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12
Jul

Stampede Breakfast 2013

Impact Group (@impactgr) and Intoria (@intoria) pooled their pancake batter and breakfast sausages and threw a pancake breakfast this morning. Thanks to everyone who came! Yahoo!!!!!!!!

 

05
Jul

Monsanto investment in Corn in Western Canada

Last week, Monsanto announced it would invest $10,000,000 per year over the next 10 years into corn breeding and product development. Although it is as surprising announcement for some it makes sense for the following reasons:
Western Canada has proven itself as a remarkable farming region. Considering the vast amount of acres, western Canada farmers can seed 2,000,000 acres in a day (a big day, and by the way, I have absolutely no proof of this) as made evident this spring where the crop, in large part was seeded in 20 days. Therefore when the pressure is on to get in early seeded crops it can happen fast.
Corn is following soybeans and they go together. The soybean business is moving and it isn’t going to stop. Earlier maturing bean varieties are coming every year and we are seeing beans grown as far north as Saskatoon and they are looking good.
Canola, the CInderella crop, is hitting a wall. The notion that canola is a 20,000,000 acre crop in Western Canada is agronomically wrong and most people know it in their hearts and minds even if they won’t say it. Yields aren’t consistently good enough when farmers push rotations of canola with pulse crops and they will be willing to embrace new cash generating crops that can spread the rotation out. They have to. Corn and soybeans fit that need. And remember, soybeans are not a pulse crop. They are an oilseed.
If corn hits 8 million acres buy 2025, like Monsanto says, then soybeans will be at at least 4 million and canola will rest at around 12 – 15 million. And we’ll all live happily ever after. (Well,,maybe)
I’ll bet Monsanto isn’t investing $10,000,000 for ten years in canola or wheat breeding.

05
Jul

If living in the Red River Valley taught me one thing…

We thought we bought high. If growing up the Red River Valley taught me one thing, it was that if I ever buy a home, buy on high ground. So when we bought a home in Calgary 20 years ago that was a main criteria. We bought in a community called Riverbend, but it had never flooded in the history of the city. We were a 1/4 mile from the river and many feet higher than the banks so I was confident water, at least too much of it, would be a problem for us.
Turns out that it wasn’t but we sure got a scare, as Cheryl tells about in her blog below. What struck me was how small we are when Mother Nature chooses to move. On the Thursday we were told to leave our home I felt incredibly helpless.
Other than some inconvenience, we escaped unscathed. But so many in this province have had their lives change dramatically. Homes that would have sold for hundreds of thousand of dollars a few weeks ago risk being condemned. Trailer parks that resemble refugee camps are being erected to hose people for what may well be a year. A senior home is residing in college and can stay as long as they need to. Its crazy.