Category: Western Canada

Nuffield scholarship applications due April 30

A total of five, $15,000 scholarships are up for grabs through the Canadian Nuffield Scholar program for 2019. Scholarships are awarded to Canadians from any aspect of agriculture and agribusiness, with a “desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas, and share their findings with others for the betterment of Canadian agriculture,” according to Nuffield Canada…. Read more »

G3 announces two new elevators, including first in Alberta

G3 Canada has confirmed plans to build two new elevators, including the company’s first grain terminal in Alberta. Construction is expected to begin next month on 42,000 tonne facilities south of Wetaskiwin in central Alberta, and near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. “We’re excited to be able to show farmers in the Wetaskiwin and Maidstone areas what G3… Read more »

Soybean School: Preparing to battle SCN when (not if) it is found in Western Canada

Soybean growers in Western Canada have not yet had to face a soil-borne pest that has hurt yields in other soybean growing regions, but it’s only a matter of time. Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has steadily spread north along the Red River and has been found in soils on at least two farms near the… Read more »

Tracking crop production from the sky leads to delicious rural finds

We’ve got the tech, so how far off are we from satellite imagery replacing Statistics Canada’s phone surveys? We’re half-kidding, but yes, some information formerly gathered through phone calls has already been shifted to remote sensing, says Leander Campbell, remote sensing specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). You may not know it, but each year… Read more »

Canadians’ trust in food retailers wavers following bread price-fixing scandal

While it stands to reason that Canadians may have become slightly jaded after a wide-spread price-fixing scandal was revealed late last year, a new study from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management confirms it. The report, released today, finds that consumers are less likely to trust national food retailers than they were in November 2017, before… Read more »

MPs hear from grain groups and railways in emergency meeting on backlog

After a two-week break for MPs, the House of Commons agriculture committee reconvened for an emergency meeting to discuss the grain backlog in Western Canada on Monday. The meeting included presentations from both CN and CP Rail, as well as witnesses representing almost a dozen farm groups and grain shipping companies (see list below). Former… Read more »

New CEOs named for Crown corporations AFSC and MASC

Two provincial Crown corporations that administer crop insurance and other financial services for the agriculture sector have named new chief executive officers in the last week. Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) and have appointed Steve Blakely and Jared Munro as CEOs, respectively. Agriculture Financial Services Corporation: “AFSC is… Read more »

The SeedPod — Ep 15: What’s Seed Synergy?

Simply put, Seed Synergy is described as a process, not an entity. Those familiar with the inner workings of the seed industry have heard about Seed Synergy for quite some time, but those further out — and those on the farm — likely haven’t heard much. As Dan Wright, president of Canadian Seed Trade Association, explains… Read more »

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Salford goes onboard with planter-mounted fertilizer applicator

Salford is giving growers the ability to apply either in-row, pop-up, or banded granular starter fertilizer with the ease and maneuverability that comes with a planter-mounted fertilizer applicator. The company’s new Ferti-GO 4S features a single product hopper, available for mounting on many planter models, with variable rate metering and four-section control. “With this metering system, the Ferti-GO 4S… Read more »

Farmers want a long-term solution for grain transport crunch

This has been a very challenging winter for grain shipments, to say the least. Much of the finger pointing has been directed at the railways but should more of the blame fall to more than CN and CP? It’s clear operational performance must improve, but the railways have been operating in the environment that they… Read more »

Looking for direction — this week in the grain markets

Grain markets had another volatile week as we dealt with conflicting bullish and bearish variables including, but not limited to: exports, acreage forecasts, weather forecasts, and currency swings. Sounds like a normal week, right? First, the Canadian dollar lost nearly 2% this week to close under 76.5 cents USD. This is the first time it… Read more »

Alberta farm groups express support for pipeline expansion

Farm groups in Alberta are applauding the provincial government’s effort to advance oil pipelines, thereby taking pressure off the rail freight system. “Team Alberta” sent a letter to Premier Rachel Notley this week expressing support for the Trans Mountain pipeline and other crude oil pipelines. The Trans Mountain line was approved by the federal government… Read more »

Adjusting for heat stress — cow selection, rest, and bunk conditions

Pound for pound, the smaller the cow the better she can keep herself cool during those hot summer days. While the total days per year that cause heat stress aren’t that numerous for much of Canada, there’s a day or two lag in the full impact on the cows. When you add up the hot… Read more »

Cattle and hog futures on a 30 day slide

Cattle and lean hogs futures have slid in the past 30 days as livestock producers look to protect themselves from downside risk. Besides oats, which are down 10% in the past month, the protein complex has been the worst performer of all the agricultural commodities in the last month. In the past 30 days: April… Read more »