Milking with single-box automated milking systems (AMS) has revolutionized the way dairy producers manage their herds. Current estimates indicate that 10 percent of the Canadian dairy herd are now milked by automated systems, and it’s growing. Globally, nearly 30,000 farms employ robots, according to a 2014 survey. Much of the conversation around dairy robots focus… Read More

SGS BioVision has obtained its International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) lab accreditation. The accreditation is required for the company to deliver expanded sampling and testing options. “This significant accreditation strengthens our commitment to supporting the Canadian seed trade industry and our clients with meeting global export requirements,” says Trevor Nysetvold, director of seed and crop… Read More

The enrolment deadline for the AgriStability program is just under two weeks away. AgriStability is a federally-backed risk management program offering financial assistance to producers who experience large margin declines due to production loss, adverse market conditions, or increased costs according to its website. The program is available to producers across Canada, however, there are… Read More

Should falling number and deoxynivalenol (DON) become official grain grading factors? The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) wants to know what you think. Right now, both are not official grading factors in the statutory Canadian grading system for any type of crop. According to a news release, DON and falling number have increasingly played a critical… Read More

At its annual general meeting, the Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) gave an update as to how the 2018 performed. The organization called it another successful year and reports a profit of $190,671. “It’s important for Agribition to continue to operate responsibly, and to ensure the show and the organization is sustainable in the long term,”… Read More

A brand new program with a focus on precision agriculture will be available this fall at Olds College. Being dubbed Techgronomy, graduates will be prepared for careers that require a “deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences,” the school says. “This diploma program will help students discover… Read More

Health Canada has completed its re-evaluations of the neonicotinoid pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam in relation to the insecticides’ potential impact on bees and other pollinators. The final decision, announced today, reflects scientific assessment that shows “varying effects on bees and other pollinators” from exposure to each of these pesticides, Health Canada says. The department… Read More