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"How does the receiver pick up the signals from the satellites?" This is a question often heard recently at various seminars and workshops on precision farming. Mostly, the question is asked of a technical person who responds with diagrams and jargon about how three or four signals are able to…
At press-time for this issue, field editor Ralph Pearce and I were attending the Southwest Agricultural Conference at Ridgetown College, the 10th such annual conference. Through the years, its popularity has been consistently high, with many delegates taking in the event every year. Success provides the inspiration to continue developing…
For growers who want to straight cut oilseed crops, but are concerned about harvest and overall yield losses, researchers at the Wheatland Conservation Area farm may have found a solution. Since 2004, they have been comparing harvesting options and different headers to see if straight cutting can be used successfully…
Three separate projects involving the examination of tuber metabolism in storage are keeping a researcher at the University of Guelph very busy. Even though some of the work is completed, Robert Blenkinsop is now analysing his research. What he has learned so far could be useful to potato growers. An…
Canola oil is already recognized as one of the healthiest oil choices for food use, both for consumer and food processing uses. However, canola oil also has many alternative non-edible uses, ranging from biofuels and plastics to cosmetics and printing inks. The potential opportunities are limitless, but economics and commercial…
Genetic manipulation may have its naysayers, but a potential new way of utilizing the canola plant can only be seen as valuable. Monsanto has successfully introduced a trait into canola plants that increases the expression of beta-carotene, a key ingredient of vitamin A. This vitamin plays essential roles in growth,…
The current emphasis throughout the precision farming industry is focussed on improving on-machinery hardware systems, resolving GPS data collection processes, and improving the accuracy of variable rate application equipment. Some effort has been made to improve the existing analytical capability of most precision farming packages. This is the view of…
Long-term research exciting but hard to predict results Results from research projects are often misunderstood; what is short-term to some is an eternity to others. In the development of a new process, one researcher is asking for time, and funding, and hoping to unlock the key to creating plastics in…
By the time this magazine hits your mailbox, Canada just might have a national biofuel strategy that includes biodiesel. Then again, canola growers still might be on the outside looking in. And worse yet, that large sucking sound you hear is canola seed siphoning out of Canada and into the…
In the next decade, canola oil will likely continue to be a favourite choice of health conscious consumers, but other oil competitors are eager to gain some of canola oil's market share and reputation as a healthy oil choice. Natreon canola oil is a naturally stable alternative to partially hydrogenated…
There is an evolution in nearly every aspect of our lives or businesses and usually these are gradual rather than sudden. When we stop to think about it, the same applies to crop pests and crop markets. Disease: blackleg and sclerotinia are two of canola's biggest scourges. We include stories…
When you look at a commodity price, do you see a random series of blips? Can you identify areas of support and resistance? Are you looking at price charts on a weekly basis? If your answer to any of these questions is 'no', then it is time for a short…
Bernie Reimer is proud of his farm shop and has every reason to be. On his farm in southwestern Manitoba, Reimer not only uses his insulated shop to store machinery, but his fully stocked workbench allows him to work on his equipment and machinery through the entire year. The building…
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