WASDE paints a bearish crop picture for the coming year

It all adds up to too much. Canola, wheat, corn, soybeans, there is more than expected by the grain trade and that isn’t for good prices. The U.S. corn crop was big in 2017-18, but now that the tallies are in, it was bigger. Today’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (PDF format) aren’t […] Read more


Reiter replaces Gehl as SaskWheat chair

The Saskatchewan Wheat Commission has a new board of directors and a new chair. Laura Reiter, the new chair, was first elected as a SaskWheat board member in 2013. She farms with her husband and brother at Radisson, Sask. She is trained as an agrologist and spent time working in the research and ag retail […] Read more


Tough questions about producer checkoffs

The need to fund research is generally accepted by farmers, but spending by various commissions is under scrutiny

It’s annual general meeting season, and as usual, these meetings give growers a chance to scrutinize the priorities and spending habits of organizations that collect tens of millions of dollars annually through producer levies. Saskatchewan farmers now pay levies on almost every crop they grow. The amount farmers pay in producer levies has increased steadily […] Read more



VIDEO: In-ground steel continues to evolve

FARGO, N.D. — Within the overall realm of cultivation and seed and fertilizer placement equipment, the in-ground working tool is the one singular component that continues to evolve rapidly. Every farm show seems to feature new soil-working steel. Money is a chief reason for the on-going focus on developing new soil-working tools. When dealing with […] Read more


Combine calibration made easy

Two companies offer remote controlled drop pans that allow growers to safely collect samples of material blown out the back of combines. Both products are powered by electromagnets that disengage at the push of a button. The pans then fall from their mounted position under the combine and collect a representative sample of how much […] Read more



Finnish articulated loaders now available in Canada

RED DEER — Small articulated loaders built in Finland are now available to Canadian producers through JAK Equipment in Leduc, Alta. The Avant series of loaders has more than 190 attachments that focus on farming and construction tasks. “Options are basically endless for these things when it comes to attachments,” Bob Fedorchuk of Avant Techno […] Read more


Urea on snow? Just say no

The calendar says, ‘yes, do it,’ but the data says, ‘whoa’; researchers adamant that applying urea on frozen fields is a bad idea

A few prairie farmers are taking advantage of fields almost barren of snow this winter to apply urea, a practice akin to spreading hundred dollar bills to frozen soil. That’s the opinion of Rigas Karamanos, senior agronomist for Koch Agronomic Services in Calgary. “This is not agronomically sound. Somebody’s telling them it’s OK, but it’s […] Read more


Fertilizer spreader sales on the rise

Global warming or no global warming, fact is we farm in the land of ice and snow. We don’t have the luxury of a large scenic picture window to do our seeding. Sales of granular spreaders are up, and our climate is the reason. As growers become more attuned to the importance of their seeding […] Read more



VIDEO: Cereals Canada urges Canadian trade action against Italy

The top executive with Cereals Canada says it’s time for Ottawa to launch a formal trade challenge against Italy over its treatment of Canadian durum wheat. Cam Dahl, executive director with Cereals Canada, said Ottawa has raised concerns in Europe and Italy regarding an Italian policy that requires country-of-origin labels to be attached to pasta […] Read more


Flax council to close office; future uncertain

The Flax Council of Canada is laying-off its employees, but the organization may continue in a different form. The council, which represents the entire flax industry when it comes to market development, crop research and flax promotion, announced today that its Winnipeg office will close Jan. 31. The council’s executive committee said in a news […] Read more