Growing farmer interest in planting canola with a planter rather than seeding it with a traditional air drill was evident at Ag Days 2017 in Brandon. The expansion of soybean and corn acres in Western Canada and the Northern Plains is a primary driver, making it easier for canola growers to justify purchasing a planter,… Read More

Count pastured chicken production as another frontier for automation and robotics in agriculture. With demand for pastured chicken rising rapidly, Manitoba farmer Daniel Badiou, through his startup Ukko Robotics, has started manufacturing automated mobile chicken coops. That’s right. They’re basically robots for raising chickens outside. “Every day it will move by itself, and it can all… Read More

With federal and provincial governments rolling out carbon taxes or cap and trade programs, organizations representing farmers have been forced to choose a strategy they believe will result in the best outcome for their members. Some, such as the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, are digging in their heels and fighting any carbon tax head-on, similar to… Read More

Do wheat varieties perform in line with the ratings provided during the registration process? When it comes to fusarium head blight tolerance, the short answer is yes, but the long answer is it depends on the year. Holly Derksen, plant pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture, explains that the province has been tracking resistance performance of wheat… Read More

The announcement last week of a $400 million pea processing plant in central Manitoba caught many in the farm community by surprise. “Peas? Don’t you mean soybeans?” was the most common response. By far. With another 20-plus percent increase in soybean acres expected, there will likely be north of two million acres grown on the… Read More

The Canola Council of Canada has started its search for a new president, following the announcement of Patti Miller’s upcoming departure. Canola Council president since 2012, Miller has been appointed chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission, starting February 13. She sat down with us at CropSphere in Saskatoon last week to reflect on her… Read More

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is officially launching BeGrainSafe, its new grain safety program. The official launch of the program will be at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon this week from January 17 to 19, 2017. “Ag Days has time and again shown commitment to farm safety. This launch gives CASA the opportunity to showcase the… Read More

China imports about one-third of the canola grown in Canada. It’s critical Canadian canola meet the requirements for selling into the Chinese market. That’s why the Canola Council of Canada is advising against the use of quinclorac herbicide on canola in 2016, explains Brian Innes, vice president of government relations for the CCC, in this Canola School… Read More

Maybe it’s due to news traveling faster on social media than it used to, but there have been a fair number of reports of canola heating in the bin this winter. Producers who find themselves in these unfortunate situations are often left scratching their heads wondering why it happened. Was it harvested too early? Was it straight-cut or… Read More

Regulatory restrictions are not on the radar in Manitoba, but the province’s agriculture entomologist suggests farmers in Western Canada should ask themselves “why?” before using neonicotinoid seed treatments. The Ontario and Quebec governments are restricting the use of insecticide-treated seed in response to concerns about neonics hurting bee health, but there haven’t been the same problems with pollinator populations… Read More

We always love to see when content sparks further discussion among viewers and readers. Discussion is what fuels learning among the agriculture community. We tweeted this: New unit from Summers Mfg designed to cut down on sprayer fill times — thoughts?https://t.co/lgQYy1vTST — RealAgriculture (@realagriculture) February 1, 2016 Creating efficiency is not easy for product developers…. Read More

A Winnipeg-based company thinks farmers might find value in going back to steel wheels. The yellow 12″x16.5″ steel skid-steer wheels made by Evolution Wheel were on display in the Inventor’s Showcase at Ag Days in Brandon, Man. last week. “Evolution Wheel was designed for the user who needs to accomplish traction and address tire puncture issues,” explains… Read More

 

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