The computer on the Mixmate controls the air and the rinse water.  |  Praxidyn photo

New chemical-mixing station helps with record-keeping

A new chemical-mixing station can save applicators time with mixing and reporting of chemical batches. Iowa-based Praxidyn won a gold standard award this summer at Canada’s Farm Progress Show for their Mixmate portable chemical mixing station. Operators pour chemical jugs into the station by placing them on the rinse nozzle in the stainless steel inductor. […] Read more

Returning to the farm can be exciting but challenging

Editor’s note: We welcome a new columnist to the Western Producer this week. Katelyn Duncan is a younger farmer from the Regina area, farming on a century farm with her family. She is an agrologist, has worked for Saskatchewan Agriculture, headed up Saskatchewan Young Ag Entrepreneurs, been a field agrologist and crop adviser with Western […] Read more

The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. | File photo

USDA shocks with record U.S. corn, soy yields outlook

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Soybean yields were seen at an all-time high, with the production outlook raised above its already record-high forecast. […] Read more


The Manitoba harvest was 65 percent complete as of September 10, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. | File photo

Manitoba harvest two-thirds done, yields variable

Winnipeg, Sept. 11 (CNS Canada) – The Manitoba harvest was 65 percent complete as of September 10, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. Yields were variable depending on seasonal rainfall and soil moisture availability. Province-wide the spring wheat harvest was 92 percent complete while canola was 80 percent done. That compares with […] Read more

Like most crops grown this year, Manitoba's soybean yields were also highly variable in 2018. | File photo

Smaller Manitoba soybean crop expected, prices watching U.S.

Winnipeg – Like most crops grown this year, Manitoba’s soybean yields were also highly variable in 2018. While early reports point to smaller production overall, lower-than-average yields won’t translate to higher prices given the large United States crop prospects. Manitoba soybean yields are “anywhere from 20 to 50” bushels per acre, said Mark Jorgenson, of […] Read more


A mixed bag for fertilizer prices is expected over the next few months. | File photo

Global fertilizer market prices vary

Winnipeg – A mixed bag for fertilizer prices is expected over the next few months, as some will continue to increase while others should be drop, according to an analyst. “The fertilizer market has remained pretty firm over the past six months… we had kind of anticipated some declines across all the different nutrients, (but) […] Read more

Manitoba producers planted 64,100 acres of potatoes this year, up about 1,200 acres from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. Alberta producers planted 55,410 acres, up about 1,800 acres from 2017. Behind Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Alberta are the top potato producing provinces. | File photo

Prairie potatoes not expected to hit record yields again

Winnipeg – The potato acreage may have increased this year in Western Canada, but it doesn’t look like it will be the same story for yields. “I think overall it’s too early to tell because we haven’t started the main harvest, but we are not expecting as big of yield as the last couple of […] Read more

A bale is loaded into the Maximizer. Inventor Emil Gulbranson of Vanderhoof, B.C., says it costs about $3 per bale to dry it down to acceptable levels, plus the cost of loader and operator.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: New hay dryer saves leaves and bales

The British Columbia-built machine can dry 18-24 bales an hour, allowing producers to harvst hay when quality is best


NOBLEFORD, Alta. — In the Vanderhoof, B.C., region, 2016 was a bad year for hay. There was lots of rain and not enough time between showers for the swaths to adequately dry for baling. Emil Gulbranson and his son, Chandler, were frustrated by the weather, so they sought hay-drying solutions. They looked around Canada and […] Read more


The Tempo L 24 has a 140 bushel on-board granular product tank and adjustable fertilizer coulters. | Robin Booker photo

New planter can ‘drastically’ reduce seeding rates

REGINA — Vaderstad has tweaked its Tempo L planter to better fit broad acre and small oilseed producing farms. Its latest offering, the Tempo L 24, is specifically designed for small seed capacity and is offered up to 40-feet wide. “The small seeds kit was a redesign of a Tempo metering system that permitted the […] Read more

Harvest is ahead of schedule in Saskatchewan, with 39 percent of the crop in the bin, compared to the five-year average of 25 percent, according to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture released Sept. 6. | Barb Glen photo

Saskatchewan harvest ahead of five-year average

Harvest is ahead of schedule in Saskatchewan, with 39 percent of the crop in the bin, compared to the five-year average of 25 percent, according to the weekly crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture released Sept. 6. Harvest is the furthest along in the southwest corner with 60 percent of the crop combined. The southeast is […] Read more