“We haven’t been good at telling consumers and our customers in other parts of the world how we are sustainable.” That’s the message from the honourable Ted Menzies at this year’s Prairie Cereals Summit. Menzies was there to give an update to attendees on what the framework looks like surrounding the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable… Read More

Why do family farm businesses fail? Quite often it’s not economics but rather family governance issues and relationship problems, says farmer and business consultant Dick Wittman. Many farms fail because operators don’t run the farm in a professional manner, says Wittman who learned plenty of valuable lessons managing a family-operated 20,000 acre crop, cattle, and… Read More

Have you ever wondered how countries that buy Canadian wheat learn about each crop-year’s characteristics? The story of each crop begins with the harvest sample program, involves a careful analysis of the crop, and continues with crop missions to countries such as Singapore, Ecuador, China, and Mexico. Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada, and Gary Stanford,… Read More

Before being released in Canada, hemp cultivars go through an approval process very different from other crops. Unlike wheat or canola, for example, lines are not required to undergo a certain amount of trialing in Canada before they can be grown here. That’s not to say there aren’t processes in place to vet cultivars before… Read More

An international group of independent journalists has named Fendt’s new Vario as Tractor of the Year 2020, for its level of connectivity, combined with several mechanical attributes. “Here we combine connectivity, smart farming, as well, with complete efficiency,” says Fendt’s Edward Snieder. The Vario 942 features a 6-cylinder, 9-litre MAN engine, optimized to deliver high… Read More

The Alberta Barley Commission and Alberta Wheat Commission recently integrated their management teams, and now, for 2020, they’re looking for direction by members on whether amalgamating the board of directors should also happen. “That would be a combined Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission,” says Tom Steve, general manager of both the commissions. “I think it’s… Read More

It takes a special occasion for a Massey Ferguson to roll off the line in something other than the signature red. The 50th anniversary of the moon landing, it seems, is momentous enough. At this year’s Agritechnica, AGCO’s Massey Ferguson brand showcased a white Massey Ferguson concept tractor, the Next. Benoit Modde, with Massey Ferguson,… Read More