This land for sale near The Pas, Man. includes all infrastructure and equipment. It's one of the top stories on for 2019. | Darren Sander photo

Year’s top 10 online stories

We regularly look at the top-read stories on The following are the top 10 stories of the year. 10. Alberta rancher defies history to run for NDP (April). Fourth generation rancher Cam Gardner ran for the NDP in the riding of Livingston-Macleod. He placed second to UCP candidate Roger Reid. 9. Deere previews next-generation […] Read more

A look at sustainability and its implications for farming

Last year in this space I wrote that agriculture has the potential to change the world. This year in our “Issue 52” edition, we focus on what it will take to change the world in a sustainable manner. These approaches to agriculture — sustainable, regenerative: what they mean and why they matter — are partly […] Read more

Soil advocate Don Lobb says while tillage remains an issue, compaction is probably the number one issue facing soil integrity.  |  File photo

Getting off the soil degradation curve

A soil health advocate says we must break the cycle that sees productivity drop as food demand increases

Soil aggregates are the key to the future of soil health, but they are not well cultivated on much of the land, placing soil health, and thus the future of agri-food, in jeopardy, says Don Lobb, a longtime advocate of soil health. “For the first time in history we have the capacity to produce food […] Read more

 Dave Green and his parents, Gord and Laura Green, own Greenholm Farms in Embro, Ont. Methane gas produced from organics and cattle manure generate electricity on the farm that is sold into the Ontario power grid. | Brian MacLeod photo

Tapping into the power of methane

‘The circle of agriculture’: Twin anaerobic digesters generate electricity and produce enriched manure

The reuse of material is a key tenet of sustainability in agriculture, and Greenholm Farms, in Embro, Ont., just northwest of Woodstock, has taken that to heart. The owners, Gord and Laura Green, along with their son and business partner, Dave, have discovered that producing methane to generate electricity on their mixed dairy and crop […] Read more

Regenerative ag is a series of practices that rely less on chemicals and more on natural processes. How practical some of the practices are is the question under discussion.
 | File photo

Why cover regenerative agriculture?

The Farm Forum Event held in Saskatoon earlier this month drew hundreds of farmers and agrologists for three days of seminars. A topic of conversation among farmers was regenerative agriculture, with one audience member inquiring about this latest “buzzword.” Regenerative ag is a series of practices that rely less on chemicals and more on natural […] Read more

Greens should reconsider ag policy

So, the Green Party’s Elizabeth May has stepped down as leader. She will continue on as a member of Parliament – she even plans to run again – but her tenure as leader, which met with mixed success, is over. While May is much admired in Canada, it’s to be hoped that her successor will […] Read more

Spoiled ballots not advised when voting

By this point in the federal election campaign, you may have been advised how to lodge a protest vote, or how to spoil or decline your ballot. The thinking is that if voters show politicians they are unhappy with “the system,” they might change. It doesn’t work. The goal of any election campaign is to […] Read more

Feds’ climate program may be too costly

I recently received a call from a Saskatchewan farmer who said he’d dried grain only twice in 45 years — both times in recent years — so he was now looking to convert from propane to cheaper natural gas. He had read our Sept. 26 article in which Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale advised farmers to […] Read more

Greens miss science in ag

The Green Party’s platform mentions agriculture 18 times. Bottom line: There is good, bad and ugly. The “good”: The Greens would address “climate risk with the focus on disaster assistance” in Canada’s business risk management programs. (They should address market risk too.) They would encourage urban agriculture on rooftops and in school gardens. (OK, great.) […] Read more

Kubota's M7 was the largest the company had produced. The machine's 5,700 pound lift is the heaviest in its class. A new machine is expected in the coming months.  |  Michael Raine photo

What readers are reading online

A couple of times a year, we publish our top-10 list of stories that are popular with readers online. It’s always interesting to see the medley of information that readers seek, and it helps us at The Western Producer ensure we’re on target with our editorial content. For the first half of 2019, here are […] Read more