Tom Greene, left, works with breeders across the globe to improve crop genetics. Here he is in Brazil with colleagues observing plots firsthand.  |  Corteva photo

Single gene discovery found to boost yield

Corteva researchers kept searching, despite indications that lone genes might not hold growth promises

Yield increases from the latest in plant breeding technologies have come mainly from making crops better able to defend against pests or other environmental harms. True yield improvements, where crop-potential production is boosted, have proved elusive, until recently. Better yields have come through the traditional channels of selection, albeit enhanced by advanced genetic tools. Typically, […] Read more

Let’s have a Canadian conversation

Division happens with any election. Saskatchewan and Alberta saw some stark ones as compared to the rest of Canada in the most recent public contest of national direction. However, there weren’t too many Liberal and NDP members of Parliament in those provinces to begin with, so dropping a few more appears to be over-interpreted as […] Read more

The DOT robotic platform with its seeding attachment has been a hit during demonstrations at the Ag In Motion farm show. | File photo

Raven Industries buys autonomous DOT technology

Autonomous farming platform DOT has found its own path with a new partner. Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster’s Norbert Beaujot of Regina retaining the balance of the ownership. The move will give DOT access to greater capital through the publicly traded Raven, as well as to the South Dakota […] Read more


Deere’s new RX starts life as a different chassis than its 8R and 8T cousins. The fixed frame, four-track was designed from the ground up to be a belted machine. Quebec’s Camso developed that system.  |  John Deere photo

The RX may be a prescription for traction with a light touch

It’s a 410 horse, factory, four-track, fixed frame and it’s green and yellow. The new, and somewhat anticipated, 8-series, tracked tractor from Deere is seeing a lot of attention from the farming world since its end of October debut. John Deere has been developing the machine for several years and released it conjunction with an […] Read more

Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster of Regina retaining the balance of the ownership. | File photo

Raven Industries buys autonomous DOT technology

Autonomous farming platform DOT has found its own path with a new partner. Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster’s Norbert Beaujot retaining the balance of the ownership. The move will give DOT access to greater capital through the publicly traded Raven, as well as to the South Dakota company’s engineering […] Read more


How to be a situationally aware farmer

Are you a situationally aware farmer? Surviving in Canadian agriculture has required this. Or, some might postulate that being completely unaware might be what allows farmers to remain in the business. Most people, economists included, would suggest that the barrier to entry for most agriculture is so high that only existing farm families can remain […] Read more

Creative director’s work recognized

For the past 26 years, I have had the pleasure of working with a skilled graphic journalist. And for many of those she has been garnering not only the appreciation of you for her visual storytelling, but also her peers in the industry. The editorial staff at The Western Producer belong to several professional associations. […] Read more

Interns get inside view of ag journalism

Part of any good journalism education is an internship with a larger news organization. It’s an opportunity to put the skills and experience gathered over several years of university or college to work in a real-time environment. The Western Producer has had many interns in the more than 25 years I have been here. Often […] Read more


The Impossible Foods burger still requires some farmed building blocks for microbial providers, such as yeast, to sink their little single-celled sugar suckers into, as well as others to transform farmed-plant proteins into something similar to meat, with the same molecule supplying the bloody hemoglobin. Still, it’s not meat as we typically know it. | Screencap via impossiblefoods.com

Made in the laboratory you say? Pity

Meat without animals. Coffee without beans. Milk without cows. OK, the last one we have had for a while. Farmers have been ranching almonds, oats, soybeans, rice, hemp, peas, cashews and coconuts for years. Those little milking machines are so cute. There are farmers making base products for those milk-like substances, just like milk, most-times […] Read more

Input Capital wins appeal

Canola-streaming contracts are not as “unconscionable” as a judge thought last year, according to other judges who have reviewed a recent case. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeals sent a case between a farmer and Input Capital Corp. back to a lower court last week. Macoun, Sask., area farmer Terry Gustafson’s dispute with farm finance provider […] Read more