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Ralph Goodale, Saskatchewan MP and minister for public safety, speaks in Saskatoon at a Chamber of Commerce event on trade about the USMCA.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Likely last of the big deals threatening supply management

The government didn’t doubt the sincerity of the United States’ chief negotiator when he told them his President wanted Canada’s supply management systems “gone.” Settling an update for the North American Free Trade Agreement had become tied to a few concessions on Canada’s part to ensure that a dispute resolution tool, outside of the U.S. […] Read more


Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. drew good crowds, in part due to favourable weather, for its 25th annual event.  |  Michael Raine photo

Video highlights of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show – 2018

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer and The Western Producer was there.  Watch the following video for some of the highlights of our coverage: 00:50  – Jens Schmidt of Herbert Dammann talks about the Profi-Class sprayer. 03:40  – Bruce Burnett from MarketsFarm discusses grain markets in the Trump era. 08:10  – […] Read more


Emerson Tabelon and his family entered a contest and won a visit to a working egg farm. Here, he poses with flats of eggs collected at the Brant Hutterite Colony egg operation. | Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Egg farm welcomes contest-winning visitor

The Tabelon family said they were impressed by what they saw while visiting the Brant Hutterite Colony in Alberta

BRANT, Alta. — Nole Tabelon was impressed by the 15,500 chickens he saw Aug. 23. That’s how many are housed in a free-run system at the Brant Hutterite Colony, which he and his family visited after winning a contest organized by Egg Farmers of Alberta. “It was pretty interesting. I didn’t expect there to be […] Read more

A bale is loaded into the Maximizer. Inventor Emil Gulbranson of Vanderhoof, B.C., says it costs about $3 per bale to dry it down to acceptable levels, plus the cost of loader and operator.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: New hay dryer saves leaves and bales

The British Columbia-built machine can dry 18-24 bales an hour, allowing producers to harvst hay when quality is best


NOBLEFORD, Alta. — In the Vanderhoof, B.C., region, 2016 was a bad year for hay. There was lots of rain and not enough time between showers for the swaths to adequately dry for baling. Emil Gulbranson and his son, Chandler, were frustrated by the weather, so they sought hay-drying solutions. They looked around Canada and […] Read more


Julia Palmer listens to grazing consultant Jim Gerrish discuss proper stocking rates for this pasture while getting a close look at the foliage. She was among the participants in a three-day grazing school held Aug. 15-17.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Overgrazing starts with a ‘fear of wasting grass’

Grazing consultant says management can ensure the best possible use of grass, whether it is being grazed, hayed or rested

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — It wasn’t exactly a meeting of Overgrazers Anonymous, though grazing consultant Jim Gerrish called it that, tongue in cheek. In fact, those enrolled in a three-day grazing school are probably least likely to overgraze grassland and pasture by virtue of their attendance and what they learned. Gerrish had participants take what […] Read more

CropPro Consulting uses this truck to pull its SWAT BOX, enabling it to gather soil electrical conductivity reading when fields are soft or in snowy conditions. The SWAT BOX can also be mounted on farm implements. | Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: VR mapping services win national award

LANGHAM, Sask. — CropPro Consulting won an Equipment Manufacturers of Canada award for top new product in the agribusiness services category for its SWAT MAPS service. SWAT MAPS is the company name for its variable rate process. It stands for soil, water and topography maps and it details changes across fields and enables creation of […] Read more

The drive system on Kramble Industries’ remote-controlled electric drive system retrofit for straight grain augers has a motor mounted on each drive wheel. | Robin Booker photo

Grain auger mover eases pain-in-the-back chore

LANGHAM, Sask. — A remote-controlled, electric drive system retrofit for straight grain augers promises to make moving them around the yard much easier. “It’s very handy and a lot better than trying to push them around by hand and getting into chiropractor bills,” said Doug Kramble of Kramble Industries at his vendor booth at the […] Read more


Producers collect petals and send them to the lab for quick results.  |  File photo

Quick turn test for disease popular

Rapid disease testing aids spraying and timing decisions, giving producers real-time control information

LANGHAM, Sask. — Lab technicians at Quantum Genetix are working around the clock testing crop tissue samples to help farms make informed decisions in their fungicide program. “It’s a busy time of the year for us. We up our staff and we run 24 hours to make sure our machines are working,” Heather Deobald of […] Read more

India could be back in the lentil market later in 2018-19 because it appears the country will have a 250,000 to 300,000 tonne shortfall of supply.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Red lentil prices could rise

REGINA — Traders and analysts believe red lentil prices have bottomed out but greens still have a ways to go. Vishal Vijay, head of business development with Agrocorp International, doesn’t think red lentil prices will fall below current levels of 15 to 15 1/2 cents per pound. “This is getting pretty close to the bottom […] Read more