Intercropping advantage is not just yield

Intercropping has garnered a significant amount of interest in recent years. The jury is still out on whether this practice will grow to be hundreds of thousands or even a million or two acres across Western Canada, but there can be significant advantages to growing two crops together and separating the seeds after harvest. For […] Read more

Sask. drainage rules ratchet up the tension

In areas of Saskatchewan where water drainage is an issue, the new Water Security Act appears to be a disaster in the making. Drainage is contentious, but many observers say the new act is going to raise tensions between neighbours and result in ridiculous restrictions on even minor drainage efforts. Online surveys are the new […] Read more

Cropping shifts already evident on Prairies

The 2019 growing season will see some big cropping shifts. It’s unusual for trends to be this clear so far in advance, but we’ve seen some unusual factors in the marketplace. In general terms, durum, lentils and soybeans will be planted on much fewer acres with canola, spring wheat and barley picking up most of […] Read more


This important ag group keeps a low profile

Working quietly behind the scenes on difficult and complicated issues, the Canada Grains Council has become the country’s most important agriculture lobby organization. You may never have heard about it. The council is rarely in the news and most farmers across the country have only a vague notion or perhaps no notion at all about […] Read more

Farm-saved seed royalties are next battleground

Get ready for a heated debate over royalty payments on farm-saved seed. This contentious issue will be a centre of attention for the Canadian grain sector over the winter. All the players in the seed industry make a strong case for why more funding is needed for wheat and other cereals, and the same model […] Read more


A Canadian carbon tax won’t save the world

Those are great sentiments, but what “we” as Canadians do doesn’t mean a darn thing in the grand scheme. With an estimated 1.6 percent of global emissions, we could discontinue all economic activity and huddle together in igloos and it wouldn’t make a measurable difference in worldwide emissions. As silly as it sounds, some people […] Read more

Profitability lacking in many crops this year

As the accompanying table illustrates, returns in the grain industry are tightening. These are Saskatchewan numbers, but Alberta and Manitoba will show similar trends. While some producers will harvest 140 bushel per acre oat crops and 60 bu. per acre canola crops, provincial average yields are much lower and can serve as an indicator of […] Read more

Extra storage space likely well-used this year

It seems farmers never have too much grain and fertilizer storage. While 2018 won’t go down in history as the biggest prairie crop ever, storage will be at a premium for other reasons. With the lousy harvest weather, a lot of crop will be harvested tough or even damp. It won’t be feasible to sell […] Read more


‘Suck it up Buttercup’ not always helpful

Why all the talk about mental health issues among farmers? Has agriculture really become that tough or has our ability to cope become less with time? The delayed harvest is a major issue in many regions and that’s certainly frustrating and stressful, but it isn’t uncommon. In many recent years, September progress has been limited […] Read more

Glyphosate is under siege nationally and internationally. Stopping its pre-harvest use might be a logical step to quell the uprising and preserve the world’s most popular herbicide for other applications.
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It’s time to curtail pre-harvest glyphosate

Glyphosate is under siege nationally and internationally. Stopping its pre-harvest use might be a logical step to quell the uprising and preserve the world’s most popular herbicide for other applications. This wouldn’t stop activists from railing against what they view as an evil cancer-causing poison, but it would go a long way to addressing the […] Read more