India has dropped its tariff on lentil exports once again, just weeks after letting a temporary reduction over the summer come to an end. The government published a notice on September 17, 2020 saying it’s “in the public interest” to reduce tariffs on lentil shipments from 30 per cent to 10 per cent (plus a… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says her government’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard will be “a great opportunity” for farmers, but she acknowledges the policy needs further consultation. The government is planning to introduce regulations to support the policy, which is designed to incentivize the use of lower carbon fuels such as ethanol or biodiesel, this… Read More

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC) — which consists of Sask Barley, Alberta Barley, and the Manitoba Crop Alliance — is investing $2.7 million over five years in the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Crop Development Centre (CDC) through a core breeding agreement to develop barley varieties with improved agronomics, disease resistance, and end-use quality. The… Read More

Raven Industries has been a company that has hit the headlines when it comes to developing precision agriculture, and lately, acquisitions. One of Raven’s latest acquisitions has been Smart Ag, a company working on a perception system that allows machines to “see” their environment and avoid obstacles. The system — dubbed AutoCart — allows an… Read More

Electric semi trucks are likely a long way from being deployed on farms, especially for long-distance hauling in a cold Canadian winter, but others in the supply chain are starting to adopt electric power to move goods around. They’re not switching to electric trains (yet), but CN Rail has ordered 50 all-electric tandem axle Class… Read More

You could argue that the advent of more affordable glyphosate options increased the use of a pre-harvest pass on many western Canadian grain acres. Using glyphosate before harvest can kill late weeds and reduce the amount of green stems the combine encounters, making straight cutting easier. In conjunction with some solid advancements in pod-shatter resistance… Read More

AGCO — which carries brands such as Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Gleaner, and Challenger — is acquiring research and product development Firm 151 Research to create new technology solutions for grain customers. Previously, AGCO and 151 Research had an exclusive technology partnership to develop GSI GrainViz precision grain monitoring, which gives growers and commercial operators advanced… Read More

The governments of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have announced a renewed financial commitment to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The three provinces’ agreement will provide more than $134 million to the college over the next five years. The agreement helps to ensure that Western Canada has veterinarians with in-depth… Read More

The recent vote by the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) to not join the Seeds Canada group was surprising to some. The future relationship between CSGA and Seeds Canada remains uncertain, but there are some potential options moving forward. “There’s been a lot of reasons why growers, I think, voted against it,” says Sarah Weigum,… Read More