Early look at western Canada: major crop acres up, minors down

A few acres up in the major crops will appear as big reductions for pulses and some special crops this year. However, there are exceptions. Cereal and oilseed acres are expected to increase by about two percent, according to Agriculture Canada’s first seeding intentions analysis of the year. The effect on pulse and many specialty […] Read more


Farms are where the money is

Like farmers who need more and more land from which to draw their incomes, grain traders are also feeling the pinch of the currently low commodity prices. There is less room in a low-priced bushel than a higher one from which to wiggle grain business profits as the major commodities remain under pressure from over-supply. […] Read more


Harvest weather affects canola’s oil and meat quality

Weather has been the biggest issue in Canadian grain grading for several seasons, which is no surprise to farmers on the Prairies. However, the rest of the world is watching, too. “I never thought I would need to watch the weather, in this job, as much as I have the past couple of years,” Veronique […] Read more



Canada: from slow to go with TPP

CPTPP will open new markets for Canadian farmers

Canada will join the 11-member Asia-Pacific trade pact, a government source confirmed on Tuesday, saying “Canada has secured real gains” in talks to agree a deal. Trade officials signed off on a final text earlier in the day after a meeting in Tokyo to overcome challenges such Canada’s insistence on protection of its cultural industries. […] Read more


WASDE fails to surprise

It all adds up to too much. Canola, wheat, corn, soybeans — there is even more of most commodities than expected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its monthly reporting. However, most of the grain trade appears to have anticipated the Jan. 12 markets news and built oversupply assumptions into already struggling prices. The […] Read more



WASDE paints a bearish crop picture for the coming year

It all adds up to too much. Canola, wheat, corn, soybeans, there is more than expected by the grain trade and that isn’t for good prices. The U.S. corn crop was big in 2017-18, but now that the tallies are in, it was bigger. Today’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (PDF format) aren’t […] Read more


VIDEO: Plant breeding charts future

CALGARY — Biotech pioneer Rob Fraley feels the biggest benefits to agriculture from genetic tools haven’t come from inserting genes or building custom chemical compounds to support plants, but in plant breeding. “And Canadian farmers have benefited greatly from this technology,” he said. The head of Monsanto’s global research program said the current success and […] Read more


The little plane that did

A farmer and a Toronto entrepreneur have taken their dream from door knocking to delivery in 2 1/2 years. Norm Lamothe and David MacMillan came together to lift agricultural aerial drones to the level of large-scale service provider. “When you have a family farm with limited acres you need another plan to ensure you have […] Read more



Connecting the DOTs

DOT is what happens when farming processes are examined carefully. Does seeding require bigger machines? Does spraying mean going faster and wider? Does anyone need to pilot a field roller? Or any other field machine, except maybe a combine, for now? The new machine design, the DOT, retires the tractor and giant airseeder and drill […] Read more


Ont. manufacturer buys MacDon for $1.2 billion

An Ontario company is buying MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg manufacturer of agricultural equipment known for its windrowers and headers, for $1.2 billion. Linamar, based in Guelph, Ont., manufactures auto parts, Skyjack lift equipment and corn and sunflower headers under the Harvestec brand. “MacDon is an innovative market leader.… They have number one market share in […] Read more