February 27 - Alberta Farmer Express Book an ad in the 2017 Bull Buyers Guide and save huge money on ads booked in Canadian Cattlemen, Grainews/Cattleman’s Corner and other leading ag publications. Call for details.

National Advertising Sales Cell: 306-251-0011

Tiffiny Taylor

Box 1638 - Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0 (403) 843-4756 • (403) 783-1217

Rg Rd #21

Mike Millar

Dan, Karen, Mackenzie & Garren Skeels

Hwy 20

REMINDER Contact your Rep to tell them about your Post Sale Results so we can publish them in Canadian Cattlemen


Anchor D Ranch TWP Rd #433A Hwy 53

Directions: From Rimbey 1 1/2 miles North on Hwy #20, 3 miles East on Hwy 53, 3 1/2 miles North on Rg Rd #21, 1/4 mile East on Twp Rd #433A

National Advertising Sales Cell: 204-228-0842

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Join us on March 7, 2017 for our fifth annual

BELVIN*ANGUS*BULL*SALE 1 : 3 0 P M • AT T H E FA R M , I N N I S FA I L , A B • 6 5 A N G U S B U L L S S E L L

Featuring sons from our most proven herd bulls and donor females!

Gavin & Mabel Hamilton • Colton • Quinn PHONE 403.224.2353 EMAIL WEB

P.O. Box 6134, Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S8 COLTON’S CELL 403.507.5416 BRENDYN ELLIOT 250.449.5071

GAVIN’S CELL 403.556.5246

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JANUARY 2017 Selling 75 Rising Two Year Olds: Polled Limousin 20 • Red & Black Limousin Sires: TMCK Westmoreland EXLR Westwind 006Y

30 • Black Angus

Black Angus Sires: Crescent Creek Emblazon 109X LLB Free Wheeler 68Y

25 • Red Angus

Red Angus Sires: Red Blairs Cargo 47Z Red Sooline On Target 9308 These sires represent calving ease, performace and high maternal traits Scott Bohrson P: 403-370-3010

View the catalogue online at

Martin Bohrson P: 306-220-7901

Box 85 Simpson, SK S0G 4MO Rob Garner Cell: 306-946-7946

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JANUARY 2017 Stewart Cattle Co. & Guests

9th Annual Black Angus Bull Sale 50 Black Angus Bulls & Simmental x Angus Bulls

FEBRUARY 23 / 2017 1:00pm Neepawa Ag-plex, Neepawa, MB

Looking for “Heifer Bulls”? ✓ 70+ bulls available for spring 2017

Phone or email for catalogue: Sale catalogue & video will be available from consignors or online @

✓ volume discounts for buying 4 or more

FREE BOARD on all bull purchases until April 1, 2017

Stewart Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204.773.6392 DJ Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204.841.3880 Legaarden Livestock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204.648.5254

✓ sold private treaty off the ranch ✓ selecting from a 600 cow base ✓ over 700 bulls sold since 2003 ✓ testimonials available Our focus is making better cows, selecting for maternal traits and moderating frame resulting in bulls that have built in ‘calving ease”!

Shellmouth, MB 204-564-2540



Contact: Mike Millar @ 306-251-0011 MIKE.MILLAR@FBCPUBLISHING.COM

Contact: Tiffiny @ 204-228-0842 TIFFINY.TAYLOR@FBCPUBLISHING.COM


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MENTALS 100 RED & BLACK SIMMENTAL R PLUS SIM BULLS nc & Sons Ross LeBla S4A 2L7 tevan, SK Box 1476 Es 6.634.8031 Marlin 30 306.421.2470 Cell 306.421.1824 Ross 306.421.9909 Jason


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Box 1476 ESTEVAN, SK S4A H 2L7 aychuk Rob olow MARLIN LEBLANC 780.916.2628 waychuk (CELL) 306.421.2470 Mark Holo (CELL) 306.421.9637 403.896.4990 (HoME) 306.634.8031

LLB Angus



at the farm Erskine AB

MARCH 11, 2017

Offering over 700 head of Quality Black & Red Angus Cattle

• 150 yearling bulls • 100 two year old bulls • 100 yearling heifers • 300 commercial heifers • 50 commercial bred heifers

Black & Red Yearling Bulls

Commercial Heifers

LEE, LAURA & JACKIE BROWN TRISH & TIM HENDERSON Phone: 403-742-4226 Fax: 403-742-2962

Black & Red Two year old Bulls

Contact us for a sale catalogue

Box 217, Erskine, Alberta T0C 1G0 catalogue online

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Lunch at 12:00 noon - Sale at 1:00 pm At the Farm - 4 & 1/4 Miles East of Bashaw, AB

Sale Offering 50 Coming 2 Year Old Black Angus Bulls OUR SALE DAY INCLUDES OPEN REPLACEMENT HEIFERS

No Bulls Sold Prior to Sale!! Watch Video Preview & Bid Online at

For More Information Contact: Lazy E Bar Ranching Ltd. Jim & Karyl Bleakley Phone: 780-372-4175 Cell: 403-741-9864 Wade & Laura Bleakley Phone: 780-372-4417 Cell: 403-318-8775 E: W:

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On the Ranch, Russell, Manitoba Thursday, February 16, 2017 Black and Red Simmentals, Angus and Simm-Angus Bulls Miles, Bonnie & Jared Glasman Home: 204.773.3279 Miles’ Cell: 204.773.6275 Jared’s Cell: 204.796.0999

Sale Managed By: T Bar C Cattle Co. Chris: 306-220-5006 Office: 306-933-4200

find us on Matthew & Leanne Glasman Home: 204.773.3209 Matt’s Cell: 204.773.6055

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NEW HOLLAND T60.80 ELITE 2008, 4000 hours



BUHLER 2450 BALE MOVER Hauled 400 bales, 1 only as new



The Roll-Belt™ 560 is built to increase your baling capacity by 20% compared to previous models. Higher baling capacity results from these SMART, field-tested innovations:

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• Activesweep™ 82-inch pickups

• Better windrow feeding in a wide range of crops and baling conditions

BALING CAPACITY • Proven combination of rolls and belts for fast core starts and dense, uniform bales in any crop

CLIMBS EVEN HIGHER. • Simplified twine and net wrapping systems

The Roll-Belt™ 560 is built to increase your baling capacity by 20% compared to previous models. Higher baling capacity results from these SMART, field-tested innovations: • Activesweep™ 82-inch pickups • Better windrow feeding in a wide range of crops and baling conditions • Proven combination of rolls and belts for fast core starts and dense, uniform bales in any crop



• Simplified twine and net wrapping systems


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700 hrs, cab air, heat, radio, loader, bucket



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2005, w/ twine wrap, recent work

2013, hydro 3 point loader and bucket


PASTURE HARROWS 2014, From 26 ft


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5410 - 43 ST. Rimbey AB • Phone: 403.843.3700 • Fax: 403.843.3430

2012, 84” bucket, 90 HP cab air, high flow, 3500 hrs, new tires, excellent condition

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The New Holland Discbine® disc mower-conditioner lets you harvest crops faster and produce more nutritious, high-value feed with quicker dry-down. Learn more about the gold standard in Discbines, part of the world’s best-selling line of hay and forage equipment, at

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*For commercial use only. Offer subject to credit qualification and approval by CNH Industrial Capital Canada Ltd. See your New Holland dealer for details and eligibility requirements.CNHIndustrialCapitalCanadaLtd.standardtermsandconditionswillapply.Dependingonmodel,adownpaymentmayberequired.Offergoodthrough[January 31, 2017], at participating New Holland dealers in Canada. Offer subject to change. Taxes, freight, set-up, delivery, additional options or attachments not included in price. © 2017 CNH Industrial Capital America LLC. All rights reserved. New Holland Agriculture is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates. CNH Industrial Capital is a trademark in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates.

5410 - 43 ST. Rimbey AB • Phone: 403.843.3700 • Fax: 403.843.3430



*For commercial use only. Offer subject to credit qualification and approval by CNH Industrial Capital Canada Ltd. See your New Holland dealer for details and eligibility requirements. CNH Industrial Capital Canada Ltd. standard terms and conditions will apply. Depending on model, a down payment may be required. Offer good through [January 31, 2017], at participating New Holland dealers in Canada. Offer subject to change. Taxes, freight, set-up, delivery, additional options or attachments not included in price. © 2017 CNH Industrial Capital America LLC. All rights reserved. New Holland Agriculture is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates. CNH Industrial Capital is a trademark in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates.



$54,000 2010 New Holland 94C Header, 36 feet 710316

2011 NH CR9070, 1360 thrs hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $199,000 2007 NH CR9070, 1516 rotor hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $165,000 2015 NH CR8.90, 150 thr hrs, stone trap,guidance MacDon pick-up . . . . . . $485,000 2013 NH CR8090, 966 thrs hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In 2014 NH CR8090, 741 thrs hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In 2014 NH CR8090, 733 thrs hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In


USED HEADERS 2010 NH 36’ 94C, draper header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $54,000 2011 NH 94C, 36’ DK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $49,000

New 2014 C238 Tracked Skid Steer


USED TRACTORS 1994 NH 8870,180 hp Row crop super steer 5900hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70,000 2003 MacDon 9352, 30’ DBL, 2800 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . .$42,800 Reduced to $38,000 2012 Boomer 50 Compact Tractor, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $28,000 NH TC 18, compact hydro, 4WD, 60 belly mount deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,200 1981 Versatile 875, 7600 hrs, Excellent rubber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22,500



$282,500 2011 New Holland SP365 Sprayer, 1600 gal, 120’, Comes with 3 yr, 3000hr power train warranty

New New Holland SpeedRower 240, Demo discounts, must see! Includes NEW 36’ NH 436HB Header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call 2011 MacDon M150, c/w 30,D60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In 2013 MacDon M155, c/w 25, or 30, D65 header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In 2003 MacDon 9352, 30’ DBL, 2800 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42,800 MacDon 2940, C/W 30’ header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $48,000 2012 MacDon M105, c/w 30’ D65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125,000 (2) MacDon M200, c/w R80 disc header and D60 30’ header . . . . . . . . . . . $128,000 2015 M155, 150 hrs 30’ Dbl D65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150,000 (2) 2014 MacDon M155, c/w D65 30ft header, 450 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In

$23,500 2003 Case RBX562 Round Baler

USED SPRAYERS 2011 NH SP365F, 1600 gal, 120’, Auto Steer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $282,500


2002 NH 688, 10000 bales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD $14,500 2011 NH BR7090, 9700 bales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21,000 CIH DCX131, 13’ pull type disk mower conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16,900 CIH RBX562, round baler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $23,500


$128,000 MacDon M200, c/w R80 disc header and D60 30’ header, 2 to Choose from 804483

$Call New New Holland SpeedRower 240,

Demo discounts, must see! Includes NEW 36’ NH 436HB Header

New 2014 C238 Tracked Skid Steer Loader, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call Kongskilde grain vac, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call Supreme 900T, pull type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42,000

TILLAGE 2010 Agrex Maxi, 10 tonne fert spreader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35,000 2015 NH ST830, 62’ cultivator as new 9” spacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call Flexi Coil 3450, var rate air cart TBH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $38,000 2000 New Holland P2070, precision drill 60’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $49,500 NH/Flexi-Coil SC430, tow behind air tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45,000 New Holland P1050, tow behind air tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming in Salford 5129, 29’High speed Disc completely rebuilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $99,900 2006 NH SD440A, 51’ 10” paired row 5” rubber C/W 20011 P1060 430 bu cart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125,000

Vanee Farm Centre is pleased to announce Brayden Van Driesten has joined our sales team. Feel free to contact Brayden @ 403-394-4593 for all your agricultural needs.

$485,000 2015 New Holland CR8 .90, 150 thr hrs, stone trap,guidance MacDon pick-up

$125,000 2006 New Holland SD440A, 51’ 10” paired row 5” rubber C/W 20011 P1060 430 bu cart

“Southern Alberta’s New Holland Dealer since 1967” 510 – 36th. Street, North, Lethbridge, AB

Farm Centre Inc.

PHONe: (403) 327-1100 ALBeRTA TOLL FRee: 1-800-565-0592 eMAIL:

JOHN BEYER Cell: 403-380-0488

JAKE PETERS Cell: 403-654-3243


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