After a very dry growing season, farmers in eastern Canada are hurting for hay. Western Canadian farmers know all to well what that’s like, having experienced a similar situation in 2002. Farmers, private companies and governments have come together to form Hay East — a program to send much-needed forage from the west to the… Read More

13.4 million tonnes of canola is, historically, a big canola crop. For 2012, however, it’s a total tonnage figure that disappointed many Western Canadian farmers. As we reported earlier this year, the swaths looked like a 35 bushel crop but yielded closer to 20. Many were shocked by the significantly lower Statistics Canada production number… Read More

A web-based crop protection selection tool, AgChemExpert, launched this week. AgChemExpert is a custom designed software program that helps farmers and agronomists alike understand what chemicals do what, how and when to use them and even what they are made up of, according to the company’s release. Developed by agronomist Chris Hawkins, A-C-E is an… Read More

Maple Leaf Foods has announced it will buy the Puratone Corporation, the cash-strapped Manitoba hog production company, for approximately $42 million. The purchase includes Puratone’s livestock, facilities and interests in some joint ventures. The transaction is expected to close within a month, subject to court and regulatory approvals, according to a news release. . “This… Read More

We may live in the information age, but it seems it’s easier to spread misinformation than it is to share facts. Never does this seem so apparent than when we ask urbanites about where they think food comes from and what’s in it. Farmers Feed Cities recently released findings from a survey it had done… Read More

CWB has extended the deadline for farmers to sign up to the Harvest Pool from today to Friday, November 9. “CWB recognizes that farmers need time to adjust to new options and procedures in the first year of the open market for Prairie grain,” president and CEO Ian White said in a company release. “Many… Read More

In what’s possibly the largest single giveaway in agriculture history, Dow AgroSciences is just over week away from giving away a 2012 New Holland CR 9090. At www.keystothecombine.ca, farmers can enter to win by registering for their unique PIN number and participating in various contest activities to unlock a key. Farmers can then enter for… Read More

Back in May, RealAgriculture.com’s Shaun Haney asked David Morgan, Syngenta’s North America region director, “When will Syngenta get into the Canola business?” The answer, it appears, is now. Syngenta Canada announced today the launch of SY4135, a Roundup Ready canola variety. This one variety officially marks the company’s entry in to the Canadian canola seed… Read More

Quebec-based Olymel has officially made a bid for Big Sky Farms, the Saskatchewan-based hog producer that recently entered receivership. Olymel has made a bid of $65 million to purchase the company. If successful, it’s likely operations would not change significantly, as Olymel processed much of Big Sky’s production. While this is the only current bid,… Read More