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Manitoba winter wheat group makes changes to cut costs

In the fall of 2013, farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan seeded more than 900,000 acres of winter wheat. Since then acres have steadily dropped, hitting 400,000 in the fall of 2016 and only 240,000 this year. Consequently, the groups that represent winter wheat growers have fewer check-off dollars and during the last few months they’ve […] Read more


‘Own-motion power’ amendment requested for transport bill

An organization that represents Saskatchewan pea, lentil, soybean and chickpea producers wants Ottawa to amend Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, to ensure greater transparency and “foster a more effective and higher functioning transportation system for farmers in province.” In a Feb 21 news release, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers said Bill C-49 should be amended to […] Read more


Big data might equal bigger profits

It sounds like the opening line of a lame joke: three economists walk into an agricultural trade show and … It isn’t a joke. It’s something that happened to Keith Coble, agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, when he attended the Commodity Classic, an annual event for American corn and soybean growers. Coble and two […] Read more



Emerson freezes out other western winter wheat

Emerson, a red winter wheat variety with improved resistance to fusarium head blight, continues to command more western Canadian acres than any other winter wheat variety. But newer varieties such as CDC Chase, AAC Elevate and AAC Wildfire are likely to gain acres over the next few years, especially in areas where fusarium pressure is […] Read more


The drones are coming to spray your crops

Roga Drone is the first company to receive Transport Canada approval to apply crop protection products with a drone. “We thought there might be a little niche of aerial applications of pesticides by drones,” said Don Campbell of Roga Drone. Getting the Transport Canada special flight operating certificate for aerial application by unmanned aerial vehicles […] Read more



Fall rye cover crop reduces erosion, salinity

North Dakota research finds that crop’s fibrous root system helps to build soil aggregates, which improves water infiltration

EDMONTON — Multiple resource issues can be addressed by adding a fall rye cover crop into prairie rotations, says Jay Fuhrer, soil health specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “The big ones are salinity, wind erosion, water erosion, and building soil aggregates,” he said after his presentation at FarmTech in Edmonton. “It also helps […] Read more


Rotational choices – can you have beans with your brassica?

Rotating soybeans with canola could be an option financially, but agronomically, is this choice going to work?

BRANDON — Canola and soybeans were the biggest crops in Manitoba last year, representing more than half of all seeded acres in the province. Given the scale of the two crops, it’s logical that many producers are growing soybeans and canola in rotation. Agronomists still aren’t sure if that’s a good idea or not because […] Read more


Keep to the right

It’s a pain in the neck to always look over your left shoulder at harvest time, which is why Australian farmers have been buying right-hand unload grain carts. Some of those right-hand grain carts are built by Elmer’s Welding in Altona, Man. Mike Friesen, an agricultural engineer and owner of Elmer’s who has been building […] Read more



Modifying for right-hand loads

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Right-hand unload isn’t exclusive to grain carts. Over the years, a number of combines in bean-growing areas have been modified for conveyors coming out either the left or right side. “The thing with edible beans is you get docked so bad for splits. Splits can cost you a lot of money,” said Mike Friesen, owner […] Read more


Mice and modern machinery don’t mix

BRANDON — It used to be simple repairing damage to a piece of equipment after mice had eaten into the wiring harness. Those days are gone. Any truck or piece of farm equipment built within the past five years is now digital, and the function of the machine is controlled by delicate sensors and computers. […] Read more