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Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating after a fatal plane crash involving a crop sprayer near Arborfield, Sask., July 12. | File photo

Spray plane crash under investigation

Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating after a fatal plane crash involving a crop sprayer near Arborfield, Sask., July 12. RCMP said the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. near the community in northeastern Saskatchewan. The pilot and lone occupant was declared dead at the scene. That was the second crash in the province this week. […] Read more

The symbiotic relationship that crude oil and canola used to enjoy seems to have hit a snag. | File photo

Crude oil and canola part company – for now

WINNIPEG – The symbiotic relationship that crude oil and canola used to enjoy seems to have hit a snag. Chart structures have proven that crude prices have pushed and pulled canola up and down in recent years. However, since the start of 2018, the gains enjoyed by crude oil have failed to lift canola. On […] Read more

Farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan should stay alert for fusarium head blight, according to the province's forecast map. | Map via saskwheat.ca / weatherinnovations.com

Fusarium alarm sounded in Sask.

Farmers in northeastern Saskatchewan should stay alert for fusarium head blight, according to the province’s forecast map. “There are some other areas over by Hudson Bay and around the Melfort area that are high and that’s because they were wetter last year,” said Sherri Roberts, Saskatchewan Agriculture cropping management specialist for the southeastern region. View […] Read more


A farmer was spraying his crop last week near Viscount, Sask. Recent rain has helped the crop over much of the Prairies, although dry regions remain.  |  Robin Booker photo

Prairie crop in good shape

Prairie fields are showing a mix of above-average crops and pastures, along with areas of below-average development so far this year. But overall, conditions are generally looking good thanks to recent rain, said provincial crop report spokespeople. “We do have varying stages of development in every field, so that’s causing some issues for us, but […] Read more

Farmers are advised to sell wheat varieties that are slated for reclassification before Aug. 1 to avoid unexpected marketing issues.  |  File photo

Reclassification deadline imminent for wheat varieties

Twenty-five Canada Western Red Spring varieties to become lower-valued Canada Northern Hard Red class Aug. 1

Got some old crop CWRS wheat in your grain bins? If you do, then you might want to think about moving it soon —  especially if it’s one of the low-gluten CWRS varieties that are scheduled for reclassification Aug. 1. In a little less than three weeks’ time, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat […] Read more


An Agribrink hydraulically driven compressor with a tank feeds the company’s central inflation gear. A gate at each tire valve will drop the air independently, making it one of the fastest in the marketplace at moving from road to field. | Agribrink photo

Does treading lightly grow more?

Putting big shoes on little feet can help spread out the weight of large farm equipment. An Ontario company that has been varying tire pressures for several years feels its tools can do well out West as well. Agribrink is best known in the manure management area of the industry, helping farmers and contractors carry […] Read more

Lady beetles are among the beneficial insects that farmers are encouraged to protect.  |  File photo

Field Heroes program promotes beneficial bugs

Producers reminded to be aware of insects that prey on pests, particularly when spraying their crops with insecticide

When it comes to keeping fields healthy, producers are not alone. Tyler Wist wants producers to realize as they work to deal with pests in their crop that they have some heavy hitters from the natural world in their corner. Wist and the Western Grains Research Foundation’s Field Heroes program is working to promote bugs […] Read more

Darcy Goossen invented the Tiregrabber in his farm shop at Ferintosh, Alta. It won the people’s choice Farmyard Invention at Canada’s Farm Progress Show.  |  Karen Briere photo

Tire handling device wins invention of the year

Alberta farmer recognized for his Tiregrabber entry at 
Canada’s Farm Progress Show competition in Regina

Necessity is the mother of invention, according to the proverb, and farmer-inventors prove that true all the time. Darcy Goossen of Ferintosh, Alta. took his Tiregrabber to Canada’s Farm Progress Show last month, where the public voted it the top farmyard invention. “It’s a machine for handling big tires and putting them on and off […] Read more


Jacob Marfo, manager and research co-ordinator with the Mackenzie Applied Research Association, looks at how his organic oat trials are doing in Fort Vermilion, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Northern organic farmers get help

Fort Vermilion, Alta. — A new organic program in northern Alberta hopes to help solve farmers’ woes when it comes to growing in the region. The recently launched Mackenize County Organic Success Program will see the hiring of an agronomist to help with issues relating to weeds, soil fertility, crop rotations, finances and marketing. As […] Read more

Farmers with flax in the ground should be pleased come autumn. | File photo

Firm, steady flax prices in the cards: analysts

Winnipeg — Farmers with flax in the ground should be pleased come autumn. Statistics Canada revised its seeded acreage estimate downward in late June and that, combined with lower carry-out stocks and several other factors, should bring strong prices. “Given the demand in the market from China, the United States and potentially even the European […] Read more