The Brandt 1520XT attracted attention at Regina’s Farm Progress Show, despite the heavy rain. The new design kicks the 20 inch auger 7.5 feet forward from the hitching point, allowing the tractor operator to look to the side with unloading, rather than back.  |  Michael Raine photo

Brandt offers new and improved

Regina company uses Canada’s Farm Progress Show to kick off a large launch of belts, carts and new tools

REGINA — Five new products released at one show “was a lot of new stuff. But these were needs in the marketplace, things farmers were asking for.” Taylor de Gooijer of Brandt Industries said the number of new products that his company brought out at Regina’s Farm Progress Show kept the short-line company’s staff busy, […] Read more

Farm show more than just about numbers

Farm shows are a barometer of the industry. And, despite the Regina show’s smaller size relative other years, it provided some insights. Placing the success or failure of a show, such as last week’s Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, based on farmer turn-out and numbers of exhibitors into perspective is important. As a business […] Read more

Corteva opening its doors to the world

NEW YORK — Leaving the doors open hasn’t been the typical strategy for crop input companies, big or small. However, crop genetics and protection company Corteva Agriscience has a plan to change that as it charts its own path as a standalone, public company. The combination of keeping proprietary business information tightly held in a […] Read more


Being at one with the ag universe

Watching the birth of an agricultural company through its share offering is a lot more interesting than one might imagine, at least for me. I’m not talking about a tiny new tech-startup. This one was a carving off of one of the largest agricultural-inputs providers in the world from a merged pair of chemical and […] Read more

Airdrie, Alta., farmer Larry Woolliams uses whole-farm enterprise software, Crop Boss, to analyze the effectiveness of a significant investment in new field technology this year. “It looks like (the investment) will make its own payments. We like that,” he said.  |  Michael Raine photo

Crop Boss puts the whole farm in one place, any place

ARDRIE, Alta. — Farmers have a number of software offerings on the table when it comes to operational management. However, few were built by a farmer, for a farmer or stretch from pre-seed planning through the receiving buyers’ payments and reconciliation of inventory. Larry Woolliams, who farms in the foothills north of Calgary, started Platinum […] Read more


The bronze Fearless Girl keeps an eye on the new Corteva as it launches on the New York Stock Exchange.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Publicly traded Corteva focuses on agriculture

Former Dow-DuPont company sets out on its own in rough seas on the NYSE as a pure-play agricultural company

NEW YORK — The Fearless Girl’s unmoving, observant gaze fell upon a sign of the times, one bigger than the New York subway cars that rumbled underneath her bronze shoes. Last week Corteva Agriscience began trading its own path as a separate agriculture company, three years after the merger of Dow and DuPont, in what […] Read more

Ending stocks can be tricky to report

‘You’ve reported too high a number. It’s ruining the price.” Grain and oilseed ending stocks, what can I say? We report them, along with adding all the context we feel is relative. Whenever estimates of these fickle creatures come out, there are some who want to suggest the estimators are wrong. This isn’t confined to […] Read more



Airdrie, Alta., farmer Larry Woolliams uses whole-farm enterprise software, Crop Boss, to analyze the effectiveness of a significant investment in new field technology this year. “It looks like (the investment) will make its own payments. We like that,” he said.  |  Michael Raine photo

Farmer took seeding delay in stride

Western Producer arrived at Alberta farm as part of a regular series just as early May snowfall brought seeding to a halt


AIRDRIE, Alta. — May snowfall halted seeding in many parts of Alberta during the first weeks of May and the frozen moisture was held in place by below average cold. Looking out across the foothills to the Rocky Mountains, it could be easy to see concern in farmers’ faces in the Airdrie, Alta., area. Seeding […] Read more

Markets rose under weather pressure, driven by U.S. unseeded acre potential.   |  Michael Raine photo

Markets rise like Midwest water

From the first USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand report, after the American federal shutdown, on markets analysts had been saying field commodity prices would be soft this year, unless there was a weather story. Millions of unplanted acres in the United States qualifies as a weather story. Rain and cool conditions have kept farmers […] Read more