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Comment: Agriculture’s greatest innovation

Farms are still dangerous, but they’ve got a lot better over the years

In my youth, May brought two noticeable changes to the big Lutheran Church my family faithfully attended. The first was heat. No building on earth better held daytime heat from Mother’s Day through Reformation Day than that century-old house of worship. The second was the season’s short-sleeved parade of lost limbs, a brutal testament to […] Read more





Deere earnings beat estimates but outlook downbeat

Global farm recession blamed for ongoing challenges but losses were smaller than predicted

Deere & Co. reported a much smaller-than-expected decline in quarterly earnings Nov. 22, after it cut costs and raised prices to compensate for sluggish demand for its agricultural and construction equipment, and its shares jumped more than 10 per cent. The company forecast revenue for the new fiscal year would fall about one per cent […] Read more



The Brandon Light Tractor Plowing Demonstration of 1916

This event, was the first up-close look many farmers had at a tractor

While the Winnipeg Tractor Trials had come to an end in 1913, E.W. Hamilton, the editor of the Canadian Thresherman and Farmer magazine, remained interested in promoting tractors. More importantly, the farming public remained very interested in tractors with their promise of being able to perform more work at a lower cost than horses. Hamilton […] Read more