Fusarium gramarium’s larger threat to the grade and quality of crops like durum is the DON, rather than the damaged kernels.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: World doesn’t end after fusarium, clean it

BRANDON — It’s easy to throw in the towel when looking at a bin of grain heavily damaged by fusarium. However, feed scientist Rex Newkirk says farmers can salvage “significant value” from grain they are assuming has little. “There’s lots of value to be had,” Newkirk, a University of Saskatchewan researcher, said after a presentation at […] Read more

Canada taps into Chinese barley demand

Global demand for top quality malting barley continues to grow

Annual barley plantings in Western Canada continued their downward trend in 2017, slipping to roughly 5.44 million acres — the crop’s smallest seeded acreage in more than a decade. Nonetheless, there is cause for optimism, according to the head of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre. Despite reduced acreage and relatively tight margins, global demand […] Read more

High-yielding canola farmer shares his secrets

He favours split nitrogen application and avoids fall application

BRANDON — If you’re willing to work for it, you can get huge canola yields, says a Saskatchewan farmer who averaged more than 70 bushels per acre in 2017. “The most yield potential (comes from) doing that extra work, that extra labour, that extra pass,” said Florian Hagmann, a Birch Hills farmer who spoke to farmers […] Read more


Waterton National Park is one of Alberta’s many parks. This photo was taken before last summer’s devastating wildfire.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Parks receive failing grade in education

The former superintendent of Banff National Park says national, provincial and municipal parks protect nature to some extent but generally fail in the more important goal of educating and connecting people with the natural world around them. A park boundary is not a halo, said Kevin Van Tighem. “We’re doing parks wrong in many cases. […] Read more

Chris Plett juggles farming and airline work and would like to find a way to remain in agriculture.  |  Ed White photo

VIDEO: Farmer advocates for gay rights, rural lifestyle

STEINBACH, Man. — Farming, singing and travel. Those are Chris Plett’s favourite things. And being a farmer, a singer and an airline employee is how Chris automatically describes himself. But the warm, affable man is defined by many other people in many other ways, and that’s just a reality he accepts about his situation. “The […] Read more


Nadine Stielow, owner of Thiel’s Greenhouses, checks in on how her tester greens are doing.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

VIDEO: Crowd-funding helps greenhouse adopt hydroponics

BRUDERHEIM, Alta. — An Alberta ornamental plant greenhouse operator has received crowd funding of almost $30,000 to help diversify into vegetables. Nadine Stielow, owner of Thiel’s Greenhouses in Bruderheim, Alta., raised the money through the Alberta Treasury Branch’s BoostR program, a platform that encourages the public to fund ideas developed by local entrepreneurs. Stielow said […] Read more

Oneil Carlier - Alberta Ag Minister. | Jeremy Simes photo

VIDEO: Alberta ag minister focuses on innovation

Oneil Carlier talks about further tapping into food processing sector as well as new farm safety rules

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier sees greater use of green technologies and boosting the food processing sector as important factors in the future success of the agricultural sector. Carlier spoke with The Western Producer about his vision and what producers can expect in 2018, during a recent year-end interview. He said Alberta saw big investments […] Read more

Frank Cote, a producer near Donnelly, Alta., has been raising cattle and growing grain since 1998.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

VIDEO: Alberta family getting out of cattle

DONNELLY, Alta. — Frank Cote will miss his cattle once he sells the herd, but he finds solace in the change too. It maintains a long-held philosophy of moving in a direction that’s right for the family. For Cote, the sale means he can take it easier as he grows older. His feedlot isn’t large […] Read more


Research and development into the soil-working tools continues, even though the frames might not vary much. The new Kuhn Excelerator 8005 uses a self-sharpening blade with a scalloped circumference and 32 flutes. It can work at 10 m.p.h. in rough conditions.  |  Kuhn photo

VIDEO: In-ground steel continues to evolve

FARGO, N.D. — Within the overall realm of cultivation and seed and fertilizer placement equipment, the in-ground working tool is the one singular component that continues to evolve rapidly. Every farm show seems to feature new soil-working steel. Money is a chief reason for the on-going focus on developing new soil-working tools. When dealing with […] Read more

The head of Monsanto’s global research program said the current success and the big gains in productivity to come will be due to the advanced breeding tools that scientists like him now have to work with. | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Plant breeding charts future

CALGARY — Biotech pioneer Rob Fraley feels the biggest benefits to agriculture from genetic tools haven’t come from inserting genes or building custom chemical compounds to support plants, but in plant breeding. “And Canadian farmers have benefited greatly from this technology,” he said. The head of Monsanto’s global research program said the current success and […] Read more