LIVE BLOG: Crop Production Week 2019

Crop Week, CropSphere and Crop Production Show have kicked off for 2019 in Saskatoon.

WP reporters will be on site covering all facets of these events this week. Stay up-to-date by following their stories, images and videos, which we’ll post below.

VIDEO: More ag research funding announced in Sask. – Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture Canada will spend more than $12 million to support 44 crop-related research projects, government officials announced yesterday in Saskatoon.

Jason Danielson, Discovery Seed Lab. | Robin Booker photo

Video: High quality seed in Sask. – Jason Danielson of Discovery Seed Lab discusses the seed quality of Saskatchewan crops he’s seen through the lab so far this testing season.


Tim Burrack farms in Northeast Iowa and is Vice-Chairman of the Global Farmer Network. | Robin Booker photo

Video: Cover crops mitigate climate change effects – Tim Burrack discusses why after farming for 40 years he decided to start growing cover crops, and some of the challenged he faced to bring in this new production method.


Tom Schwarz, right, talks to Kevin Hursh about a farmer’s right to repair their farm equipment, which Schwarz said is become an increasingly important issue. | Robin Booker photo

Video: The right to repair – Tom Schwarz discusses options farmers have to promote their right to repair their own farm equipment.

VIDEO: Wheat outlook promising – Boersch – Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long.

VIDEO: Optimism creeping into pulse markets – Penner – Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research, says the doom and gloom in pulse markets is finally starting to be replaced by some optimism.

VIDEO: U.S. corn use becoming more common in Alta. feedlots – Viterra’s Kenric Exner says Alberta cattle feeders are using more U.S. corn in feedlot rations when the economics of using corn rather than barley makes sense.

VIDEO: Flax acreage expected to grow slightly, price mostly stable – analyst – Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research, anticipates more of the same in the flax market, which isn’t bad.

VIDEO: Pulse quality specifications change – Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, said during his CropSphere presentation that quality specifications for pulses have traditionally been based on size, shape and colour, but the industry must be prepared to meet more complicated specifications for the food ingredients industry.

Ottawa announces $39 million in crop research funding – Ottawa will spend $39.3 million to support research that benefits the Canadian wheat, barley, soybean and field crop industries.

VIDEO: Oats looking good for 2019 – Boersch – Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, says oats should be a good crop to grow again in 2019 and growers should expect prices above $3 per bushel.

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