The Kansas City Southern Railway network includes 12 port locations in the southern United States and Mexico, including eight U.S. port facilities in the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and four others in Mexico. | Reuters/Edgard Garrido photo

CN makes counter bid for American railway

Canadian National Railway’s offer for Kansas City Southern Railway follows an earlier bid by Canadian Pacific Railway


Canada’s largest railway company has upped the ante in a high-stakes bid to acquire Missouri-based Kansas City Southern Railway. Last week, Canadian National Railway announced that it had submitted an unsolicited rival bid to acquire KSC in a cash and stock deal valued at US$33.7 billion. CN’s announcement comes about a month after CN’s main […] Read more

This year's field crop survey, conducted March 1-29, involved about 11,500 farmers across the country who were asked to share information on their crop planting intentions for the coming production year. | File photo

Canola and barley up, wheat down in seeding plans

Canadian farmers will plant approximately 21.5 million acres of canola this spring, up nearly 750,000 acres from last year, according to Statistics Canada’s annual planting intentions report released April 27. Canadian barley plantings will also be up sharply at more than 8.6 million acres this year compared to 7.6 million in 2020, but spring wheat […] Read more

A promotional website developed by the Prairie Oat Growers Association for Mexican consumers is generating 2.5 million hits per month. Exports to that country as of last November have reached 220,000 tonnes and are on pace to set an all-time record. | File photo

Customers snap up Canadian oats

Consumers around the world continue to develop healthy appetites for Canadian-grown oats. The Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) said exports of Canadian oats continue to show strong growth, particularly in target nations including Mexico and Japan. During the April 8 annual general meeting of the Alberta Oat Growers Commission, Dawn Popescul, interim executive director with […] Read more


Many producer groups say the value derived from the Canadian Grain Commission’s outward inspection service does not justify its cost, which is ultimately borne by farmers. | File photo

Farmers urged to take part in Grain Act review

Some groups envision the grain commission being more focused on its role as a regulator than as a supplier of services

Canadian grain farmers have until the end of the month to make their views known on how Canada’s grain handling, grain grading and grain quality assurance systems should be improved. Earlier this year, Agriculture Canada launched a public consultation as part of a review of the Canada Grain Act, federal legislation that sets out the […] Read more

It is unclear how Canadian Pacific Railway’s successful appeal of how the Canadian Transportation Agency determined its Volume Related Composite Price Index for 2020-21 might impact its maximum revenue entitlements for this year. | File photo

Judge cites fairness in ruling on revenue cap

Appeals court says CTA didn’t inform CP of the changes it made to how maximum revenue entitlements are calculated

A recent ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal has determined that the Canadian Transportation Agency did not act fairly when it considered factors that will influence Canadian Pacific Railway’s Volume Related Composite Price Index (VRCPI) for the 2020-21 crop year. The VRCPI is part of complex formula used to determine maximum revenue entitlements (MREs), […] Read more


The Canadian Seed Growers Association hopes its new business plan will allow it to play a bigger role in seed certification and could result in a greater level of delegated authority from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. | File photo

Seed growers eye stronger regulatory role

The Canadian Seed Growers Association has released a business plan that charts a new course for the 117-year old organization. Last year, CSGA members, which include about 3,100 pedigreed seed growers, rejected a proposal to merge with four other seed industry groups to form an all-encompassing seed industry organization called Seeds Canada. The CSGA’s new […] Read more

Seed treatments will typically provide about three to four weeks of protection from flea beetles, so it’s important that canola is planted into soil and moisture conditions that are conducive to quick emergence and rapid plant development. | File photo

Early start called best flea beetle protection

Frequent field scouting is critically important when conditions favour flea beetle activity — ideally throughout the field

Growing canola can be a profitable, but stressful way to make a living. Inputs aren’t cheap, so it’s little wonder that growers cringe when they see flea beetles chewing delicate canola seedlings. The Manitoba Canola Growers Association recently hosted an online event aimed at helping growers assess, manage and minimize flea beetle damage. Entomologists and […] Read more

Participants in a survey conducted for the Western Grains Research Foundation indicated that the focus on the major crop types, such as wheat, will continue into the future. | File photo

Survey asks about farming’s future

What will prairie grain farms look like in the future? According to a recent survey conducted for the Western Grains Research Foundation, they’ll be larger and more dependent on autonomous machinery, artificial intelligence and data collection. In addition, they could also be subject to greater regulation when it comes to the use of pesticides and […] Read more


Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering training in genomic sequencing thanks to the installation of new genome sequencing equipment acquired through a partnership with Genome Prairie. | Twitter/@innovationplace photo

Polytechnic offers genomic sequencing training

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has taken a step forward into the brave new world of genomic sequencing. The province-wide polytechnic is offering training in genomic sequencing thanks to the installation of new genome sequencing equipment acquired through a partnership with Genome Prairie. Genome Prairie supplied the equipment through a program known as Genome360. The program provides organizations […] Read more

Brenda and Gil Leray operate 16 greenhouses and an outdoor commercial vegetable garden at Leray Gardens near Prud’Homme, Sask. | Brian Cross photo

Love of gardening prompted major transition for farmers

On the Farm: Sask. producers made the switch to greenhouses from grain bins and now run one of the largest operations in the province

Gil and Brenda Leray aren’t your typical Saskatchewan farmers — not by a long shot. About 30 years ago, the Lerays made a life-changing decision to stop growing broad-acre crops like wheat, barley and canola. Instead, they decided to focus on a higher value crop. The Lerays own and operate Leray Gardens at Prud’Homme, Sask., […] Read more