Transport Canada is launching consultations regarding some of its rail policies, including the maximum revenue entitlement for grain shipments, extended interswitching, shortlines, and other regulations that fundamentally affect grain transportation. Separate in-person consultations with shippers and railways are scheduled to be held at Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg starting this coming week and wrapping up by… Read More

After multiple years of drought, could relief finally be on the horizon for farmers in Western Canada? According to Nutrien’s senior meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, the shift away from La Niña conditions means the deck is no longer stacked against above-average precipitation in the Prairies this winter. While specific storms cannot yet be predicted, Prichard says… Read More

Even as inflation continues to grow and increasing borrowing costs have put pressure on farm incomes, farmland values across Canada rose 7.7 per cent in the first half of 2023, according to Farm Credit Canada’s Mid-Year Land Value report. Tight supply has continued to support land appreciation for now, says FCC chief economist J.P. Gervais…. Read More

SeedMaster Manufacturing has announced a new 10-year partnership with Olds College of Agriculture and Technology that includes sponsoring seeding equipment for the Olds College Smart Farm. SeedMaster, based at Emerald Park, Sask., says the new partnership with the college is part of the seeding technology company’s commitment to innovation to help farmers grow crops more… Read More

Forage and turf seed company DLF has acquired Corteva Agriscience’s alfalfa breeding program. The deal, announced last month, includes Corteva’s global alfalfa germplasm and breeding program, the Alfred Seeds brand name, and trademarks including Hi-Gest alfalfa technology, Hi-Ton performance alfalfa, Hi-Salt salinity tolerant alfalfa, and msSuntra hybrid technology, current commercial alfalfa varieties and select Corteva… Read More

SwarmFarm Robotics has launched a “dock and refill” option for autonomous robots. This advancement promises to untether equipment size from productivity by enabling robots to autonomously refill and refuel themselves, the company says. “Many people see the issue of farm equipment, like tractors, planters, and harvesters getting bigger and bigger and the inflexibility to customize… Read More

Three Ontario grain companies are teaming up they say to leverage the members’ unique strengths to offer a more comprehensive approach, focusing on the principle of “farmers helping farmers.” Great Lakes Grain, Bacres Grain Inc., and Wanstead Farmers Co-operative have joined forces in a strategic partnership aimed at providing enhanced services to the agricultural community… Read More

The federal government has rolled out its new Dairy Innovation and Investment Fund, which includes a federal commitment of up to $333 million in public funding over the next decade to help dairy processors across Canada increase processing capacity for a growing surplus of solids non-fat (also known as SNF.) The program, which was previously… Read More

The carbon tax, that “price on pollution,” as the Liberal government calls it, is supposed to encourage Canadians to move away from fossil fuel use by making diesel, gas, natural gas, and propane more expensive. What the government has done or plans to do with the tax proceeds is a post for another day, but… Read More

Hannah Stamp of Vauxhall, Alta., and Sarah MacDonald of Vanderhoof, B.C., have been selected as the Outstanding Young Farmers Memorial Scholarship winners for 2023. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship to support their post-secondary agricultural education. The award includes two annual scholarships — one to an individual who has completed at least one year of… Read More

The outlook for oilseeds like canola and soybeans remains uncertain as harvest gets into full swing across North America, according to Tyler Schau of AgMarket.Net. For canola — which obviously has a much smaller footprint across North America — Schau notes there has been good production in some areas of Canada and North Dakota, though… Read More

 

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