Learning from those before us

So far, in Canada, the government has said commerce and trade must continue. Agriculture is part of that, but should federal and provincial leaders be more clear in their messaging when it comes to certain parts of business and industry? Mining, energy production, agriculture and food, transportation, hardware, trades, some manufacturing and media are among […] Read more

Lentil yields for 2020 crops might be improved through some newer varieties. Producers tend to rely upon the material they have in inventory, sometimes for too long.  |  Michael Raine photo

Too many acres with too many old pulses; it may be time for change

New pea varieties offer advantages for producers, but despite this, farmers have been slow to adopt them. A 13-year-old variety still dominates the Saskatchewan seeded yellow pea acreage, with CDC Meadow taking up 38 percent of fields. More than 1,000 farmers planted 440,000 acres of the variety last year with an average yield about one […] Read more

COVID-19: Ag stories will go on

Journalism is underwritten through business endeavors. Ours is no different, even in times of global crisis. You pay for your subscriptions with the money you earned the hard way, farming, and with the time you choose to spend with your Western Producer. We sell that time to advertisers. In the case of public broadcasters, tax […] Read more


Agco’s new Momentum planter was released in South America early in 2019 and came to North America last week. It offers greater on-board seed capacity, narrow folding and up to 40 rows of planting.  |  Agco photo

Agco weathers four tough growing seasons

Warranty issues and an ill-fated move to more environmentally acceptable Tier 3 engines in Brazil challenge finances

Tough times in agriculture across the globe have put some farm machinery makers into financial difficulties. Agco, the world’s third-largest full-line manufacturer, saw lower earnings and higher expenses than expected, but it will be able to share with equity holders and maintain research and expansion, says its chief executive officer. Martin Richenhagen told the investment […] Read more

Supply and demand: if they were real

Grow what the market demands. Feed the world what it’s missing. Give the consumer what they long for. Meet shortage with supply. Adapt to meet the need. Etc., etc., etc. I’ve heard it all my life. My parents heard it and their parents. And being we’ve farmed for quite a while, likely the mantra of […] Read more


We’re already hoping for next year

Terrifying as the prospect might be, maybe western Canadian farmers have to settle for being one of the world’s lowest cost producers of high-quality commodity food. Like most producers, I had dreams that western Canadian products would be valued for what they really are: sustainable, ethically produced, top-quality food products. And that our food, feed, […] Read more

It was a Big Bud. A thing of farmboy lore and it was made next door in Montana. On the Prairies, next door is anywhere within 350 miles and Havre, Mont., is 347 miles away from our farm.
 | Screencap via YouTube/Titan Tire & Goodyear Farm Tires

Is the future in steel weed management?

I love a good farm show. Heck, I’d love a bad farm show, but I can’t say I’ve ever been to one. My enthusiasm for farm shows began when I was a kid growing up on the farm. It was always a good day to miss a little school and go learn more about something […] Read more

K-Hart’s new 9612 under-cut disc opener system for the Deere 1890-95 drill’s toolbar.  |  Michael Raine photo

When the seeding iron wears out, give it new life

Rebuilding a disc drill can be a substantial undertaking, both in time and money. One popular line, the John Deere 1890-1895 units, can handle a lot of acres before their discs and hubs are done, but after that their future is often forfeit. Saskatchewan seeding equipment builder Kim Hartman liked the Deere 1890-1895 units and […] Read more


Three U of S grads honored for work in agriculture

The Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates’ Association at the University of Saskatchewan has conferred honorary lifetime memberships to three former graduates: Ewald Lammerding, a graduate from 1988, has been on the association’s executive for 24 years. Lammerding currently edits the SAGA newsletter. For 18 years he worked in the animal science department at the university and was […] Read more

Hemoglobin forms in the root nodules of pulse crops, in this case peas, due to the presence of nitrogen fixing rhizobia bacteria. This results in the nodules taking on the tones of human skin as the hemoglobin is also responsible for the red colour in blood.  | Michael Raine photo

Competition for legume inoculant space in prairie soils

Pulse and soybean crops may be looking forward to a well-nourished season as inoculant offerings increase across the western growing region. Last fall, Quebec-based global yeast and bacteria products maker Lallemand entered the legume crop inoculant business. This week one of the world’s largest crop inoculant companies is setting up shop in Western Canada in […] Read more