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WILGER IS A PROUD MANUFACTURER OF QUALITY SPRAYER & LIQUID APPLICATION EQUIPMENT PARTS.

Wilger Industries Ltd. was founded in 1976 by Wilfred H. Wilger, the company’s President, to manufacture agricultural field sprayers. In 1985, Wilger designed and began manufacturing a multi-spray head turret, followed shortly by the
Radialock cap and the COMBO-JET all-in-one Tip-Cap with snap-in strainer. In the following years Wilger has developed several other industry leading products which are utilized by major sprayer manufacturers worldwide. Our commitment is to develop and manufacture better engineered, innovative, sprayer components that make spray application safer, easier and more effective.
Wilger has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Saskatoon, SK, Canada and Lexington, TN, USA.

CANADA
Wilger Industries Ltd.
Site 412, Box 280, RR #4
71 St. & Highway 16 W
Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7K 3J7
Email:info@wilger.net
Phone:(306) 242-4121
Fax:(306) 242-4122

UNITED STATES
Wilger Inc.
255 Seahorse Drive
Lexington, TN, USA
38351-6538
Email:wilgeresc@bellsouth.net

Phone:(877) 968-7695
(731) 968-7695
Fax:(877) 968-7613
(731) 968-7613

ARGENTINA
Wilger Argentina
Mitro 697
San Nicolas (2900)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Email:cjporras@gmail.com
Phone:+54 9 336 4596710

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Energy from the Wind is a Technology

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An investment in wind energy offers a number of significant advantages.

First, the energy savings over the lifetime of your wind system can easily exceed one-million dollars due to the Midwest’ strong winds and high utility rates.

Second, if your business has potential tax liabilities an  investment in wind energy qualifies for a 26% Federal Energy Tax Credit. This is a dollar-for-dollar credit that may be carried forward to subsequent tax years.

You are also eligible for ‘bonus depreciation’ which allows you to depreciate 100% of the cost in the first year.

Third, most of our clients receive a 25% REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) cash payment.

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Nothing Beats A Beefmaster

    

Pay day starts with superior Beefmaster cows. Indeed, the Beefmaster female has stayed true to her original purpose: to help ranchers in tough environments improve performance, survivability and longevity. So, if you are giving up ground in traits that matter, consider Beefmasters. The breed will jump-start your cattle and give your next calf crop a performance boost.

     Beefmaster is a beef breed developed in America that improves beef quality and production efficiency when crossed with any other cattle breed for commercial beef production. The breed originated in Southern Texas in the late 1800s into the early 1900s. The Lasater family originally developed a large herd of Hereford cattle carefully selected to withstand the heat and insects of the Texas Gulf Coast region, but they were still not perfectly suited to that difficult environment. So Lasater began to experiment with incorporating Bos indicus or Zebu genetics, in the form of Gyr and Guzerat bulls from India and Nelore from Brazil. While the practice of crossbreeding was virtually unheard of at the time, they immediately saw a tremendous jump in productive traits, such as weight gain and reproductive rates. This is genetic advantage known as heterosis or hybrid vigor.

     By the early 1930s, the ranch also incorporated Milking Shorthorn genetics, to augment milk production and carcass quality. They could immediately see that the three-way hybrid was far superior to the two-way crosses. The final composite ended up at roughly 50% Bos indicus and 50% Bos taurus (25% Hereford and 25% Shorthorn).

     As Lasater developed the breed, he also formed a unique selection philosophy known today as The Lasater Philosophy. The concept is to only select cattle for economically relevant traits, which he distilled to these Six Essential traits. The Six Essentials are weight, conformation, milk production, fertility, hardiness and disposition. It is the only breed in history to be selected only using pressure for productive traits, as opposed to aesthetics.

     In 1937, the herd was closed to outside genetics with continued internal development to cull low-performers and upgrade all traits together equally. By 1954 the foundation herd was recognized by USDA under the name of Beefmaster. In 1961, Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) was founded and is headquartered in Boerne, Texas. Beefmaster ranks fifth in the U.S. in terms of membership and is the largest of the American breeds. The association has over 3,000 members registering around 19,000 calves annually. Beefmasters also enjoy a rapidly growing international footprint, with established associations in nine countries worldwide.

     The breed has rapidly grown around the world and has become known as the prime maternal cow for serious commercial cattlemen that appreciate their production excellence, particularly in harsh desert or tropical environments. The breed has excelled across most regions of the United States and several other Latin American regions. With global demand for higher-quality beef growing geometrically, Beefmasters provide the perfect breed to cross on commercial cattle to improve production efficiency and carcass quality, while not sacrificing adaptability.

     Beefmasters are well known within the international beef industry for their successful adaptation in tropical climates. While this has proven true in Central America and Thailand, this unique breed succeeds in high altitude deserts, as well as in cold and wet environments. The Lasater Foundation herd was moved in 1948 to Matheson, Colorado – where it remains to this day. The Lasater Ranch is located on the Rocky Mountain plains, which is known for its high altitude, snow, extreme cold and meager grassland for foraging. Beefmaster cattle also flourish in the deserts of South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia. They thrive in the mountains of Colombia and Venezuela, as well as Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

     Commercial cattlemen have noted substantial economic gains from using Beefmasters to provide an average increase of 60 pounds, or more at weaning when compared with other breeds. They excel post-weaning as well, with faster weight gains, excellent feed conversion and carcass yields around 64%. Land grant universities in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma are conducting research projects to evaluate carcass quality and feed efficiency through utilizing Beefmaster for crossbreeding on popular breeds such as Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Simmental, Limousin and even some dairy breeds. The Noble Research Institute is also working with Beefmaster Breeders United to conduct economic research on grass-fed, and grain fed carcass merit. Their research points to the heterosis gains showing “an extra calf” when weaning weights produce 110-165 extra pounds per calf born.

     In a time when sustainability is becoming increasingly critical, Beefmasters have repeatedly demonstrated that they are highly efficient converters of both forage and feeds into lean, tender, high-quality beef. A recent study at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) demonstrated Beefmaster’s dominance when compared to 18 of the most widely used beef breeds in the United States.

     To summarize, the Beefmaster female excels in all maternal traits. They get bred easily, year in and year out. They make raising good calves look easy. And they possess excellent longevity because they do not break down in tough environments. So, if your cow herd has lost its ability to adapt to changing times or challenging environments, maybe it is time to rebuild with proven, Beefmaster females. Nothing beats a Beefmaster. Learn more about what the Beefmaster cow can do at www.Beefmasters.org.

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 WHY SMART BUSINESS OWNERS 

ARE INVESTING IN WIND ENERGY 

 The prices of energy from conventional sources are on an ever upward spiral. As costs continue to increase, investments in energy alternatives become increasingly attractive. 

Wind energy is today’s leading alternative. Environmentally safe, technologically sound, and definitely renewable, energy from the wind is a technology whose time has come. 

We are dedicated to utilizing wind energy systems as attractive potential investments for today’s marketplace…and tomorrow’s energy. We deliver performance, not promises. 

SMART BUSINESSES RECOGNIZE ATTRACTIVE RETURNS 

It’s time to invest capital into Wind-Powered Assets, joining the growing chorus of smart business owners that have discovered the commercial wind benefits for business. 

If you’re a business owner, installing a wind turbine(s) might seem like a risky move in a complex and confusing market. You may have heard of significant Fortune 500 companies ‘Going Wind’ but thought it might not be feasible for your organization. 

It is time to shake off that old way of thinking and join the growing number of smart business owners who have discovered the commercial wind energy benefits for business. Businesses of all sizes capitalize on investing in Wind Energy’s financial opportunities, proving that a wind-powered energy structure is a critical strategic decision that virtually guarantees a solid financial return on your investment. 

The cost of buying and installing wind-powered energy has dropped considerably in the last five years, while electricity prices continue to skyrocket. This makes the economics of wind energy even more attractive. Businesses of all sizes see cost savings of 50% to 100% on their cost of electricity. 

WHY WOULD I INVEST IN A WIND ENERGY SYSTEM? 

Cut Operating Costs: Wind Power enables the business to lower current electricity costs significantly, by locking in electricity prices and controlling future electricity costs by hedging against price volatility and inflation. 

Increased Cash Flow: Lower electrical costs, the elimination of rate increases, and minimizing long-term expenses will increase revenue and create positive cash flow. 

Return On Capital: Financial incentives provided through the Federal Governments’ Wind Investment Tax Credit Program, Accelerated Bonus Depreciation and USDA REAP Grants all significantly reduce your cost of wind energy, providing a sustainable producing asset for decades to come. 

Return On Investment: Investment returns from cost savings, investment of free cash flow and government financial incentives can reduce wind energy costs by as much as 90%. 

Environmental: Wind energy systems do not produce air pollution or greenhouse gases and they preserve water and reduce climate change. 

Sustainability: Three different parameters determine sustainability: environmentally sustainability (means it doesn’t harm the environment), social sustainability (good steward of resources), and economic sustainability (unlimited renewable energy that is the lowest cost). 

WHY WIND? WHAT DOES “OWN YOUR POWER” MEAN? 

The answer is easy: You want to “own your power” for the same reason you want to own your own home. When you own your own home, your monthly mortgage payment goes towards building a long-term asset that increases in value over time. But when you rent a house that monthly rent payment is gone forever – you never get it back! 

The same is true when you pay your monthly electric bill to the electric utility company – that money is gone forever. With wind, however, you replace all or most of your electric bill with wind – an investment asset that immediately increases the value of your business and continues to pay above market returns for decades into the future. 

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As you can see, the numbers add up – wind energy represents a very smart capital investment for businesses. It offers an extremely short payback period, very reliable financial returns, and helps protect business owners against rising energy prices. 

INVESTING IN WIND ENERGY IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3 

Step #1: Initial Consultation and Site Survey (Estimated 1-2 hours) 

  • • Gain an understanding of your business and your objectives 
  • • Gather information related to the energy usage of your facility 
  • • Analyze your site and determine the most efficient location 

Step #2: Presentation of Financial Benefits of Investing in Wind Energy (1-2 hours) 

  • • Annual Energy Savings 
  • • Tax Benefits from Federal Wind Energy Tax Credits and Bonus Depreciation 
  • • Review the USDA REAP Grant paperwork and process 
  • • Utility Interconnection Process 
  • • Return on Investment 
  • • Payback Period 
  • • Payment Terms and Conditions 

Step #3: Initial Deposit and The Planning and Completion of the Installation 

  • • Receive Initial 30% Deposit 
  • • Order Components 
  • • Install Foundation 
  • • Deliver Tower and Assemble 
  • • Deliver Turbine, Complete Installation and Perform Commissioning of your System! 

WHO WE ARE 

We are the Nation’s Largest Dealer for Bergey Windpower, the World’s Leading Manufacturer of Small Wind Power Systems for Businesses. 

Bergey was founded in 1977 and has shipped over 10,000 turbines to over 120 Countries and all 50 States. We installed our first Bergey in 1983 and since then have installed hundreds of systems throughout the United States. Our team brings performance certainty with detailed execution and professionalism to all of our wind power development opportunities. 

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10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!

Beautiful woman buying kale at a farmers market

1. Taste Real Flavors

The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season

The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Support Family Farmers

Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

4. Protect the Environment

Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

5. Nourish Yourself

Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety

At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

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7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals

At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.

8. Know Where Your Food Comes From

A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. CUESA’s seller profiles that hang at the booths give you even more opportunities to learn about the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around. Profiles, articles about sellers, and a map of farms are also available on this website.

9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas

Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. You can also attend free seasonal cooking demonstrations by leading Bay Area chefs and evening classes on food preservation and other kitchen skills.

10. Connect with Your Community

Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.

Source: CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food

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Farming small with a recipe for profit

By Harris Ivens

Farming an acre of vegetables in Wilton, Ontario, Evan Quigley has always aimed to bring the highest quality and consistency to market with a keen eye on profitability. Evan has achieved high quality and yields with a combination of techniques and careful management at The Kitchen Garden farm. 

“After a lot of trial and error, I have come up with a simple cost-effective fertility system that grows high-yielding and high-quality crops,” Evan said. Running the gamut on fertility strategies, he has been improving the poor drainage of his loamy soil for over a decade. He studied with Hugh Lovel and Graeme Sait, read a ton of books, and, as he puts it, “dove way too deep down the rabbit hole of soil health.”

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The Kitchen Garden’s farmers market stand. All images courtesy of the author.

Evan tried everything, from too much and too little compost, compost teas, rock dust, mineral balancing, as well as weekly foliar sprays and fertigation. “There were lots of successes with a labor and input-intensive system,” he explained. “But it was expensive, complicated to manage, and at the end of the day, just too much work.” 

In 2018, Evan scaled back from three acres to around an acre and decided to farm solo without employees. “I realized that I needed to simplify my systems and be as efficient as possible,” he recalled. “There was no way I was lugging wheelbarrows of compost or hauling around a backpack sprayer every week to foliar spray.” 

Cutting out tasks felt good, but yields dropped while disease pressure increased. So, he continued experimenting and researching with lots of trial and error to establish a high return on investment with a limited budget, and importantly, limited time. Over the next few years, the ongoing R & D paid off.

Recipe for healthy soil and great crops
Evan’s low-cost recipe for healthy soil and great crop quality: 

  • Longer rotations with cover crops (resting production fields every other year or more) and using silage tarps and minimal tillage techniques. 
  • Minimal compost applications (about 4 tons or fewer of farm-made vegetable-based compost per acre).
  • Correcting significant mineral deficiencies (Ca, P, K, Mg, S, B, Cu, Mn, Zn) based on soil test and off-farm mineral inputs like bone meal, potassium sulfate and lime.
  • Targeted slow-release nitrogen applications to meet crop needs using mostly feather meal. Put everything on pre-plant (no more foliar or fertigation routines).

farming-small-recipe-profitAnnual Inputs

  • Compost to hit P target based on soil test, for Evan ~ 8000 lbs/acre of compost 
  • Kelp 200 lbs/acre (biological stimulant)
  • Humates 200 lbs/acre (biological stimulant)
  • Wollastonite 500 lbs/acre (experimenting — biological stimulant, calcium and silicon)
  • N applications, in addition to N from compost, as 25% alfalfa, 75% feather meal to target:
    • 130 lbs/acre N for ‘extra’ high feeders in greenhouses
    • 100 lbs/acre N for regular greenhouse and field crops
    • 50 lbs/acre N for low feeders 

For ease and simplicity, compost, humates, and minerals are added to the vegetable beds at planting, spreading 5-gallon buckets down the bed. Extra slow-release N (feather meal) is added on a bed-by-bed basis for medium and high feeders only. This saves money and grows the best quality. All N is applied pre-plant for ease and labor savings.

Evan adds 5 to 10 percent field soil to his compost piles and covers it with landscape fabric to hold in water and reduce the need to turn the pile because it does not heat up as much. “The field soil addition makes the pile easier to manage, inoculates the pile with field-ready biology to make field ready compost and in theory helps fix more carbon, but that’s another story and needs some more research.”

“None of this is particularly new or ground-breaking,” he notes. “But when combined, these strategies are proving to be very efficient, productive and grow the best quality vegetables I have seen.”  

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Evan Quigley with one of his very deeply taprooted carrots.

By contrast, Evan says that large compost applications can be highly wasteful from a labor and material standpoint and even reduce saleable crop yield and quality. “When everything is in balance and the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties are taken care of, a high-quality crop is possible,” he explained. “To ensure quality and yield, give the crop the nitrogen it needs when it needs it with a slow-release nitrogen source. You will get less waste, less pests, excellent yields and the awesome quality that customers want.”

But getting a crop to market takes more than good fertility. Evan calculates there are around 10,000 tasks a year on a diversified farm between harvests and tending the crops, which makes organization and transitions from task to task essential for profitability. 

Years ago, Evan and Harris Ivens, who lived nearby, started scheming about simplifying farm planning and management. Refinements over eight years led to the creation of VeggieCropper.

“After a lot of trial and error, VeggieCropper was built like your favorite tool, it’s easy to use and effective, so it’s not a burden to be organized and have good records,” Evan said. 

Now, he couldn’t farm without the task reminders and automated record-keeping. “I have time and mental space to stay focused on the big picture. I can easily order supplies on time and my bed prep stays on schedule. This gives each planting the best start and gets crops to market as early as possible.”

VeggieCropper reduced labor costs after Evan used the tool to carefully examine each crop and farm system for the weakest link and then rethink everything connected to that link.

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Evan worked with the author to design the Veggie Cropper farm planning software.

Growing crops on geotextile fabric when possible reduces labor significantly, he said. Evan targets crops that gross $8 to $12 a bed foot for lettuce, carrots, chard, kale, and $15 to $30 for crops like tomatoes and eggplant that require special treatment, tunnels, trellising or extra washing and processing. Crops need to gross at least $4 a bed foot with good reasons (low labor, strong market, shoulder season) to make the cut. After developing efficient and consistent systems, Evan needed to go from theory to practice. VeggieCropper really shined and grew to be a favorite tool of the staff in the earlier years by providing a clear view of what was happening on the farm. It gave Evan more independence. 

VeggieCropper saved $1,500 a year just by eliminating morning meetings. The crew checked the tablet and headed straight to the fields. This gave Evan more time to check in and work alongside staff, offering tips on technique and workflow which increased efficiency and quality. There was no more standing around to discuss what was happening. There were more opportunities and time for training while providing the crew with greater independence, improved work satisfaction while automating record-keeping.

More recently, VeggieCropper continues to be central to his scaled-back farm model, ranging from part-time to full-time. “I can turn my farm brain off now because everything I need to do on the farm comes in an organized list,” Evan explains. “I can also plan my season out in a huge amount of detail to make sure I am maximizing my time and sales because there is little room for error at my scale. It’s been a game-changer that I think a lot of farms could benefit from. I’m just glad VeggieCropper is out there for people to check out.”

Early on, Evan tackled the cost of production, but in the end, the market dictates. “In my area, the market is limited so I can only grow so much of my most profitable crops,” he said. “So, I grow those as efficiently as possible. I grow some of the less profitable crops to make more profit overall.”

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The Kitchen Garden farm in Wilton, Ontario, Canada.

While big profits remain elusive, Evan has found a balance to make market gardening work well enough to keep going. In addition to running VeggieCropper, he consults with other farms to improve profits while reducing costs and workload. “Profitability is essential to the sustainability of any business, and it is even more important for businesses that take care of the planet,” he said.

“There is no other job like this, nothing comes close. There is a craft and an art to growing vegetables that you can see and taste. So, at the end of most days, I find farming really gratifying work.”

Check out VeggieCropper.com and thekitchengarden.ca for more info.  

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