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

The WP's Michael Raine talks trade with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland. | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Freeland: the Canadian way for trade and foreign affairs

Looking back only three years, who would have predicted times would change so drastically for Canada’s international trade, especially in agriculture? While there were some not-so-fair trade winds blowing then, largely in countries that were choosing more right-of-centre politicians, in most ways the xenophobes seemed far away. Prior to China’s rejection of Canadian canola, the […] Read more


Saskatchewan MP and Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said his government is planning to use the AgriRecovery tool to help support farmers injured by the current trade issue with China.  |  Mike Raine photo

Farmers may expect more help soon

REGINA — Little known and little used, there is a fourth leg of financial support available to Canadian farmers, AgriRecovery. And government appears to be getting ready to use it. American taxpayers have reached into their pockets in support of their farmers, sprinkling billions of dollars onto farm country that is coming up short due […] Read more

Farmers may expect more help soon

REGINA — Little known and little used, there is a fourth leg of financial support available to Canadian farmers, AgriRecovery. And government appears to be getting ready to use it. American taxpayers have reached into their pockets in support of their farmers, sprinkling billions of dollars onto farm country that is coming up short due […] Read more