Online stories an eclectic mix

It’s time for our semi-annual look at our most popular stories. I always enjoy this column because it gives us some insight into what readers like to see at

As we can see, our most popular stories so far are an eclectic mix of mayhem, farming culture, breaking news and agricultural issue oriented stories.

So here’s our top 10 so far this year:

10. Milligan BioFuels enters receivership (Published in February). Off-quality canola processor in Foam Lake, Sask., shuts down.

9. Anhydrous application in jeopardy this spring (March). Regulations endangered the use of NH3 nurse tanks for seeding, but a rescue came in time.

8. Shot fired into farm couple’s home near North Battleford (February). A bullet was shot through a window at the farmhouse of Ed and Kathy Smith west of North Battleford, Sask. There were no injuries.

7. Carbon hits the east-west divide (January). Soil organic carbon is increasing in Western Canada with the reduction of tillage and implementation of direct seeding, while cropland in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes is losing soil organic carbon.

6. Aussie grain giant puts mega farm up for sale (June). With just three days online, this story on the sale of a 495,000-acre farm for $72 – $82 million was a big hit with readers.

5. Rural landowners walk fine line when defending their property (May). Defence lawyer Don Smith explains what landowners can and cannot do to defend person or property.

4. Teen takes different approach to farming (June). Lacombe, Alta.’s Carson Ebeling, 14, seeds his crops with vintage equipment.

3. India hikes chickpea duty again (March). The Indian government raised import tariffs for chickpeas from 40 percent to 60 percent to increase domestic output and maintain price levels.

2. 40,000-acre farm goes organic. (March). Travis Heide is turning all his farmland in eastern Saskatchewan to organic crops by 2020, making it the largest organic farming operation in Canada.

1. Study finds no firm glyphosate-cancer link. Huge number of views on this one. Although it was published in November, its viewership really took off this year. A study by the Journal of National Cancer Institute in the U.S. found that “glyphosate was not statistically significantly associated with cancer at any site.”

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