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GOOD TO THE LAST DROP

You’d think being the Canadian elevator operations manager for the Canada malting Company — with responsibilities stretching from Alberta to Manitoba — would be enough to keep a man busy. But not for Ryan Dodd.

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UNDER PRESSURE

It is four kilometres from David and Barb Wedman’s farm to the south edge of the City of Edmonton’s corporate limit. When the family homestead was first settled in 1892, the city was a full day’s travel away. Five generations later, irritated commuters crowd the Wedmans’ farm equipment on the roads as they rush to town.

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“AGVOCATE”

The role of a farmer is changing. It is no longer just about producing food, but about being an advocate—or “agvocate,” as the agriculture industry likes to call it—for the food being produced.

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SOUL FOOD

Quinoa. New Zealand wine. Canola oil. In agriculture, we’re fortunate to experience game-changing food movements motivated by economics, science and ingenuity. The creative spark is what influences this innovation, and it truly is a hallmark of the human experience.

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SHE SAID THREE SAID

With more than a handful of classes to choose from, deciding what wheat to put into the ground can be a tough decision. Farmers need to constantly look at their growing conditions, soil and climate type, market potential, and if it’s needed as a crop rotation to break up pest and disease cycles. Three Hills-area farmer and writer Sarah Weigum asked three Alberta farmers: How do you decide what type of wheat to plant?

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KING CORN

Down in feedlot alley, corn is solid.
It produces well and it feeds a lot of cattle. Inevitably, the question comes up, “Could there be another opportunity—the opportunity to grow far more acres using new grain corn varieties developed for the western Prairies?”

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CROP MARKETING IN 2014

In 2012, droughts, storms and other weather events combined to make grain, cereal and pulse production particularly challenging for farmers around the world. There was an upshot, though: those with a crop to sell had a relatively easy time doing so throughout late 2012 and much of 2013. Forward sales were easy to find, basis levels were wonderfully narrow or even, imagine, slightly positive, and profit margins were healthy for most of the major and minor crops. Many farmers were able to pick up the phone to make a sale and deliver it a week later.

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COME BACK FOR MORE

Growing up in the rural community of Walkerton, ON, a lot of Jamie Larsen’s buddies were becoming farmers. And while his friends were thinking about what crops to plant, Larsen was always wondering why they should grow certain crops and how they would do it.

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THE FARM GATE

Already backlogged and bogged down by frigid temperatures and the biggest grain harvest in history, CN Rail has avoided a strike by 3,000 of its workers, averting a full-blown disaster.

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