Seed companies have big plans for the expansion of corn acres in Western Canada, but whether farmers plant more corn will depend on two key factors: maturity and yield. Monsanto Canada announced just over a year ago that it’s spending more than $100 million over 10 years on developing varieties suitable for the Canadian prairies. The company’s… Read More

Our Farm Progress Show 2021 coverage continues with AGCO’s Momentum Planter, which has a season of planting under its belt already. AGCO says that the design and versatility of the planter establishes a new standard for seed placement accuracy, and provides technologies to overcome adverse planting conditions for emergence. “A couple key features, like the… Read More

AGCO, which carries brands such as Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Gleaner, and Challenger, has released initial data readings showing how tractor and planter tires compact soil. As we are becoming more and more aware, soil compacted at planting can reduce yields by restricting root growth and reducing nutrient and water availability, making  the topic an increasing… Read More

When it comes to diseases that rob canola yields, blackleg often doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Many farmers underestimate the significance of blackleg, says Bruce McKinnon, an agronomist with Dekalb in Alberta, in the video below. “Blackleg is a powerful disease that seems to be able to adapt to whatever we throw at it. As we’ve tightened… Read More

With seed companies preparing for an expansion in corn acres across the prairies, farmers considering growing Roundup Ready corn for the first time are wondering whether it fits in crop rotations that already include Roundup Ready canola. The concern is the introduction of another glyphosate-tolerant crop could complicate management of volunteer forms of corn or… Read More

If ever you’ve heard anyone say that new agriculture and food traits aren’t regulated or tested, you’ll want them to watch the following interview. A key aspect of this year’s Momentum Tour, put on by Monsanto Canada, was the roll-out of two new crop traits — TruFlex canola and Xtend soybeans. Sharp-eyed readers will note… Read More

Be the change or be changed, says Nikolas Badminton, futurist and TechTour alumnus. What does that mean for agriculture? Well, according to Badminton, it means that farmers are either going to have to adapt and evolve their practices, technology, and equipment, or someone else willing to do so will be the one farming and not them…. Read More

Beef is always on the plate as the main dinner for the Saskatchewan Stock Growers convention held at Moose Jaw each June. Increasingly, though,  beef and other animal-based protein is being eliminated from the menu — in fast food restaurants and at home. Carol Harrison, registered dietician and consultant, spoke at the 106th SSGA convention… Read More

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