Grow more canola? Not so fast

Short rotations | Crop disease such as blackleg and clubroot show the folly of ignoring agronomics

As a consistent high profit generator, canola-seeded area has doubled in the past 10 years, mostly by reducing rotations from once every three or four years to once every other year or continuous. However, short rotations encourage development of fungi and weeds able to overcome disease resistance in crops and herbicides. With the right weather […] Read more

Animal welfare concerns growing

Opposition to sow stalls appears to have reached a tipping point in North America. McDonald’s, Burger King, Tim Hortons, Wendy’s and Safeway have all announced plans in the last four months to eventually buy pork only from farms with open housing systems. The corporate decisions represent a victory for animal welfare organizations in Canada and […] Read more