The W170 fits within Deere’s windrower lineup below the biggest, but with enough swather power for heavy crops and hilly terrain.   |  John Deere Photo

Deere looks to canola growers for new swather’s market

Many producers are looking to cull their swathing process in canola, however that isn’t likely a practice that will work for all conditions. Deere is betting on a remaining need for swathers with a new tool aimed at the oilseed and small grains market. John Deere is putting their new W170 into the marketplace this […] Read more

Georgia Mitrousia of the University of Hertfordshire has shown that a major gene resistance, resistant gene Rlm7, is breaking down for U.K. blackleg in oilseed rape.  |  Chris McCullough photo

EU blackleg becomes harder to manage as genetic tools fail

Farmers in the United Kingdom could be facing trouble with rapeseed as new research warns of a resistance gene at risk in the crop. Oilseed rape is the third most important crop in the U.K., with a total of 2.2 million tonnes harvested in 2017. It is the third largest source of vegetable oil worldwide […] Read more

The Renn 1218 incorporates the bag wrapper into the extractor. The double re-wind system keeps the bag off the ground so it’s clean for the re-cycling process.  |  Renn photo

Grain bags: Rolling and recycling

Waste agricultural plastic, including grain bags, is attracting the evil eye of media outlets and the public. It’s easy to criticize massive piles of useless, used plastic. That’s why farmers and industry must jointly find a solution to the problem, a public relations dilemma and an environmental issue, says Rob Wierenga. The co-owner of Neeralta […] Read more


The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 so-called

CP plans $500 million fleet renewal; cites MRE changes

Canadian Pacific Railway is planning to spend more than $500 million on new high-capacity grain hopper cars over the next four years. The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 so-called “jumbo” hoppers in CP’s fleet before the end of 2018. All told, […] Read more

While vacationing in Holland, Siegert Wenning managed to save 13,000 bushels of IP canola that was binned 4,000 miles away on his Yorkton farm. He detected heating with his hand-held OPI Blue monitor. At the time, his canola was sold at $12 per bushel.  |  Laura Laing photo

Bin monitor makes money

If you save a 13,000 bushel bin of $12 canola, worth $156,000, you have more than paid for the price of a good monitoring system. That’s the conclusion Yorkton farmer Siegert Wenning arrived at last winter while vacationing in his homeland of Holland. Wenning grows 4,500 acres of canola, peas and oats annually. While in […] Read more


Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd conductors and locomotive engineers will get a nine percent salary hike over four years as part of a tentative agreement reached last week with the Teamsters, spokesmen from both the union and CP said on Wednesday. | File photo

CP Rail deal will give workers 9 per cent raise over four years

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd conductors and locomotive engineers will get a nine per cent salary hike over four years as part of a tentative agreement reached last week with the Teamsters, spokesmen from both the union and CP said on Wednesday. The agreement, which must first be ratified by members to go […] Read more

The ICE Futures Canada canola market could be going on a choppy ride this summer as weather challenges and the topsy-turvy world of international trade battles threaten to fill the next few months with volatility. | File photo

Canola braces for turbulence

WINNIPEG(CNS) – The ICE Futures Canada canola market could be going on a choppy ride this summer as weather challenges and the topsy-turvy world of international trade battles threaten to fill the next few months with volatility. “Particularly in the summer months, Trump issues and weather issues will be the primary drivers, both are hard […] Read more

Seeding is almost complete in Manitoba although some fields have had to be reseeded, according to the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. | William DeKay photo

Manitoba seeding 99 per cent complete

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Seeding is almost complete in Manitoba although some fields have had to be reseeded, according to the weekly crop report from Manitoba Agriculture, released June 4. It is estimated that 99 per cent of the provincial crop is in the ground. The southwest region is at 95 per cent done and […] Read more


The BeeSecure Asset Tracker recently won the Rural Crime Innovation Challenge organized by the Saskatchewan justice ministry.  |  Rivercity Technology photo

New technology protects property by tracking it

A new product designed to combat rural crime could upset any advantage thieves have over property owners in remote areas. Rivercity Technology developed an asset tracking system that uses a combination of GPS and cell network technology. It is capable of notifying users when an object is moved and track it. The BeeSecure Asset Tracker […] Read more

The Deere 1895 takes the small-grains disc drill wider, increasing up to 60 feet for 2018. This can add up to 100 acres per day, says the company.  |  John Deere photo

Deere’s big disc drill to slice into small grains

Making equipment wider or faster in the field are popular concepts with producers because it translates into acres per day. John Deere took its biggest, Indian Head, Sask., born precision hoe drill up to 72 feet two years ago. Now its small grains and oilseeds disc drill has been increased to 60 feet from 43. […] Read more