Early harvest pressures barley prices

Barley prices in Western Canada are falling as an early harvest weighs on values. “Prices have moderated here,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities Ltd. in Lethbridge. The surprise rally from two weeks ago ended as quickly as it began. Prices that started at about $250 per tonne two weeks ago were down into […] Read more

Roundup cancer verdict hits Bayer shares

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 percent Aug. 13, losing about $14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a herbicide and cancer. After the verdict in favour of […] Read more

Sask. crop insurance examines intercropping

Intercropping, a practice where two or more crop types are grown on the same farmland simultaneously, is becoming more popular in Saskatchewan. So popular that the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) is stepping up efforts to gather more intercropping data so yield potential, producer returns and production risks can be assessed more precisely. SCIC officials say […] Read more


AG Notes

Junior Angus award presented Wade Olynyk of Goodeve, Sask., was recently presented with the Canadian Angus Foundation’s Junior Stockman Award. Olynyk has helped out on his family’s purebred Angus operation, Crescent Creek Angus, since he was a child. He would also help with harvest, wean and feed cattle and help with bedding and calving. The […] Read more

When agronomists are asked about using glyphosate as a desiccant, the standard response is:

Day of reckoning coming for pre-harvest glyphosate?

Five years ago, about half of the pigs in Canada were raised with ractopamine. In 2018 the percentage is basically zero. Use of the feed additive, which increases the rate of gain for hogs, dropped to nothing because Canada’s pork industry listened to market signals. Major buyers, like China and Russia, didn’t want pork with […] Read more


Five per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while nine per cent is swathed or ready to be straight-cut, according to the weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture released Aug. 16. | Robin Booker photo

Hot weather pushes Sask harvest ahead of five-year average

Harvest progress in Saskatchewan is ahead of schedule this year due to the recent hot, dry weather, according to the weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, released Aug. 16. Five per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while nine per cent is swathed or ready to be straight-cut, according to […] Read more

David Marit is Saskatchewan's new agriculture minister. | File photo

Former SARM president new Sask. ag minister

David Marit is Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister. Premier Scott Moe made the announcement this afternoon. Marit, who was president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities before entering provincial politics in 2016, replaces Lyle Stewart in the ag portfolio. Stewart recently resigned from cabinet for health reasons. Today we made some changes to our cabinet […] Read more

Nearly every canola seed and corn seed in Canada, and a portion of soybean acres, are coated with a neonicotinoid prior to planting. | File photo

Health Canada proposes banning neonics in five years

Canada has more than 20 million acres of canola, and neonicotinoid insecticides are coated on nearly every seed before they go in the ground. That practice may soon end because Health Canada has proposed to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoids – including seed treatments on canola. “Following special reviews for two neonicotinoid pesticides, clothianidin […] Read more


Most of Saskatchewan's chickpeas are located in the southern portion of the province, where dryness has been an issue for much of the summer. | File photo

Heat blast threatens yields on drought-stressed chickpeas

WINNIPEG – Temperatures as high as 38 C were recorded in the Western Prairies over the weekend, and with that heat comes questions about crop impact. As far as pulses go, lentils and peas are far enough along that the recent heat-wave is unlikely to affect them from a yield perspective, according to Carl Potts […] Read more

Neonics are the only insecticide family available for wireworm control in wheat. | PMRA photo

Neonics to be phased out in Canada

Over the next five years neonicotinoids will be phased out for Canadian use. According to the Canadian Press the popular pesticide, used in Western Canada mainly as a seed treatment, will be unavailable to farmers in some forms beginning in 2021. The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency will announce its plans today, however this follows […] Read more