Testing for clubroot falls into an interesting classification — it’s a disease, yes, but it’s in soil. Do you send samples to a soil lab or a seed lab? In this edition of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, walks us through how labs test for clubroot and while… Read More

The federal agriculture minister, seed industry officials and representatives from various crop sector and farmer organizations celebrated the passage of Bill C-18 — the Agricultural Growth Act — at the head office of Canterra Seeds in Winnipeg on Friday. The legislation, which includes the implementation of the UPOV ’91 standard for plant breeders’ rights and changes… Read More

Grain prices ended the month of February a little mixed as corn, soybean, and canola prices all got support in the last half of the month through harvest and logistical concerns out of South American. Lower oil prices have helped keep gains in check for those crops related to the biofuels industry, although strong domestic… Read More

Many farmers will be familiar with vDrive, a technology that allows each planter to be controlled and monitored independently. The result, powered by a 12-volt motor, is variable rate planting, that accounts for real-time changes in speed (including around corners). On January 21 of this year, Precision Planting announced the same technology would be used for granular insecticide… Read More

From the Agricultural Growth Act receiving Royal Assent to new questions surrounding the strange case of missing quarantined heritage sheep in Ontario, there’s plenty to discuss in this week’s ag news recap. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, meteorologist Drew Lerner, McGill University’s Joe Schwarcz, Dave Solverson of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and others make it into… Read More

The Barley Council of Canada has announced the hiring of a new executive director. Phil de Kemp, who also serves as the president of the Malting Industry Association of Canada, will take on the role beginning March 1st. De Kemp previously worked for Cargill and the federal government, including time as the senior policy advisor… Read More

Acres that were penciled in for wheat back in December might get switched to canola in spring, depending on how much weight farmers put into the price relationship between wheat and canola, says the vice-president for oilseeds with Louis Dreyfus Commodities. Brian Conn says back in November and December, they were expecting a decline in Canadian canola acres… Read More

Winnipeg-based precision agriculture and data management company Farmers Edge announced Wednesday that it has acquired GranDuke Geomatics, a geospatial software development company based in Lethbridge. Founded by Guy Duke and Kevin Grant in 2012, GranDuke Geomatics, with the assistance of the National Research Council, offers customized software for geospatial applications in precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, and oil and… Read More

Stephanie Michaud, Trimble Navigations, in conversation with Shaun Haney at NFMS 2015. The display is a 12.1″ high-definition color touch-screen, and this year, Trimble announced the TMX-2050 will have the ability to support third party applications. “Today, and within the last week, that’s been our biggest release that we’ve been talking about,” Trimble Navigation’s Stephanie Michaud told… Read More