What technology can do for farmers in today’s day and age is incredible when compared to what there was even just 10 or 20 years ago. That being said, adopting technology can also have setbacks when it comes to cost, availability, ease of use, and more. At this year’s CropSphere conference, Brian Tischler, farmer from… Read More

Weed surveys conducted in the Canadian Prairies since the early 2000s have tracked the incidence of herbicide resistance over time, and it’s not looking good. “In general, what we’re seeing is herbicide resistance is increasing on the Prairies,” says Charles Geddes, research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “Currently, we’re sitting at — in Saskatchewan —… Read More

If 2019 was the year of plant-based protein, perhaps 2020 can be the year of celebrating choice. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, with Dalhousie University, recently spoke at the CropSphere conference at Saskatoon, Sask., about food choices, plant-based protein, and consumer trends. Overall, he says, plant protein made a huge splash in 2019 as evidenced by several… Read More

If your go-to pulse variety is more than five or six years old, it’s time to consider trying a new line. When you look at the provincial mix for Saskatchewan, some of the most-seeded lines are five, 10, or even 12 years old, says Laurie Friesen with the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. That means that all… Read More

Are you farming year-to-year, or looking five, 10, or even 20 years out? Edgar Hammermeister, with Western Ag Professional Agronomy, says that solid, long-term crop planning is one key piece of the long-term viability puzzle of any farm, but one that often gets dropped when short-term economics or challenges arise. For Hammermeister, long-term crop planning… Read More

A day designed to celebrate all things agriculture is less than a month away. Canada’s Ag Day is February 11th, and organizers encourage everyone involved in agriculture to participate either online or in their community. Clinton Monchuk, who farms just south of Saskatoon and is also the executive director of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan,… Read More

With the 2020 seeding season around the corner, one grain trader and marketing manager says oat volumes are larger than normal and there’s a good chance it will “throw the balance sheet out of whack” for quite some time. “Right now you’re looking at production numbers that are probably the fourth highest in the last… Read More

If you’ve driven the open stretch of Trans-Canada highway between Winnipeg and Brandon, you may have noticed a new build project not far from Portage la Prairie. French company Roquette is set to open its pea processing plant by the end of 2020, which means it’s gearing up to start purchasing yellow peas this fall…. Read More

Following the June announcement of a proposed merger, the boards of Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) and Cereals Canada are moving closer to a vote on full amalgamation of the two entities. Dean Dias, interim CEO of CIGI, says that both organizations have been in conversation over what a merger would look like, what governance… Read More

The topic of trade was heavily discussed among attendees at this year’s CropSphere conference. This comes as no surprise to most, as Canadian farmers continue to deal with trade uncertainty on the global stage. One of the keynote speakers, Globe and Mail columnist Andrew Coyne, touched on how politics relate to both trade overall and… Read More

Canadian farmers and exporters have been frustrated by a year-long major trade disruption with one of Canada’s largest canola markets — China. It is a continuously evolving situation, says Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “There is still a blockage in terms of seed shipments from the two largest exporters — Viterra and… Read More

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