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


American farmers are being hurt, at least in part, for supporting a political leader who believes in trade wins rather than agreements. But U.S. President Donald Trump also believes in using the public treasury to defend sectors injured by his actions.
 | Screencap via Youtube/Donald J. Trump

Farmers face tilted market

Looking across the southern border has always created a sense of frustration for farmers on the Canadian Prairies. American farmers have long had it better. Americans’ provide more financial support for their producers. Average farm acreage in Canada has always been larger than in the U.S. neighbouring states because margins were smaller north of the […] Read more

Now with 24 inches of moisture this season, the Woolliams farm in the foothills near Calgary has a few ruts to fix. But running a single sprayer on a 9,000 acre operation appears to work.  |  Michael Raine photo

New sprayer technology and size helps address application challenges

A cold dry season turns wetter, and wetter, and wetter, slowing application processes, eventually requiring aerial

“Spraying? It was long. It was drawn-out,” said Larry Woolliams. The Airdrie, Alta., farmer started the year with late and cold conditions, a bit short of moisture and staring down 9,000 acres of land to crop to seed this spring. With a new sprayer this year, he was hoping for the best, “but you always […] Read more

Sino-American fight hurts

The American government has offered its farmers about the same amount in commodities grain assistance, due to trade issues with China, as is the size of Canada’s grains and oilseeds sector. So far the United States federal administration has put in place US$28 billion, and paid out $8.6 to compensate its farmers. The American business […] Read more


Regional crop tour — global attention

Whether in the newspaper or on producer.com, it would have been hard to miss our coverage of the crop tour held by FarmLink Solutions this past week. At The Western Producer, we believe strongly in the value of knowing. Just as we are big believers in remote sensing, ground truthing proves what we believe to […] Read more

Elevators like this one  in Dniprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine will be busy as harvest is underway there, with average to better than average crops expected.  |  Karen Briere photo

Canola feels weather and trade heat

Canola felt the heat of mild weather and trade news in the United States as it fell on the ICE futures market. For a third day in row agricultural commodities on North American markets dropped. Canola was not as badly injured as it soybean cousin, but was still off, pulled down by soybeans. An announcement […] Read more