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Western Update – A Crazy Car Crash, Pulse Promoter of the Year

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Rocky Mountain Equipment CEO in Wild Crash in Dakar Rally
rmeThe CEO of a major farm equipment dealer in Western Canada has been released from a South American hospital after a wild crash in the Dakar Rally in Bolivia (see video below.)Not only is Matt Campbell the head of Rocky Mountain Equipment, which operates 38 farm equipment dealerships across Western Canada, he’s also the principal driver for El Martillo Racing.

 Ed Seidle Named Pulse Promoter of the Year for 2014
The Pulse Promoter of the Year is an award given annually to celebrate the contributions of an individual in Canada’s pulse industry. On Monday, at Saskatoon’s CropSphere, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) and BASF Canada announced Ed Seidle as the 2014 recipient.”With more than 60 years of successful pedigreed seed production and 25 years of crop and soil studies, Mr. Seidle has certainly made his mark on the pulse industry,” said Danielle Eastman, brand manager for clearfield crops at BASF Canada.

 This Week on Real Ag – CropWeek Highlights, Railway Fines and a Stolen Megaphone – January 15
As part of TWORA for January 15th (yeah – it’s the middle of January already!), Lyndsey denies stealing a megaphone from a plane in Saskatoon and shares some highlights from her time at CropSphere.This week’s podcast also touches on the record shipping year for the St. Lawrence Seaway, fines levied against CN and CP Rail for not moving enough grain and the first USDA report of the new year:

 Pulse Canada to Receive over $3.3M to Address Sustainability, Trade and Marketing

Today, in Saskatatoon, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that Pulse Canada will receive an investment of over $3.3 million for projects addressing sustainability, pulse demand and trade.”This Government remains committed to the economy, and our hard-working pulse growers play a vital role in creating jobs and keeping our economy strong.,” said Ritz. “We are pleased to accelerate the commercialization of value-added research and technology in the sector and to give producers the tools they need to better respond to emerging non-tariff barriers in foreign markets.”

 Fewer Winter Wheat Acres, But No Major Surprises – January USDA Report Highlights
grassFewer winter wheat acres were planted than what the market thought, but other than that, the first USDA report of the new year, released Monday morning, did not contain any major surprises. “This really was a wave of new numbers for the market to digest, and yet if you look across the whole scope of it, there’s not a lot that on its own was really surprising,” says Jon Driedger, senior analyst and risk management portfolio manager with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in the interview below. “Winter wheat plantings came in a couple million acres below what the market had been expecting, so that would be viewed as a bit of a surprise.”

Created January 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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