The University of Saskatchewan-led research project has successfully sequenced the genomes for 15 individual wheat varieties originating from cereal breeding programs around the world.  |  Reuters/Shannon VanRaes photo

Gene breakthrough called ‘huge’ for wheat

Wheat breeding programs around the world have gained access to a powerful new genomic tool that will allow for the more rapid and accurate development of improved, high-yielding wheat varieties. In a landmark research project led by the University of Saskatchewan, an international team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genomes for 15 individual wheat […] Read more

The 10+ Genome Project involved nearly 100 international scientists from universities and plant breeding institutes in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Israel, Australia, and the United States. | Screencap via 10wheatgenomes.com

‘Huge’ breakthrough made with wheat genetics atlas

Wheat breeding programs around the world have gained access to a powerful new genomic tool that will allow for the more rapid and accurate development of improved, high-yielding wheat varieties. In a landmark research project led by the University of Saskatchewan, an international team of scientists has successfully sequenced the genomes for 15 individual wheat […] Read more

The website, located at barleyharvest.ca, includes photos, videos and updates on crop quality. | Screencap via barleyharvest.ca

Websites promote Canada’s barley, wheat crop quality

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has launched a new website that allows domestic and international users of Canadian barley to learn more about the quality of Canada’s new barley crop. The website, located at barleyharvest.ca, includes photos, videos and updates on crop quality. It was developed to provide information normally provided through western Canadian […] Read more


The Nature Conservancy of Canada says acquiring the land near Asquith, Sask., will help avoid further habitat loss and fragmentation from agricultural activity and urbanization.  |  NCC/Jason Bantle photo

NCC land purchase expands conservation area in Sask.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada buys 307 acres of land west of Saskatoon, which will continue to be used for grazing

A national non-profit conservation organization has expanded its landholdings in central Saskatchewan. The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced earlier this month that it has acquired 307 acres of land near Asquith, Sask., west of Saskatoon. The NCC bought the land from a local landowner for an undisclosed price. The land consists of native and tame […] Read more

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), which invests producer check-off dollars on behalf of producer-directed wheat commissions, announced Oct. 19 that it has reached a new five-year funding agreement with Ag Canada. | File photo

Wheat growers fund ag research

Wheat growers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba plan to spend $22.6 million over five years to support wheat breeding and variety development efforts at Agriculture Canada. The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC), which invests producer check-off dollars on behalf of producer-directed wheat commissions, announced Oct. 19 that it has reached a new five-year funding agreement […] Read more


In the last 10 or 15 years, few investments have been better than farmland. | File photo

Farmland values still rising, but rate of increase slowing

Canadian farmland values continued to climb during the first half of 2020, according to an interim valuation review by agricultural lender Farm Credit Canada. But the appreciation rate is not as rapid as it was a few years ago. Across Canada, farmland values rose on average by 3.7 percent during the first six months of […] Read more

The first question that needs to be answered? Why is grain that tests dry in a properly calibrated 919-type tester no longer considered dry when it’s delivered to the elevator? | Twitter/@Dimo_919 photo

Farmers demand action on moisture testers

Frustrated producers insist that testing standards have changed, which is costing them a significant amount of money

A growing number of prairie farmers say the Canadian Grain Commission must take a closer look at grain moisture standards to ensure that growers aren’t being unfairly penalized at the elevator. The first question that needs to be answered? Why is grain that tests dry in a properly calibrated 919-type tester no longer considered dry […] Read more

The University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre has developed more than 500 new crop varieties suited to growing conditions in Western Canada since its establishment in 1971.  |  William DeKay photo

U of S research gets support

BASF’s contribution to the university’s Crop Development Centre is for plant breeding infrastructure upgrades

BASF is making a $100,000 contribution to the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre for infrastructure upgrades. The life science company’s $100,000 contribution is expected to support CDC plant breeding efforts by reducing plant cycle times and allowing plant breeders to select early-generation breeding materials more quickly and more efficiently. CDC officials declined to share […] Read more


Agro.Club is a new e-commerce site that allows farmers to search for products and place orders on-line using a computer or a cellphone.
 | Screencap via canada.agro.club

New app designed to make it easier to source inputs

Canadian grain, pulse and oilseed farmers now have access to a new digital platform that will allow them to place orders for a variety of crop inputs including seed, fertilizer, chemicals, micronutrients, inoculants and fungicides, to name just a few. Agro.Club is a new e-commerce site that allows farmers to search for products and place […] Read more

Four organizations rescue Seeds Canada merger plan

Seeds Canada — a proposed new organization representing stakeholders in the seed sector — will go ahead without the Canadian Seed Growers Association. Four seed industry organizations announced last week that they intend to proceed with plans to amalgamate and become a single entity. The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), the Canadian Plant Technology Agency […] Read more