Big planter gets best features of small sister

DECATUR, Ill. — Bigger usually has some downsides, especially in planters and seeders. Transport sizes create risk and stress, while weight and its distribution add costs and agronomic issues. U.S. manufacturer Kinze recently responded with a 60 foot machine. It’s still a prototype, but Mike Gryp of Kinze said farmer feedback at the Farm Progress […] Read more

Sectional control breathes new life into old air carts

First it was Seedhawk, and then one by one, air seeder cart builders began offering sectional control as an option for producers. And given the option, most have chosen it, dealers say. It’s the solution to that frustrating feeling of driving a mile down a field, doubling up on the seed and fertilizer for half […] Read more

U.S. farm groups, Monsanto sue over glyphosate warning

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Monsanto and U.S. farm groups sued California in mid-November to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July […] Read more

Transportation bill in peril as it stalls in Senate

Western grain shippers are getting nervous as Bill C-49 sits in the Senate with diminishing chances it will receive royal assent before Christmas. The Transportation Modernization Act received third reading in the House of Commons and moved to the Senate Nov. 2. Since then, it has been stalled at the second reading stage. Both houses […] Read more

India’s rising wheat, pulse output likely to curb imports

MUMBAI, India (Reuters) — India’s production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump next year because a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials said. Higher production will help the south Asian country reduce imports of pulses in the […] Read more

Oldman Watershed Council focuses on public relations

Southern Alberta’s Oldman Watershed Council is hoping to conscript farmers and ranchers in an ongoing quest to tell consumers about water, food production and good management. OWC executive director Shannon Frank told those at the recent Alberta Irrigation Projects Association meeting that “a global implosion of trust” has affected the public view of agriculture, and […] Read more

Producers urged to deal withtwo faces of bison production

Is bison a fully industrialized production system 
or a heritage animal raised in the most natural way possible?

Canadian bison producers were challenged to think differently about the animals they raise during a presentation at their annual convention last week. “This is your navel-gazing talk,” said Dr. Terry Whiting, animal welfare manager with Manitoba Agriculture. “I want you to think about the idea of a bison more than a bison itself.” Bison have […] Read more

High chance of La Nina will affect world crops

La Ninas have historically been tough on Argentina, but the impact isn’t expected to be as bad this time

Weather watchers are leaning toward predictions for a La Nina developing this winter and that has ramifications for crop production around the world. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said there is a 70 percent chance or triple the normal likelihood of La Nina occurring. The Climate Prediction Center in the United States predicts a 65 to […] Read more

CN tackles grain delays

Grain shippers are getting nervous about Canadian National Railway’s faltering performance this fall, but the carrier says it has implemented changes that are already having an impact on service. CN’s performance measures have been plunging since Week 11 of the 2017-18 crop year. Its hopper car order fulfilment rate was 75 percent through Week 16 […] Read more

Women in agriculture award winner loves the way of life

Few who have attended a cattle event in the last 30 years wouldn’t have crossed paths with Belinda Wagner. She has spent her career in agriculture, and last month was honoured for her dedication and commitment. Canadian Western Agribition and BMO presented its inaugural Celebrating Women in Agriculture Award to the Saskatchewan resident. Wagner said […] Read more