Let’s face it — the prairies are no stranger to winds. However, Wednesday’s wind events have wreaked some intense havoc across southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, and the pressure system is expected to continue heading east. This isn’t just a matter of 20 km/hr winds — many areas have experienced 80 km/hr and up winds,… Read More

When it comes to farming, there are many moving parts and uncontrollable variables. How do you manage all the risk? Steph Berlett of Agromart Group says that we have to do everything in our power to manage the variables that are in control. “Everything we do in farming is risk management. We’re banking on the… Read More

It’s that time of the year where we are through the rush and excitement of the holiday season, and things to look forward may seem few and far between. The “winter blues” are very real. The days can be cold and the hours of daylight are short. If you’re looking for some validation for things… Read More

As the next few weeks progress, many farmers are beginning to look at those new crop prices. In a typical year, these conversations and discussions would normally occur at the various conferences and tradeshows. Many questions are arising without that ability to have face-to-face conversations, so to help us navigate through some of this, Brennan… Read More

Canadian Pacific railway (CP) moved 31.32 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products in 2020 — a record over any prior calendar year. The company was busy in the fourth quarter, where they moved 8.84 MMT. This beats the previous record by 5.1 per cent. Joan Hardy, CP vice-president of sales and… Read More

In agriculture, we thrive off of competition. The buying and selling of commodities is what we do. However, there are many different markets out there that one can explore. Stewart Skinner, hog farmer from Listowel, Ont., raises his pigs for more of a niche market than many. There are three different markets that he and… Read More

There’s trouble brewing in the mountains and the foothills, as a recent policy change by Alberta’s government puts significant grazing land and water sources at risk, according to ranchers. In June, the Alberta government quietly rescinded a coal mining policy, shocking ranchers in southwestern Alberta. Laura Laing and John Smith, who own Plateau Cattle Co.,… Read More

I’ve been having a difficult time lately — I’m in a bit of a slump, you could say. After some conversations with coworkers and colleagues throughout the agriculture industry, I’m realizing that it’s not just me. The holiday season is a tough time for many. The days are so short. We remember those that we’ve… Read More