It’s time for our semi-annual look at what our online viewers are reading. The results are always interesting and instructive for us at The Western Producer.
Our 10th most read story this year is “Survey reveals ‘amazing’ soil loss in Great Plains region.” Published in January, this story pointed out that large amounts of nitrogen and phosphate had blown or washed away over the last 75 to 125 years.
Ninth is “Genesis plans huge fertilizer supercentre west of Regina,” a story also from January, about plans by Saskatchewan-based Genesis Grain to build a $24-million fertilizer storage, blending and distribution centre at Belle Plaine, Sask.
In eighth place is “It might be a good time to stock up on glyphosate,” a story in February on increasing prices due to higher costs for raw materials in China.
Seventh is “Excessive glyphosate levels found in 1.3 percent of food samples: CFIA study,” published in April. The study found that four percent of grain products had glyphosate levels exceeding maximum residue limits, though the food system was deemed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to be safe.
“Harmony Beef to reopen,” from February, holds sixth spot. It is the country’s newest federally inspected meat plant, which is located northeast of Calgary.
In fifth place is “Glyphosate presence in honey raises concerns,” which outlined a lawsuit launched by the U.S. Organic Consumers Association and Beyond Pesticide. The group argued that use of the words “pure” and “natural” by Sue Bee Honey of Sioux City, Iowa, was misleading.
Fourth is “Grain bag slashing angers farmer,” explaining that there had been seven such incidents around Rouleau, Sask., in January.
Our third highest-read story this year is “Farmers overcharged nearly $100 million in CGC user fees.” The commission said it was reviewing its user fees.
“Drought predicted for Alberta this summer” is our second-highest read story. Published in May, it quoted AccuWeather’s outlook on central and northern Alberta, in which hot, dry conditions were expected. So far, farmers have been spared.
And our top-read online story so far this year is “Sask. budget: PST, land, education farm fuel taxes increased,” explaining the effects of the Saskatchewan austerity budget on farmers.