Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. | File photo

Sunflower seen beating StatsCan production estimates

Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. Ben Friesen, manager of the sunflowers, flax and bird food division, at The Scoular Company based in Winkler, Man., said although only a few samples have come in, what he’s seen so far is promising. Sunflower growers normally […] Read more

Crop specialist says winter wheat acres unlikely to increase

Dry soil, wet conditions and delayed harvest are the reasons behind the potential yield decline across Prairies

While official numbers have yet to be released, some crop specialists are expecting that winter wheat acreage will either be down or hold steady this year. Concerns over seeding into dry soil, abnormally wet conditions and harvest delays are the main reasons for possible acreage decline. In Alberta, crop specialist Mark Cutts said the delay […] Read more

Yields surprise Man. soybean growers

Manitoba’s soybean crop was looking like a train wreck in mid-August. Soybeans need rain in early August for pod fill, but most of Manitoba was in the middle of a drought. Plus, there was a week of blazing temperatures in the second week of August with daily highs reaching 37 C. Many growers and soybean […] Read more

Class 7 replacement must wait for trade details

Now that the details of the revised North American Free Trade Agreement are known, the dairy industry can move forward and deal with it, right? Not really, say some economists. “We need to understand what ‘it’ is,” said Al Mussell, an agricultural economist who has intensively studied Canada’s dairy industry. “The first thing is to […] Read more

Owner of company involved in Humboldt bus crash charged

The owner of the Alberta trucking company that was involved in the Humboldt bus crash tragedy has been charged. Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking has been charged with non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when a semi-tractor trailer collided with […] Read more

How to keep soil’s microbe community healthy

Microbial communities in agricultural soil are receiving increasing attention from both the scientific community and crop input companies. When it comes to growing a crop, the importance of a soil’s micro-organism cannot be understated: they repel or outcompete pathogens, manipulate the hormonal signals of plants and increase the bioavailability of soil-borne nutrients. But how closely […] Read more

AFSC triples lending limit in Alberta

The Alberta government has announced that it’s immediately expanding Agriculture Financial Services Corporation’s lending program in an effort to offer more assistance to a changing industry. Under the new program, producers will be now able to access up to $15 million, a three-fold increase from the former $5 million cap, for investing in their farms […] Read more

Parasite control requires strategic approach

Cattle producers could benefit from a more strategic approach to parasite surveillance and control. John Gilleard, a parasitologist in the University of Calgary’s veterinary faculty, said specific recommendations are impractical because operations differ. However, he said producers don’t always have a good handle on the parasite problems that they may have. “A lot of the […] Read more

Ceres, Scoular settle lawsuit

Ceres Global Ag Corp. announced last week that it has reached a settlement in a legal dispute with the Scoular Company. A few years ago, Ceres and Scoular entered into an agreement to jointly develop a grain-handling facility and logistics hub at Northgate, Sask. But in 2014, Ceres officials terminated the agreement and announced they […] Read more

B.C. receives support following wildfires

The federal and British Columbia governments announced earlier this month that they are kickstarting an initiative to help farmers and ranchers affected by wildfires in the province earlier this year. The initiative provides up to $5 million to help B.C. farmers and ranchers with costs they incurred as a result of the disaster. Assistance includes […] Read more