1. Keeping grain sampling simple. What I’ve learned along the way

    Grain sampling is one of those best practices at harvest that we sometimes take for granted.  It doesn’t take much to do it well, but we need to be consistent and thorough.  And once you have the results, they are fundamental to your marketing and inventory decisions. Let me share my introductio…Read More

  2. A grain marketing field tour? Sign me up!

    The summer season is a time for spraying, holidays, and even some learning opportunities.  There are always field tours to give you information about the effect of different nutrients, fungicides, herbicides, and seed genetics.  It’s exciting.  But while there are lots of opportunities to educa…Read More

  3. Do you know your farm labour costs? You might need a raise.

    Diving into the details of farm labour costs can feel like you’re opening a Pandora’s box.  But it’s an important Pandora’s box to open.  Just like calculating things like annual fuel costs, putting firm numbers to farm labour costs help you determine your overall production costs, break…Read More

  4. E-commerce in ag retail vs e-commerce in grain marketing

    Are grain marketing and ag retail on the same trajectory when it comes to e-commerce?  I don’t think so.  But technology has a role in both. Steve Watt’s May article in Croplife: E-commerce in Ag Retail: Big New Trend or Flash in the Pan? presented a really interesting perspective about the …Read More

  5. Next stop: a new vision for the Canadian rail system

    If you’re not in the agriculture industry, you might not think about the Canadian rail system except when it stops you in rush hour traffic.  You might not understand what this “rail backlog” really is when you hear about it on the news.  You might not understand that the Canadian rail syste…Read More