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The U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan issued the following statement congratulating Pruitt on his new role...
Increasing demand for corn and corn farmer profitability is key to the National Corn Growers Association's mission, and this was clearly evident at the recent meeting of NCGA's Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team (CPQAT)....
Producers need to become better farm managers....
By growing different varieties in your garden, you can pick berries year round!...
As the process to shape the next farm bill begins, House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway insisted that economic realities must be front and center, in his opening remarks this morning at a hearing where the testimony of several prominent agricultural economists was given....
Applying fertilizer now to wheat, rye, ryegrass and fescue can jumpstart forage growth and bring hay feeding to an early end, said John Jennings, extension forage specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture....
Last June the Grainews e-QuipTV video team travelled to Hungary to get a look at some of German-based manufacturer Krone’s equipment at work in the field. That included the company’s new-concept Premos 5000 in-field pellet harvester. First unveiled to the public at the 2015 Agritechnica machinery show in Germany, the Premos 5000 is the first machine of its kind. It’s able to turn windrows of straw or hay into pellets right in the field. That provides several new options for producers when it comes to ...
Net farm income dips for 2016-17: reportOTTAWA - Net cash income for farmers is forecast to dip slightly for both 2016 and 2017 as livestock producers take a hit from swelling herds of both cattle and hogs in Canada and the U.S.Overall net cash income in 2016 is estimated to slip by two per cent to $14.8 billion, with another seven per cent decline in 2017 to $13.8 billionAgriculture and Agri-Foods Canada's 2017 outlook, released Friday, predicts that grain farmers will see rising incomes for both years as ...
As more than 100 eager farmers were forced to stand at the back and line the walls of a packed hall, craning their heads to see a speaker, it was easy to conclude that today’s farmers are full of energy and optimism about the future. Throughout the meeting halls and across the trade show floor, this week’s CropConnect conference buzzed with excitement as swarms of farmers followed their interests in the various crops of southern Manitoba. It was a show that threw a spotlight on Canadian agriculture, an ...
The Canadian Seed Trade Association is pleased to celebrate Canada’s first national Agriculture Day with the launch of its Better Seed, Better Life program....
While the fields of Ontario's rural heartland might be covered in a blanket of winter snow and ice, Kelly Daynard wants you to know that farmers are by no means idle just because its cold outside....
AAFC projects a mixed start to 2017 but a generally positive outlook longer term...
New seeding rate and plant stand calculators from the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) will help canola growers set an accurate seeding rate that balances the good start canola needs with their profitability goals and appetite for risk....
The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) held their reorganizational meeting today and elected a new executive for the 2017/18 year....
On a previous program, we heard about solvency, one of the key measures when it comes to measuring your farm financial management....
The Canadian pulse industry remains on edge as India considers rejecting shipments that have not been fumigated before they arrive in the country....
The 2017 Canadian Agricultural Outlook provides a forecast of farm income in the agricultural sector for the previous and current calendar years (2016 and 2017), and looks ahead to longer term trends that could impact the agriculture sector....
The CropConnect Conference has wrapped up for another year....
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is continuing to call on the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to reduce, and refund, user fees charged to farmers marketing their grain....
ICGA’s founder also helped create the National Corn Growers Association...
The allure of drones crisscrossing farm country to gather useful information you can put to use easily is still in the works. There are more players every day in the aerial imagery business, but there are also only pockets of success. Land O'Lakes, the big Minnesota cooperative that also owns WinField United and satellite information company Geosys has laid out a new drone-focused challenge. The Land O'Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge is a crowdsourcing competition the company announced is designed to "develop ...
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The Canadian Meat Council fears unresolved technical issues could delay the movement of Canadian pork and beef into Europe under the Compensative Economic and Trade Agreement....
Canadian business that have dealings with customers in the U.S. are being advised to pay close attention to changes on the trade front....
This study investigated the pathogenicity and transmissibility of a reverse-genetics-derived highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 lineage influenza A virus that was isolated from a human, A/Iraq/755/06....
Farmers and agricultural producers will now have almost double the amount of land available to them with additional Crown lands now available for agricultural production....
Farm Life Financial Planning Group (Farm Life) today announced former Pioneer Hi- Bred Canada President Ian Grant as its new Strategy and Partnerships Advisor to join the Peterborough based farm financial planning company....
Eight projects are scheduled to receive government funding...
Sugarbeet quality was reduced in 2016 because of Cercospora leaf spot, excess nitrogen and extended warm fall....
Low crop prices have many Midwest wheat and corn farmers looking for ways to supplement their incomes. One possibility for conventional farmers: producing food for farmers markets....
Landowners sign onto drainage projectREGINA - Seventy-three landowners in southeastern Saskatchewan have signed onto a project that will allow better control over water flows in an effort to reduce flooding downstream.Environment Minister Scott Moe said Thursday that the permit for the Dry Lake Project in the Gooseberry Lake Watershed covers nearly 73 square kilometres.Moe said it's the largest single agricultural drainage approval in Saskatchewan's history.The plan allows control over when and how much wat...
SUMMERLAND, B.C. — When Iris Meck got a management job right out of university in 1978, she didn’t consider it a big deal. Yet by joining the Cargill management team, she became a rare find for that time — a woman working in a management position at a major agricultural corporation. However, there were no special announcements or added privileges. “I think those were the days where, number one, university students were lucky to get a job. Number two, as a female and not being a nurse or a doctor, it...
Growing grain in Western Canada is a massive undertaking. It requires knowledge, dedication, land, equipment and perhaps most importantly, a bold ability to invest huge amounts of capital on assets that will literally be buried in the dirt. Getting Canadian grain to world markets can be a similarly daunting task. Each year, billions of tiny seeds are grown, harvested, stored, transported, elevated, loaded and shipped hundreds of kilometres in rail cars. When they arrive at the West Coast, the seeds are unlo...
Karl Gerrand, chief executive officer with G3 Canada, says the design of his company’s new terminal will contribute to a more efficient flow of train traffic to and from the North Shore. | Brian Cross photo The top executive with one of Canada’s newest grain handling companies says a state-of-the-art export terminal being built in North Vancouver will set new standards for throughput efficiency and car cycle times in western Canada. Karl Gerrand, chief executive officer with G3 Canada, described the co...
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association brought a grain entrapment demonstration to Ag Days to show how quickly a person can become entrapped in grain. Here, specialist Glen Blahey explains how to rescue a person by building a coffer dam. | Ed white photo BRANDON — Grain bins kill. So knowing how to get in and out of them safely is essential for every farmer. Knowing how to save a trapped farmer is essential for every rescue crew. That’s why the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association brought a ...
Grain farmers in northeastern Alberta will soon have access to another new elevator. GrainsConnect Canada, a joint venture between Australian grain company GrainCorp and Japan-based Zen-Noh Grain Corp., has confirmed plans to build a $30 million high throughput elevator at Vegreville, Alta., about 100 kilometres east of Edmonton. The facility will include 35,000 tonnes of concrete storage and looped rail access. GrainsConnect president Warren Stow said the new elevator is the third of four new construction ...
BASF’s research program in the agriculture greenhouses at the University of Saskatchewan is used to provide plant material for educational and marketing purposes. | Robin Booker photos For eight months of the year, BASF’s research program in the agriculture greenhouses at the University of Saskatchewan is occupied with pre- and post-registration research. For the other four months during winter farm show season, there is a shift in focus toward education and marketing.   “We’re growing all sorts ...
Grain shipping capacity on Canada’s West Coast is in the midst of a major overhaul. Over the past few years, factors that include the de-regulation of the Western Canadian wheat market and the emergence of new grain industry competitors has resulted in a flurry of port investments that could add more than 15 million tonnes of annual grain shipping capacity to Canada’s busiest export corridor. All told, Canadian grain companies are on track to invest roughly $1.5 billion on Vancouver-area port facilities...
Canada could become an agriculture and food export powerhouse, much greater than it already is. But it would be challenging and would likely force a confrontation with policies, structures and politics, say economists about an Advisory Council on Economic Growth report. “We just need to get our act together…. We need a vision,” said Sylvain Charlebois, the dean of food science at Dalhousie University. “Before somebody else dictates what we should be doing, we should perhaps have meaningful conversat...
The hog market is sizzling with uncertainty and it is impossible to tell now if it will be able to stay in the pan of hot domestic prices or fall into the scorching fire of an international trade war. It’s creating a challenging time for hog price hedging, since prices could easily go either way in coming months. Farmers should be thinking of protecting some forward prices, even if the market is rallying on strong domestic demand. “We’ve switched out one uncertainty for another,” said Tyler Fulton, ...
A global glut of malting barley is limiting export opportunities for the ample Canadian crop and that is driving down prices, say analysts. Australia harvested 11 million tonnes of barley in 2016-17, which is a record and 28 percent more than the previous year, according to an estimate by the U.S. agricultural attaché. Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of barley. It typically accounts for 30 percent of the malting barley trade and 20 percent of feed barley trade. That share is expected to...
If you had told me in high school or university that I would be working in the agricultural industry, I would have laughed and shaken my head. A short while ago, I was managing a law firm and living in downtown Vancouver, worrying more about rain boots and labour law than winter coats and cereal crops. Here I am though, living in Winnipeg and working for Cereals Canada as the director of communications and stakeholder relations. The journey to get here has been an interesting one, personally and professiona...
Bison returned to Banff National Park Feb. 1 after a 140-year absence. Sixteen wild Plains bison were released into the park’s Panther Valley, where they will be held in a 45-acre pasture and monitored by Parks Canada for 16 months to acclimatize. Sometime around June 2018, they will be released into the full 1,200 sq. mile reintroduction zone along the eastern slopes of the Rockies within the park, where they will interact with other native species. Bison were once the dominant grazers in the park and be...
TABER, Alta. — Potential trade negotiations with the administration of United States President Donald Trump could affect Canada’s sugar business. Though small in the global scheme of sugar production, which comes mostly from cane, Canada’s sugar trade also involves the southern Alberta sugar beet industry. Canada’s access to the United States under existing rules comprises 10,300 tonnes of beet sugar and 59,250 tonnes of sugar-containing products annually. Maintaining that trade is “absolutely fun...
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) — Quinoa, the so-called “mother grain” of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study. Scientists have mapped the genome of quinoa and identified a gene that could be manipulated to get rid of the grain’s natural bitter taste and pave the way for more widespread commercial use. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) already grows well in harsh conditions, such ...
Symposium will feature different speakers from a variety of hazelnut backgrounds...
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) was very pleased to see that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been approved by the European Union's parliament on Wednesday....
Massey Ferguson®, a global brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), introduces a new control terminal and more advanced technology to 8700 Series high horsepower tractors....
Canada's pea and lentil problem with IndiaCALGARY - Canada's producers of peas and lentils are preparing for the possibility that their largest market may soon shut down imports because of a purported problem with pests.For more than a decade, India has allowed Canada to treat pulse shipments for pests after shipping rather than before. But that may come to an end next month.The fumigation of pulse pests requires the use of methyl bromide, a pesticide that Canada is trying to phase out because of concerns i...
It’s Canadian Agriculture Day and producers across the country are celebrating on social media...
Manitoba farmers do their part to safely dispose of pesticides and livestock medications...
Canadian Agriculture Day puts the industry at the forefront...
The Water Security Agency has approved the largest agricultural drainage project in the Saskatchewan’s history in the southeast corner of the province....
Alberta beef producers and farmers are applauding the approval of a landmark trade deal between Canada and the European Union....
Canola futures prices set back from December highs into mid-January, but have since recovered despite 2017 strength in the Canadian dollar....
Baker Community Farms out of MacGregor has won the Manitoba Corn Growers Association's Annual Corn Competition....
The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) has awarded Dr. Carla Taylor with the 2017 Canola Award of Excellence for her contributions to the canola industry....
Today, February 16 marks Canada's first ever Agriculture Day....
As a prequel to Gulfood 2017, which starts on February 26, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach is teaming up with Canada Beef and Air Canada for three F&B events next week, where guests will also have a chance to win two return tickets to anywhere in Canada via Toronto...
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Winnipeg today to provide remarks at the 4th Annual CropConnect Conference, where he announced more than $2.27 M in funding for the crop sector....
By Kristy Seachrist The 52nd annual National Farm Machinery Show kicked off with a joint announcement between the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Kentucky Fair Board for the 2018 show. Kentucky State Fair Board CEO Jason Rittenberry and Dennis Slater, president, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, said a signed agreement means AEM will assist with management and co-promotion of the show and have an equity position in the future growth of the show starting in 2018. Rittenberry said the par...
Yield and moisture variability was extreme during the harvest of 2014 — the year that fourth-generation farmer Tim Malterer became convinced that modeling pays off. For his corn, Malterer considered soil, moisture and other conditions when calculating that he’d need to add 20 to 30 pounds of N per acre. But when he turned to Nitrogen Advisor from The Climate Corp., the software recommended adding 40 to 50 pounds. Malterer applied those amounts to different areas during his second sidedressing. In areas ...
Eric Kaiser has spent a lifetime building his Quinte Region farm; transforming 14 former Loyalist mixed settlement properties on heavy clay soil into a large and productive egg, field crop and strawberry business....
Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers kicked off CropConnect 2017 Wednesday with their annual general meeting....
Challenger®, a global brand of AGCO Corporation, introduced a new 9-inch, touch-screen Tractor Management Center (TMC) terminal and comprehensive offering of precision farming technology on the Challenger MT600E Series high horsepower tractors during the 2017 World Ag Expo....
Today, AGRIS-Cooperative Ltd. will be presented with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer award at the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) Annual Conference. AGRIS-Cooperative Ltd....
Grain Growers of Canada, the national voice of Canada’s grain farmers, today launched a new logo and website at www.ggc-pgc.ca....
The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association website houses an online gallery of inductee portraits and profiles that encapsulate each individual’s involvement in Canada’s agriculture and food industry....
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This week the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley are launching the AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program, a new program to inspire future farm leaders through a leadership and mentorship experience....
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit organization addressing food and agriculture challenges through innovative science, today launched the Pollinator Health Fund with a $10 million commitment toward reversing the pollinator population decline in the United States....
The 2018 F-150 lineup is new with even tougher looks,” proudly proclaimed Ford’s press release from the North American International Auto Show in January. “From XL to top-of-the-line Limited, all Ford F-150 models receive new grilles, headlamps and bumpers that create a visually wider and more planted stance and maximum differentiation between the series.” There’s also a new “sculpted” tailgate design and new colour choices for the interior along with six different wheel designs providing diam...
More than 40 cows lost in barn fire...
Strasbourg | Reuters — The European Union and Canada secured clearance on Wednesday for their contentious free trade deal and the removal of import duties that supporters say will boost growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. The two parties can claim a success for their open markets policy after months of protest and uncertainty and in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and wants to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement. Eur...
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than $1.6 million in eight research projects dealing with a wide range of issues facing crop producers....
US negotiated cash hog markets are expected to resume their bullish trend this week after a setback last week....
It's been questioned whether an announced soybean processing plant near Jamestown, North Dakota might hurt the chances of a facility being built here in Manitoba....
Recently released 2016 Canadian pork export statistics show the Canadian pork industry can fill global demand when favourable terms of access to foreign markets exist....
A new chair and directors have been appointed, and one existing director appointed to vice-chair, to the board of the Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today....
A new report explores the trade benefits between Ontario and the U.S. in the Great Lakes region...
John Deere introduces its new 5R Series Tractors that leverage existing technologies normally found in large tractors, to provide customers with unrivaled maneuverability, an easy-to-use transmission, increased visibility, loader integration, and operator comfort....
Producers and ag service providers can enhance the capabilities of their new John Deere 4-Series Sprayers by adding a new lightweight carbon fiber boom and new CommandViewTM III cab that provides all-day comfort and a customizable workspace....
AGCO Corporation and Hesston by Massey Ferguson®, the industry-leading hay equipment brand from AGCO, introduced a standardized classification system for small and large square balers during the 2017 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif....
Protecting dwindling honeybee populations and improving soil health are the goals of two University of Guelph initiatives that received more than $1.4 million in federal support today....
A scientist with the University of Alberta says, by considering nutrition, pork producers can foster conditions that will support a more healthy microbial population within the gut of the pig....
PIC's Global Gene Transfer Centre's Quality Assurance Manager says, by making more efficient use of artificial insemination, North American pork producers can increase the level of access to superior swine genetics....
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes news that the European Union has ratified the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), one day after the House of Commons passed the CETA legislation....
2017 AE50 Awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) for new innovative technologies....
Case IH is excited to announce a new line of Maxxum series 2WD tractors that combine efficient power with enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning radius....
Munters Group strengthens its position within climate control solutions for the food production industry by acquiring MTech Systems, combining data analytics expertise with state-of-the-art technology....
Driven by the growing demand for efficient data management, the latest Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) solutions from Case IH help producers collect timely information about their crops — whether in the cab or from the sky — to make better-informed management decisions that turn potential into profit...
Canadian burger and root beer chain A+W has chalked up another year of same-store sales growth despite “economic challenges” in the Alberta and Saskatchewan markets. Posting its year-end results on Tuesday, A+W’s Vancouver-based income fund reported same-store sales growth of 3.4 per cent in 2016 over 2015, down from a 7.6 per cent sales growth rate in 2015 over 2014. The year-over-year growth comes “despite a challenging year for the foodservice industry in Canada and the severe downturn in Alberta...
Canada’s farmers aren’t likely to see less competition for their crop chemical dollars if the owner of Adama Canada buys Syngenta, the Canadian antitrust watchdog has ruled. The Competition Bureau on Tuesday issued a “no action” letter for the takeover of Syngenta by China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina), saying the deal is “unlikely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition for the supply of pesticides in Canada.” Even in cases where Syngenta and ChemChina’s Adama ...
CNS Canada –– Seasonal lows in the Western Canadian feed grain market may stick around longer than normal this year, as the industry awaits the abnormal spring harvest of those fields left to overwinter this year. “The seasonals are fairly consistent,” said Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge, adding “we usually see the lows of the market from the middle of January through early March.” He placed barley prices in the key Lethbridge cattle feeding area at about $153-$158 per to...
Western Canadian feeder cattle prices traded steady to as much as $5 lower over the past week. Early in the week, buyers incorporated a risk discount due to the extremely cold temperatures, especially in the Eastern prairie regions. By Thursday, markets were factoring in the larger beef supply forecasts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which bolstered fears of a “2016 deja vu.” Order buyers were quite busy but interest was limited on price and quantity. Many Alberta operations appear to be carry...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell to a six-day low on Tuesday, pressured by the rapidly advancing harvest of a record crop in Brazil and much-needed rains in Argentina. Corn and wheat futures also weakened, setting back from 7-1/2-month highs in the absence of bullish news. Declines in corn and wheat were limited by speculators defending long positions they have built up during the recent rally. Soybeans were on the defensive amid expectations of a bumper harvest in both Brazil and Argentina t...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures posted strong gains on Tuesday, reversing Monday’s selloff, fueled by short-covering and wholesale beef price rebound, said traders. Technical buying ensued after investors bought the February contract and simultaneously sold deferred months in a trading strategy known as bull spreads. February live cattle closed 1.45 cents/lb. higher at 117.375 cents, and above the 40-day moving average of 117.31 cents (all figures US$). April ended 1....
Ottawa | Reuters — Although U.S. President Donald Trump says he only wants to tweak trade ties with Canada, his pledge to renegotiate NAFTA to focus on Mexico is almost impossible and Canada will not emerge unscathed, Canadian officials and trade experts said Tuesday. Trump had warm words for Canadian trade following a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, but his call for major changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement to target Mexico stymied experts. “I can’t see how it’s...
Food banks get into growing as donations declineTORONTO - In a bid to make up for a shortfall of high-quality nutritious food, some Canadian food banks are growing their own produce — and even farming fish.The Mississauga Food Bank recently launched AquaGrow Farms, where tilapia is being raised in tanks and lettuce is raised through hydroponics, or without soil.Executive director Christopher Hatch said the Ontario food bank is the first in Canada to be producing its own fish."It's not a complete solution,...
Saskatchewan Ingredients Tour to visit many local facilities...
Washington | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the country would be “tweaking” its trade relationship with Canada, stopping short of calling for a major realignment in a development likely to please visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump has pledged to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) linking the economies of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to make the terms more favorable to Americans. At a joint news conference with Trudeau after White House ...
Massey Ferguson®, a worldwide brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), is introducing a high-clearance (HC) utility tractor to meet the needs of specialty crop growers throughout Central California and other specialty crop regions of North America....
Though many consider a horseshoe a symbol of luck, some horse owners depend on horseshoes to help keep their horse’s hooves healthy....
Twenty percent of the U.S. horse population is now over the age of 20....
Rhodococcus equi is a common cause of bacterial pneumonia in foals 1 to 3 months old. Despite its prevalence, researchers still don’t know why some foals on a farm contract it while others don’t, or why it will affect a farm’s foal crop one year but not the next....
CleanFARMS program allows farmers to dispose of medications and pesticides at no charge...
Calvin Kunze thought it was probably too good to be true. Someone called him and told him he had won a new John Deere 2025R Compact Utility Tractor, equipped with an H130 Loader and 62D Mower Deck. "I was super shocked....
Perhaps Canadian farming and food aren’t as glamorous as Beyonce and Adele at the Grammys. But, oddly, like the two singing celebrities, farming and food have been standing on the centre of the stage, with everybody’s eyes on them, the focus of attention of a hope-starved society. Unlike Adele and Beyonce, Canadian farming and food aren’t standing there in elegant or glittering outfits, preening in pools of pulsating ego. The “agfood” sectors seem to be standing there awkwardly, as if they were pu...
On an earlier program we heard about the Managing Risk in Winter Grazing Systems video series....
Alberta Agriculture, in partnership with the Potato Growers of Alberta, is holding a number of potato post-harvest management workshops next month....
Farmers in Ontario returned 125,981 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 12,080 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through CleanFARMS' obsolete collection campaign this year....
Recently released 2016 Canadian pork export statistics show the Canadian pork industry can fill global demand when favourable terms of access to foreign markets exist....
Premier Brad Wall is embarking on a tour to promote Saskatchewan agriculture....
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has published the latest AgriProfit$ Cropping Benchmarks....
A new federal report identifies the University of Guelph as a key player in developing Canada into a global agri-food leader....
Feeling a sense of relief following Donald Trump’s remarks on the future of U.S. trade with Canada, business leaders are now hoping for a second wave of positive news out of Europe...
University of Saskatchewan professor Jeff Schoenau talks with Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist Warren Ward and host Jay Whetter about sulphur fertilizer practices for canola....
Healthy growing conditions are critical to the success of any crop, and chemicals designed to help plants grow and resist disease are common, useful tools for farmers – whether growing conventional, organic, indoor, or outdoor crops....
The nominees have been announced for this year's Manitoba Outstanding Young Farmers award....
Low protein content is an issue for Western Canadian soybeans....
One lament farmers have when they talk about all these new data tools is that they don't seem to talk to each other. There's an active campaign to help end that, and a big announcement from Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture shows what's possible. Field to Market developed the Fieldprint Platform, which is a free program that allows farmers to enter key data and information about their farms to see how they compare to others on a range of practices. It's a super benchmark tool with su...
Glencore’s Prairie grain handling arm Viterra plans to stake a new claim in the northeastern Alberta market with a new high-throughput elevator at Vegreville. The company announced Monday it has picked up the necessary regulatory approvals and expects to start construction along Canadian National Railway (CN) track this spring. The elevator is expected to have storage capacity for 35,000 tonnes of grain and a loop track system to spot up to 130 railcars. GrainsConnect Canada, the joint grain-handling vent...
Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures sagged on Monday in advance of potentially lower cash prices this week as packers attempt to recover lost profits, said traders. February live cattle closed down 0.475 cent/lb. at 115.925 cents, and April was 0.625 cent lower at 112.525 cents (all figures US$). Monday’s average beef packer margins were at a negative $81.80 per head, down from negative $75.10 on Friday and a negative $59.75 a week ago, as calculated by HedgersEdge.com...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures rallied for the fifth day in a row on Monday, hitting a 7-1/2-month high as investment funds continue to add the grain to their portfolio despite ample global supplies. Corn futures also firmed on a technical bounce and signs of strong demand for U.S. supplies. But soybeans eased, weighed down by improving conditions for growth in South America that fuelled expectations for a massive harvest in key exporters Argentina and Brazil. Chicago Board of Trade March soft red...
Memorial services will be held Friday in Winnipeg for Andy Sirski, the ag rep turned farm writer who encouraged Prairie producers to expand their views of financial planning beyond the farm gate. Sirski was best known to farmers in his role as editor of Grainews from 1995 to 2006 and as the farm journal’s “Off-Farm Investments” columnist up until his death Feb. 10 in Winnipeg at age 73. Born at Norquay in eastern Saskatchewan and raised on the farm near Dauphin, Man., Sirski became a provincial ag rep...
As Thomas Gress and a group of other baler product specialists at Krone stood in the shadow of an old Hungarian village church this past summer, they were surrounded by a group of journalists from several countries. Krone invited members of the media to a large farm on the outskirts of that village to see its new haying equipment in operation. One of the machines the product specialists wanted to show was the BiG Pack 1290 HDP II large square baler, which offers the highest capacity and densest bales of any...
The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is launching the Ontario Soil Network, a unique soil-focused leadership course that is being piloted in southwestern Ontario in 2017....
McFarlane Mfg. Co., is introducing the HDL-1100 Series Heavy Duty Harrow cart in Booth 4872 at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. In keeping with their 100 year reputation as an innovator in the tillage industry, McFarlane Mfg.’s new HDL-1100 series harrow cart offers greater strength and easier operation....
McFarlane Mfg. Co., (flexharrow.com), is “kicking-off” the celebration of their 100 Year Anniversary this week at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY....
ZETOR North America will spotlight the innovative FORTERRA model range with STAGE IV at the Feb. 15-18 National Farm Machinery Show, Booth 7401, in Louisville, Kentucky....
Canadian artists pay tribute to horses lost in Classy Lane fire...
New report says connectivity could help Canada’s ag industry grow...
Coffee and coveralls among the gifts farmers may want for Valentine’s Day...
The use of computer models to assess the potential dispersion of odor from proposed livestock operations in the United States has become a popular method for predicting the potential of impact of odor....
The President of the Ag and Food Exchange is encouraging livestock producers to use the tools they have available to demonstrate the emphasis they place on animal welfare....
When he shows a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rural speaking tour, farmer and agricultural economist Philip Shaw gets quite a reaction...
DuPont Pioneer today announced the winners of its Seed for a Season contest in the Maritime provinces....
Some producers weren’t able to make it to the Annual General Meeting in January. We’re already looking forward to next year, but until then here’s what you missed from our January 25th meeting:...
Getting big companies to offer advance looks at new machines is never easy to get locked down. There are timing issues to consider, and most companies don't like to share the "new" before there dealers know about it. Yet with some diligence, and reaching out to exhibitors, there are a few highlights we can tease (in addition to the new products that follow) that show this event is a hot stop for major players in the market. This is just an early highlight of what you can track down at the show. These are pr...
Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (IDC) is a term becoming more familiar with soybean producers in the region....
Just like the rest of us, farmers need to plan for their future financially....
Producers are being reminded of the importance of using rotations for pulses....
From February 14-25, Soy Canada will travel to Indonesia and Japan on a market development mission to build on existing relationships and seek out new market opportunities....
It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world's rapidly growing population....
A dairy producer from the Centre-du-Quebec region is being promoted to the head of the board table at dairy co-operative Agropur. Rene Moreau, who farms south of Victoriaville at Warwick, Que., was announced Friday as Agropur’s new president, replacing Serge Riendeau, who led the board for the past 15 years. Moreau, one of Agropur’s vice-presidents since 2012, has represented the Nicolet-Bois-Francs region on the board since 1998 and represents Agropur on the boards of the Conseil quebecois de la cooper...
A U.S. soybean growers’ co-operative has picked its site for what it says would be the first soybean processing plant of its kind in North Dakota. Minnesota Soybean Processors and its North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) subsidiary announced Tuesday their site will be on 150 acres near Spiritwood, N.D., 260 km south of the Manitoba border and about 140 km west of Fargo. The co-operative, which already runs a soy crush and biodiesel processing plant at Brewster, Minn., about 110 km east of Sioux Falls, S...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat and corn futures extended gains to set multi-month highs on Friday on follow-through buying after the U.S. Department of Agriculture slashed domestic stockpile estimates in a monthly report on Thursday. Soybeans also were higher as investors defended their net long position despite expectations for a record-large harvest in top producer Brazil. Chicago Board of Trade March wheat finished 5-1/2 cents higher at $4.49 per bushel, the highest on a continuous chart since June 28 ...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Friday, hit by sell stops and fund selling after drifting below technical support levels, said traders. February live cattle closed 1.25 cents/lb. lower at 116.4 cents, and April 1.675 cents lower at 113.15 cents (all figures US$). Both contracts slipped beneath their respective 10-day moving averages of 116.605 and 114.865 cents. Jitters about next week’s slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle prices exerted more pressure on ...
CNS Canada — Ocean freight rates are trending down, but are still well off the record lows seen exactly a year ago. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI), compiled daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange, provides an assessment of the price of moving major raw materials by sea, including grain. The BDI was quoted at 702 points on Friday, its lowest level since August and down by 550 from the yearly high of 1,257 hit in mid-November, but still comfortably above the record low 290 hit on Feb. 10, 2016. Seasonal patt...
Chicago | Reuters — Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear. Blizzards, avalanches and heavy rain in recent weeks have hit transport of corn, soy and wheat to ports where they head for the lucrative Asian market, adding to the struggles that have plagued U.S. exporters since harvest. The setbacks come at a critical time f...
McCormick North America recently hosted its annual 2017 Dealer Meeting event for its entire North American dealer network....
Spring harvesting is the best way to remove canola still in the field. Quality will likely be down, but it will still be worth something....
The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) and the Ministry of Agriculture will be holding an open house at offices across the province on February 16, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, to celebrate Canada's Agriculture Day....
This year I had the opportunity to attend FarmTech as a director of Alberta Canola, one of the 5 hosting organizations that bring this excellent show to producers....
Following January’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) Chair Bill Gehl and General Manager Harvey Brooks made a trip to Ottawa on February 1 and 2 to advocate for a farmer-focussed transportation policy and market transparency changes on behalf of Saskatchewan wheat producers....
GROWMARK acquires propane terminal in New Hampton, Iowa...
GROWMARK acquires L.T. & E., Inc....
Cultivating Master Farmers Seeks Applicants for Class of 2019...
Speaker series offers unique educational and networking opportunity for all Expo attendees...
California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and Broadcast Journalist Hugh Hewitt to Keynote UnitedAg Annual Conference, March 14-17 in Napa...
Canada’s newest federally inspected meat plant, Harmony Beef is scheduled to open Feb. 27. The plant will process about 50 head per day and will escalate until it reaches 800 head, said Cam Daniels, director of marketing. The long awaited opening of the former Rancher’s Beef plant northeast of Calgary suffered delays with municipal permits and other setbacks since Rich Vesta, formerly of JBS USA purchased the operation in 2013. “The Vestas are not cutting any corners. They are doing everything right ...
Applications Open for 2017 Accelerator with $50,000 Investment and Opportunity to Pitch to Industry Panel at Mid-South Farm Show...
Many benefits to extending the grazing season in to the winter months have been published, but the information that is less readily available for cattle producers is how to go about using winter grazing systems within their ranching operations....
Former Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president and East Selkirk farmer Doug Chorney is looking forward to his appointment to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), which starts on Monday, February 13....
Pinnacle expects to announce additional support for the Recapitalization in the coming days....
Acquisition furthers Jain’s leadership by extending field monitoring and control capabilities and enhancing data-based decision-support tools....
Over $16,000 will be invested in Wisconsin Pork Association youth programs and scholarships as a result of the annual pie and silent auctions held during the 2017 Taste of Elegance reception....
Eating healthier just got easier with the addition of one more pork cut to the list of Heart-Check Certified products by the American Heart Association....
The Canadian government is launching a pre-emptive warning for American policy-makers considering a tax on cross-border trade: If you hit us, prepare to be hit back...
Speaker: Dr. Dave Pyburn, VP Science & Technology, National Pork Board...
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Farmers looking for love sought by German TVSASKATOON - If you're a single farmer of any age, either male or female, and speak passable German, there may be a reality TV show for you.Makers of the popular 12-year-old Germany program "Bauer sucht Frau — which roughly translates into "Farmer Wants a Wife" — are hoping one of their dozen farmer contestants this year will come from Canada."It is really interesting for our audience to see how other farmers live their daily lives," producer Jennifer Bichler t...
Reuters — Fertilizer maker Agrium, the world’s biggest farm retailer, on Thursday forecast a less profitable year than expected and said its quarterly profit plunged. The Calgary-based company said after normal trading hours that it expects to earn $4.50-$6 per share in 2017. The midpoint of $5.25 fell below analysts’ average estimate of $5.45, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sagging U.S. farmer incomes and soft fertilizer prices have pressured crop nutrient producers, even as new capacity for n...
Thanks to above-normal temperatures that drew down much of Saskatchewan’s snowpack in January, the province now sees “below normal runoff potential” in most areas outside the southeast. Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency on Thursday released its 2017 preliminary outlook for spring runoff, noting the province has another six to 10 weeks of possible snowpack development. The outlook assumes normal snowfall leading up to the spring melt, and a normal rate of snowmelt. More snow or a fast melt could a...
Reuters — A U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday said La Nina has faded and neutral conditions are likely to continue in the coming months, though it noted some chance that the El Nino phenomenon may reappear as early as the Northern Hemisphere spring. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, in a monthly forecast said that neutral conditions have returned and are favored to continue through at least the Northern Hemisphere spring. La Nina emerged last year for the fi...
Acquisitions and cost-cutting have combined to boost dairy co-operative Agropur’s year-end bottom line — and to raise its total patronage dividends for the year by 50 per cent. The Quebec co-operative, which in 2016 landed on Rabobank’s list of the world’s 20 largest dairy companies for the first time, booked net earnings before patronage and income taxes of $153.99 million, on sales of $5.95 billion, for the year ending Oct. 29, up from $87.82 million on $5.87 billion in fiscal 2015. Patronage divi...
The federal government has defeated a private member’s bill designed to ease the tax burden on small business owners, including farmers. NDP MP Guy Caron had been pushing the Liberals to pass Bill C-274, which would have amended the Income Tax Act so the transfer of a business to a child or grandchild was treated the same as the sale of the business to a third party. I-Politics reported that the Liberals defeated the Bill, at second reading, in the House of Commons Wednesday. The Canadian Federation of In...
A policy shift in India is jeopardizing a $1 billion export market for Canadian pulses. India’s plant quarantine directorate has announced it will not extend an exemption to its methyl bromide fumigation policy. The policy calls for all shipments of agricultural commodities to be fumigated at the country of export. The problem is that it is often too cold to properly fumigate in Canada. India has had an exemption in place for countries like Canada since 2004 allowing fumigation to occur upon arrival in In...
Prairie farmers are going to have to adapt to climate change because they are going to face more of it than most of the rest of the world. However, they should also look at the coming rise in temperatures as an opportunity to play a more vital role in feeding the world of 2050, says a University of Winnipeg climate researcher. “There’s a very good argument that the Canadian Prairies will actually be an important generator of food for the world, more than it already is, because a lot of other areas are g...
Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. A few customers have expressed concerns about beans from Manitoba and Saskatchewan because protein levels in shipments have been below standard. Francois Labelle, executive director of the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association, said the protein issue has come up at industry meetings this winter. “It’s just starting to be talked about,” he said from his office in Carman, Man. “Some of the buyers overseas have commented on (protein)...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures gained two per cent to a seven-month high on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture increased its export forecast and showed smaller-than-expected global supplies in a monthly report. Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell and corn prices declined narrowly from an earlier seven-month peak in the wake of the USDA report in which the government also slashed its estimate for U.S. corn ending stocks and kept its U.S. soy supply forecast steady. CBOT March...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The beef sector faces challenges from a growing U.S. herd, record meat supplies and labour shortages at packing plants just two years after enjoying strong profits from tight supplies of beef and competing meats
. Flat U.S. household incomes reduce the likelihood of Americans eating a lot more meat. U.S. milk, poultry and pork production achieved record levels in 2016. Beef production is expected to hit records by 2018 or 2019. “The U.S. had to absorb the largest one-year increase i...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled higher on Thursday, helped by technical buying and this week’s steady-to-firmer cash prices, said traders and analysts. They said the prospect of increased supplies capped back-month futures advances. February live cattle closed 0.875 cent/lb. higher at 117.65 cents, and above the 40-day moving average of 117.091 cents (all figures US$). April ended up 0.075 cent to 114.825 cents. First-quarter cattle supplies will remain tight,...
Wheat was once the backbone of western Canadian agriculture, but now many farmers consider it to be at best a rotation crop, cultivated to give a disease-fighting break from cash-generating canola. The Canadian wheat industry is challenged on all sides with low-cost competitors winning market share, diet crazes turning consumers away and inadequate research funding falling behind in providing disease resistance and yield growth. The problems are not unique to Canada but are felt acutely because our climate ...
In the decades since the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and later the North American Free Trade Agreement were signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift. There was once a multitude of diverse local and regional economic drivers, but now we have a one-size-fits-all, export-driven, low-priced commodity production model. Farm capital needs have sky-rocketed as illustrated by the massive $90 billion farm debt. Off-farm investors control more and more of Canada’s farmland. Produ...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced a comprehensive integration between the sustainability metrics and algorithms of the Fieldprint Platform and leading precision agriculture, decision support and farm management software solutions. The integration provides commodity crop producers with a seamless solution for assessing sustainability performance of their management practices by utilizing tools fro...
EDMONTON — About one-third of those in the room raised their hands when asked about still having crop in the field on the first day of February. Most of the approximately 200 farmers indicated it was canola, but some sighed when asked about wheat and lifted their hands again. That reality for many producers will be made harder or easier depending on the weather over the coming eight weeks. Drew Lerner from Kansas City’s World Weather Inc. brought most of them good news. He didn’t offer a lot of hope f...
It’s bigger and it’s hairier than Swede midge, but there’s a lot more to be learned about a new species of midge recently identified in Saskatchewan and Alberta canola fields. Researchers know the midge can damage canola flowers, but more study is planned to determine whether that damage is economically significant and whether the insect can affect other parts of the plant. Boyd Mori, a research scientist in insect ecology with Agriculture Canada in Saskatoon, was the first to confirm that the midges ...
Ivan Buhr looked happy and seemed excited as he walked into Sleepy Owl Bread. As a 1970s power ballad, All By Myself, played on the speakers at the Winnipeg bakery, Buhr looked carefully over the bread and pastries on display one afternoon in January. Buhr made his selections in about a minute and then moved to the register to pay. While reaching for cash, Buhr was asked a question about bread. Is there a difference between whole grain and whole wheat bread? Buhr, a 30-something man, paused a few seconds be...
In December, John Deere announced it was introducing two new high-speed tillage implements, model 2230 field cultivators, available in level-lift and floating hitch configurations, along with the model 2330 mulch finisher. The 2230 field cultivators are designed to provide even and consistent soil mixing and residue flow for seedbed preparation, using six-inch “split-the-middle” shank spacing with 200 pounds of trip force. Deere introduces row crop guidance aids Intended for relatively level terrain, th...
Adding to its suite of guidance products, John Deere has just introduced two new features, AutoTrac Vision and AutoTrac RowSense, which it says will help sprayer operators minimize damage in row crops like corn and soybeans. AutoTrac Vision is a single-lens camera that mounts on the front of a sprayer. It can detect the location of crop rows and help guide the sprayer wheels down the centre of them. It’s designed to be used when spraying a field soon after crop emergence in 30-inch rows, starting when the...
CNS Canada — Better prices have created some optimism for sunflower growers in Western Canada — a feeling that may be needed to help the crop maintain acres in the face of so much competition. “I think in Manitoba we’re going to be battling for acres compared to some of those competitive crops,” said Darcelle Graham, executive director of the National Sunflower Association of Canada at Carman, Man. The vast majority of sunflowers is grown in Manitoba, with the rest divvied up between Saskatchewan,...
SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — For many people ending a horse’s life is like putting down the family pet. Owners do not want the animals to suffer and once the deed is done, there is a grieving process that could last months, said Dr. Carolyn Stull, a specialist in animal welfare at the University of California, Davis’s school of veterinary medicine. “Death of horses and quality of life decisions is probably more similar to the rituals we offer to companion animals,” she said at the Alberta horse conferen...
SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Lameness is the most reported health concern in horses, but it is difficult to diagnose and treat. “Diagnosing lameness is the most difficult things vets do,” said Dr Mike Scott of the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine and a practitioner at Moore Equine in Calgary. He favours a holistic approach when making a diagnosis rather than just looking at the horse’s feet or legs. “Poor performance issues are often affected by their systems like their cardiovas...
Ranchers in southwestern Alberta say they want details on the future of grazing in the new Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, an area where grazing leases have been held for a century in some cases. The Alberta government finalized the boundaries of the two parks Jan. 20 at an announcement in Pincher Creek, Alta. Premier Rachel Notley said the parks, a combined area of 254,518 acres, will better protect the region where forestry, oil and gas, grazing and recreational pursuits have l...
When Terry James was a young pup in the grain trading business, George Richardson told him something he’s always kept in the front of his mind: “It’s your name. It’s your reputation. It’s your word. It’s your bond.” Richardson, the patriarch of the family whose name is synonymous with Winnipeg’s grain trade, told him that trading was all about trust. “It helps to have a company behind you, like Richardson, but it’s going to be your name, your bond, that’s going to be of value to you t...
CNS Canada — Stockpiles of mustard are likely to put a squeeze on the number of acres seeded in Canada this year, especially as the commodity competes price-wise with canola. Olds Products, North America’s second-biggest mustard manufacturer, has started contracting acres in Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana. Seed division manager Walter Dyck expects less mustard will be seeded this year, as strong canola prices tempt producers who are on the fence. “Those extra acres usually only come i...
As I like to remind people, "Winter comes but once a year to northeast Iowa, and it usually stays for at least four months." This winter hasn't been much different. Our ground was covered with snow on December 4th and we haven't seen bare ground again since. You don't have to go very far south from here to get an area where the temperatures warm up and snow actually melts. That's the area where our TV stations tend to be. When they give a forecast, we can usually figure on being the caveat to it: "We'll see...
CAMROSE, Alta. — As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, Ireland watches the process with trepidation. Ireland is an exporting nation where half of its business is conducted with the U.K. As Brexit negotiations begin, Ireland will be one of 27 nations negotiating and it will not receive favoured status, said a senator from the Irish government. “This is an unprecedented event and now no one is quite sure how it will play out,” said Paul Daly, who is an opposition agriculture spokes...
The divorce of the United Kingdom from the European Union could herald a period of reduced feed costs for Northern Ireland’s livestock farmers if trade negotiations work out in their favour. Post Brexit, Northern Ireland will be the only part of the U.K. that physically borders the European Union (Ireland), which will present trading challenges between the two Irish jurisdictions. For feed companies, however, Brexit brings a chance to import grains from countries outside the EU that will maintain tariff-f...
As a knife and outdoor enthusiast, I am constantly on the lookout for interesting, quality products that suit both passions. The Swedish FireKnife is a collaboration between the companies Light My Fire and Mora in Sweden, which makes it an interesting item for me. The blade is made from Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel. It is 3.75 inches long and 1/16 of an inch thick along the spine. The overall knife is 8.5 inches long and weighs slightly more than three ounces. The knife features a modified “Scandi” bla...
BANFF, Alta. — Thirty-five years ago, animal welfare considerations led to sows being housed in gestation stalls. Sows received individual care, there was no fighting among them and more live piglets were produced compared to previous production methods. Today, views on animal welfare have changed and hog producers have to comply with them, said Dr. Tom Parsons, a hog researcher and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. However, loose sow housing isn’t the ultimate in sow welfare, he said after g...
BANFF, Alta. — There are pitfalls when converting sow barns to open housing systems, and producers can learn from those who have already trodden the path. Canadian sow barns that haven’t yet converted to open sow housing are mandated to do so by July 2024, as required in the code of practice for the care and handling of pigs. As well, any new barns built must use open sow housing. Mark Fynn, manager of animal care programs with Manitoba Pork, said appropriate space and good flooring are key factors when...
BANFF, Alta. — Think like a pig. And a single word for thinking like a pig, at least in an open sow barn setting, is stockmanship. Dr. Tom Parsons was a hog farmer before he became a veterinarian and professor in swine medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He told those at the Banff Pork Seminar Jan. 11 that the success of open sow housing depends on the people looking after it. “You can gain more benefits from a pen gestation barn by having better levels of stockmanship,” Parsons said in an int...
When a seeding mistake occurs in a precise and repeatable manner, why not make the best of it and turn it into an experiment. That’s more or less what happened to Scott Day last summer on his farm near Deloraine, Man. Day was using his Seed Hawk on 10-inch spacings to seed soybean variety trials for the Minto Co-op. The field had grown peas, lentils and beans in the past but never soybeans. In mid-May he direct seeded into heavy wheat stubble that had been cut low. The soybean trials were set up to accomm...
The history of agricultural aviation often lags a few steps behind military aviation as retired military craft find a second home in agriculture. The same is true with unmanned aerial vehicle technology. So it should come as no surprise that the latest drone to enter the agricultural field comes from Israel. The Hermes 450 is capable of taking imagery of 50,000 acres per hour with a one-inch pixel size of the ground. The plane is used in surveillance operations by governments of all stripes around the globe...
EDMONTON — Plant less, grow more and put the profits in farmers’ jeans. Research points to improved returns for farmers who reduce canola seeding rates, to a point. And many have, but only partially for the right reasons. The long-term canola plant stand target has been seven to 10 plants per sq. foot, and the Canola Council of Canada continues to recommend it, even though seed prices have risen relative to canola price over the years. However, like seed price, yield has also grown. Murray Hartman of Al...
The bovine tuberculosis discovery and investigation that became a nightmare for southeastern Alberta ranchers may be coming to a wakeful end. Officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is in charge of the investigation and eradication of the disease, said Feb. 3 that no new cases have been found beyond the original six animals. Now the agency will concentrate its efforts on the source herd from which all six cases came. “Our evidence shows that there is low risk that the disease was further...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. cattle herd has grown to 93.6 million head, but in many regions that expansion actually replaces animals that were culled because of catastrophic drought. “In the last three years we have expanded rather rapidly,” said Kevin Good, an analyst with Cattlefax who spoke at the recent National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention in Nashville. “We would suggest this year we will expand the beef cow herd by an additional 400,000 head. That number might be a little low.” ...
Many producers use calf hutches during calving season and for very good reason. They are especially important if calving early in inclement weather. As well, the increasing size of our herds means young calves need to get away from the crowded stress. Even producers who calve their herds in the summer will find it beneficial to use hutches for shade and severe rain storms. Unless producers have lots of bush, hutches will be the only place where calves can totally get away into a dry and warmer environment. ...
Phil Gallagher got right to the point at the Manitoba Beef Producers meeting in Brandon. Less than 30 seconds into his speech, the executive chef for Earls apologized for the restaurant’s decision last year to buy its beef from an American supplier and sell steaks as “certified humane.” “We hurt a lot of people. We hurt a lot of people’s feelings, and we hurt a lot of people who work hard every day to produce the food that we consume in Canada,” Gallagher said Feb. 3 at the MBP meeting. “I lea...
You need to consider all available tax tools when selling land to a neighbour or family member. These tools include the lifetime capital gains exemption, family farm roll-over rules, replacement property and capital gain reserves. A capital gain reserve is a useful tool that producers sometimes overlook. It allows you to defer taxes on capital gains over time and have the potential of increased tax savings. A reserve can be used to reduce or avoid Old Age Security claw-back, take advantage of lower tax brac...
CRAIK, Sask. — It started as a farm wife’s dry sense of humour and has become a landmark along Saskatchewan’s Highway 11. 
 The Riskan Hope Farm sign on the hip roof barn reminds travellers of the precarious nature of agriculture.
 Myrna Luther painted the letters in bold, white letters in 1946 to express how she felt about farming, said her son, Dave Luther.
 “She said it fit agriculture. It’s the story of farming. You put the crop in and you hope for a good one,” he said.
 Dave took ov...
The federal government may need to update its regulations to deal with gene-edited crops, says a spokesperson for CropLife Canada.
 Companies are developing new crop varieties using a technology called gene editing, in which biologists can precisely delete or add a gene to a plant’s DNA.
 However, leaders of crop science firms want to know that Canadian regulations are in place before they commit millions of dollars in research.
 “If you are someone who wants to innovate … the clarity of how the...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. Kubota Tractor Corporation today announced an agreement to enter into an alliance with Smart Path Systems for its precision guidance technology products that will be available at select dealerships nationwide for Kubota M, L and B-Series tractors, Kubota F-Series mowers and Kubota utility vehicles. “Kubota is the first to bring this level of technology to the market segment. Applying Smart Path’s precision guidance technology...
Richardson Pioneer is buying Crop First Agro, an independent retail crop input centre in Grenfell, Sask. It sells seed and crop protection products and provides agronomic advice. Richardson plans to add a high-speed fertilizer blender to the site.
 The acquisition adds to Richardson’s expanding prairie network of crop input centres.
 The company is also building crop input centres in Saskatchewan in Pasqua, Elrose and Wakaw, which are expected to be fully operational by the end of this year. 
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CHICAGO (Reuters) — U.S. food producers and shippers are trying to speed up exports to Mexico and line up alternative markets as concerns rise that this lucrative business could be at risk if clashes over trade and immigration between U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and Mexico City escalate.
 Diplomatic relations have soured fast as the new U.S. administration floated a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports and a meeting between the presidents of the two countries was cancelled. 
 Trump has...
Calls for better sclerotinia stem rot forecasting tools for canola growers may soon be answered with the development of a new sclerotinia risk assessment app.
 Lone Buchwaldt of Agriculture Canada is leading the app’s development and is collaborating with the Weather Innovation Network (WIN), the Canola Council of Canada, Sask Canola, extension staff and growers.
 The app will work off the same metrics used by Sask Canola’s interactive sclerotinia stem rot checklist, which includes the number of yea...
Lawyers for Lethbridge County and a group of southern Alberta feedlot owners made their cases in Alberta Court of Queens Bench Feb. 3 to defend and dispute the validity of a county business tax and special tax levied in 2016.
 The bylaws allowing the levies imposed a $3 per animal unit tax on livestock producers in the county and a special land tax of $2 per irrigated acre, slightly less than $1 per dryland acre and 50 cents per grassland acre. 
 The money generated was earmarked for road and bridge mai...
When corporate mergers occur, farmers are often reassured that nothing really will change. 
 The assets are just changing hands, but services and competition will remain as good as before. 
 However, Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier said he has been noticing that some fertilizer depots that changed hands are beginning to disappear, and he’s worried.
 “Those sites are getting shut down,” he said during KAP’s annual meeting Jan. 26. “It not only takes away from competitio...
Q: My grandmother is 87 years old. She is not well and was admitted into a long-term care facility two weeks ago because our family was no longer able to give her the support she needed when she was alone in her own home. We want the home to be as good as it can be for Granny but we are not certain what to do. Apart from a visit every now and then, we are lost. The employees in the facility seem capable of looking after her. They feed her and bathe her and get her into some of their daily activities. What c...
Canola growers need a better decision-making tool for whether to spray a fungicide because the current system isn’t exactly high tech. 
 Farmers now walk into a canola crop and if they come out with damp pant legs, it indicates a need to spray for sclerotinia.
 “The wet pants test doesn’t sound very scientific to me,” said Keith Gabert, Canola Council of Canada agronomist in Alberta.
 Gabert said canola growers need something more sophisticated because sclerotinia, a fungal disease, was a majo...
Agriculture Canada’s first forecast of 2017 seeded acres sees less durum and lentils and more oilseeds and wheat.
 “It feels like this is the year where people that have pushed the rotations are going to be wanting to get those back in line,” said Greg Kostal, president of Kostal Ag Consulting.
 Canola leads the way with a forecast of 21 million acres, up slightly from last year’s 20.37 million acres.
 Kostal said there is unlikely to be big swings in canola because rotations have been pushed...
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?New test results prove the Case IH Steiger 620 is the most fluid-efficient and highest drawbar horsepower tractor in the world.1...
The undetected presence of seed- or soil-borne diseases in peas can seriously reduce germination and emergence and, ultimately, crop quality and yield....
Wheat Growers in the United States and Canada support cross-border trade and open wheat market...
Longgrain milled exports account for the entire reduction and reflect the sales and shipment pace to date....
U.S. exports for 2016/17 are now projected at 75,000 STRV on indications of planned beet sugar exports of 50,000 this fiscal year....
U.S. cotton Supply & Demand Forecasts Show Slightly Higher Exports & Lower Ending Stocks...
U.S. soybean supply and use projections for 2016/17 are unchanged this month, leaving ending stocks at 420 million bushels....
Ontario will continue to offer the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course for corn and soybeans for free until April 30, 2017....
Orange Production Down 1 Percent from January...
This summary is based on reports from exporters for the period January 27-February 2, 2017...
This month’s 2016/17 U.S. corn outlook is for increased food, feed and industrial (FSI) use and reduced stocks....
Lang reflects on his career in the livestock industry...
U.S. 2016/17 wheat exports are raised 50 million bushels to 1,025 million reflecting a strong pace to date....
Heat sensing tool can notify farmers of temperature changes...
Canola damage thought to be from swede midge is likely caused by two separate midge species....
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has calculated that today Canadians will have earned enough income (on average) to pay their grocery bill for the entire year – a date that CFA has coined as Food Freedom Day...
The Executive Director of Winter Cereals Canada reports the abundant snow cover this winter has been a big help in protecting the fall seeded cereal crops from winter kill....
Chicken farmers say processors treat them like servantsDES MOINES, Iowa - Former chicken farmers in five states have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a handful of giant poultry processing companies that dominate the industry of treating farmers who raise the chickens like indentured servants and colluding to fix prices paid to them.The farmers located in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas allege that the contract grower system created by Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Perdue Farms, Koch...
Ontario’s provincial government plans to put up over half a million dollars for Cargill to process byproducts from its Guelph beef plant for feed. Provincial Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal on Wednesday announced a $582,000 investment toward Cargill’s installation of a “value-added” processing system converting raw byproduct into a “protein-rich animal feed ingredient.” The “leading-edge technological upgrades,” installed at a total cost of $3.5 million, are expected to ensure a “high level...
Reuters — Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta pushed back the expected closure of its agreed US$43 billion takeover by ChemChina to the second quarter of 2017, but said it was making progress in winning regulatory approval for the deal. The transaction is important for China, the world’s largest agricultural market, which is looking to Syngenta’s portfolio of chemicals and patent-protected seeds to help bolster food supplies for its huge population. “ChemChina and Syngenta have made significan...
CNS Canada — Lentil buyers are keeping to the sidelines as mixed weather reports from India bring an element of turbulence into the market. Crop conditions in India are generally favourable, keeping Canada’s old- and new-crop lentil markets quiet, said Bobby Leavins of Rayglen Commodities in Saskatoon. New-crop buyers are showing little interest until India’s crop emerges, while bidders and askers are too far apart in old-crop. “In a month we’re going to have a pretty decent idea what that India c...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished lower on Wednesday, pressured by softer wholesale beef values and some preliminary cash prices that fell short of expectations, traders said. They said sell stops and fund liquidation compounded market losses. February live cattle closed 0.9 cent/lb. lower at 116.775 cents, and April 1.75 cents lower at 114.75 cents (all figures US$). Both contracts fell below where their respective 10-day and 40-day moving averages converged at ...
CNS Canada — ICE Futures Canada canola contracts made steady gains during the week ended Wednesday, as traders positioned themselves ahead of Thursday’s release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s next supply and demand report. “We’ve had a bit of a run over the past week and a bit; we popped off some oversold levels,” said Jonathon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions in Winnipeg. The front-month March contract gained $11.60 to rise above the $520 mark. Driedger said the contract also s...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures jumped to a two-week high on Wednesday while corn and wheat prices also rose on support from investment fund buying and position squaring ahead of a government crop report due on Thursday. Soybeans saw the biggest gains, with Chicago Board of Trade climbing 1.5 per cent for the third straight day of higher prices, settling up 16 cents to $10.58-3/4 per bushel (all figures US$). Firm soybean and soy product prices in China underpinned U.S. soy and there was market c...
Chicago | Reuters — Minnesota has launched an investigation to find the source of seed mixes contaminated with weed seeds after the aggressive, herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth weed was found on 30 areas planted in a federal conservation program. The weed grows very fast, reaching up to eight feet in height and can hold back commercial crops, potentially threatening hundreds of millions of dollars of production. Yield losses have been reported of up to 91 per cent in corn and 79 per cent in soybeans, a...
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Ug99 is spreading slower than scientists anticipated but it is only a matter of time before it wipes out crops in some of the world’s most important wheat-growing regions. Ug99 is a race of stem rust first discovered in Uganda in 1999. Its discovery jarred wheat breeders around the world because it is virulent to Sr31, a stem rust resistance gene that was widely used in international wheat breeding programs. “It was one gene that provided resistance to stem rust and it was effective everywhere,” said ...
I have used five types of engine heaters over the years: magnetic oil pan heaters, stick-on heaters, lower radiator hose heaters, heater hose engine heaters, and engine block heaters. For those of us that operate trucks and equipment every day during cold weather I recommend keeping a good magnetic oil pan heater in a place in the shop where it is easy to find. Regardless of what type of heater you use every day they are all prone to failure at some point. A good high-quality magnetic oil pan heater will ba...
The project will allow Cargill to process raw by-products into nutrient rich animal feed...
Lessons learned from farmer panel the highlight of the Precision Ag Conference...
I’ve struggled to build my horse’s topline....
The horse’s fetlock is a relatively small joint with a very big job....
Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) affects more than 80% of Thoroughbred racehorses and 30-50% of all foals and weanlings. Incidence is similarly high in performance horses....
How do you inform farm workers, scouts and others about the Restricted Entry Interval (REI) of pesticides you use?...
New facility will be located in the Wright Business Park...
Newest letter to Trump asks for better trade relations with Asia...
The Cropping Alternatives tool has just been updated....
AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, is bringing to market White Planters™ 9800VE Series planters equipped with SpeedTube® seed tubes from Precision Planting®....
John Deere announces that it has significantly increased the warranty periods for its Ag and Turf equipment parts, retroactive to parts sold after November 1, 2016....
Florian Possberg, Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board told Farmscape Online he remains hopeful the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA ) will have a limited impact on the movement of live hogs and pork across the Canada U.S. border...
The list of biological products farmers will have available continues to grow. The idea of using bio tools is gaining value as more companies, including Monsanto, Bayer and FMC have launched a range of bio-based products. As researchers unlock ways natural products can interact in the environment, you'll be seeing more. There's one challenge, however, that all bio-based products face - working with conventional chemistries. It's not a new problem, and there are already some great success stories. For exampl...
A local food company is expanding to meet growing demand for tempeh, a gut health-friendly soy food popular in healthy cuisine....
Killarney's Dave Koslowsky will remain as chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) for the second year in a row....
The Head of Perdue University's Animal Science Department says as a result of ongoing pressure to reduce antimicrobial use in livestock production, we're headed into a new era of feed and alternatives to antibiotics....
While Manitoba soybean producers continue to hope for a crushing facility to be built here in the province, our neighbours to the south have already seized the opportunity....
Next week's CropConnect Conference in Winnipeg is sure to have something of interest for everybody....
The Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programs with Manitoba Pork says a successful transition from conventional to group sow housing requires the right facilities and the right people....
Health Canada to randomly test medical potOTTAWA - Health Canada says it will be conducting random testing of medical cannabis goods made by licensed producers.The move follows voluntary recalls by two companies after their products were found to contain low levels of prohibited pest control substances.Under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, licensed producers are permitted to use only the 13 compounds that are currently approved for use on cannabis under the Pest Control Products Act...
Manitoba police help catch rogue pigALTONA, Man. - Police in southern Manitoba saved this pig's bacon.Officers with the Altona Police Service were called Monday about a pig blocking lunch-hour traffic on the town's main street.Cpl. Shawn Tarnick says officers didn't want the animal to get hurt and were able to pilot the porker out the community.He says a farmer who noticed he was missing a pig quickly showed up with a trailer and officers helped corral it inside.Tarnick says the pig did not appear to have s...
Sao Paulo | Reuters –– Shares in JBS SA, the world’s biggest beef exporter, tumbled on Tuesday after prosecutors demanded that Joesley Batista step aside as head of JBS controlling shareholder J+F Investimentos SA. Common shares fell as much as 6.2 per cent to 11.29 reais (C$4.76) in early trading before paring losses to 11.85 and was still the biggest decliner on Brazil’s benchmark Bovespa stock index. Prosecutors allege Batista and Jose Carlos Grubisich Filho, chief executive officer of J+F-contro...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange February lean hogs on Tuesday scored a fresh contract high, and deferred months scored new monthly tops, led by brisk wholesale pork demand cash price optimism, said traders. February hogs ended 1.025 cents/lb. higher at 72.375 cents, and hit a new contract high of 72.8 cents (all figures US$). April ended 0.95 cent higher at 72.175 cents, its highest level since mid-June. Tuesday morning’s U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed the average wholesale p...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Tuesday on continued strong export demand as overseas buyers waited for the bulk of the expected bumper South America harvest to come online, traders said. “Beans continue to be the darling of the grains thanks to a long seasonal export tail, with the big anticipated shift to Brazil still yet to materialize,” Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients. Corn futures also firmed, finding technical support after ...
Vancouver | Reuters — Police stopped a “well-intentioned” farmer on Vancouver Island on Monday night after he tried to clear a snowed-in neighbourhood street with a Zamboni, a vehicle for cleaning ice rinks and a fixture in arenas across Canada. Central Saanich police spokesman Dan Cottingham said on Tuesday the man told them he had bought the machine secondhand to drive around and spread fertilizer on his farm, about 15 km north of Victoria. “I think he had good intentions and just because of the h...
Canadian pizza chains Pizza Nova and Pizza Pizza are both staking out further space in the chain dining market for meats from livestock raised without antibiotics. Toronto-based Pizza Pizza on Jan. 23 announced it would source all chicken products on its menu from birds raised without the use of antibiotics, effective immediately. The company’s pledge affects its chicken wings, boneless chicken bites, chicken tenders and grilled chicken pizza toppings, which it said will put it “among the first major pi...
On behalf of the Grain Growers of Canada, I am writing to request that you reduce the outward weighing and inspection fees charged by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) effective immediately....
EDMONTON — China likes Canadian wheat, a lot. Sean Linstead is in a good position to comment on what China wants when it comes to wheat. As a Vancouver-based trader for of COFCO, the China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp., he sources wheat for the giant state buyer. And premium hard red spring wheat from Canada remains a desired product, he said. China is the world’s second largest wheat producer after the European Union, but it is still short of quality wheat. “It is an opportunity for Can...
Solvency is one of the key measures when it comes to measuring your farm financial management....
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association announced their 47th annual convention agenda, to be held in Saskatoon from February 28-March 2....
The new Chair of the Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) looks forward to working with the APG Board to build on the many strides made for beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas during International Year of Pulses in 2016....
Following its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place at FarmTech in Edmonton earlier today, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) board of directors re-elected Kevin Auch from Carmangay as chair and Kevin Bender from Sylvan Lake as vice-chair....
Following a vote at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier today, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) announced that the province’s wheat farmers will pay nine cents per tonne less on a single wheat check-off of $1.09 in August 2017, subject to provincial government approval processes intended to be in place by this time....
Alberta Canola’s 27th Annual General Meeting was held January 31st at the FarmTech Conference in Edmonton....
Despite some concerns, canola meal should be part of swine diets, this specialist recommends...
A lack of inland infrastructure and port capacity is costing Canadian farmers money....
According to Stats Canada, December 31, 2016 total stocks of wheat, grain for corn and barley were up compared with the same date a year earlier....
District 13 Director Ben Fox has been elected as the new president of Manitoba Beef Producers....
Pulse production and consumption around the world continues to grow....
Greenhouse growers say cap-and-trade program may for them stateside...
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (“ADS”) (NYSE: WMS), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Plastic Tubing Industries (PTI), a manufacturer of HDPE pipe and related accessories, for $9.5 million....
American Soybean Association says the legislation is unnecessary...
A perfect example of how the market isn’t one thing, one being, or one organism was the immediate sell-off then almost immediate rebound of stock prices with the surprising and shocking election in November of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Stocks sold off dramatically as those panicked by his ideas and behaviours (or assuming others would be) stampeded out of the market, then those excited by his policies and ideas stormed into the void and created a rally. The market is a diverse community and it doesn...
Western Canadian farm groups look forward to working with new CGC appointees...
The Wisconsin Pork Association recently recognized producers and industry members for their dedicated service at the 2017 Pork and Corn/Soy Expo, held on February 2-3 in Wisconsin Dells....
What if you could have an aerial image taken in the morning and have a full analysis available for download within 24 hours? Sound crazy? Not to Robert Morris, founder and head of TerrAvion, an aerial imaging business that recently picked up new funding to keep pushing the business forward. The company has been on the move, recently announcing new partnerships with ag consulting firm Servi-Tech and FarmSolutions, both companies that serve the precision ag industry. By partnering with TerrAvion, they get acc...
The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board remains hopeful the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will have a limited impact on the movement of live hogs and pork across the Canada U.S. border....
Western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $5 higher to as much as $10 lower compared to week-ago levels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cattle on Feed report, along with U.S. inventory data, confirmed larger beef supplies in upcoming months, which set a negative sentiment amongst feedlot operators. Auction markets experienced variable price ranges on similar-weight and -quality cattle; order buyers were doing their best to chip away on premium bunches but once this demand was filled, the market ...
Canadian beef cattle producers handed over more samples in 2016 than in 2015 to be tested for BSE, turning up zero cases of the brain-wasting disease. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association on Monday reported 27,346 samples were submitted in 2016 — up four per cent from 26,285 in 2015, but down from 27,531 in 2014 and well down from the annual target of 30,000 set in 2003. Despite the shortfall, the CCA said it “remains confident” Canada’s level of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance...
Reuters — Tyson Foods disclosed on Monday it has received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission following allegations it conspired with rivals for years to fix chicken prices. The chicken sector, which is dominated by a handful of large meat companies, has come under increased scrutiny over the past year as customers and farmers have alleged antitrust violations relating to pricing, production and compensation. U.S. poultry buyers claimed in a lawsuit in 2016 that Tyson, the nation...
Calgary | Reuters — Parks Canada has reintroduced a herd of plains bison to the country’s oldest national park in Banff, Alta., officials said on Monday, more than 130 years after the iconic North American animal last grazed the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The conservation team moved 16 bison from a protected herd in central Alberta into an enclosed pasture in Banff National Park in the west of the province last week. The herd will stay under observation in the remote Panther Valley until su...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog February futures scored a fresh contract high and deferred contracts scored monthly highs on Monday, fuelled by firmer cash and wholesale pork values, said traders. February hogs ended 1.025 cents/lb. higher at 71.35 cents, and hit a new contract high of 71.425 cents. April ended 0.975 cent higher at 71.225 cents, a seven-month top. Monday morning’s slaughter-ready, or cash, hog price in Iowa/Minnesota averaged $67.63/cwt in light volume, up $1.01...
The Bamford family that owns equipment manufacturer JCB also runs a large farming operation in England, not far from the brand’s World Headquarters facility at Rocester. (JCB is actually company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford’s initials.) So the farm is a handy place to test and prove the machines the company puts its name — or, at least, Joseph’s initials — on. In October it also made a great spot to take reporters to give them a chance to try out those machines during the company’s new-product l...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures firmed on Monday on spillover strength from a rally in China as well as signs of good export demand, traders said. Corn retreated on technical selling, traders said, while profit-taking weighed on wheat following a 2.4 per cent rally last week. Traders in China returned from the Lunar New Year, and the soybean market there rose after being closed for a week. “You had a pretty strong showing in China when they returned from their holiday,” said Northstar Commodi...
Phil Gallagher got right to the point at the Manitoba Beef Producers meeting in Brandon. Less than 30 seconds into his speech, the executive chef for Earls apologized for the restaurant’s decision last year to buy its beef from an American supplier and sell steaks as “certified humane.” “We hurt a lot of people. We hurt a lot of people’s feelings, and we hurt a lot of people who work hard every day to produce the food that we consume in Canada,” Gallagher said Feb. 3 at the MBP meeting. “I lea...
First of seven SuperCenters to be constructed in Saskatchewan...
The OSCIA has added another intake period for farm project funding applications...
Corn growers have a new, powerful option to control western bean cutworm in corn. Delegate insecticide from Dow AgroSciences recently received approval from PMRA for control of both western bean cutworm (WBC) and European corn borer in grain corn. It was already registered in sweet, seed and popcorn....
Beef producer says activists should seek out reliable information and engage with other farmers...
Spectrum Technologies, Inc., the leading manufacturer of plant measurement technology, has announced the launch of the FieldScout TDR 350, the next generation to the TDR 300 series....
A corn-soybean-wheat rotation will increase your corn yields...
Researcher concerned about insecticide drift from corn and soybean fields...
Province Supporting Indigenous Marketplace for Authentic and Local Products...
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued statement...
Application timing, rate and formulation contributed to dicamba drift and crop damage...
The General Manager of Manitoba Pork says the deteriorating trade relationship between the United States and Mexico is of great concern to pork producers in both Canada and the United States....
Tips for boosting soybean yields...
The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says the U.S. rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement could potentially create new export opportunities for the Canadian pork industry....
Determining a herbicide strategy for corn and soybeans...
Beginning immediately Hamilton Farm Supply of Hamilton, ND, will be the exclusive distributor...
All of the presentations from the 2017 Regional Pulse Meetings can be found here....
Farmers who head to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky., are looking for more than new products; they’re seeking information, and Farm Industry News is ready to oblige. Working with Nebraska farmer Scott McPheeters, we’ve pulled together a slate of four seminars relevant to your farm business. Long the moderator for the FIN seminars at NFMS, McPheeters brings a real-world approach to the meetings, asking questions that farmers would ask, and there's a little humor too. Working with McPhe...
There's been a lot of talk recently about the possibility of a soybean crushing facility being built in Manitoba....
Manitoba Beef Producers 38th AGM wrapped up on Friday in Brandon....
Kuhn North America is creating a calendar featuring photos of KUHN, KUHN Knight and KUHN Krause equipment....
GrainsConnect Canada is pleased to announce the location of its third independent, high throughput grain terminal....
Growth council's report to explore 5 themesOTTAWA - The Trudeau government's economic advisers will unveil a new blueprint Monday highlighting several goals — from bringing more women and indigenous people into the labour force to helping workers adapt to the rapidly evolving needs of the job market.The group's latest suite of recommendations on how to revitalize long-term economic growth will influence the senior ranks of the government and could help shape the upcoming federal budget.The Liberal governm...
CNS Canada –– Canadian farmers are sitting on large stocks of poor-quality durum, which should cut into acres seeded to the crop this spring. Durum stocks in the country, as of Dec. 31, 2016, came in at 6.9 million tonnes, marking a new record for that date, according to Statistics Canada data going back to 1980. “It has no home; there’s no export market for it,” said Mike Jubinville of ProFarmer Canada on the country’s large disease-ridden durum stocks. With no offshore demand for the feed-qual...
Snowmobile trails going through farmland owned by members of Quebec’s Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) will remain open as the province hits the brakes on changes to its farmland property tax credit plan. UPA members had recently pledged to revoke previously-permitted access to their land for snowmobile trails starting Monday (Feb. 6) in a dispute dating back to last March’s provincial budget. Laurent Lessard, the province’s new agriculture minister as of Jan. 26, announced Friday he had stopped ...
CNS Canada — Strong U.S. exports and declining cold-storage numbers have helped push hog prices on Canada’s Prairies to better levels than a few months back. According to the latest information compiled by Saskatchewan Agriculture, the U.S. exported 173,770 tonnes of pork in November 2016, up 13.5 per cent from 153,051 in October 2016, and up 16.8 per cent from 148,740 in November 2015. U.S. pork exports by volume in November were the largest by month over the last three years. “The slaughter numbers ...
With no new cases of bovine tuberculosis discovered on the Prairies since mid-November, federal officials are now turning their focus to how the disease got into half a dozen cattle in the region last fall. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday it has finished TB-screening and depopulating all mature cattle from 18 properties that have been deemed infected since September. In all, about 10,000 mature cattle and calves have been ordered destroyed, the agency said. Any cattle from that group showing...
Bovine tuberculosis investigation updatedEDMONTON - Canada's food safety watchdog says it won't begin tests to find the source of a bovine tuberculosis outbreak until the fall.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to focus on how the disease managed to get onto one Alberta farm and infect six cattle, said Dr. Harpeet Kochhar, the agency's chief veterinarian."While we have focused extensively on the potential for the spread of disease so far, we are now turning our focus to tracing activities to identify...
John Deere gave ag equipment journalists a glimpse into the future in August. At a media event held at its Des Moines Works assembly plant, the brand displayed one of its 4 Series sprayers equipped with a prototype carbon fibre boom. “We’re very excited to show you an innovation we’re working on,” said Deere’s Jason Beuligmann as he stood in front of the sprayer at the Iowa plant. “It’s a sprayer boom made out of carbon fibre material. Carbon fibre allows us to further improve the 4 Series spr...
Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. soybean futures fell one per cent on Friday, pressured by expectations for a huge crop in Brazil, the world’s top exporter of the oilseed, traders said. Soybeans weakened early in Friday’s session on a round of technical selling after failing to push through their weekly high during the overnight trading session. Fresh forecasts for a bumper harvest in Brazil pushed prices to session lows. Corn and wheat futures also ended lower, weighed down by abundant global supplies and...
B.C. fruit growers consider replanting programPENTICTON, B.C. - Members of the BC Fruit Growers Association have gathered in Penticton, B.C., for their annual convention and are looking to build alliances outside the province in order to strengthen the fruit-growing industry.Association president Fred Steele says his group's new bare-ground planting program to replant or reclaim orchards is vital if growers hope to move from sustainability to profitability. The idea has been in the planning stage for the la...
CNS Canada –– Canadian canola stocks may be tighter than a year ago and wheat stocks larger — but the updated numbers from Statistics Canada may also need more asterisks than normal. StatsCan, in a report released Friday, pegged Canadian canola supplies as of Dec. 31 at 12.159 million tonnes, down from 13.452 million at the same point the previous year but in line with market expectations. “For the canola market, it’s rather neutral,” said Jerry Klassen, manager of Canadian operations with Swiss...
Partnership to benefit a multitude of users...
Collaborative letter asks for quick confirmation of new USDA Secretary...
An Air Quality Specialist with the University of California Davis says the persistent red barn image of agriculture is misleading the public and needs to be dispelled if modern agriculture is to be free to meet the challenge of feeding the world....
While Canadian beef producers have heard the protectionist, America first talk from President Donald Trump, they are hopeful their shared interests with American counterparts means the industry north of the border will not suffer....
The Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) selected Blair Roth, who has been instrumental in building Alberta’s pulse industry, as the winner of the third annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award....
First off today, more on the carbon levy and what farmers need to know....
For 2017-18, the area seeded to field crops in Canada is forecast to increase marginally compared to 2016....
Norma Burns is giving away her farm in an essay contest...
Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives near Brandon, has announced a new partnership with Real Industries. The announcement was made this week at Manitoba Beef Producers AGM in Brandon....
Portage la Prairie was the site of Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers' third annual “Getting It Right” soybean production meeting held Thursday....
The province's hog industry gathered in Winnipeg this week for the annual Manitoba Swine Seminar....
London Dairy Congress on Wednesday, February 8th for the DuPont Pioneer Dairy Speaker Series....
Father and son duo among the 2017 inductees...
Editor's Note: There's a lot to see at the National Farm Machinery Show - in fact there really is something for everyone and the Gift and Craft Market offers a lot. Here's a look at the changes and what you'll find there. In 2016, the former Family Living Center was renamed and relocated to the South Wing Mezzanine above South Wing C. It was a big change for many exhibitors, but those who chose to make the move are returning for 2017. With more than 80 exhibits, the location is accessible by both escalator ...
What will Trump ask on NAFTA? Some clues hereWASHINGTON - Wondering what the Americans might want from Canada in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Multiple clues might be embedded in a document published by the U.S. government.The U.S. publishes an annual list of complaints about trade practices in other countries.This list was cited in a policy paper written for the Trump campaign by Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro — both of whom now have senior administration roles. Ross is the i...
I’ve taken my horse to a few clinics....
Sitting a sudden spook, lifting a bale of hay the wrong way, or chasing a loose horse around the farm...
Swine exhibitors can be proactive by using different strategies to help reduce stress and minimize the spread of disease at their events this year....
They go by many names: wild boar, wild hog, razorback, Eurasian boar, feral swine....
Mike Beard admits that for years his focus has been on soybean yield and crop marketing...
On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a final rule designating the rusty patched bumble bee (scientific name Bombus affinis) as an endangered species,...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. Nufarm Americas, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of new, innovative and proven seed treatment solutions to its product portfolio. Promoting strong root development and plant growth, leading to more consistent stands and better yields for a range of crops, the new products include three new Spirato seed treatments, Sativa IMF Sembolite MAX, and Salient 372 FS. With the addition of these products, Nufarm provides numerous ...
CNS Canada — Aggressive contracting in the hemp sector is expected to bump up Canadian acres — another benefit for growers who will experience less red tape this year. “We’ve seen a lot of activity on the contracting side for growers,” said Kim Shukla, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance at Steinbach, Man. Aggressive contracting for both organic and conventional hemp is likely to contribute to significant growth on the year, she said. Based on contracts that have been assigned, ...
Members of Quebec’s general farm organization plan to revoke permission for snowmobilers to use their land starting Monday, in protest over the province’s planned reforms to its farmland property tax credit. L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) said Wednesday it had been planning such a move in late 2016 but on Dec. 20 had asked members to hold off on withdrawing access to their land until Feb. 1. The UPA, in a release, said it had hoped delaying the move would allow the provincial government to be...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures extended gains to a fresh seven-month high on Thursday, lifted by strong pork packer demand, while cattle futures also climbed in a short-covering rebound from Wednesday’s multiweek lows, traders and analysts said. Traders continued to bull-spread Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs, with the front-month February contract hitting a lifetime high of 70.5 cents, before settling 0.925 cent higher at 70.35 cents/lb. (all figures US$). The continuous hog chart reac...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures firmed on Thursday, with the most-active Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat contract hitting its highest in more than five months on signs of better-than-expected export demand. Soybeans closed slightly higher as technical buyers pushing prices into positive territory late in the session while corn eased on profit taking. Wheat, which notched its third straight day of gains, had traded lower during the overnight session but turned higher after a U.S. Agricu...
Canada’s wheat exports have been sluggish this year because of a poor quality crop and stiff competition from other regions, say analysts. Exporters shipped 6.6 million tonnes through week 25 of the 2016-17 campaign compared to 8.1 million tonnes a year earlier. The opposite scenario is unfolding south of the border where U.S. wheat exports were 15.39 million tonnes as of Jan. 19, up from 11.96 million tonnes the same time a year ago. John Duvenaud, analyst with Wild Oats Grain Market Advisory, said it wa...
Farmers need to take fusarium head blight resistance ratings with a grain of salt, according to research out of Manitoba Agriculture. The research shows that varieties can perform much differently in the real world than they did in the variety registration trials where they received the official rating that is published in the provincial seed guides. Some varieties with intermediate or even susceptible ratings performed better than many that received moderately resistant ratings. “It’s one more thing to...
WINDERMERE, B.C. — Saunders Family Farm’s cranberry jalapeno and raspberry pepper jellies might never have been made if the processors swam with sharks in Thailand in 2004. Faith and Gordon Saunders, market gardeners from Windermere, B.C., were enjoying a Christmas vacation there with family when a tsunami struck and killed 280,000 people. “We were so very lucky. There were so many people with broken arms, legs and lost families,” said Faith. She said they left Phi Phi island because they had missed...
The French built DV Wing delta drone drew a lot of attention at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Agriculture equipment has long used the latest in research and technology, but recent tools are being viewed by a wider public as cutting edge. “The design is very good. When you have air disturbance, the flight is very stable and very safe,” said Michael Gisselere, Drone Volt’s Canadian manager. “The wing got a lot of attention from the visitors.” It was the only DV Wing in North Ame...
Saputo founder retiring as chairmanMONTREAL - The founder of cheese and dairy processor Saputo Inc. is retiring next summer, handing his position as chairman to his son, who remains chief executive.The move by Lino Saputo, 79, was announced Thursday as the Montreal-based company (TSX:SAP) announced its third-quarter results.The retirement will be effective Aug. 1, when Saputo will be 80. Also retiring after a 30-year career is chief financial officer Louis-Philippe Carriere.Lino Saputo Jr., 50, has been CEO...
Farmer vows appeal in wall-of-manure caseMONCTON, N.B. - A bizarre feud over Lee Murray's massive pile of manure has left the New Brunswick farmer steaming mad.The ugly quarrel with Murray's next-door neighbours, the Gallants, made international headlines this week when a judge ordered he pay them $17,000 in costs and damages, saying he had used his tractor to build a fetid wall of feces along the Gallants' property line to make them miserable.Murray, who has lived all his life on Indian Mountain near Monct...
As scientists around the globe intensify their quest to develop new soil microbes for enhanced crop production, a Minnesota company found its own path to manipulating these microscopic helpers. Agnition’s two main microbial catalysts are engineered to massage and enhance soil microbes already living in the soil, rather than introduce new biological agents. The two products, Generate and Commence, received Canadian Food Inspection Agency registration last month and will be available to Canadian wheat growe...
Canadian agriculture doesn’t import much from Australia, but the canola industry plans to adopt the Aussie approach to blackleg resistance ratings in the next year-and-a-half. Instead of Canada’s present simple but misleading R and S ratings, the new system will break the R and S rating categories into families according to what genes offer resistance to what families of blackleg. That better enables farmers to maintain blackleg resistance in their fields. “There may be a few companies this summer tha...
Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. A few buyers have expressed concerns about beans from Manitoba and Saskatchewan because protein levels in shipments have been below acceptable levels. Francois Labelle, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association executive director, said the protein issue has come up at industry meetings this winter. “It’s just starting to be talked about,” he said from his office in Carman, Man. “Some of the buyers overseas have commented on (protein)....
TORONTO — It took two crises for the owners of Canada’s largest duck producing operation to shift direction. “We went from being a farm family to being a farm family business,” said Debbi Conzelmann,chief executive officer of King Cole Duck. “We had to take another look at our business. Like many other farm businesses, it was like a roller-coaster and we decided we needed to get off that roller-coaster.” Conzelmann, like Margaret Hudson of Burnbrae Farms Ltd. and Heather May Watson, executive di...
Breakfasts are probably the most memorable of all travel meals because they can be so strikingly different from what we have at home. Spaniards enjoy strong cafe con leche with fresh rolls and jamon ham and local cheeses. Irish breakfasts are often a heaping plate of bacon rashers, eggs, sausages, baked beans, tomatoes and brown soda bread. France offers simple baguettes or croissants with butter, jams and cheeses and strong coffee. A traditional German breakfast consists of cold cuts, fresh bread, , jam, h...
Raccoons in Ontario were re-sponsible for most rabies cases by species and by province, according to the 2016 year-end report on rabies from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Ontario reported 288 cases of rabies last year; 171 were raccoons, 84 were skunks, 29 were bats and there was one case each in a cow, cat, llama and red fox. Canada wide, there were 392 cases of rabies reported, affecting animals from 12 different species. After Ontario, Saskatchewan had the second highest number of 
cases at 43. ...
Hindsight has its benefits, but foresight, when it comes to weather and crops, would be even better for farmers. That’s hard to come by, said Dan Heaney of Farmers Edge, but existing weather data does have plenty of information on probability, and that can pay off. He told those at Agronomy Update in Lethbridge Jan. 17 that “field-centric” data, weather information about conditions in a specific field, is becoming a more viable option. Weather station density and extremely localized data can help farm...
Three million acres of pulse crops grown annually in Alberta is a goal well within reach, says an Alberta Agriculture pulse crop specialist. Mark Olson believes growers are already 75 percent of the way there, based on the 2.4 million acres planted to beans, peas, lentils and fababeans in the province in 2016. “I’m confident that we could easily be at three million or even more than that,” Olson told farmers at Agronomy Update in Lethbridge Jan. 18. There are about 25 million acres of cropland in Albe...
HANNA, Alta. — Canadian cattle have been tuberculosis-free since 1985, which has reduced the level of understanding of the disease among producers. However, the discovery of a small number of cases on a southeastern Alberta ranch last fall sparked renewed interest in the disease. The cases resulted in the quarantine of 58 operations and condemnation of 10,000 cattle. It is a complex case because of the size of the herds and the mixing together in community pastures, Randy Wiens of the Canadian Food Inspec...
Every year across Canada, barns tragically go up in flames. Last year, a highly publicized barn fire in Puslinch, Ont., killed more than 40 racehorses with losses estimated in the millions of dollars. Investigators determined that the cause was an electrical issue. In response to this fire, the Puslinch Fire and Rescue Services and Ontario’s University of Waterloo deliberately ignited a barn slated for demolition to research the earliest stages of barn fires. They found that within four minutes, temperatu...
An Alberta seed cleaning company has placed an order for a high-tech grain sorter that has the ability to clean fusarium-damaged kernels out of bulk grain shipments. Spectrum Grain Solutions of Bashaw, Alta., plans to use a Swedish-built Bo-Mill TriQ grain sorter to add value to grain that’s been degraded due to fusarium, ergot or other factors. The TriQ can be used to sort durum, spring wheat, malting barley, spelt and oats. According to the Swedish manufacturer, the machine can sort grain based on fusar...
Canada is in the early stages of embarking on the grand experiment of carbon taxation. Such a tax would be levied on the carbon content of fuel. It is a form of carbon pricing. Carbon is present in every hydrocarbon fuel (coal, petroleum and natural gas) and is released as carbon dioxide when they are burned. CO2 is a heat-trapping greenhouse gas, which has a negative impact on the world climate. Environmental issues now seem to dominate government decision making around the world, sometimes adversely affec...
SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Premise identification was the easiest way to contact livestock owners during last year’s fire in Fort McMurray, Alta., and when bovine tuberculosis was found in southern Alberta later in the year.
 “Having the information where the animals are located in the system allows you to target your responders to be effective in that risk area,” said Allan Pelletier of Alberta Agriculture.
 Identifying a premise allows officials to get in touch with owners more readily if animals ...
U.S. President Donald Trump hasn’t just disrupted his own country’s trading relations with the rest of the world, but also taken an egg-beater to Canadian agriculture’s trade strategy.
 By jerking the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership process, by insisting he will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or rip it up, and by saying he doesn’t like multilateral trade deals, Trump has mashed up Canada’s existing trade strategy. 
 Farmers and food exporters are hoping...
The University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is considering a food safety research position. 
 The research chair would create an integrated approach to food safety projects in which collaboration among scientists, the livestock sector and public policy makers would be encouraged. 
 The position could be created with an endowment of $5 million, so funding is being sought, said Baljit Singh, dean of the faculty. 
 The vision is to support the food industry and develop science based in...
Saskatchewan-based Genesis Grain and Fertilizer plans to spend $24 million on a fertilizer storage, blending and distribution super centre at Belle Plaine, Sask., the first of what it hopes will be a western network.
 Genesis Belle Plaine, west of Regina, will boast a 52,000 tonne fertilizer storage capacity. It will be the first component in what Genesis officials described as a prairie-wide network with three in Saskatchewan, three in Alberta and one in Manitoba.

 Officials expect the plant to hand...
Livestock producers are breathing sighs of relief after the Manitoba government announced barns are going to be considered “farm” buildings again.
 It was good news announced at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual meeting Jan. 25, and president Dan Mazier was delighted to hear it.
 “It’s more than hog barns (affected),” said Mazier.
 “It’s the whole livestock industry. Anybody that has to build a barn — dairy, chicken — the regulations on livestock are horrendous in this provi...
Canada’s largest railway company posted record profits in the fourth quarter of 2016, thanks in part to higher volumes of Canadian grain and U.S. soybeans.
 Canadian National Railway reported fourth quarter net income of $1.02 billion, or $1.32 per share, in the three-month period ending Dec. 31, 2016, which is up from $941 million, or $1.18 per share, a year earlier.
 The company’s strong fourth quarter results pushed CN’s full-year net income up to $3.64 billion on revenues of $12.04 billion.
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Canada’s supply management system is back on America’s radar. 
 Seventeen U.S. dairy companies have written a letter to 25 American governors demanding they push back against a proposed national ingredient strategy currently being considered by Canadian industry. 
 American farm groups say the policy is expected to take effect Feb. 1. 
 “We urge you to prepare to take direct action at the state level to underscore to Canada that deliberately and systematically damaging U.S. exports in this way w...
As January ended, the weather in South America became more beneficial for soybean and corn production, and crop futures prices began to retreat from the rally earlier in the month.
 We could be in for a period of weakness in oilseed prices., and wheat prices continue their unimpressive drift. 
 Analysts expect western Canadian farmers will stick with canola but reduce spring wheat and durum acreage this spring.
 That likely means pulse seeded area will continue strong.
 Pulse prices in the coming ye...
CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Chicago cattle futures fell more than two percent Jan. 30, following a bearish cattle on feed report in the United States.
 American feedlots brought in 18 percent more cattle in December than in the same month in 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
 That topped forecasts and reached a six-year high for that month.
 Higher prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle in December improved profit for feedlots.
 That increased income allowed feedlots to draw more a...
(Reuters) — The deepest slump in a decade for the oversupplied potash fertilizer market may abate only slightly in 2017, major producers say, and could take years to correct because of the imminent start-up of new mines. 
 PotashCorp, the world’s biggest fertilizer producer, has forecast a less profitable year than analysts expected and reported a surprisingly big drop in quarterly profit. 
 Potash prices are hovering around their lowest levels since 2007, amid bloated capacity and weakening farm in...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. Arysta LifeScience North America recently received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval on two new products, both of which feature patented formulation technology that is liquid fertilizer-compatible for in-furrow application: Tepera Plus fferungicide + Insecticide and Tepera fungicide are efficient ways for growers to get plant health benefits while battling seed- and soil-borne diseases, as well as insect pests (with...
Brussels | Reuters — ChemChina is set to secure conditional EU antitrust approval for its US$43 billion bid for Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The deal — the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company — is important for China, the world’s largest agricultural market, which is seeking to secure the food supply for its huge population. Syngenta’s portfolio of top-tier chemicals and patent-protected seeds would boost its potentia...
Canada’s biggest dairy co-operative has been given the all-clear to close its deal for an Atlantic dairy co-op’s ice cream business. Agropur Co-operative on Thursday announced it has bought the assets of Truro, N.S.-based Scotsburn Co-operative Services, which include the company’s plants in Truro and in Lachute, Que. as well as the Scotsburn brand name. The two plants produce over 50 million litres of frozen dairy goods and book annual sales of over $150 million in Scotsburn-branded and private label...
Building upon its commitment to listening and responding, John Deere will highlight its line of equipment, technologies and services at this year's CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 7-11 in Las Vegas....
Following the announcement made in October, New Holland Agriculture is set to expand its wide offering with new implement product lines, as CNH Industrial completed the acquisition of the agricultural Grass and Soil business of Kongskilde Industries, part of the Danish Group Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab (DLG A.m.b.A.)....
Rural Ontario received a boost with the recent announcement of two programs to grow our communities....
The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) has stated that it welcomes the release of the draft content of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The draft regulatory text was posted in Canada Gazette, Part 1...
NIAA Annual Conferences always address cutting edge issues facing food producers and the industries, agencies and organizations supporting them...
For most, feeding hay during the winter months can be challenging. The areas livestock are fed may be determined by ease of access, location to shelter and water, and often in the same places every year....
Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be represented in the CGC...
The year 2050 will be here before we know it! What will Ontario farms look like? Who will be farming them? What food choices will we have as eaters?...
Overall production of most grain in Canada is up in 2016-17 despite delays in harvest for some parts of the prairies due to rain, frost and snow, which negatively impacted quality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said in a Jan. 26 report....
The Director of Research with Pipestone Applied Research is confident a simulation model which shows pathogens responsible for disease in swine can cross the ocean in feed ingredients will stimulate discussion on action that might be necessary to reduce the risks associated with imported feed products....
Professor Grahame Coleman, a Professor in the Animal Welfare Science Centre at the University of Melbourne, discusses "The Human-Animal Relationship: Pig Welfare, Productivity and Training Strategies."...
Other top sellers included a New Holland tractor and John Deere planter....
The General Manager of Manitoba Pork says the new provincial government's approach to agriculture is cause for heightened optimism within Manitoba's pork industry....
Alberta Agriculture has long had a number of useful tools available on their website....
A group educating kids about the facts of farming is blossoming across Newfoundland and Labrador, with students learning the ABCs — apples, basil and carrots, for instance....
The carbon levy came into effect on January 1, 2017....
The first federally registered pre-rigor sow processing plant in Canada has opened up in Blumenort, Manitoba....
North American potato producers are dealing with a new disease....
On behalf of Manitoba pork producers, Manitoba Pork Chair George Matheson welcomes the Government of Manitoba’s recent commitment to repealing the Manitoba Farm Building Code, and amending the Manitoba Building Code by adding specific provisions for farm buildings....
The John Deere G is the highlight of the John Deere two-cylinder tractors....
CNS Canada — ICE Futures Canada canola contracts saw a bit of a corrective bounce on Wednesday but their overall trend remains pointed lower, with the winter highs possibly in for now, according to an analyst. “The technical and the fundamentals are pointing down,” said Errol Anderson of Pro Market Communications in Calgary, pointing to the weakening palm oil market, large South American soybean crops and mounting trade tensions between the U.S. and China. “It’s possible we’ll break below $500 a...
CNS Canada –– Despite a divergence in the two markets on the week, Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and corn are expected to shift back into step, moving sideways to lower in short-term trade, one U.S. analyst says. Improving South American weather is likely to keep a lid on soybeans, said Terry Reilly, senior commodity analyst at Futures International in Chicago. “A lot of traders will be watching the rains that occur over Argentina Thursday through Saturday,” he said. Those anticipated rains should...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Wednesday on commodity fund buying at the start of a new month along with fresh export demand, analysts said. Wheat and corn futures followed the firm trend, with corn buoyed by bullish weekly ethanol data. Chicago Board of Trade March soybean futures settled up 12-1/4 cents at $10.36-3/4 per bushel. The contract rallied after finding chart support at $10.17, a near three-week low. March corn ended up 8-1/2 cents at $3.68-1/4 a bushel while March wheat rose...
Chatham, Ont. — Henry Denotter’s farms near Kingsville, Ont. are close to the Wigle Creek, which flows into Lake Erie and takes with it any residues it pulls from nature and farmers’ fields. The Wigle Creek subwatershed, west of Leamington, has turned into ground zero in long-term research on how farmers can reduce phosphorus running into the lake. Phosphorus from various sources, including farm fields, is being blamed for an increase in algae growth in Lake Erie. The watershed is perfect for finding ...
Chatham, Ont. — Most underpinnings for higher corn, soybean and wheat prices appear to have fallen away — leaving biodiesel the only area that could drive higher prices. A growth mandate for U.S. ethanol production ends in 2017, and oil prices continue to stagnate well below the highs of a few years ago, according to Bruce Trotter, a commodities analyst based in southern Ontario with Cefetra, a Dutch feed company. Trotter told farmers here at the Chatham-Kent Farm Show they need to think of themselves a...
Residents of Prelate, Sask. had a rude awakening Tuesday as the village’s last grain elevator, owned by Paterson Grain, was engulfed in flames. Calls to 9-1-1 started coming in at 5:48 a.m. Tuesday, according to Jason Gizen, a local volunteer firefighter and pedigreed seed grower. Gizen lives in the house closest to the elevator and has a seed cleaning plant beside it — but the fire itself wasn’t what initially woke his family. “My wife could hear a lot of vehicles” and then realized the phone, wh...
Canopy changes stock symbol to WEEDTORONTO - You can now hold a little WEED in your portfolio.Medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) has officially changed its stock market ticker to WEED.The company helped "ring the bell" to open trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange this morning as it began trading under the new symbol.Canopy is Canada's largest publicly traded cannabis company. It had been listed on the exchange under CGC.It says the ticker change comes at a transformative time for the...
After announcing the building of crop inputs facilities in Pasqua, Elrose and Wakaw last year, Richardson Pioneer has completed a successful take over of Crop First Agro in Grenfell....
Manitoba's beef industry will be meeting in Brandon Thursday and Friday for the 38th Manitoba Beef Producers Annual General Meeting....
we heard about the Regional Variety Trials—how they are conducted, quality control, and the number of plots....
Canadian farmers are expected to cut back the summerfallow allocation and put more acres in production this spring, planting more of those acres in oilseeds and fewer in grains and pulses. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s market analysis group on Monday released an outlook for principal field crops which, assuming a return to average or trend yields across the board, predicts grain and oilseed production to drop three per cent and pulse/special crop production to drop four per cent. “However, due to h...
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4,000 pigs killed in Ontario barn firePLYMPTON-WYOMING, Ont. - Nearly 4,000 pigs were killed when a fire destroyed a large barn in southwestern Ontario.Provincial police say the blaze broke out just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday and quickly spread throughout the barn in the town of Plympton-Wyoming, Ont., east of Sarnia, Ont.OPP say at the time of the fire, the barn held about 4,000 pigs, which were all killed.They say there is nothing suspicious about the fire at this point and the cause of the blaze has yet to...
Electrical hazards are one of the leading known causes of barn fires...
Cadman Power is new to Precision Agriculture Conference...
Editor's note: Don't miss the video at the end of this story for more information. Darryl Kilmer has been farming his entire life. And from the beginning, he says the way he measured success was “how full the bins were at the end of harvest.” Today Kilmer, along with his two sons, Dan and Tim, are finding new ways to measure success on their operation. And they’re getting a significant leg up on planning for the 2017 season. Tech at Work is following the Kilmer family, who farm near Dwight, Ill., as t...
It’s winter. For many readers the time is coming when machinery will be rolling again, and chances are you’ve been spending quality time looking at those colorful yield maps. Those maps are great for evaluating hybrids and varieties, improving crop performance, and developing planting or spraying prescriptions. But are you leaving money on the table? With the telematics information new systems are gathering today, it’s time to look at some other charts: the use charts for individual machines. Explorin...
In 2017, four industry icons will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Robert (Bob) Lang, Arthur Loughton, John (Jack) Riddell and John (Jack) Charles Steckley have all been selected by the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association as worthy candidates based on their life-long commitments to Ontario’s agriculture....
On January 26, 2017, Fertilizer Canada and 19 other business associations pledged to work with the Canadian government to help ensure that U.S. legislators are aware of the millions of American jobs that depend on the Canada-U.S. relationship....
Ontario is supporting local projects that will attract investment, create jobs and boost economic growth in rural communities through the renewed Rural Economic Development (RED) program....
The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc says improving the global competitiveness of the Canadian pork industry while ensuring continued environmental sustainability is a top priority of Canada's Swine Cluster Research Program....
Manitoba Pork is hopeful planned changes to building code requirements for farm buildings will reduce construction costs and stimulate interest in new swine barn construction....
Colorado farm and ranch income has hit its lowest level in 30 years, according University of Colorado Boulder research....
Tall fescue is a popular grass used for grazing...
Syngenta today announced a donation of $340,000 to the Prime the Pump Fund to help make higher ethanol blends more widely available and help grow demand for American ethanol....
Heifers represent the future potential of a dairy operation....
Tuesday morning, the animal rights group Mercy For Animals, held a news conference in Oklahoma City, where footage, secretly filmed by an undercover investigator, was released showing alleged animal abuse taking place in a hog production facility located in Hinton,...
The unpredictable nature of Thoroughbreds present a safety risk to farm workers....
2016 was a record-setting year for corn yields in Illinois; the state is also the top soybean producer in the country, according to Illinois Farmer Today. But will this last as we head into a new year?...
A $10 million commercial biotech plant laboratory in Middleton, Wisconsin, first opened in 1982 with the help of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists, will soon become part of UW–Madison following a donation from Monsanto Co....
The US Department of Agriculture will release the January first Cattle Inventory report...
While the cattle market fell from record highs in 2014 in a steep dive to last fall’s low...
A U.S. firm with multiple brands in the utility vehicle market is set to add Minneapolis-based ATV and snowmobile maker Arctic Cat to its roster. Providence, R.I.-based Textron Inc. announced Wednesday it has signed an all-cash merger deal to buy NASDAQ-traded Arctic Cat for $18.50 a share, or about $247 million (all figures US$). Arctic Cat’s stockholders are expected to see tender offers for their shares by Feb. 7 at the latest, the companies said, noting the deal already has unanimous approval from Arc...
Prairie grain firm Richardson Pioneer has added to its share of the eastern Saskatchewan crop input retail market with a deal for Crop First Agro. Financial terms aren’t being disclosed for the deal between privately-held Richardson and Crop First Agro, an independent retailer at Grenfell, Sask., about 100 km south of Yorkton, except that the deal takes effect immediately. The Crop First facility, which offers seed, crop protection products and agronomic advice, will get a new high-speed fertilizer blende...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and wheat futures closed higher on Tuesday on bargain-buying a day after both markets fell to two-week lows, and on a weaker dollar, which tends to make U.S. grains more competitive globally, traders said. Soybeans closed higher, bouncing back from a 2.5 per cent decline a day earlier. But trade was choppy, with soybeans pressured at times by benign crop weather in South America and long liquidation. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled up two cents at $3.59-3/4 per bush...
Fire destroys village's grain elevatorPRELATE, Sask. - About 100 people had to leave their homes as fire destroyed a grain elevator in southwestern Saskatchewan.Jason Gizen, a volunteer firefighter in Prelate, a village about 385 kilometres west of Regina, says he rushed to help after seeing the elevator engulfed in flames around 5 a.m. Tuesday.He says other volunteers were already there, but there wasn't much they could do except make sure the falling embers didn't start anything else on fire.Gizen says th...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures surged three per cent to a seven-month high on Tuesday as rising pork and cash hog prices triggered investment fund and chart-based futures buying, traders and analysts said. CME live and feeder cattle futures fell to multi-week lows, pressured by ample cattle supplies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a twice-yearly cattle inventory report released after the close of futures trading said the U.S. cattle herd totaled 93.585 million head...
Western Canadian feeder cattle were actively trading $3-$5 higher compared to week-ago levels. Order buyers felt like they were groping in the dark but realized there was a fair amount of buying interest by the week’s end. Alberta and Ontario orders were floating aggressively into Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan, which kept the market flat across the Prairies. Major feedlots in Alberta were focusing on local cattle in the heavier weight categories, which caused softer tone in Saskatchewan and Manitoba f...
There’s been a rash of grain bag slashing in the Rouleau, Sk. area this winter. “There has been 13 bags of seven different farmers cut in the area,” said Trevor Bjarnarson, manager of Bean and Company farm in Rouleau, Sk. Last night vandals cut a grain bag holding durum the farm was going to use for seed. The farm moved a tractor and grain extractor to the site at approximately 8 p.m Monday night, and when farm workers got returned to the site this morning the damage was already done. “They sliced u...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation have partnered to launch the Syngenta AI Challenge, a new international competition focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for use in seed breeding. The competition is accepting submissions from applicants who are ready to put their programming skills to the test for the chance to win $7,500. “This new competition will give entrants the chance to use their talents to tak...
PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, and A&L Canada, the largest independent agronomy lab in Canada, are partnering to enhance the value of drone data by layering information, from ground sampling,...
Conference-goers give their opinion on the next big thing in precision ag...
In this age of thought-leadership reports and white paper discussions that flutter around our lives like so much wedding confetti, there’s one document out there that deserves immediate attention—particularly in Canada’s resource sectors. Energy, mining, forestry and agriculture—the industries that are the supporting vertebrae of Canada’s economic backbone. The sectors everybody increasingly seems to want to despise. Every senior management team and board of directors in companies that derive thei...
Saskatchewan feeder cattle prices were mixed overall but mainly on the rise during the past week....
The federal government has filled the two vacant commissioner positions at the Canadian Grain Commission....
Roly-poly, cresty-necked horses and ponies might be well-loved, even adored by their owners, but in reality, they are in harm’s way. Obese equids are at a high risk for developing serious metabolic problems and the hoof disease laminitis....
There’s good news and bad news when it comes to Class 1 malocclusions (bite misalignments) in horses....
Thermography presents a noninvasive, safe, and cost-effective diagnostic imaging modality (on average, $350 for a whole horse scan and interpretation) that is a valuable complementary tool in equine health care....
To help producers be aware of the ratios for their farm businesses, and to help assess the health of that business, Alberta Agriculture has a decision making tool calling the ABA Simple Farm Ratio Analyzer....
Andrea De Groot will bring both ag business and farm experience to her new position...
The President of the Ag and Food Exchange is encouraging farmers to be aware of the difference between animal rights and animal welfare and to play an active role in sharing with the public what they do to ensure the animals in their care are well cared for....
Some changes are coming to the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull. And some of these changes are in preparation for an even bigger event in 2018. What do you need to know for the Feb. 15-18 show? “We’ve added two classes for 2017, and we’ve done more,” says Mike Whitt, who with Dan Cristiani and Gayle Medford, is part of the NFMS Show Tractor Pull committee. “We’re changing the event’s start time from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday night.” The earlier ...
Manitoba beef industry stakeholders will gather in Brandon this week for the 38th Manitoba Beef Producers’ Annual General Meeting....
When freezing temperatures stop fall weed control plans, snow is likely more of a help than a hindrance with respect to overall weed condition....
The key strategy of fall fertilization is to store nitrogen over the winter in the ammonium form – which is held on clay and organic matter – and is referred to as stabilized N....
Snow on swathed canola will delay harvest, just like a rain would....
Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (SRDC), along with colleagues at the University of Guelph and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found a new insect damaging canola in northeastern Saskatchewan and east-central Alberta....
The president of the American National Farmers Union was in Winnipeg last week speaking about competition and consolidation in the agricultural inputs industry....
A farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture is urging the importance of understanding your cost of production....
A former Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president has accepted a position with the Canadian Grain Commission....
A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself....
Canola crops in northeastern Saskatchewan and east-central Alberta have run up against a potential pest problem so new it doesn’t yet have a name. Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the University of Guelph and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have reported a new species of midge damaging canola crops in those areas. The species “has yet to be named and scientifically described,” the scientists reported Monday on Alberta’s provincial Insect Pest Monitoring Network website. The onl...
Brasilia | Reuters — President Michel Temer will propose legislation to lift restrictions on foreign ownership of airlines and agricultural land in Brazil as he strives to pull the economy out of a two-year recession, government sources said on Monday. Temer’s centre-right government plans to send Congress a bill allowing 100 per cent foreign ownership of airlines, though investors will be obliged to help expand regional flight services, two sources said. The government will soon propose a bill lifting ...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell more than two per cent on Monday, with the front contract hitting a two-week low on long liquidation and improved crop weather for South America, analysts said. Corn and wheat followed the weaker tone. Chicago Board of Trade March soybean futures settled down 26-1/2 cents at $10.22-3/4 per bushel after dipping to $10.19-1/4, the contract’s lowest since Jan. 12 CBOT March corn ended down 4-3/4 cents at $3.57-3/4 a bushel and March wheat fell 6-1/2 cents at $4...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures notched their biggest losses in about three weeks on Monday in a sell-off triggered by government data showing larger numbers of cattle placed on feed in December, traders said. Both live and feeder cattle futures fell to their lowest since Jan. 9 as investors liquidated long bets in the wake of the bearish U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly Cattle on Feed report released after the close of trading on Friday. USDA said 1.8 million cattle were placed in U.S....
Risk of major flooding in Manitoba this yearWINNIPEG - Manitobans are being warned that major flooding is possible in much of the province this spring.Forecasters say a combination of high soil moisture levels and lots of snow could cause moderate to major flooding.Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen said the severity of any flooding will partly depend on how much rain and snow falls in the coming months, as well as the timing and rate of the spring thaw."We have experienced some unusual winter weather ...
Parts of Manitoba are at risk of major flooding this spring, the province announced in its first forecast of 2017. Soils in Manitoba were saturated going into the winter and multiple snowstorms hit the province in December. Conditions are right for major flooding if events such as late spring blizzards or heavy rain during snowmelt occur. The province outlined key risk areas should unfavourable weather occur: • The Red, Souris, Pembina and Lower Assiniboine rivers are at risk for major flooding. • The U...
The Canadian Grain Commission’s deck of commissioners has been refilled with two farmers with long resumes in Prairie farm policy. The federal government on Friday announced governor-in-council appointments to the CGC for Doug Chorney, as assistant chief commissioner, and Lonny McKague as commissioner. Their appointments, both effective Feb. 13, follow the announcement earlier this month of Canola Council of Canada president Patti Miller as the CGC’s chief commissioner, also effective on that date. Chor...
Saputo moves to buy last 12% of WarrnamboolMONTREAL - Saputo Inc. is moving to buy out the minority shareholders of an Australian cheese and dairy producer that it acquired in 2014 after a hard-fought takeover battle.The Montreal-based company's Australian subsidiary is offering A$8.85 per share cash (C$8.77 at current exchange rates) for each of the remaining shares of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Co.As of the announcement Monday, Saputo (TSX:SAP) owned 88.02 of Warrnambool's shares. Its offer is ...
The latest G3 Canada grain price outlook is moving down for wheat but up for canola....
Monsanto is accepting farmer nominations for cash grant recipients across the country...
Ontario is expanding access to natural gas for communities that do not currently have service, including those in rural and Northern Ontario and First Nations communities....
Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay—Lacolle, on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food Lawrence MacAulay, today announced a repayable contribution of $470,000 to help a Quebec company to commercialize a laser-based soil analysis system that replaces more traditional chemical analyses....
Using ag stats to determine Sunday’s Super Bowl winner...
A global livestock feed survey shows feed production and processing has reached a global milestone, and is becoming more efficient on farms and feed mills...
The Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services says, with expected higher than year ago slaughter hog numbers coming to market, attention is shifting to demand, especially export demand....
An Environmental Quality Engineer at South Dakota State University says a combination of strategies can be used to successfully address the odour emitted from swine operations....
Editor's note: Due to a technical glitch we didn't get Daryl's Christmas letter until late - so we've added it to the end of this blog because there's some interesting news from 2016 there we thought you'd like. But first we start with his latest installment, and perspective of what's happening in Ohio. Note also that Daryl is a self-described 4020 nut, as you can see in the photo we included with this blog. Northwest Ohio Trends Go big or don’t go at all seems to sum up what’s happening especially in t...
Canola growers in Alberta that do not request a refund of their check off from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit for the 2016 tax year....
Resolved, THAT KAP lobby the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada to facilitate the transition of the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay Railway to alternative ownership in a time frame that is sufficient to ensure the operation of the Port of Churchill for the 2017 grain shipping season....
Genesis Grain & Fertilizer has confirmed that the first of seven fertilizer SuperCenters will be constructed in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan....
About 100 young farmers joined Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) last Thursday in downtown Winnipeg during the farm lobby group's annual meeting....
Over the past 4+ seasons, a UCCE team (Lundy, Orloff, Wright and Hutmacher) has revisited nitrogen (N) fertilization recommendations for hard spring wheat specific to California conditions....
2017 will be a landmark year for row crop agriculture, as several long awaited herbicide technologies have finally been released by the EPA to help farmer’s combat troublesome herbicide resistant broadleaf weeds....
The last three weeks have been filled with bad news for independent ethanol producers, causing their share prices to mostly give back the gains from last year’s post-election rally....
Many factors affect the extent of crop damage after a flood. Seasonal temperatures can be a major factor....
Agriculture is suffering, and it’s only a matter of time before we all feel the repercussions....
London | Reuters — The third-biggest U.S. cereal company, Post Holdings, and the U.K.’s Associated British Foods are among a group of four bidders vying for British cereal brand Weetabix, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The 84-year-old business could fetch at least 1.5 billion pounds (C$2.48 billion), based on a valuation of more than 11 times Weetabix’s core earnings, the sources said. Weetabix, majority-owned by China’s Bright Food, has also attracted interest from Cereal Partners Wo...
Reuters — Restaurant Brands International said it would launch its coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Hortons, in Mexico as a part of its expansion plans. The company said it would form a master franchise joint venture with a group of investors, whom they did not name, to launch the brand. The joint venture company will be the master franchisee of Tim Hortons in Mexico, the company said. Restaurant Brands, which also owns Burger King, did not mention when it would open its Mexican outlets or how many it plans...
CNS Canada — Canadian wheat and durum exports are running well behind the year-ago pace, despite the country’s larger production. Canadian wheat exports during the crop-year-to-date of 6.56 million tonnes compare with 8.12 million at the same point a year ago and the five-year average for week 25 of the crop year of 7.28 million, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data. Total durum exports, as of Sunday, of 1.88 million tonnes, are also down from the 2.21 million shipped during the same t...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. feedlots brought in 18 per cent more cattle in December than the year-earlier month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, which topped forecasts and reached a six-year high for that month. Higher prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle last month improved profit for feedlots. That allowed them to draw more animals off winter wheat grazing pastures in parts of the U.S. Plains, said analysts. Some ranchers pulled heavy calves off pastures to avoid potential illness...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled weaker on Friday ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle on Feed report at 2 p.m. CT, said traders. Analysts, on average, expect the report to show 8.4 per cent more cattle were placed into U.S. feedlots in December than a year earlier. February live cattle closed 0.375 cent/lb. lower at 118.325 cents, and April down 0.25 cent to 117.325 cents (all figures US$). Investors looked ahead to next week’s prices...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures touched a two-week low on Friday on plentiful domestic and world supplies and a firmer dollar, which tends to make U.S. grains less competitive, traders said. Corn and soybean futures posted modest declines, with fears of a trade war with Mexico hanging over the grains complex. Chicago Board of Trade March wheat settled down 6-1/2 cents at $4.20-1/2 per bushel (all figures US$). March corn finished down 1-1/4 cents at $3.62-1/2 a bushel and March soybeans ended down ...
Saskatchewan-based Genesis Grain and Fertilizer is moving ahead with plans to build the first in what it hopes will be a series of farmer-owned fertilizer supercentres. Genesis confirmed Jan. 27 that it intends to build its first fertilizer storage, blending and distribution centre at Belle Plaine, Sask., west of Regina. The proposed $24 million facility, Genesis Belle Plaine, will boast a 52,000 tonne fertilizer storage facility. It would be the first in what the company hopes will become seven distributio...
The Saskatchewan and federal governments announced $3.5 million in beef and forage research funding this week. The amount is down considerably from last year, but provincial agriculture minister Lyle Stewart said the 2016 total was unusually high because of some unique projects. The University of Saskatchewan will receive the lion’s share of the funding at $2.46 million, followed by the Western Beef Development Centre at $482,527. Agriculture Canada, Prairie Diagnostic Services, Prairie Swine Centre and t...
The National Pork Board is searching for the next America’s Pig Farmer of The Year, with applications now open for the annual industry award through March 13 at americaspigfarmer.com...
Today’s Iowa Supreme Court decision finding drainage districts have unqualified immunity from Des Moines Waterworks lawsuit claims is critical to the farmers in the three Iowa county drainage districts....
The Canadian Truck King Challenge is an annual event where automotive journalists get together to evaluate the current pickup truck offerings from all brands. This year we had a field of 11 pickup trucks, falling into four classes: midsize, half ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton trucks. All pickups are tested in the same way, by six automotive journalist judges who drive them back-to-back in each condition. The test loop we use is 17 kilometres long and combines gravel, pavement and highway. There are twis...
The Canadian Truck King Challenge is an annual event where automotive journalists get together to evaluate the current pickup truck offerings from all brands.
 This year offered a field of 11 pickup trucks, falling into four classes: midsize, half ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton trucks.The post The competitors: 2017 truck lineup appeared first on Grainews....
A new honey bee testing service announced this week will allow beekeepers to more effectively identify and address diseases plaguing bee colonies, according to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC)....
Knowing your farm’s needs and financial capabilities are crucial when looking to buy land...
Cauli Crumble by Big Mountain Foods, a family-owned British Columbia food processing business, is one of 36 new projects receiving more than $2.3 million in funding going towards a range of innovative projects in British Columbia’s agri-food sector....
SaskCanola has been working to engage producers on relevant issues which impact their farm business and we would like to invite you to join us and provide your feedback....
In 2016, Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) employees increased by more than 50 percent the number of volunteer hours they recorded in service to community organizations worldwide, totaling nearly 158,000 hours in the year compared to approximately 104,500 in 2015....
Firefighters say the barn was burning well before it was noticed...
Genesis Grain & Fertilizer, LP (Genesis) a Western Canadian farmer owned agribusiness confirmed today the first of seven anticipated fertilizer SuperCenters....
From insects to livestock. Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, says there have been rallies in cattle prices....
Over the decades since the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and later, NAFTA, was signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift....
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association reiterated their call for an immediate reduction—and refund—of Grain Commission user fees that have been overcharged to grain farmers to the tune of an incredible $100 million....
In the last few years more and more producers are speaking up about how they do things on the farm....
On Monday, U-S President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership....
The Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference is giving producers a lot to think about....
Soybeans are being grown in areas of the province only once dreamed of....
Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) President Dan Mazier has been acclaimed to fill the role for another year....
Many producers are busy planning their crop rotation schedules for the upcoming year....
Keystone Agricultural Producers' annual meeting wrapped up Thursday in Winnipeg....
Quebec’s agriculture minister has been removed from the provincial government’s cabinet and caucus, the premier’s office said Thursday. In a short press release, Premier Philippe Couillard said he was informed Thursday evening that Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis is the subject of a police investigation. Given the circumstances, Paradis has been relieved of ministerial duties and “excluded” from the Liberal government caucus, the release said. Transport Minister Laurent Lessard, a former provi...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean and corn futures closed lower Thursday on improving South American crop prospects and jitters about U.S. trade relationships, analysts said. Wheat futures rose on better-than-expected weekly U.S. export sales. Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for March delivery settled down 5-3/4 cents at $10.49-1/2 per bushel and March corn ended down 2-1/2 cents at $3.63-3/4 a bushel. March wheat finished 2-1/2 cents higher at $4.27 a bushel. Soybeans fell for a fifth session in the last ...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs ended sharply lower on Thursday pressured by weaker initial cash prices and fund liquidation, but not before futures approached a six-month high for a second straight session, said traders. February hogs ended 1.675 cents/lb. lower at 65.85 cents (all figures US$). April closed 2.925 cents lower at 67.225 cents and below the 20-day moving average of 68.346 cents. Thursday morning’s slaughter-ready, or cash, hog price in Iowa/Minnesota averaged $6...
Reuters — Dow Chemical, which is merging with DuPont, reported strong fourth-quarter results and gave an upbeat forecast for the current quarter as its focus on consumer markets benefits from improving economic growth worldwide. The seeds and chemical maker said improving growth in the United States, Latin American and Europe, besides steady Asia growth, would boost demand in its packaging, consumer care, electronics, automotive and agriculture businesses. Dow’s shares rose as much as 2.38 per cent to a...
Wheat has become a supporting actor on the Prairies, playing second fiddle to the star of the show, canola. The crop’s status dimmed because demand growth for the staple has faded. Global oilseed demand soars because vegetable oil goes into almost all processed food and meal feeds the globe’s fast growing livestock herds, while corn rides the biofuel wave. However, wheat struggles along, limited mostly to bread, bakery and pasta demand tied to population growth. Researchers think the best hope for expan...
Waterhemp, a bothersome weed for growers in Iowa and Illinois, is now in Manitoba. The weed was found last fall in a soybean field southeast of Winnipeg. The discovery in the Rural Municipality of Tache may be the first detection of waterhemp in Western Canada. The finding wasn’t a shock because waterhemp has spread throughout North Dakota, including fields next to the Canadian border. However, weed experts were surprised to find it in the RM of Tache, more than 70 kilometres from the U.S. border. “I wa...
BRANDON — Export deals and money are falling through the Canadian canola industry’s hands because of inadequate canola meal handling capacity on the West Coast, says Thomas Mielke of Oil World magazine. It’s something farmers shouldn’t put up with. “You should scream,” Thomas Mielke told a crowd at Manitoba Ag Days Jan. 17. “There is demand out there in Asia, in China, in other countries. They need canola meal. People don’t sell. Canadian exporters don’t sell more at the moment because th...
Farmers who want to achieve $500 per tonne canola for their 2017-18 crop should consider locking in prices before June, says the publisher of Oil World magazine. A short-term squeeze on global oilseed stocks will probably begin disappearing by early summer. Supply should grow through the rest of 2017 leading to a surplus in 2018, ushering in lower prices. Canola prices at $500 are “very attractive … in a situation in which you are reaping a record crop,” Thomas Mielke said at Manitoba Ag Days Jan. 17....
London | Reuters — The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts. Multiple outbreaks have been reported in poultry farms and wild flocks across Europe, Africa and Asia in the past three months. While most involve strains that are currently low risk for human health, the sheer number of different types, and their presence in so many par...
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: It has been refreshing to watch your willingness to address Canadians face-to-face in town hall meetings, but it is perhaps best if you keep a few things in mind when you come to the Prairies. You were scheduled to be in Calgary 
Jan. 24. Hope all went well. You likely had some explaining to do, what with your comment about the oilsands earlier this month at an Ontario town hall that, “we need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossi...
With cattle markets falling, optimism can be trying. The beef industry has been struggling to retain and attract new producers, while the average age of farmers, at 54, keeps climbing. The next generation of cattle producers might be looking for something different from their career and potentially for good reason. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef released the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy this fall. This assessment gathered great detail from the Canadian beef industry fro...
LACOMBE, Alta. — The distinctive flatiron building in Lacombe, Alta., has been a presence in the community for more than a century. Built by the Merchants Bank of Canada in 1903-04 for $30,000, the landmark sits on a prominent corner of a triangular shaped block in the city’s downtown. Such dominant architecture was preferred by financial institutions of the time to convey a sense of power, security and reliability. The name is derived from its resemblance to an old, cast-iron clothes iron. “The trian...
LUMSDEN, Sask. — Dan and Erin Howell will calve out 170 purebred Black Angus cows this spring. That might not be so remarkable, except the cattle business wasn’t always so kind. Dan understands completely how producers recently affected by bovine tuberculosis feel because his family went through a similar experience. His parents, Robert and Marg, started Hi Low as a dairy in 1952 and switched to a small commercial beef herd in the mid-1970s. The farm’s name was chosen because it is located in and atop...
CNS Canada — Canola crush margins dropped by more than $30 per tonne over the past two weeks, which may be putting a damper on end-user demand. As of Thursday, the Canola Board Crush Margins calculated by ICE Futures Canada were at about $100 above the March contract, which compares with levels only two weeks ago of roughly $130. Crush margins provide an indication of the profitability of the product values relative to the seed cost when processing canola, with exchange rates also factoring in to the equa...
Bruce Carriere has some simple advice for Saskatchewan grain farmers: test your seed and test it early. Carriere, who owns Discovery Seed Labs in Saskatoon, said he’s seen a wide range of quality in common and pedigreed seed samples submitted to his testing facility this year. Generally speaking, disease levels are up on new crop seed and average germination levels are down. “Test early this year,” said Carriere, who spoke to producers at the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association’s annual general me...
BANFF, Alta. — The virus that causes deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is proving to be a pesky survivor that can cross the ocean and remain viable in feed. PED has killed millions of piglets in the United States since 2013 and has also infected more than 100 barns in Canada, primarily in Ontario and Quebec. The U.S. infection is suspected to have originated in feed from China, although that has not been proven. Even so, researchers decided to test the survival of PED virus by simulating a trip from ...
Reuters — The deepest slump in a decade for the oversupplied potash fertilizer market may abate only slightly in 2017, major producers say, and could take years to correct due to the imminent startup of new mines. PotashCorp, the world’s biggest fertilizer producer, forecast a less profitable year on Thursday than analysts expected, and reported a surprisingly big drop in quarterly profit. Potash prices are hovering around their lowest levels since 2007, amid bloated capacity and weakening farm incomes,...
DENVER, Colo. — Colyer Herefords came to the National Western Stock Show with 16 cattle in its show string. First place ribbons were plentiful but the climax was winning grand champion polled and horned bulls at the show held in Denver from Jan. 7-22. The polled bull, named C 1311 5280 Lad 6077 ET, was born Jan. 8, 2016, and its pedigree traces back to past champions raised at the Colyer ranch near Bruneau, Idaho. This year’s winning bull’s dam is a full sister to the ranch’s record breaking bull C ...
Mycotoxins are naturally produced by moulds in the field and during storage of forages and grain. There are a variety of compounds produced and as many as 500 different specific mycotoxins have been identified. However, when veterinarians or producers submit feed for mycotoxin testing, the diagnostic laboratory usually tests for only a limited number of mycotoxins such as deoxynivanlenol (DON), zearalenone, T-2 toxin, fumonsin B, aflatoxins and ochratoxin A. These compounds are primarily produced by the asp...
Hazel Morris wants to dispel a myth. The Neudorf, Sask., area resident is miffed that a couple of large fires on her pastureland last year could have been contained sooner had people called 911. Morris claims that the fires were made worse because people didn’t call the emergency number for fear of being held financially liable for firefighting costs. “I think I was the last person who knew the land was on fire. Lots of people were there and it took quite awhile before anybody called into the fire depar...
RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Three Ontario agronomists described six tillage strategies at the Southwest Agricultural Conference here Jan. 4. Greg Stewart with Maizex Seeds and Alan McCallum with McCallum Agronomic Services were at the event. Peter Johnson with Real Agriculture was included in video presentations. Six farmers with six different pieces of equipment were introduced. First up was Mark Comley, who farms near Ancaster. He described his Ontario-built Salford I-1200 as a “quasi vertical tillage” unit w...
Alberta’s ability to produce food is in jeopardy as the competition grows for land and resources. “You can’t find a geography of similar size anywhere in North America that is collectively producing the rate of commodities across the board that we are. It is a busy place,” said Brad Stelfox of the Alces Landscape Group, which studies land-use changes. The group has found native grasslands are being lost and livestock is being pushed out to less productive areas. Operation Grassland Council sponsored...
RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Canada may not lie within a “Goldilocks zone” where wheat yields can top 200 bushels per acre, but lessons may still be learned from those regions. A wheat expert from England who now runs a crop advisory company in Kentucky talked about the opportunities at the Southwest Agriculture Conference in Ridge-town in early January. “Our challenge is to find why some regions in your fields are making 200 bu. — I suspect that’s the case — when the field average was 120,” Phil Needh...
CAMROSE, Alta. — Farmers who left unharvested crops in the field last fall should get in touch with their lenders to discuss cash flow needs and loan repayments. “Contact your lender and get hold of them early so they have time to sit down with you and work on your file because you are not the only one,” Rob Schmeichel, director for the Edmonton zone with Farm Credit Canada, said in an interview at the Alberta Federation of Agriculture Jan. 18-19. “Don’t wait until the night before the payment is ...
Freer trade has been the direction of global economic travel for a whole generation. 
 When I entered journalism in the 1980s, tariffs were touted as the enemy but wielded by American presidents like sabres against countries they identified as protectionist and anti-capitalist. The 
sort-of-free-market was the future.
 This week, U.S. President Donald Trump sabred the Trans-Pacific Partnership, leaving it to bleed out on the world trade battlefield.
 In the 1980s and 1990s, free markets were spoken ...
RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Canadian soybean growers are being asked to spray carefully this spring in light of the dicamba drift disaster that occurred in the United States last year.
 While the U.S. incidents were linked to the illegal application of older formulations of the herbicide more prone to drift, there’s still room for caution, according to Peter Sikkema, a weed scientist at Ontario’s University of Guelph.
 “Extra care has to be taken to make sure there is no injury in adjacent fields due to o...
CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Record-low responses from farmers to surveys threaten the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s status as the gold standard in crop data collection and potentially open up trading advantages to big firms, the agency’s chief economist said.
 Response rates have been on a precipitous decline in recent years, falling below 60 percent in some cases from rates of 80 to 85 percent in the early 1990s, chief economist Robert Johansson said in a study published by the University of Illin...
A French company may have transformed Canada’s pulse industry.
 Roquette, a family firm, announced last week that it will build a $400 million pea processing plant in Portage la Prairie, Man. A company news release said the new plant would be “the largest dedicated to pea protein processing in the world.”
 Corey Loessin, chair of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, said the plant will benefit pulse producers across the Prairies.
 “Expanding processing capacity (for) the western Canadian industry is go...
Social media posts can derail a young professional’s best intentions or a farm’s business reputation, said a business adviser.
 During a Saskatchewan Women in Ag coaching session Jan. 11 in Saskatoon, participants moved between a dozen tables to discuss topics as varied as farm succession, mentoring and property management.
 Daria Malin, owner of Boost Strategic Coaching, said personal and business life all ties together to create an overall impression. She noted how companies or clients often searc...
Protectionism might work for U.S. President Donald Trump in the short term, but in the long term the American economy will suffer along with the rest of the world. 
 No one knows what policies Trump will actually enact, but his rhetoric is all about America first and the rest of the world be damned.
 When you’re an economic powerhouse, you can throw your weight around and gain some concessions just by the threat of action. Some American companies have already repatriated investments planned for outsid...
Burger chains McDonald’s and A+W expect to dial up their demand for Canadian eggs as they offer all-day breakfasts alongside their beef and chicken wares across the country, starting next month. Toronto-based A+W announced Thursday it would be “the first national burger chain to offer all-day breakfast at its restaurants” coast-to-coast starting Feb. 27, after testing it at about 40 stores in 2016. McDonald’s also announced Thursday it will offer an all-day breakfast menu across Canada starting Feb....
Establishing a low-human occupancy building classification is among the changes coming to farm buildings in Manitoba...
A farmer co-operative that offers Canadian lamb producers premium prices for finished animals is on life support. The Canadian Lamb Producers Co-operative issued a statement Jan. 25 confirming that it has filed for bankruptcy protection. The co-op has been seeking an investor over the past several months that would be willing to finance its operations while production is ramped up and sales are increased to a commercially sustainable level. In its statement to members, the co-op said lamb products marketed ...
Letter to Trump outlines NAFTA’s success...
PotashCorp says Q4 profit hit by weak pricesSASKATOON - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. has released a preliminary financial report that shows the fertilizer company's fourth-quarter earnings were down about 71 per cent from the year earlier, mostly due to weak prices and profit margins.Excluding asset impairment items, which haven't been calculated and not estimated in the preliminary report, PotashCorp's net income for the fourth quarter was US$59 million — down from US$201 million a year earlie...
New cameras can alert farmers of any movement wherever they are mounted...
Ask yourself where you can buy parts before making a tractor purchase...
Other top sellers included Case combines and tractors...
NRGene today announced a collaboration to develop new molecular breeding tools for cattle...
Trudeau says tax won't hurt SaskatchewanSASKATOON - Saskatchewan shouldn't be adversely affected by the federal government's proposed carbon levy, despite heavy criticism from the premier and industry groups, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.Speaking in Saskatoon, Trudeau said people in the province will benefit from pipeline projects that his government has just approved."But as I've said from the very beginning, the only way to move forward on the economy in the 21st century is to make sure th...
CNS Canada –– Canadian oat acres will likely be up in 2017, as relatively favourable cash prices draw in interest from producers, according to an oats merchandiser. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) oat futures have climbed sharply higher over the past month, but are still trading at a discount to the relatively steady cash market. Some U.S. mills are paying more than others, but the Canadian prices are generally in the $3.50-$3.60 per bushel area in Manitoba, and $3-$3.10 in Saskatchewan, according to Ryan...
CNS Canada — Supplies of feed wheat and barley in Western Canada continue to compete for a home in Lethbridge’s feedlot alley. For the past few months markets have been grinding lower due to the large volumes of low-quality feed and other grains that are being unloaded by farmers. At least one industry expert believes it will be a considerable period of time before those supplies run out. “I think there’s still a ton out there,” said Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. “Saska...
CNS Canada — The ICE Futures Canada canola market has been something of a maverick over the course of the week, bucking pressure from a stronger loonie and weaker soybeans, but traders could turn on the market in coming sessions, one analyst said. “There’s certainly some commercial buying keeping it firm, but it may be speculative strength, and the speculators may turn on it at some point and drive it the other way,” said Ken Ball of PI Financial Corp in Winnipeg. Since last week, canola prices have...
Leaking pipeline belongs to Tundra Energy: governmentSTOUGHTON, Sask. - The Saskatchewan government says it has confirmed which pipeline leaked 200,000 litres of crude oil on First Nation farmland.It says it belongs to Calgary-based Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd.The company has been leading cleanup of the spill near Stoughton in southeastern Saskatchewan.The government says so far 174,000 litres of oil have been recovered and 185,000 cubic metres of contaminated soil removed.It says further assessment and cle...
CNS Canada — Chicago corn futures chopped slightly higher during the week ended Wednesday, as concerns over South American weather, the U.S. dollar and the public musings of a newly-sworn-in U.S. president spurred some speculative buying. “Those are the three driving forces,” said Scott Capinegro, co-owner of Barrington Commodity Brokers. Both corn and soybeans are trending near the upper ends of their ranges, which is typical for this time of year, he said. He pegged support for Chicago (CBOT) corn a...
Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Wednesday on an improved South American crop weather outlook while corn edged higher on export demand, traders said. Wheat sagged on ample old-crop supplies and a lack of supportive news. Chicago Board of Trade March soybean futures settled down 3-1/4 cents at $10.55-1/4 per bushel. March corn ended up three cents at $3.66-1/4 a bushel and March wheat fell 2-1/4 cents at $4.24-1/2 a bushel. March soybeans fell to $10.50 a bushel in early moves, th...
Quebec’s agriculture minister Pierre Paradis is off work temporarily with what’s reported to be a concussion. Premier Philippe Couillard announced Wednesday that Paradis’ responsibilities as minister of agriculture, food and fisheries would temporarily go to Transport Minister Laurent Lessard. News outlets in Quebec including Radio Canada, La Presse and TVA reported Wednesday that Paradis had suffered a concussion in a fall from a horse a few days ago and was under doctor’s orders to rest. A spokesp...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday climbed to their highest level in almost six months, fuelled by short-covering following strong cash and wholesale pork prices, said traders. Technical buying developed after February and March futures surpassed their respective 10-day moving averages of 65.662 and 69.023 cents (all figures US$). February hogs ended 2.3 cents/lb. higher at 67.525 cents, and April closed 2.525 cents higher at 70.15 cents. Wednesday morning’s slaughter...
Manitoba is removing “impractical and costly” regulations in an effort to revive its hog industry. This morning, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced changes to rules for farm buildings, which should simplify the construction and renovation of hog barns. Dan Mazier, Keystone Agricultural Producers president, praised the regulatory change. “KAP is extremely pleased with this announcement because it will result in a renewal of the livestock industry, allowing producers to build new barns and mod...
Andria Jones-Bitton says the word ‘stress’ has lost some of its meaning...
Speaker series offers unique educational and networking opportunity for all Expo attendees...
4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada are pleased to announce the national winners of the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er video contest. 4-H’ers from across Canada were asked to create a short video, either as a club or as individuals, demonstrating their pride in being a part of the 4-H program and reflecting the wide variety of Canadian 4-H clubs, projects, communities and age groups....
The single biggest labour challenge for the dairy, poultry and egg commodities will be finding skilled and experienced farm managers, including owner-operators....
BASF Canada is inviting members of the media to hear keynote speaker Paul Coffey at BASF Knowledge Harvest events across Western Canada....
Manitoba Chicken Producers (MCP) is accepting expressions of interest, until February 10, 2017 at 3:30PM, for a unique opportunity to raise chickens under the Annual Speciality Quota Program....
The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company has purchased new equipment and expanded its facility thanks to investments from the federal and provincial governments....
The CAHRC is expecting that farmers will suffer from a lack of qualified farm managers...
The Industry Development Specialist Swine with Manitoba Agriculture says the role of extension in swine production has changed in response to an increase in the ratio of employees to owners working in swine barns....
Farmers are under an intense amount of stress...
Today Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.5 million in funding for 24 livestock and forage-related research projects....
First off today we continue our series on the 2017 insect forecast maps....
Applications are open for the Success for Women in Agri-Food Program....
Gene editing is becoming part of the general vocabulary of plant science as companies and researchers fine-tune the technology and start showing the potential for the tech. Of course, that also means the government needs to catch up with relevant regulation that help assure the safety of these products. Both USDA and the Food and Drug Administration have issued draft recommendations or sought comments recently on these new tools for improving food crops. And the news is good. There appears to be a realizati...
Several factors in global markets have led to a massive disparity for local producers searching to get top dollar for their products....
The National Pork Producers Council is hopeful a renegotiation of NAFTA will improve U.S. pork industry ties with both Canada and Mexico....
The single biggest labour challenge for the dairy, poultry and egg commodities will be finding skilled and experienced farm managers, including owner-operators....
Wilbur-Ellis Feed, LLC, a marketer and distributor of value-added ingredients for livestock, pet food and aquaculture industries in North America and New Zealand, announced the launch of Engest™ today at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines....
It was no surprise that US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw his country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....
The boards of the Manitoba Corn Growers (MCGA) and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) are pleased to announce the hiring of Pam de Rocquigny as the General Manager for the two organizations....
Traffic in Prairie grain and U.S. soybeans got credit Tuesday for helping Canadian National Railway (CN) to a record profit for its fourth fiscal quarter. Montreal-based CN booked net income of $1.018 billion on revenue of $3.217 billion for the quarter ending Dec. 31, up from $941 million on $3.166 billion in the year-earlier period. The Q4 results lifted CN’s year-end net income to $3.64 billion on $12.037 billion in revenues, up from $3.538 billion on $12.611 billion in fiscal 2015, despite a five per ...
The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2017 boll weevil assessment at 75 cents per acre of cotton, dropping the fee from $1....
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. FarmLogs introduced a new lineup of farm management tools and packages for 2017. Built to increase profits despite weak grain market conditions, the new offerings include Automatic Data Transfer, Field Data Analyzer, Crop & Profit Planner, and Wheat Nitrogen Prescriptions. The announcement was made at the first stop of the 3-destination FarmLogs User Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Tight margins, rising input costs and declining...
Wheat whisky a big hit at Canadian whisky awardsLUMSDEN, Sask. - Saskatchewan wheat is being used to make an award-winning whisky northwest of Regina.Colin Schmidt is an owner of Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden.His company's whisky recently won silver medals at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held in Victoria B.C.Schmidt says while some Canadian whisky claims to be made out of rye, most is made out of corn.He says his company uses wheat because it is unique and locally made.The Last Mountain Distillery uses...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures fell nearly two per cent on Tuesday on profit-taking after hitting multi-month highs and uncertainty about how U.S. trade policy will affect grain exports, analysts said. Wheat followed corn lower but soybeans turned higher in the final minutes of trade. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled down 6-1/4 cents at $3.63-1/4 per bushel, retreating after reaching $3.71, its highest since mid-July (all figures US$). CBOT March wheat ended down 6-1/2 cents at $4.26-3/4 a...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled lower on Tuesday, weighed by caution ahead of this week’s cash prices, said traders. They said sell stops and technical selling contributed to market losses. February live cattle closed 0.575 cents/lb. lower at 119.675 cents (all figures US$). April finished 0.775 cent lower at 118.4 cents, and beneath the 10-day moving average of 118.58 cents. Slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle bids in the southern U.S. Plains surfaced at $124 to...
Greenpeace slams delay in reporting oil spillCALGARY - An environmental group says it's "astonishing" the Saskatchewan government took three days to announce a 200,000-litre pipeline oil leak had fouled farmland on the Ocean Man First Nation after it was reported last Friday.But Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan defended the province on Tuesday, noting the spill in southeast Saskatchewan wasn't reported until late Friday night to the Ministry of Environment and he first learned about it on Saturda...
Nufarm and John Deere Financial have teamed up to help farmers grow a better tomorrow....
Brussels | Reuters — A planned EU-Canada free-trade deal moved closer to reality on Tuesday after a key committee advised the European Parliament to give its backing after months of protests and heated debate. The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is seen as a test of Europe’s ability to forge future trade accords and as a counterweight to anticipated protectionism under new U.S. President Donald Trump. “It’s more than just a free-trade treaty with Canada. It’s a statemen...
Calgary | Reuters — Canada will focus on preserving its U.S. trade ties during talks to renegotiate NAFTA and may not be able to help Mexico avoid being targeted by the Trump administration, Canadian government sources say. “We love our Mexican friends. But our national interests come first and the friendship comes second,” a source said on the sidelines of a cabinet retreat in Calgary. “The two are not mutually exclusive,” the source added. The comments are some of the starkest yet by Canadian of...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, a US$62 billion market for U.S. farmers, provides a fresh threat to a slumping agricultural economy that has grown increasingly dependent on exports. Agricultural groups expressed disappointment over the move and urged the new administration to find alternative ways to boost product shipments to Asian countries. Trump announced the cancellation on Monday, quickly fulfilling a campaig...
Calgary | Reuters — The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal cannot proceed without the United States, Canada said on Tuesday, even as Australia and New Zealand pledged to salvage it. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 12-nation TPP on Monday, following through on an election promise days after his inauguration. “This agreement was so constructed that it can only enter into force with the United States as a ratifying country,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters ...
LEMKEN AgroTraining as a training department supporting the large number of customers....
Reuters — Chemicals and seeds producer DuPont indicated on Tuesday that its $130 billion merger with Dow Chemical will take longer to wrap up than previously expected as the companies await regulatory approvals. This is the second time that the two companies, which are in talks with the European Union’s antitrust regulators, have had to push back the expected completion. The EU regulators earlier this week gave the companies 10 more working days in connection with the ongoing review and set a March 14 d...
The western Canadian feeder cattle market was hard to define this past week. Heavier feeder cattle were $3 lower to as much as $4 higher compared to week-ago levels; however, calf prices and lighter-weight feeders were steady to as much $6 higher. Alberta feedlot operators led the charge on calves with buying activity noted across the Prairies. Order buyers were bombarded with interest but there were limits on price and volume. At times, vacuums were noted, resulting in light slippage, especially on lighter...
Learn what veterinarians are doing to improve how they control equine pain...
On the surface, a horse moving through his paces often looks smooth and effortless. Inside that horse, however, are several body systems working tirelessly....
“Prevention is the best treatment” for any horse health issue, said Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR....
I see a lot of supplements these days that contain pro- and prebiotics. Are they necessary, and will they benefit my horse?...
Your horse just found the only loose fence board in his pasture....
New research by Manitoba Agriculture shows FHB levels for AAC Cameron VB are the lowest among all the CWRS varieties tested....
In celebration of 50 Years of Versatile four-wheel drive production, the company has introduced a new color scheme across the entire Versatile product line, returning to the historic red, yellow and black colors that made the tractors famous between 1966 and 1986....
National Farmers Union Region 5 (Manitoba) states that the current stable funding model for General Farm Organizations (GFO) to represent Manitoba farmers’ voices on agriculture issues needs a serious fix....
The recently signed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, will have implications for Alberta companies....
Farmers’ markets are big business in Alberta with over $700 million in annual sales....
On the Owatonna, Minn., farm where his grandfather once picked corn by hand, Bob Heers just cashed in on a new crop: data. History unfolded last week as he and several other Minnesota farmers received the first round of checks paid by Farmobile, a Kansas-based startup that’s going global. It’s believed to be the first time that farmers have been paid for data, said founder and CEO Jason Tatge. Farmobile evenly splits revenues from vetted buyers with farmers, who are signing up from here to Hungary. With...
Uncertainties in trade and hog supply may be the factors shaping the markets this year...
Iowa pig farmers and 2017 Iowa Pork Producers Association Youth Leadership Team contestants will be out in force on Jan. 25 during the Iowa Pork Congress distributing discount “Dine on Us” coupons in downtown Des Moines....
In response to the executive order withdrawing the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip M. Seng issued the following statement:...
Canada's Minister of Agriculture says the key to helping farmers feed the world comes down to innovation backed by science and trade....
The annual Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference gets underway in Regina Tuesday with a focus on the consumer....
In the wake of the apparent demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Canadian Meat Council is hopeful Canada will move ahead as quickly as possible on bilateral trade discussions already underway with Japan and open discussions with Vietnam and Malaysia....
The Saskatchewan Stock Growers and SODCAP (South of the Divide Conservation Action Program) will have more money to preserve grasslands and native habitat in South West Saskatchewan....
Commission warns of flood season along RedWINNIPEG - The Red River Basin Commission is warning Manitobans living along the Red River to prepare for a flood season.Manitoba director Steve Strang says while there is a good possibility of flooding, it is hard to predict what level.Strang explains that while heavy snowfall in the province so far this winter will play a small role, precipitation south and west of the Manitoba borders better indicates flood severity.According to the Province of Manitoba, current ...
Calgary | Reuters — Canada has a “very special status” and is unlikely to be hit hard by changes the U.S. wants to make to the NAFTA trade accord, the head of a business advisory council to U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday. Stephen Schwarzman made his remarks after addressing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet, who are holding a two-day retreat in Calgary to discuss U.S. ties, in particular Trump’s demands to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada s...
Reuters — Australia hopes to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian nations into the agreement in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull his country out of the pact, its trade minister said on Tuesday. New Zealand’s trade minister said ministers from the remaining TPP countries would meet in the next few months to discuss how to save the trade deal, which was seen in Asia as a counterbalance to China’s rising influence. Fulfilling a campa...
Pipeline leaks crude oil in SaskatchewanSTOUGHTON, Sask. - About 200,000 litres of crude oil has been spilled onto agricultural land in southeastern Saskatchewan after a pipeline leak.The spill was detected Friday at a site 10 kilometres north of Stoughton in a low-lying area with a frozen slough.Doug MacKnight, assistant deputy minister of Economy, says about 170,000 litres have been recovered so far."They'll be removing cover, vacuuming up the oil and then eventually excavating the contaminated soils and ...
Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. soybean futures fell on Monday for a third straight session on profit-taking after last week’s six-month highs and improving weather outlook for Argentina, analysts said. Wheat closed higher on technical buying including short-covering, while corn ended nearly unchanged as the market consolidated after hitting a multi-month top on Friday. Chicago Board of Trade March soybean futures settled down 9-3/4 cents at $10.57-3/4 per bushel (all figures US$). March wheat ended up five...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures closed weaker on Monday, partly pressured by sell stops and fund liquidation, said traders. February hogs ended 0.3 cent/lb. lower at 65 cents, and under the 10-day moving average of 65.267 cents (all figures US$). April closed 0.7 cent lower at 67.775 cents, and below the 20-day moving average of 68.115 cents. Some selling occurred after futures drifted below moving averages, but it will not take much to put February back above the 10-day m...
Waterhemp, a bothersome weed for growers in Iowa and Illinois, is now in Manitoba. The weed was found last fall in a soybean field southeast of Winnipeg. The discovery in the Rural Municipality of Tache may be the first detection of waterhemp in Western Canada. The finding wasn’t a shock because waterhemp has spread throughout North Dakota, including fields next to the Canadian border. However, weed experts were surprised to find it in the RM of Tache, more than 70 kilometres from the U.S. border. “I wa...
There's some consternation in the crop protection industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released some early draft assessments as part of the required registration review process and those preliminary assessments are problematic. First it was atrazine, which carried some concerns because a range of research on ecological impact – well constructed research – was left out of the assessment. Now it's pyrethroids – an insecticide class that many farmers have come to rely on, with products ...
Two new special edition cab models to CK10SE Series tractor line....
Organizers added 10 new seminars to the event’s lineup...
Farm groups weigh in on Trump’s decision to withdraw from TPP...
Cadman Power Equipment - Continuous Manure Applicator Demonstrated...
The Alberta Oat Growers Association AGM is taking place one week from today in Edmonton. Executive Director Shawna Mathieson fills us in....
Insect forecast maps for bertha armyworm, cabbage seedpod weevil, pea leaf weevil and grasshopper are now available on Alberta Agriculture’s website....
They are the stewards of the land, the so-called first environmentalists, and they rely heavily on the weather and predictable climate to grow food to put on your plate....
Prices on all major energy and protein ingredients across the Prairies remained unchanged over the past two weeks....
Saskatchewan farm leaders are taking a wait-and-see approach to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the president of the United States....
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, concluded a mission to Berlin, Germany, where he participated in the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference on January 21, and the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting on January 22....
The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association recognizes contributions of young agriculture enthusiasts...
Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Atlanta, March 1-3, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum....
TerrAvion, which helps farms take a high-tech approach to improving yield and revenue, announced today that it has partnered with FarmSolutions to provide growers with a full range of imagery and analysis on all of their crops on each acre to take immediate action on any potential issues, and ultimately improve yield....
The Ontario Student Nutrition Program is pleased to announce that DuPont Pioneer donated $ 7,500 as part of its Full Belly! Full Mind! initiative that supports nutrition and breakfast programs across Canada....
DuPont Pioneer is pleased to announce that as part of its Full Belly! Full Mind! initiative that supports nutrition and breakfast programs across Canada, $1,900 has been donated to Yorkdale Central School....
Perth County calf tests positive for Arctic Fox strain of rabies...
The province is currently reviewing the funding system for Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP)....
The Canadian meat industry welcomes the release of the draft content of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Today, the draft regulatory text was posted in Canada Gazette, Part 1...
Canadian agriculture representatives announced February 16, 2017 will be Canada’s Agriculture Day – a time to celebrate and draw a closer connection between Canadians, our food and the people who produce it...
A new market development goal for Canada’s pulse crop industry hopes to create demand in use categories where pulses aren’t yet a major player. Pulse Canada’s board on Wednesday released a new target dubbed “25 by 2025,” under which the Canadian pulse crop grower/processor industry “will marshal its resources to create new demand in new use categories for 25 per cent of its productive capacity.” For example, the Winnipeg-based organization said in a release, “snack foods, tortillas and break...
Many farmers still need training after Lake Erie algaeTOLEDO, Ohio - Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie.The first of its kind requirement is one of several steps Ohio has taken to reduce the farm runoff that feeds algae in the state's lakes and rivers.State lawmakers put the measure in place in 2014...
Another eight properties housing about 2,000 cattle have been put under federal quarantine since last week as officials continue to track down livestock exposed to bovine tuberculosis (TB). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Thursday pegged the number of premises under quarantine at about 58, and the number of animals under quarantine at about 28,000, as of Wednesday. That’s up from about 26,000 cattle on 50 properties the previous Wednesday. The agency didn’t say Thursday where the eight properties...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures touched a six-month high on Friday, buoyed by robust demand from exporters and ethanol producers, analysts said. Wheat followed corn higher in largely technical trade while soybeans eased on profit-taking. But all three markets posted weekly gains. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled up 3-1/2 cents at $3.69-3/4 a bushel after reaching $3.70, its highest since mid-July (all figures US$). For the week, the contract rose 11-1/4 cents or 3.1 per cent. Corn got a boo...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled in negative territory on Friday for the first time in five days, led by sell stops and profit-taking, said traders. They said fund buying and futures’ discounts to this week’s cash prices later lifted contracts from session lows. February live cattle closed 0.775 cent/lb. lower at 120.25 cents, and April closed 0.9 cent lower at 118.975 cents (all figures US$). “The futures market was due for a corrective break (decline),”...
In his inauguration speech Friday, Donald Trump didn’t tone down the anti-trade rhetoric. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” he said. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families . . . Protection will lead to great prosperity and wealth . . . We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” Those lines should send shivers down the spines of every Can...
Milan | Reuters — Parmalat activist investor Amber Capital believes the price of a buyout offer by France’s Lactalis undervalues the Italian dairy group and won’t be tendering its three per cent stake. Lactalis, which won control of Parmalat in 2011 amid failed efforts in Italy to mount a domestic counter bid, has launched an offer on the 12.26 per cent of Parmalat it doesn’t already own with the aim of delisting the group. Lactalis, itself a private company controlled by the Besnier family, is offe...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. The advent of new and advanced herbicide technologies demands increased stewardship education to ensure proper application and to reduce weed resistance. BASF is responding to this need by expanding its On Target Application Academy (OTAA) stewardship program with an online training module. The new digital training provides growers and applicators easy-to-access best practices for proper and effective herbicide application, inclu...
Reuters — Shares of railway operator CSX Corp. soared 20 per cent on Thursday after an activist investor’s plan to shake up the U.S. rail operator fueled speculation that the company was once again a takeover target. Investors rushed to bid up shares of CSX after news reports that former Pershing Square partner Paul Hilal was teaming up with Canadian Pacific Railway’s outgoing CEO Hunter Harrison to shake up the Jacksonville, Fla.-based firm. The stock’s jump added more than US$6 billion to CSX Corp...
Beijing | Reuters –– China National Chemical Corp., or ChemChina, said Friday it has sought the U.S. antitrust regulator’s approval for its planned US$43 billion acquisition of Swiss crop protection and seed group Syngenta. “We have filed an HSR Act with the FTC after good communications with the case team. We believe the U.S. anti-trust process is on track,” ChemChina said in an email, referring to the U.S. antitrust Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and the Federal Trade Commission, which oversees mergers. ...
Winnipeg | Reuters — France’s Roquette, which is building the world’s largest pea protein plant in Manitoba, is counting on the province’s farmers to boost their production to supply the $400 million factory, the company said Friday. Roquette raised eyebrows this week when it said it would build the plant in Portage la Prairie, Man., rather than in Saskatchewan, which grows 14 times more peas. The plant would consume the equivalent of nearly all of Manitoba’s current pea production. Family-owned R...
It is not scientific, but there is some insight into potential seeded acreage this spring in Saskatchewan....
CanoLab is back for another year, an interactive workshop that feature live canola plants and insects....
The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission has committed almost 1.5 million dollars to support wheat research projects in the coming year....
The Canadian Grain Commission seeks samples of canola from 2016 that was harvested late due to weather conditions or have been over-wintered....
The CCC has retained the firm of Scott Wolfe Management Inc. to conduct the search, and the selection process will be overseen by the Executive Committee of the CCC Board of Directors....
Registration closes Friday for the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference....
Farmers are constantly struggling to get maximum crop yield out of their fields....
J.P. Gervais outlines three areas of ag trade potentially impacted by President Trump...
The Government expects risk coverage will be second-highest value on record...
Last week's USDA report indicated that US winter wheat acres are the lowest they've been in more than a century....
Manitoba Agriculture says sclerotinia was the top disease in last year's provincial canola disease survey....
Organizers of the 40th edition of Manitoba Ag Days are looking back on another successful show....
Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers is excited to hear that a new pea-protein manufacturing facility will be built in the Portage area....
SmartWaterCSI helping police in California catch equipment thieves...
Swine health, a swine market outlook and barn safety will be three of the subjects discussed at the 2017 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences....
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on being nominated by President-elect of the United States Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture....
The Lennox Island Development Corporation is embarking on a project to upgrade community, tourism and cultural infrastructure to help increase visitation to the First Nation community of approximately 450 residents....
The Director of the Swine Teaching and Research Center with University of Pennsylvania says the move from stall housing of gestating sows to pen housing will require superior stockmanship and a greater level of training to maximize success....
Ottawa | Reuters — Canadian exporters are scrambling to find ways to avoid a potential 10 per cent import tax promised by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, including the possible shifting of production or supply lines south of the border. Amid warnings from the Bank of Canada on Wednesday that protectionist policies brought in by Trump could drive companies to invest in the U.S. rather than Canada, executives said their search for options has already begun. Canadian exporters are not alone, with global b...
Grain company Parrish and Heimbecker plans to expand its crop input retail space into east-central Alberta by buying four store sites in a federally-mandated sale. The privately-held Winnipeg firm on Monday announced it has reached an agreement with Agrium’s retail arm, Crop Production Services, to buy the sites at Sedgewick, Wainwright, St. Paul and Marwayne. The federal Competition Bureau in September had ordered CPS to find a buyer for the four sites, which are all within about a 200-km-diameter area b...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell nearly two per cent on Thursday on profit-taking and expectations of slowing export demand in the wake of this week’s rally to multi-month highs, analysts said. Soybean futures also declined as the market consolidated after a run-up to a six-month peak. But corn firmed on technical buying and strong production of corn-based ethanol fuel. Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures settled down 7-1/2 cents at $4.23-1/2 per bushel (all figures US$). March soybean...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures moved higher for a fourth straight session on Thursday, driven by this week’s cash price surge, traders said. February live cattle closed 0.75 cent/lb. higher at 121.025 cents, and April closed up 0.475 cent, to 119.875 cents (all figures US$). Both contracts notched 10-month highs for a third day in a row. On Thursday, slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle in the U.S. Plains traded at $122-$123/cwt, up from $118-$120 a week earlier, said fe...
MINOT, N.D. — Nearly every farmer has seen the photos from the 1930s, in which a massive dust storm is about to strike a small town or a drift of soil is almost covering a house. What North American farmers may not know is that soil in the air or in a drift contains more than just particles of dirt. It also contains a massive amount of nutrients. Dave Franzen, a soil scientist with North Dakota State University, has spent several years reviewing soil survey records for the state. What he found was startli...
Crop market analyst Mike Jubinville could have taken a different spin on the famous opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. That’s because Jubinville, head of ProFarmer Canada, thinks crop markets in 2017 will be characterized as neither the best of times nor the worst of times. He could have also noted that Dickens’ book was about the French Revolution and today we have another upending of the normal order with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, who promised to renegotiate...
Depending on who you believe, canaryseed prices could either see a modest increase in 2017 or a modest decrease. Either way, it could be a long time before growers see a return to the glorious days of 40 cent per pound canaryseed. “We’ve had a situation where we’ve had fairly stable supplies and fairly steady demand, so we’re kind of in a market that’s been quiet and prices have been going sideways,” said Chuck Penner, a market analyst with LeftField Commodity Research. “I think in the next ye...
Cattle, cupcakes and camp games converged Jan. 7 at the 4-H 100th anniversary celebrations in southern Alberta. About 30 4-H clubs from across the province south of Calgary had trade show booths to show the diversity of 4-H. “There’s an image that 4-H is just agriculture, or more specifically cows and cooking maybe, but as you can see walking around (looking at) all the different displays, there’s a ton of different things that you can do in 4-H for a project,” said Andy Pittman, Alberta 4-H’s sou...
ARGYLE, Man. — During a winter in Manitoba’s Interlake, there are days when eye and ear protection is essential. Jan. 5 was one of those days. Sunglasses were needed because the sky was clear and the sun gleamed off snow-covered fields, making it impossible to look to the south. A tuque was also necessary because the air temperature was -25 C, cold enough to freeze the hardiest of ears. There are two ways to view such a day: one, focus on the brightness and the clean, refreshing air. Two, go on the inte...
Going to school doesn’t immediately spring to mind when thinking about vacations, but hitting the books turned out to be a highlight of recent travels to Antigua, Guatemala. We took Spanish language classes at Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin (PLFM), a non-profit foundation specializing in teaching Spanish and local Mayan languages. It was a return to the same school we attended more than 30 years ago at the beginning of an extended trip through Central and South America. We thought that it was ti...
Central Alberta farmer Steve Larocque has tried to walk through 200 bushel per acre barley fields. “You could walk across the top more easily,” he said about the experience. Larocque first encountered the world down under during his Nuffield scholarship experiences and continues to be fascinated with the potential from spring crops that is exploited in New Zealand and elsewhere. He told a packed room of farmers attending CropSphere during Crop Week in Saskatoon that his experience around that barley led...
Modern technologies open an exciting challenge for today’s farmers. Data is being collected across every acre for every operation. Using your data and committing to SMART goals now can result in increased profits. I wrote a couple of columns last year around this time about planning for last year’s crop. They involved preparing a cost of production spreadsheet and planning your inputs. Hopefully you did this and kept up with the real inputs as the year progressed. This exercise will allow you to calcula...
All of Saskatchewan’s major crop organizations passed a resolution at CropSphere last week calling on the province to rescind or delay implementation of Bill 44. The bill supports the province’s new agricultural water management strategy and regulations that were implemented in October 2015. Franck Groeneweg, director of the Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association, was running between meeting rooms at CropSphere presenting the resolution. He said the new policy requires farmers to get permits for all ...
Land levelling contractors and tile drainage installers often experience 25 percent downtime due to weak or lost RTK signals. That equates to 75 percent uptime, which is unacceptable by anyone’s standard. Jarette Lawfield, a land levelling contractor in Catron, Missouri, runs six units as many hours per day as possible. Some of that equipment sits idle five or six hours a day in the summer because he doesn’t have the necessary vertical GPS accuracy needed to complete finish passes. “Sometimes all we n...
Root rot is rampant in Saskatchewan pea and lentil fields. The disease was found in 80 to 90 percent of the fields sampled in 2016, and 40 to 50 percent of them had moderate to severe symptoms. Aphanomyces is the most destructive form of root rot. It was found in 70 percent of the lentil fields and 60 to 70 percent of the pea fields. Pea fields often had either no signs of the disease or 75 to 100 percent infection levels. Lentils tended to have less of the extremes and more fields where there was 25 to 50 ...
The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago. 75 years ago: Jan. 15, 1942 Burning rubber tires became a crime in Canada with fines of up to $5,000, five years in prison or both. The Saskatchewan Liberal Council asked for an amendment to the Canadian Wheat Board Act to increase advance payments to farmers. The council’s resolution also urged that any additional assistance to farmers be adjusted so that small prod...
EDMONTON — Precision agriculture is coming to the chicken barn. Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a precision feeding system for broiler-breeder chickens that could result in more uniform and productive birds. Poultry researcher Martin 
Zuidhof has helped develop a system that feeds birds throughout the day while measuring how much each one consumes and gains. “What has been really gratifying with precision feeding has been the interest. It is so revolutionary. It changes the way...
DENVER, Colo. — Entering a major livestock show is a good promotional tool for breeders looking to buy and sell new cattle genetics. The icing on the cake is winning the big prizes in a circle of tough competitors. This year, Blairs.Ag Cattle Co. of Lanigan, Sask., and its partners won the grand champion bull during the Red Angus show held Jan. 9 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The bull, Damar Trump C512, is owned by Blairs.Ag, Yackley Red Angus of South Dakota, Rust Mountain Ranch of North ...
DENVER, Colo. — Every year, Rodney and Tanya Hollman make the 21-hour trip from their ranch at Innisfail, Alta., to Denver, Colorado, to enter the National Western Stock Show. This year paid off when their bull, RWG Right Combination 5506, was named grand champion Gelbvieh Jan. 9. “It is worth it every year, but it was extra worth it this year,” said Tanya. The couple owns Royal Western Gelbvieh and places well every year, but they have missed the brass ring in the championship drive. This year they a...
It is tempting to dismiss a little extra fat on a horse as nothing to worry about. Many horses and ponies these days are overweight. The same holds true for cats and dogs. It is my experience that animals of normal weight have become so infrequent that many people worry the animals are too thin. Our society has become so accustomed to overweight animals that obesity is the new normal. However, excess fat is harmful. Plump ponies and roly-poly horses are prone to serious health issues. Unlike the workhorses ...
Dan Mazier thinks it’s high time that rural digital infrastructure be treated as an essential service, much like landline telephone service. “It’s a mandatory utility and it’s no different than water, it’s no different than electricity. It’s one of those utilities that we now need to function as a Canadian,” said the president of Keystone Agricultural Producers in Manitoba. “Let’s provide that to rural Canadians and let’s get on with the plan.” Mazier was part of an agricultural panel ...
Another shipping season is in the books at the Port of Thunder Bay, and according to port officials, it was a good one. Thunder Bay’s 2016 shipping concluded Jan. 10 with the last incoming vessel, MV Frontenac, delivering a load of road salt. Tim Heney, chief executive officer with the Thunder Bay Port Authority, said shipping volumes in 2016 were above average, with total cargoes of roughly 8.8 million tonnes. As usual, grain and oilseed shipments from Western Canada accounted for the vast majority of th...
MINOT, N.D. — Large corporations love to talk about sustainable farming. Unilever has committed to source all of its food sustainably by 2020. PepsiCo has made a similar promise. By 2020 it plans to buy all its ingredients from producers that satisfy its Sustainable Farming Initiative. Many other huge companies, including Walmart, General Mills and Kellogg’s, are also running sustainable agriculture programs. Despite the corporate push, a strange thing is happening in Western Canada: organizations that ...
Donald Trump doesn’t officially become the United States’ 45th president until Jan. 20, but his pending move into the oval office is already causing a ripple effect north of the border. 
 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shaken up his cabinet, a move widely believed was done to better position Ottawa’s front bench with the emerging cabinet south of the border. 
 International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, whose background in agriculture had made her a key contact for many farm groups, is now ...
Research into the humane treatment of pigs received a funding boost Jan. 10 when the federal government earmarked $1.8 million for the pork research cluster.
 Sow housing and improved living conditions for sows and piglets were specifically mentioned in an Agriculture Canada news release as areas of further study. 
 “This investment in research in animal health and welfare helps respond to the interests of consumers and will help put more money in the pockets of our producers,” federal Agriculture M...
Starting a conversation with consumers about agriculture can be as easy as showing farm photos to a seat mate on an airplane.
 Adrienne Ivey, who spoke at the Saskatchewan Young Ag Entrepreneurs conference in Saskatoon Jan. 5, uses those opportunities along with her blog, View From the Ranch, to influence public opinion and correct misleading information.
 The rancher from Ituna, Sask., who received the Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers award in 2014 with her husband, Aaron, cited the latest advert...
One of the goals of The Western Producer is of course to talk to farmers, but also to talk to people that farmers would like to talk to if they had the opportunity. (It is one of Managing Editor Michael Raine’s many mantras.)
 To that end, this time of the year is when our journalists are dispersed to various parts of the country — indeed the continent — to chat with experts in various fields, as it were. Just after the harvest, our reporters fan out in earnest to bring the latest ag news to readers...
ST. JEAN BAPTISTE, Man. — Marginal gains are the best hope for most Red River Valley farmers when it comes to soil compaction.
 The deck is loaded against growers who operate in heavy, wet soils.
 “A lot of this is not within our control,” said soil management specialist Marla Riekman during St Jean Farm Days held Jan. 4-5.
 “There is a little bit within our control. We need to figure out exactly what it is.”
 Riekman said tilling soil when it is dry or saturated carries low risk for compa...
Saskatchewan Agriculture has announced $7.7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects.
 The announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart during a luncheon at the sold-out CropSphere show in Saskatoon.
 “We won’t know the results of these projects tomorrow but make no mistake, the work will have an impact,” he said.
 The projects include creating a test for DON toxins resulting from fusarium infection in wheat, optimizing loss-sensing technology on combines and develo...
EDMONTON — There are more than 2,000 heritage chickens at the University of Alberta’s Poultry Research Centre. 
 Birds of old lineages with colourful plumage and varying levels of production are maintained for research, but the program can be expensive. 
 The cost of the program led to a relationship with Peavey Mart to sell chicks to the public. About 100 chicks were offered for sale in 2014, and the program was such a success that 5,000 chicks were put up for sale in 2015 and 7,000 last year. Pilo...
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — A planned European Union-Canada free trade deal received backing from a committee of the European Parliament and Germany’s top court Jan. 12, increasing its chances of entering force later this year.
 The EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in October but only after opposition from a region of Belgium and hesitation in Austria and other countries.
 CETA, along with the larger planned EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ...
Calf prices have bounced upward in the past couple months, but prices during the fall calf run were a huge disappointment. Any thoughts of a meaningful increase in the Canadian cattle herd have evaporated. 
 If you go back to 2013, calf prices were dismal throughout the year with prices for 500 to 600 pound steers in the range of $160 to $170 per hundredweight during the fall run.
 Calf prices took off in 2014 with a steady upward trajectory through the year. They were $270 to $290 per cwt. for most of ...
 
 On the dusty back roads of Kenya, farmers with one or two acres of land talked about some of the difficulties they face — a disease in cassava, inadequate fodder for their animals, degraded soils and moulds in maize. 
 And in two world-class research centres nearby, scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) talked about their research into these very problems.
 It should be no surprise. CGIAR, which aims to “innovate on behalf of poor people in devel...
Man runs into burning barn to drive combine out...
Farmers are encouraged to take part in an on-line survey on precision agriculture to help advance innovation in Canadian farming....
Canola seed in Canada could soon come with a label describing the variety’s blackleg disease resistance package, similar to the labeling system used in Australia....
The Manitoba government and Roquette today announced a historic investment in the province’s food-processing industry, confirming the France-based company’s plans to build a new, $400-million pea-processing facility near Portage la Prairie....
Arnold Innovations of Hamiota came out on top at this year's Manitoba Ag Days Inventor's Showcase....
Looking for some tangible ideas and plans for your farm direct or agritourism business?...
Ever dreamt about owning a dairy farm? Now’s your chance. Alberta Milk’s New Entrant Assistance Program is now accepting applications....
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has announced agenda highlights for its annual general meeting, set for Feb. 22-23, 2017, in Ottawa, ON....
Funding for agricultural research was announced last Tuesday at CropSphere in Saskatoon....
World Weather Agri-Meteorologist Drew Lerner was the keynote speaker for the SaskCanola AGM in Saskatoon last Monday....
The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) is looking for input on which topics to choose when planning presentations and workshops for Canadian beef producers. Please consider completing our short survey. It takes about 10 minutes...
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Provincial Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler gave their keynote addresses Tuesday at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon....
In 2017, the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding Assistance Program for producers moves into its final year of the funding framework....
Those attending Manitoba Ag Days this year, may have noticed a new attraction inside the main arena inside Brandon's Keystone Centre....
Manitoba's Minister of Agriculture says trade was a key issue among Canadians attending the 2017 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit....
The Chair of Manitoba Pork says the Donald Trump Presidency and trade were the foremost issues discussed during this week's trade mission to the Minnesota Pork Congress in Minneapolis....
USDA choice completes Trump’s cabinet...
After writing a concerned social media post, Libby Keenan is feeling “optimistic” about hydro rate relief...
GROWERS MIGHT KNOW from experience that they have areas in their fields that consistently deliver high yields season after season — and other parts that just aren’t very productive at all....
A reduced Prairie grain handle has taken a bite out of the year-end gross for Canadian Pacific Railway in what’s turned out to be CEO Hunter Harrison’s last year on the job. Calgary-based CP on Wednesday announced full-year net income of $1.599 billion on $6.232 billion in gross revenues, up from $1.352 billion on $6.552 billion in 2015. Fourth-quarter net income came in at $384 million on $1.637 billion in revenues, up from $319 million on $1.687 billion in the year-earlier period. Harrison, who announ...
Dublin | Reuters — Ireland said Wednesday that a dead cow had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health or beef’s trade status. The animal tested positive for “atypical” BSE, Ireland’s agriculture department said in a statement, referring to the strain that it said has been identified more recently and which occurs spontaneously in older animals with a low incidence rate. That type is distinct f...
Washington | Reuters — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, a senior transition official saidn Wednesday. Perdue, 70, served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. His nomination, which must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, will complete Trump’s proposed cabinet just before he is sworn in as president on Friday. By nominating a former governor from a sout...
Vancouver | Reuters — The British Columbia government said Wednesday it would defend its wine industry against a trade challenge from the U.S., and was confident it was not breaking any international trade rules. Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. said it started action against Canada at the World Trade Organization, accusing B.C. of discriminating against U.S. and other imported wine by allowing only local wine to be sold in grocery stores. “Trade agreements such as NAFTA allow for a number of private wine ou...
AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDAWASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced.Perdue, 70, would be the first Southerner to lead the Agriculture Department in more than two decades. He comes from the small city of Bonaire in rural central Georgia, where he built businesses in grain trading and...
Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. soybean futures rose on Wednesday for a fourth straight session, notching a six-month high on worries that recent heavy rains could damage crops in Argentina. Wheat and corn closed lower on a round of profit-taking after multi-month highs. Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans settled up 5-3/4 cents at $10.75 per bushel after reaching $10.80, the contract’s highest level since mid-July (all figures US$). “Traders are just getting bulled up that we’re going to lose a good ...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday for a third day in a row, following the  morning’s wholesale beef price upswing and initial cash price strength, traders said. February live cattle closed 0.7 cent/lb. higher at 120.275 cents, and April closed up 0.4 cent to 119.4 cents (all figures US$). Both contracts hit 10-month highs for a second consecutive session. Wednesday morning’s choice wholesale beef price, or cutout, climbed $1.39/cwt from Tue...
CNS Canada — ICE Futures Canada canola contracts posted substantial gains during the week ended Wednesday, taking strength from a rally in the soy complex. Both front-end contracts rose $17 on the week, with the March contract jumping from $498 at its Jan. 11 close to settle at $515 a week later. Weather concerns in South America have been particularly bullish as of late, with excess rain in Argentina sparking ideas that soybean losses could hit 10 per cent or more in that country. “The weather in Argen...
CNS Canada — Soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted sharp gains over the past week, as weather concerns in Argentina and a bullish U.S. Department of Agriculture report sparked a rally. South American weather also underpinned the corn market — and both commodities will be following the forecasts out of the region closely over the next while. “We’ve added an enormous amount of value,” said Rich Feltes of RJ O’Brien in Chicago on the 63-cent-per-bushel weekly rise in the front month....
PARIS (Reuters) – French plant-based ingredient maker Roquette will build the world’s largest pea protein facility in Portage la Prairie, Man., to meet fast-growing demand for vegetable protein in food and pharmaceutical products in North America, the group said on Wednesday. The global pea protein market has seen a sharp rise in recent years, mainly driven by increasing demand for processed and healthy food. The new factory, representing an investment of more than $400 million, is planned for central M...
U.S. challenges B.C. wine sales in grocery storesVANCOUVER - British Columbia's decision to sell only B.C. wines in grocery stores appears to have left a bitter aftertaste in the United States, which is launching an international trade complaint on the policy.The U.S. challenge filed Wednesday alleges B.C.-only wine sales is a breach of Canada's commitments to the World Trade Organization.U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the province's regulations provide a substantial competitive advantage for...
Portage pea plant provides positionsWINNIPEG - A French company plans to build a $400-million pea-processing facility near Portage la Prairie in Manitoba.Roquette says the operation will be the largest facility dedicated to pea-protein processing in the world and is to employ about 150 people.The company says the facility will establish stronger markets for Canadian farmers and help supply a growing global demand for products such as high-protein sport nutrition food.Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eich...
Great Lakes report urges farm runoff lawsTORONTO - Voluntary measures to protect the Great Lakes from farm manure have proven insufficient and governments should now turn their minds to legislation, a binational report released Wednesday concludes.While the issue is of concern everywhere except Lake Superior, the problem is especially acute in Lake Erie, where out-of-control algae growth has created dead zones."Frequent (harmful algal blooms) in the last 10 years suggest that the voluntary programs are not ...
Wrapping up the winter means getting ready for show season again. National Farm Machinery Show is nearing and we're working hard on our seminar program for the event - more on that in a future blog. This week I noticed a couple of news items that offer some interesting innovations for farmers, and I thought I'd share them with you. First, Precision Planting is holding its events to share new technology for farmers, which this week included the launch of the SmartFirmer for organic matter and furrow environm...
Anyone who attended the Agri Trade farm show in Red Deer this fall will almost certainly have noticed some all-new Kubota equipment on display. At machinery shows all around North America in the past couple of years, the brand has certainly been making its presence known, showing an ever-expanding line of ag products. And executives haven’t made any secret of the fact they intend to keep up that pace of new machinery introductions. In August, American farmers visiting the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Boone,...
The 40th annual edition of Manitoba Ag Days is on this week in Brandon. WP reporters are there covering all the action and you can find all their stories, along with any social media using the show’s hashtag – #AgDays17,  collected below. Check back frequently as this page will be updated throughout the day while the show is on. What you could call a "high visibility" Premier. Easy for short reporters like me to find in a crowd, lol #agdays17 pic.twitter.com/M2MFsybzU6 — Ed White (@EdWhiteMarkets) Ja...
France-based company investing $400 million into new facility in Manitoba...
New research study shows (FHB) resistance levels in spring wheat, may be vary....
Timo Brielmann now grows canola, soybeans and wheat...
The CAHRC predicts the industry will face significant labour shortages costing the country millions...
DuPont Pioneer is pleased to announce that as part of its Full Belly! Full Mind! initiative that supports nutrition and breakfast programs across Canada, $2,000 has been donated to Victoria School....
New research suggests that Canada’s horticulture industries are at risk of becoming increasingly vulnerable to potential labour fluctuations as their dependence on foreign labour sources rises rapidly....
A Meat Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says, decreasing the slope of the ramps used to load pigs onto trailers will decrease their risk of fatigue and possible death during transport....
Manitoba's Agriculture Minister says announcements on the province's plans to streamline the process for the approval of permits to construct new hog barns in Manitoba can be expected soon....
As part of Ontario's plan to protect water resources, the province is proposing a new fee for water bottling companies that take groundwater....
Ontario dairy goat producers looking to improve or expand their operations, increase their business management skills, and boost their bottom lines are invited to take part in the Dairy Goat Advanced Farm Management Program....
As consumer interest in organic milk increases and the number of organic dairies continue to grow...
With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species...
There is speculation that oil companies could shift spending from Canada to U.S. if new tax levied...
Doing business in Alberta is becoming harder and harder in recent years due to the economic downturn without adding social licence concerns into the equation....
Product segregation codes and product codes are numeric codes created and used by the Canadian Grain Commission and grain industry stakeholders....
4-H Manitoba, in partnership with 4-H Canada, has announced the launch of a new alumni program....
Ministers noted total AgriInsurance coverage for 2017 is expected to exceed $2.67 billion on 9.6 acres in Manitoba...
The investment is enabling Mazza to install innovative drying technology and expand its laboratory....
Alberta Agriculture’s website has a tool called the Soil Information Viewer that can help with an understanding of soils in the province....
I was hiking around Blue Ridge, Georgia, not long ago and came across a few terrific-looking heuchera, or coral bells...
Western Canadian feeder cattle markets were steady to $2 higher compared to week-ago levels. All weight classes experienced lukewarm buying interest, despite improving margins in the feedlot sector. Most auction barns experienced minimal numbers; cow-calf producers are holding back on sales hoping for stronger values and extreme cold temperatures hindered cattle movement, especially in the Manitoba region. Feedlot operators were rather opaque, sending orders at or slightly below the market. Order buyers wou...
Frankfurt | Reuters –– Bayer and Monsanto said Tuesday they would spend at least half of their agriculture research and development budget in the U.S. over the next six years, following a meeting with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump last week. The two companies, which are awaiting approval of their agreed US$66 billion deal from Trump’s incoming administration, issued a joint statement after Trump’s spokesman said Bayer had pledged to boost U.S. investments and jobs. They said they expect to spend...
Davos, Switzerland | Reuters –– Syngenta, the Swiss pesticides and seeds group being taken over by ChemChina, does not expect antitrust regulators to force the Chinese state-owned company to put its subsidiary Adama up for sale, Syngenta’s CEO said on Tuesday. “Adama will not need to be sold. There will be some remedies in both the U.S. and the EU but I can’t speak to any details,” Erik Fyrwald told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Unveiling details about Syngenta...
Brandon | Reuters — Canadian canola plantings may rise slightly in spring as farmers seek to cash in before an expected drop in vegetable oil prices as palm crops recover from drought that hit major Southeast Asian producers, German oilseed analysis firm Oil World said Tuesday. Plantings will rise by less than 10 per cent in Canada, which accounts for most globally exported canola and rapeseed, Thomas Mielke, executive director of Oil World, said here on the sidelines of the Ag Days farm conference and tr...
The annual Consumer Electronics Show is a dream destination for a lot of technology nuts. In the first week of 2017, the event was the center of the universe for autonomous car talk, super 4K video televisions, enhanced gaming devices and combine technology. What? You read that right. This year the show featured a farmer and a few others from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance as that organization unveiled it's SMART Farm concept aimed at bridging the gap "between the acceptance of innovation that's a p...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose about two per cent on Tuesday, touching a six-month high on worries about excessive rains in Argentina crimping production prospects, analysts said. Corn and wheat followed the firm trend, drawing additional support from a setback in the dollar. Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans settled up 23 cents at $10.69-1/4 per bushel after reaching $10.75-1/2, its highest since July 14 (all figures US$). CBOT March corn ended up seven cents at $3.65-1/2 a bushel and ...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange nearby live cattle contracts on Tuesday climbed to their highest level in 10 months after investors digested last week’s better-than-expected cash prices, traders said. February live cattle closed 1.05 cents/lb. higher at 119.575 cents, and April up 1.075 cents, to 119 cents. “It was a good cash market that happened after the futures market had closed on Friday,” said Archer Financial Services broker Dennis Smith. Last Friday packers paid $118-$120/cwt...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. The next era of performance and control is one step closer to reality. MS Technologies and Bayer have announced a significant milestone for the Balance GT Soybean Performance System. China announced it has granted import approval to Balance GT soybeans, moving the new soybean system one step closer toward commercialization. The Balance GT Soybean Performance System will combine industry-leading genetics with a double herbi...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. Precision Planting is launching SmartFirmer, a seed firmer with unprecedented sensing capability that will allow farmers to not only map row by row organic matter, soil moisture, and furrow residue, but also to perform on-the-go control of planting population or hybrid based on organic matter measurement. Compatibility with Climate FieldView makes SmartFirmer data viewable on the industry-leading digital agriculture platform. In ...
New research scheduled to continue until winter of 2018...
Weed seeds can live and regerminate for years...
The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer 10 new seminars of interest to pig farmers and other attendees at the 2017 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines....
Public meeting about home sizes could be scheduled for some time in March...
Roundup can help to manage foliar diseases in glyphosate-tolerant alfalfa...
When making plans for the upcoming crop year, be sure to reflect on last year’s yields...
Understanding changes in soil test levels...
Learning about corn seed treatment options for Ontario for 2017...
Farmer Panel will Share Successes & Lessons Learned...
Blue Water Wash is changing the way the industry addresses biosecurity risks...
Former Secretary of Agriculture will head U.S. Dairy Export Council...
Dan Danford has been named Industry Relations Manager, Precision Solutions and Telematics (PS&T), for CNH Industrial, parent company of agricultural machinery brands,...
Speaker: Jan Archer, National Pork Board President...
From the production of equipment and crop inputs to the fuel required to transport products to market, energy is an important part of the Canadian agri-food supply chain...
Topigs Norsvin USA is pleased to announce an agreement to become the exclusive genetic supplier to Ledger Swine Farms, a swine genetics sales agency owned by Gary and Ann Ledger of Williamsburg, Iowa....
A Feed Research Scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry reports, by utilizing lower cost lower energy feed ingredients in the grower finisher phase, pork producers can dramatically reduce their feed costs while maintaining overall productivity....
A scientist with the University of Alberta says research suggests microorganisms in the guts of pigs that help ward off disease can be transferred to other pigs to improve their health....
Illumina, Inc., the global leader in next-generation sequencing technology, and NRGene, a globally recognized leader in genome assembly and analysis...
My mature 40 foot redwood trees seem to be showing signs of stress from the continuing drought....
In another poke in the eye to agriculture, the Obama administration is set to issue a regulation that adds animal welfare standards...
Ontario’s agriculture minister stands by his decision to halt a process that was expected to open up how processing tomatoes are priced in the province. Jeff Leal’s decision, announced in August, resulted in a Dec. 21 threat from Ontario’s largest tomato processors to significantly cut back their tomato purchases from Ontario farmers in 2017. Processing tomato prices have been negotiated by the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers on behalf of producers. But processors want to negotiate with producers...
Ontario’s dairy industry is in a period of unprecedented growth, with over 15 per cent more quota going to dairy farmers in less than two years. There are almost certainly more quota increases to come, in order to increase milk production to displace significant volumes of butter now being imported. “It’s an absolutely great time to be a dairy farmer,” Ralph Dietrich, chair of Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), told the organization during its annual meeting held Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto. “W...
Reuters — Loss-making U.S. grain handler Andersons Inc. said Sunday it plans to exit the retail business, affecting over 1,000 employees, at a time when the U.S. farm sector is facing a downturn due to a sharp decline in grain prices. The company, which buys grain, produces ethanol and leases rail cars, said it will shut its four retail stores in the second quarter of 2017, affecting 650 employees in the Toledo area and 400 in Columbus. “Choosing to cease a business that has spanned 65 years and employs...
By Dr. Sylvain Charlebois The great Canadian dairy crisis is about to experience a new and interesting twist. On the verge of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, some wonder whether he could bring about the end of Canada’s infatuation with dairy marketing boards. Both during his campaign and after […]...
The Canadian Grain Commission wants to assess the impact of snowed-in or over-wintered canola on the quality of the 2016 crop, as the impact of snow on canola quality has not been studied....
Farmers in Ohio must be certified by the end of September 2017...
In the middle of 2016, prices for the pulse crop had plunged from record highs on the outlook for large global harvests. Now, the curry-and-soup food staple has rebounded more than 40 percent since August after rain and snow damaged a bumper crop in Canada, the world’s top exporter....
OMAFRA has confirmed clubroot’s first appearances in the province...
Q&A with Farm and Food Care Ontario’s new VP, Joel Porter...
DuraHoof OrganicFootbath, a pre-mixed copper sulfate footbath concentrate designed to control most forms of infectious hoof diseases, is listed by Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use on organic livestock operations....
The EU-Canada free trade deal received backing from a committee of the European Parliament and Germany’s top court on Thursday, increasing its chances of entering force later this year...
The Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programs with Manitoba Pork says minimizing aggression in group housing requires a holistic approach....
The Director of Sustainable Food with the World Wildlife Fund is encouraging farmers in North America and Europe to share with those in the rest of the world their methods for improving agricultural sustainability....
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $540,000 in funding for state and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities....
Soybean futures soared Thursday after a bullish USDA report pushed production estimates lower than expected....
Makers of fertilizers that boost corn and palm growth are taking advantage of higher profit margins for uses in other industries, such as oil drilling and livestock feed, to ride out a severe slump....
Chasing what's trendy can get you in trouble - at least that's the conventional wisdom. But it's during challenging times like these that so-called trendy practices often have emerged because they've stood up to strict scrutiny....
California Gov. Jerry Brown has included $7.5 million in the 2017-18 budget to launch the Healthy Soils Initiative, reported Bob Gore in a commentary on Techwire.net....
Cases of newborn "shaking piglets" have been reported since the 1920s both in Europe and abroad....
Lots of talk has taken place for some time now between the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the CME Group about how to make the markets better, more transparent, less volatile and more reactive to fundamentals....
For Oklahoma cotton producers, it has been a remarkable year. With an ideal fall growing season, the 2016 crop got bigger with each crop production update, culminating with the January Crop Production 2016 Annual Summary report. USDA reports that the Oklahoma cotton crop is a record crop- both in yield and in overall production....
Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles increased corn and spring wheat yields....
One of Canada’s biggest providers of rural broadband is set to expand its space in the Saskatchewan market by buying rural high-speed wireless provider YourLink. New Brunswick-based Xplornet Communications on Monday announced an all-cash $28.75 million deal with Victoria-based Vecima Networks for the “remaining assets” of Vecima’s YourLink business. YourLink, based in Saskatoon, is a major wireless service provider for rural Saskatchewan, offering fixed broadband wireless data and telephone access f...
Havana | Reuters — Dozens of U.S. farm and agribusiness groups on Thursday urged President-elect Donald Trump to build upon progress made by the Obama administration in relations with Cuba, calling trade with the former Cold War foe particularly important at a time of a severe downturn in farm incomes. The agricultural trade groups stated their views in a letter sent to Trump, who is to be inaugurated on Jan. 20. “As a broad cross-section of rural America, we urge you not to take steps to reverse progre...
Tracking an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis through southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan is still expected to lead to more quarantines of more Prairie cattle ranches, though no new controls have been imposed since before Christmas. As of Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported no new cases of bovine TB in its investigation, beyond the six cattle it had confirmed as TB-positive by mid-November 2016. Cattle — up to 10,000, by the agency’s previous rough estimate — are still...
Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures gained about one per cent on Friday, rallying from losses in the previous session on the back of investment fund buying and optimism for higher prices in U.S. Plains cash cattle markets, traders said. Feeder cattle prices rose while lean hogs were mostly higher, underpinned by fund rebalancing, short-covering and strong cash hog markets. Traders were awaiting for deals to develop in cash cattle markets following stronger prices earlier th...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures rose on Friday on follow-through buying on the U.S. Agriculture Department’s surprise cut to its domestic production estimate and ending stocks on Thursday, traders said. Soymeal led soybeans higher on concerns that forecasts for more rain in Argentina could limit the size of the soybean crop in the worlds top soymeal exporter. “The very same fields that were flooded last week could be inundated again this weekend,” Charlie Sernatinger, global head of grain f...
Editor’s Note: This company media release is unedited, for your information. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded the geography for application of Enlist Duo herbicide from 15 to 34 states. This means Enlist Duo can be applied to Enlist corn and soybeans on the majority of U.S. corn and soybean acres, once all necessary state registrations are received. The EPA also has registered Enlist Duo herbicide for use on Enlist cotton. The Enlist weed control system allows growers to use Enl...
The first canoLAB, like many events, was affectionately named by Rick Taillieu from Alberta Canola, and became the brainchild of Dan Orchard, Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist from Central Alberta...
Want to learn about how the trials are conducted?...
In the first half of 2016, the governments of Canada and Victoria, British Columbia (B.C.) invested approximately $6.9 million to support business development, innovation, food safety, sustainability, and future agriculture leaders in B.C.'s agri-food sector....
A former speech writer for George W. Bush was a keynote speaker this week at CropSphere in Saskatoon. David Frum addressed a crowd of about 500 and talked about the impacts of the US presidential election on the Canada/US trade relationship....
Another shipping season is in the books at the Port of Thunder Bay, and according to port officials, it was a good one. Thunder Bay’s 2016 shipping concluded Jan. 10 with the last incoming vessel, MV Frontenac, delivering a load of road salt. Tim Heney, chief executive officer with the Thunder Bay Port Authority, said shipping volumes in 2016 were above average, with total cargoes of roughly 8.8 million tonnes. As usual, grain and oilseed shipments from Western Canada accounted for the vast majority of th...
With Vilsack’s exit, the top spot in the USDA currently sits empty...
All livestock producers will be required to have a PID number...
Hagie Manufacturing LLC’s largest full season applicator is now available with enhancements for the 2017 model year. Hagie is officially taking orders for a limited production build of the STS16 for the 2017 calendar year....
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Woburn, Mass. -based ThingMagic RFID business to Novanta Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVT) for $20 million in cash....
Four American groups say Canada’s new dairy policies hurt U.S. producers...
At a time when the fiber market is booming but profit margins are challenged, Vermeer is continuously working to provide solutions to help contractors increase their productivity....
CNS Canada –– Manitoba pinto bean spot prices are holding steady near yearly highs, as adverse weather during the growing season scaled back production. “It was a pretty wet year, compared to the previous year,” said Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture’s industry development specialist for pulse crops in Altona. Areas of southern Manitoba saw heavy rainfall throughout the summer, which hurt production. “And that’s where we grow a lot of pinto beans,” Lange said. Manitoba’s pinto yields were...
How high is too high for a pile of chicken droppings?LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure?Eight feet, apparently.Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it's piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk of fire from spontaneous combustion, poultry experts are warning farmers that piles 6 1/2- to 7-feet high are high enough. One pile caught fire in western Arkansas this week, triggering a wildfire that destroyed a mobi...
The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has released the first report from its Equine 2015 study, Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015....
In many horses, fever is the only sign of EHV-1 infection, which can go undetected....
It can be difficult to decipher if pepper fruit lesions are from common physiological disorders or the work of less common pathogens....
Rikin Gandhi put his sights on outer space as a little boy growing up in New Jersey. He chased that dream earning degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology....
The report "Precision Farming Market by Technology (Guidance System, Remote Sensing, Variable Rate Technology), Offering (Hardware Automation & Control System, Sensor & Monitoring Device, Software, Services), Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, The precision farming market is expected to grow from USD $3.20 Billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD $7.87 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 13.47% between 2016 and 2022....
According to recent data on local food marketing practices, 167,000 U.S. farms locally produced and sold food through direct marketing practices, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue....
A popular new year’s resolution is to de-clutter our homes. But what if a clutter-free home was the only way you could survive and thrive?...
These planning prices can be used for preparing annual enterprise budgets and annual whole-farm cash-flow projections....
Brussels | Reuters — A planned EU-Canada free trade deal received backing from a committee of the European Parliament and Germany’s top court on Thursday, increasing its chances of entering force later this year. The European Union and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October, but only after opposition from a region of Belgium and hesitation in Austria and other countries. CETA, along with the larger planned EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TT...
Saskatchewan livestock producers wanting to take part in provincial programs will soon have to have a valid premises identification (ID) number. The provincial and federal governments on Thursday announced the new requirement for Saskatchewan producers will take effect “over the coming months.” The province has had a voluntary premises ID (PID) program in place since June 2014, but fewer than 3,000 of the province’s livestock and poultry producers, veterinarians, feedlots and other livestock commingli...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures hit a 3-1/2-week high on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut its estimate of the 2016 soy harvest and lowered its forecast of domestic inventories, analysts said. Wheat futures advanced after the USDA said farmers planted the fewest U.S. acres to winter wheat since 1909. Corn followed the firm trend, rallying from earlier declines. Chicago Board of Trade March soybean futures settled up 28-3/4 cents at $10.40-1/4 per bushel after touching $10.41-1...
Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures fell more than one per cent on Thursday, extending losses to the second straight session on a technical sell-off as wholesale beef prices also continued to lose ground, traders and analysts said. Lean hogs were mixed at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, with some front-month hog futures cont