Officials with Natural Resources Canada say the federal retrofit initiative will offer as many as 700,000 grants to Canadian homeowners, each worth as much as $5,000. | File photo

Home energy plan details coming soon

The federal government says it will release more details this spring of a Home Energy Retrofit Initiative offering grants to Canadian homeowners who perform residential upgrades that reduce energy consumption. Officials with Natural Resources Canada say the federal retrofit initiative will offer as many as 700,000 grants to Canadian homeowners, each worth as much as […] Read more


The Canola Council of Canada has developed online calculators that can be used to calculate seeding rates, target plant densities and harvest losses.  | File photo

Hiking canola yields starts with plant density

Seeding rate and survivability are the two factors growers must pay attention to when working to maximize production

Canadian farmers are expected to increase canola plantings by 4.4 percent this spring, according to Agriculture Canada’s latest Outlook for Principal Field Crops report. Amid tightening domestic supplies and record prices for near-term futures contracts, 2021-22 canola plantings are forecast to jump to nearly 22 million acres this spring and total production is expected to […] Read more


Al Mussell points to direct seeding technology and its widespread adoption in Western Canada as an example of the sector’s unrecognized contributions to greenhouse gas mitigation. | File photo

Report paints agriculture as part of climate change solution

An Ontario research organization says Canada’s policies have failed to capitalize on important opportunities in agriculture, placing the country’s producers at risk of falling behind those in other food-exporting nations. A new report from Agri-Food Economic Systems says the Canadian agri-food sector “remains isolated as a remote priority of Canada’s overall policy agenda” and calls […] Read more

The settlement was reached after the farming operation conceded to making unauthorized advertisements and illegal sales of PBR-protected wheat and barley varieties that were licensed to Alliance Seeds, SeCan and one other seed distribution company operating in Western Canada. | File photo

Seed royalty settlement largest ever reached

Alberta farm accused of infringing on three companies’ plant breeders rights agrees to pay $738,000 to settle case

An unnamed farming operation from southern Alberta has agreed to pay a penalty of nearly $738,000 in what is being billed as the largest plant breeders rights infringement settlement ever reached in Canada. The settlement was reached after the farming operation conceded to making unauthorized advertisements and illegal sales of PBR-protected wheat and barley varieties […] Read more


Great Plains MDF says its new site will be located near Equity, Alta., between Three Hills and Trochu. | Screencap via greatplainsmdf.com

Alta. straw plant site selected

An Alberta company that plans to build an $800 million straw-based medium density fibreboard production plant has chosen a site for its facilities. Great Plains MDF says its new site will be located near Equity, Alta., between Three Hills and Trochu. The new production complex and straw storage facilities will be housed on three quarter […] Read more

During a recent Seed Talk Series event hosted by the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association, seed analysts from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta said the pedigreed seed crop came off in good shape last fall. | File photo

Pedigreed seed supply looks in great shape

Western Canada’s pedigreed seed growers harvested what looks to be a high-quality seed crop last fall with generally good germination and vigour scores and few disease concerns, lab analysts said last week. During a recent Seed Talk Series event hosted by the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association, seed analysts from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta said the […] Read more

Rather than pass a bill introduced by an opposing member, the Liberals are signalling an intention to introduce their own bill offering relief to farmers drying grain.  |  File photo

Grain drying relief moving forward

Despite voting against a new law to exempt certain farm fuels from the carbon tax, the federal government says relief for grain drying is coming. On Feb. 25, Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel), got a step closer to becoming law after receiving second reading and […] Read more


Beginning March 15, the program will be offered to growers in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as those in Alberta. | Screencap via farmcashadvance.com

AWC expands cash advance program

The Alberta Wheat Commission is expanding its FarmCash advance payments program. Beginning March 15, the program will be offered to growers in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as those in Alberta. “AWC strongly believes that all western Canadian agricultural producers can benefit from the fast and efficient service that FarmCash provides,” said AWC […] Read more

Lines developed at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre include three new high-yielding Canadian Western red spring wheat lines.  |  File photo

Lines put forward for registration

CDC and Agriculture Canada unveil lines to be introduced at this week’s meetings held by the Prairie Grain Development Committee

Last year’s COVID-related restrictions challenged plant breeders across the West. Nonetheless, pedigreed seed growers and commercial grain growers will have access to new and improved plant varieties. In a Seed Talk Series presentation hosted by the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association (SSGA) on Feb. 11, seed growers and grain farmers learned that numerous new crop lines […] Read more