The Western Producer Podcast – FarmTech18

The Western Producer sent two reporters, Robin Booker and Jeremy Simes, to cover FarmTech in Edmonton, Alberta, January 30 – February 1. The following podcast was recorded on location at FarmTech and it contains interviews with experts who presented at the show. 0:36 Cam Dahl, Cereal Canada 3:54 Lisa Nemeth, CIGI 4:48 Darrell Bricker, CEO […] Read more


Plant wheat before frost is out?

RED DEER — Seeding wheat as early as mid-February may soon be a reality for some farmers. Even mid-March might be possible for producers on the northern Prairies. While researcher Graham Collier cautions against seeding that early now, his preliminary work is showing solid results. “It’s a little nerve-wracking when you’re seeding so early. There’s […] Read more


Supreme Court agrees to hear Alta. producers’ case against abandoned oil wells

Farmers are being left to deal with contaminated land as the number of abandoned wells continues to grow

A group with the backing of farmers is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada to oppose a legal ruling that lets energy companies abandon unprofitable oil wells. The court announced in late January that it will hear from the Action Surface Rights group, an organization dedicated to helping rural landowners deal with energy companies […] Read more



Residents fail to stop Alberta hog expansion

Neighbours worry about the effects on water and odour if a farm expands by 4,100 pigs in Lac Ste. Anne County

Despite concerns from more than a dozen neighbours and the county government, a hog producer in north-central Alberta has been given the go-ahead to expand his operation. The Natural Resources Conservation Board, an arm’s-length government organization that deals with agriculture disputes in Alberta, has allowed Jurgen Preugschas, president of Pigs R Us, to expand his […] Read more


Alta. farm group changes membership fees

Commodity group fees will drop at the Alberta Federation of Agriculture while producers will pay more

NISKU, Alta. — The Alberta Federation of Agriculture is hoping to rebuild itself as it continues to face declining membership and little revenue. One way the organization hopes to grow is by re-jigging its fee structure. Members voted Jan. 18 to generally decrease membership fees for commodity groups at its annual general meeting in Nisku, […] Read more



Alta. extends consultations on farm safety regulations

The Alberta government is extending the consultation period on new farm safety rules. Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier said Jan. 15 that farmers, ranchers, local governments and industry groups now have until Feb. 26 to weigh in. “We had a few individuals and municipalities that were looking for a little bit more time,” Carlier said. […] Read more


Frustration mounts over clubroot’s spread

RED DEER — With no sign of slowing down, clubroot’s big spread isn’t only hurting yields — it’s got some worrying over canola’s ability to remain productive in the long run if more isn’t done to handle the issue. The soil-borne disease has grown exponentially since it was first discovered in 2003 near Edmonton. Last […] Read more


Ag Canada ends root rot surveys for pulses

Federal researchers say they now have a better grasp on the disease and don’t have to conduct surveys every year

RED DEER — After four years of surveying pea and lentil crops for root rot, Agriculture Canada is ending the annual checks so it can focus more on research. Syama Chatterton, a plant pathology research scientist with Agriculture Canada, told producers Jan. 10 that the surveys were ending because researchers now have a better grasp of […] Read more



Little known weeds popping up in Alta.

RED DEER — A bunch of different weed species are being found more often than normal in Alberta, so much so that a provincial specialist is requesting producers keep an eye out for them this year. Nicole Kimmel, a weed specialist with Alberta Agriculture, pointed to seven species that she’s seeing more frequently. They include: Marsh […] Read more


Alta. to extend consultations on farm safety rules

The Alberta government is extending the consultation period on new farm safety rules. Alberta agriculture minister Oneil Carlier said Jan. 15 that farmers, ranchers, local governments and industry groups now have until Feb. 26 to weigh in. “We had a few individuals and municipalities that were looking for a little bit more time,” Carlier said. […] Read more