Traditionally, barley has not been seen as good for single stomach animals, such as swine and poultry, because of its high-fibre content. Now Calgary-based Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. is conducting new research that could offer solutions on how to change that. | Screencap via canadianbio.com

Feed barley study has eye on swine, poultry markets

Barley is well known as a good feed for western Canadian beef cattle. But traditionally, it has not been seen as good for single stomach animals, such as swine and poultry, because of its high-fibre content. Now Calgary-based Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. is conducting new research that could offer solutions on how to change that. “The […] Read more

Neonicotinoids are under fire because of concerns they may be threatening bee populations.  |  File photo

Costco takes stand on insecticides

Costco is saying no to neonics. The grocery store chain, with more than 600 stores in the United States and Canada, said in May that it wants producers of fruits, vegetables and garden plants to stop using neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides commonly known as neonics. “Suppliers are encouraged to phase out the use of […] Read more

In a little less than a month's time, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat varieties will be reclassified to the lower-value Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class. | File photo

Reclassification deadline less than a month away

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 a month’s time, 25 Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat […] Read more


The new Morris Quantum drill has a stronger frame and more row-spacing options. It will be demonstrated at Ag In Motion in July. The drill has one of the narrowest folding widths on the market at 17 feet 10 inches. | Robin Booker photo

New method gives Morris strength

The company used a tube laser when building its new Quantum drill, which produced stronger joints in the frame

REGINA — Morris Industries toolbars entered a new era with the launch of the Quantum drill at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. “We used to build things using two tubes, weld them together and use fish-plates and gussets. That was the premise of how we would build frames,” said Ben Voss of Morris during […] Read more

The Connect spray attachment built for the DOT autonomous agricultural robot has a 120-foot aluminum boom, a 1,600 U.S. gallon stainless steel tank, and a continuous flow boom. | Photo supplied by Connect

Sprayer built for autonomous ag platform

REGINA — Slightly less than a year after the DOT autonomous agricultural platform was shown to the public at the Ag In Motion Farm show, the first DOT compatible implement built by a “platform partner” is being tested. A newly formed company called Connect, which is closely affiliated with Pattison Liquid Systems, has produced a […] Read more


Light green patches are showing up in otherwise verdant fields as the shower-based weather economy of the Prairies returns after last year’s droughty conditions.  |  Thom Weir photo

Flooded fields following heavy rain can take toll on crops

After a number of years of generally wet conditions across the Prairies, last year provided a break with a widespread drought. This spring continued with dryness across much of the region, but recently we have moved into a “more normal” weather pattern with most of the rain falling as a result of thunderstorms. These are […] Read more

Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing said farmers have a front-row seat to what is happening in their fields and that gives them the upper hand in marketing this time of year. | File photo

How farmers can use weather markets to their advantage

With seeding complete and weather now the dominant market force, farmers can take advantage of their unique position, if they know how. Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing said farmers have a front-row seat to what is happening in their fields and that gives them the upper hand in marketing this time of year. “Farmers, when […] Read more

Statistics Canada raised its forecast for this year's canola seeded area to 22.7 million acres, which was well above the 21.383 million forecasted prior to seeding and only slightly below the record 23.0 million planted in 2017. | Paul Yanko photo

Canola seeding up, soybeans down

Winnipeg – ICE Futures Canada canola contracts held within a rather narrow range during the week ended June 29, with only the nearby July contract seeing some wide price swings as traders exited the front month before its expiry. Aside from the month-end spread trade, positioning ahead of a number of key reports kept activity […] Read more


The canola latest acreage report by Statistics Canada failed to surprise most investors in the market, however it still could leave futures looking overpriced, according to a trader. | File photo

Canola prices vulnerable after StatsCan report

WINNIPEG – The latest acreage report by Statistics Canada failed to surprise most investors in the canola market, however it still could leave futures looking overpriced, according to a trader. “It certainly is a negative number,” said Ken Ball, of PI Financial in Winnipeg, referring to the agency’s estimate for canola. Statistics Canada pegged acreage […] Read more