Canola Council to cut budget by 25 to 30 percent in 2018

The Canola Council of Canada is reviewing all the services and programs it offers, including staffing, as it prepares for a significant budget cut and restructuring in 2018. At least two large grain company and processor members are not willing to maintain their current funding for the council. Both companies that sources say are pushing for… Read more »

Roquette sees Manitoba as a good fit for pea processing

Construction of Manitoba’s new pea processing plant at Portage la Prairie is on schedule for its planned 2019 startup. John Buch, grain department manager for French food ingredient company Roquette, builders of the plant, shared the news at the Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Man. When the plant opens, Roquette will have pea processing capacity… Read more »

TechTour: Soil sensor enables real-time variable depth tillage

A soil sensor that can detect compaction from above the ground in real-time is enabling a concept described as “variable depth tillage” for targeting compacted layers. The Topsoil Mapper made by Austria-based Geoprospectors is an example of a real-time sensor allowing farmers to account for variability as their tractor passes through a field, rather than… Read more »

RealAg Radio, Nov 21: Autonomous semis, market divergence and the Canadian grocery report

Today, on the show: Top Ag News Brian Voth of IntelliFarm Inc. joins to talk about the markets, including canola and soybean charts (and how they may be diverging soon). Kevin Grier talks the Canadian grocery report — do we have a trade deficit or a surplus? Also, the health of the Canadian processing sector,… Read more »

Will autonomous semi trucks have a fit in agriculture?

There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States and somewhere around 300,000 in Canada. What does their future hold with recent developments in autonomous or robotic technology? We’ve talked about the autonomous semi truck Otto delivering beer and appliances in the past. Last week, we saw Tesla unveil its electric semi truck… Read more »

NAFTA round 5: Data, not rhetoric

As round five of the NAFTA talks comes to a close in Mexico, it seems that the negotiating logjam is unchanged, at least on the surface. This round held did not include ministers, so it was more technical in nature, which created the opportunity for details. It sounds like Canada and Mexico have changed their… Read more »

The irreplaceable human element in ranching

For some, technology like autonomous tractors and unmanned aerial vehicles offer great interest; for others, the quick advancements in robotics and data are overwhelming and intimidating. Will we soon see job losses? Will human presence on farms be made obsolete? Not at all, says Christine Su, co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, a company that makes… Read more »