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Hursh: Grain market observations

Hursh: Grain market observations

Aug 21, 2023 | 9:52am
I don’t claim to be a market analyst, just an analyst of analysts. I follow several market commentaries quite closely and have a few observations about which crops seem to have upside market potential and which ones don’t. Wheat and durum prices have diverged and this could continue. Wheat prices have been steady to softer […]
Hursh: Your crop insurance bill has arrived

Hursh: Your crop insurance bill has arrived

Aug 14, 2023 | 4:25pm
As I combined a thin, low-yielding field of mustard, a call came from my spouse/office manager. Amongst her information to pass along was the arrival of the annual bill from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. “How much does SCIC want?” I asked. “It’s pretty big,” she said, quoting the amount. “No, no, that must be the […]
Opinion: Cattle sector pushes for AgriRecovery

Opinion: Cattle sector pushes for AgriRecovery

Aug 9, 2023 | 11:02am
What can be done to help cattle producers facing another year of drought and serious feed shortages? The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association has held well attended meetings in Kindersley, Perdue, Cabri and Cadillac to address the issue. I attended the meeting in my hometown of Cabri and I was impressed by how well the town hall […]
Recycling Lawrence MacAulay a poor choice

Recycling Lawrence MacAulay a poor choice

Jul 31, 2023 | 11:30am
It’s back to the future. Lawrence MacAulay has returned as federal agriculture minister. Despite the warm words of welcome from farm organizations across the country, I suspect the actual response was surprise followed by a collective groan. No farm organization wants to poison their relationship with the old/new agriculture minister by saying what they really […]

Invest in crop inputs supported by replicated data

Jul 28, 2023 | 9:17am
I can’t keep up with all the new products being offered to farmers often from companies new to Canada. Some of the products are definitely in the miracle crop cure category and are a big waste of money. Others may have merit in certain circumstances. A few may be great innovations on the verge of […]
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Big changes in ag technology and practices

Jul 26, 2023 | 2:48pm
Over the years, I’ve had many discussions, sometimes heated, with farming family members and other acquaintances about the changing methods and practices in the industry. It’s amazing how much resistance to change there can sometimes be. I farm in southwest Saskatchewan where for decades durum was king. Discussions weren’t about what you were going to […]