The global demand for wheat is expected to double over the next forty years – and Canada can play an important role in meeting that demand. In addition to its growing prominence on the world stage, what makes wheat truly exciting is its significant potential for technology transformation – and Canadian agriculture has the opportunity… Read More

12th International Symposium on Pre-Harvest Sprouting - Holly Gelech, Biovision Seed Labs

By Holly Gelech, Biovision Seed Labs The 12th International Symposium on Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Cereals was hosted the week of July 24th in Red Deer, Alberta and was attended by 60 participants from all regions of the globe. The 35 speakers, who originated from Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom, Africa, Canada and many others countries,… Read More

The DrawBacks of a Short Lentil Rotation - Troy LaForge, GreenKey Solutions

With the pricing advantages for canola and lentils right now in the prairies, many growers are moving to tighter and tighter crop rotations.    These tighter rotations include lentils more often and the exclusion of cereals in a canola lentil rotation.  This is similar to the exclusion of wheat in corn soybean rotations in Ontario…. Read More

Feeding the World, One Wheat Variety at a Time

Globally, we€™re in a position where demand for wheat is surpassing supply. Figures from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) show wheat demand growing by 1.5 per cent per year, while annual production is increasing by only 0.9 per cent. With the global population expected to rise to over 9 billion by 2050,… Read More

Which Silage Crop is Right For You?

By Megan Oleksyn Peas, barley and corn, oh my! Here in Western Canada, there are many different forage crops that can be cost-effectively turned into silage for cattle. High River area rancher, Phil Rowland, comments that silage is €œthe easiest way to put up a consistent quality forage crop in Alberta€™s variable climate conditions.€ And… Read More

I Joined Nick Weber On The Farm

Nick Weber works at Monsanto in St. Louis and has become a great friend of mine on Twitter.  Every week Nick interviews a new person in agriculture on twitter to help communicate the message of agriculture.  He has interviewed people from the beef, crop and special crops sectors. I asked Nick in the following podcast… Read More

Harvest in the Snow

By Megan Oleksyn Many Western Canada farmers are asking themselves €œWhat next?€ After a dry, cold spring and summer, we are now faced with a wet, cold harvest. When the snow first flew two weeks ago, it was expected to melt and disappear. But now, moving into the middle of October, farmers are hoping not… Read More

What Should Be the Vision For Cereal Research -- Stan Blade

Last week while I was in Edmonton I listened to Stan Blade, Executive Director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), talk about where Alberta is focusing cereal research in the long term. Currently in Alberta the three biggest products in terms of value are beef (3.104 billion), canola (1.216 billion) and wheat ( 1.251… Read More

 

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