Farmers across the Prairies have had to deal with some wacky weather this year. From little to virtually no moisture during seeding to a full on snow storm near the beginning of fall — Mother Nature has not been kind. This past week in Manitoba, was a struggle for many as the snow came down… Read More

Visual damage to wheat kernels might look cringe-worthy, but it’s the damage you can’t see that’s causing downgrading this harvest season. Jeremy Boychyn, agronomist with the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, says wet harvest weather even before the late September snow storm is negatively impacting falling number — a key measure of milling quality. Some… Read More

When it comes to the Canadian federal election, many in the agricultural sector have been disappointed the industry hasn’t been much of a debate topic. Saskatchewan farmer Danny Ottenbreit agrees, so when the opportunity to participate in CBC’s The National about the election with Green Party leader Elizabeth May, he felt there was no way he… Read More

A lot of crazy things can happen when it comes to weather, but a record snowfall in September takes the cake for most this year. Last week meteorologists stunned people in Alberta with their predictions of huge amounts of snow just a week into fall. When the weekend finally arrived, sure enough, so did the… Read More

Canadians may not be optimistic about agri-food becoming a primary topic for the upcoming election, but they are thinking about some perhaps surprising agriculture and food-related issues. A survey of 1,524 Canadians, conducted Sept 9 by Angus Reid Global and Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, looked to gauge Canadians’ opinion on where they ranked agriculture… Read More

Statistic Canada is out with its Principal Field Crop Estimates for the month of August, and the model-based analysis paints a bit of a different picture than the July report. According to its website, the estimates are calculated based on a model that incorporates coarse resolution satellite data from Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program,… Read More

Manitoba Agriculture reports a new strain of clubroot has been identified in the Rural Municipality of Pembina. The soil-borne pathogen of canola and other brassica species have several pathotypes. The new strain of clubroot is identified as pathotype 3A, and is able to overcome some first-generation sources of genetic resistance in commercial canola varieties, says… Read More

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