The potential for farmer losses is larger than normal this year because of variability in crop quality, inconsistent crop development and the potential for sprouting, staining and mildew in cereals.  |  File photo

Grain grading not well understood

A farmer says inaccuracies in grain grading and dockage determination could cost growers millions of dollars

A Saskatchewan farmer says prairie grain growers are at risk of losing big money — potentially hundreds of millions of dollars every year — because no one is asking tough questions about the way grain is graded and sold in Western Canada. Grain growers across the West sell tens of millions of tonnes of grain to commercial […] Read more

Producers offered grain grading seminar

For the third time in as many years, commodity groups in Saskatchewan are offering a pair of one-day seminars that teach farmers about grading grain. Grade School 2019 will offer grain farmers an opportunity to learn more about common degrading factors and proper grading procedures, as detailed in Canada’s Official Grain Grading Guide. Experienced grain […] Read more

As of late last week, a large amount of this year’s canola crop was still in the field.
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Canola quality remains uncertain

Prairie farmers have had plenty of things to fret about during the soggy harvest of 2019. Their latest stress point might be the condition of unharvested canola. As of late last week, a large amount of this year’s canola crop was still in the field. Based on provincial estimates, nearly 15 million acres of Western […] Read more


With significant amounts of weather-damaged wheat filling grain bins across the West this year, farmers will be looking for any advantage they can find when it comes time to market this year’s crop.
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Falling number tests increase in importance

This year’s challenged harvest is expected to increase interest in using the measurement to determine value of the crop

With significant amounts of weather-damaged wheat filling grain bins across the West this year, farmers will be looking for any advantage they can find when it comes time to market this year’s crop. That means getting an accurate assessment of grade and falling number will be more important than ever in determining the crop’s value. […] Read more

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. | File photo

Harvest delays slow grain movement

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. John Brooks, executive vice-president with Canadian Pacific Railway, told investors in Montreal that the western Canadian harvest is as much as 30 percent behind normal this year. Poor harvest […] Read more


An abandoned grain bin sits on the shores of the Quill Lakes near Dafoe, Sask. Water levels have been rising for the past decade and have flooded more than 90,000 acres of cropland and pastureland since 2005.  |  Brian Cross photo

Report puts a number on Sask. lake flooding

The study says farmers near the Quill Lakes have suffered total property losses of more than $100 million since 2012

Farmers and landowners around the Quill Lakes in east-central Saskatchewan have lost more than $100 million since 2012 due to rising water levels, according to a recently released report commissioned by the Quill Lakes Watershed Association. The report, entitled Economic Impacts of Quill Lakes Flooding 2012-2108, suggests farmers and landowners in the area have lost […] Read more

Ceres Global Ag Corp. owns the Northgate Terminal near Northgate, Sask.  |  File photo

Ceres plans to sell shares

Ceres Global Ag Corp., owner of the Northgate, Sask., grain terminal, announced Sept. 20 that it is hoping to raise $12.6 million by selling nearly 2.8 million common shares — about 10 percent of the company’s total outstanding shares — in a private placement offer. According to a Sept. 20 news release, Ceres will sell […] Read more

Last week, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced that if elected, a Conservative government would reduce “corporate welfare” by eliminating $1.5 billion from federally supported business subsidy programs. | Screencap via Twitter/@AndrewScheer

‘Supercluster’ becomes an election target

The head of Protein Industries Canada says his office will conduct business as usual, despite suggestions that PIC and a $950 million federal supercluster program would be part of a review of federal business subsidy programs if Canada elects a Conservative government. “I’m not going to make specific comments on the policy platforms of any […] Read more


In Canada, the project will assist pea breeders in achieving specific breeding priorities, such as boosting pea protein levels, improving resistance to root rot and other diseases, enhancing standability and possibly improving the quality of proteins that can be extracted from field pea varieties. | File photo

Sask. researchers help crack pea genome

The initiative will assist breeders in achieving specific breeding priorities, such as boosting pea protein levels

Plant scientists from the University of Saskatchewan have played a role in an international consortium of researchers that has developed a complete genome sequence for the pea (Pisum sativum). The accomplishment, which includes U of S researchers Tom Warkentin, Kishore Gali and Bunyamin Tar’an, took six years and was reported earlier this month in the […] Read more

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. | File photo

Delayed harvest slows grain movement

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. John Brooks, executive vice-president with Canadian Pacific Railway, told investors in Montreal that the western Canadian harvest is as much as 30 percent behind normal this year. Poor harvest […] Read more