For years, organic farmers in Western Canada didn’t worry a whole lot about yield and the agronomics within their control.
 But that low-key, low-input approach is fading away.
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Organic growers now talking about yield

Crop yields depend upon a long list of factors. Producers control some of those factors and Mother Nature controls the rest. For years, organic farmers in Western Canada didn’t worry a whole lot about yield and the agronomics within their control. But that low-key, low-input approach is fading away. “I’m really happy that we’ve got […] Read more

Investors establish agricultural development fund

Most businesses could use more capital. More cash for marketing, new equipment, new employees and new processes, is normally useful. But to take their company to the next level, business owners also need experts; people with specialized knowledge, who can push the company in the right direction. “Giving somebody money is one thing. Actually doing […] Read more

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China and U.S. announce continued trade progress

The U.S. continues to build its advantage in the massive Chinese market for meat and other agri-food commodities. This morning, the U.S. government announced “continued progress” in the U.S.-China Phase One trade agreement. The progress includes new rules for American chicken producers and more access for U.S. beef, pork and animal feed exporters. For instance, […] Read more


Bulk organic chickpeas fetch a high price in a Vancouver-area organic grocery store.  |  Getty Images

Organic producers looking at slim profits

This year could be one of slim profits for organic producers. Over the last several months, organic grain prices have dropped and data from Manitoba Agriculture suggests that organic farmers could lose money on certain crops. Farmers that produce decent yields will still make a profit. But farmers with sub-par yields could struggle this year. […] Read more

New use found for unregistered bio-fungicide

A bio-fungicide touted as a promising biocontrol of fusarium head blight in wheat, may ultimately be used for other purposes. Field tests have shown that an un-registered bio-fungicide, called ACM941, can be used as a seed treatment to control root rot. It’s also effective against fusarium in corn. Greenhouse tests show ACM941, a strain of […] Read more


On March 18, Whitemouth, Man., will become the first small town in Canada to host a screening. | Screencap via silothefilm.com

Film focuses on grain entrapment

The makers of Silo, an American film about grain bin entrapment, don’t want people to watch the movie in their basement on Netflix. Instead, they are using the old fashioned method — gathering people in the same location to watch the movie together. Community groups in dozens of towns across the United States, in places […] Read more

Joe and Linda Jager never tire of the sunshine and blue skies on the Prairies, because they spent most of their lives in the gloom and rain of western Denmark.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Couple takes circuitous route to Manitoba farm

On a Friday morning in February, the sky above Rapid City, Man., was a brilliant blue and the sunlight bounced off a layer of new snow. With the sun, the snow and the bright light, you almost needed a welding mask to look directly at the farm fields to the south. Joe Jager wasn’t complaining. […] Read more

When crop protection products go missing

Allen Xue is a patient man. About 26 years ago Xue discovered a novel fungus on the lower leaf of a field pea plant, while he was working as a plant pathologist with Agriculture Canada in Morden, Man. Xue later learned the fungus, a strain of Clonostachys rosea called ACM941, protected the plant. It attacked […] Read more


Food choices have become a critical part of personal identity and eating a veggie burger tells the world that you're a good person. | File photo

Eating meatless burgers about identity – consumer researcher

More and more Canadians are eating meatless burgers. But why? Some say it’s healthier, many are concerned about animal welfare and others are worried about climate change. But the real reason may be deeper and more personal, says the leader of a public research firm in Ottawa. Food choices have become a critical part of […] Read more

PepsiCo has released a comprehensive policy on sustainable palm oil, which includes commitments to no deforestation, no development on peat lands and no exploitation of workers or indigenous peoples. Such corporate policies are expected to curtail the expansion of global palm oil production.  |  REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng photo

Canola could benefit from pressure on palm oil producers

Environmental and labour issues likely to limit palm oil expansion, creating new opportunities for Canadian canola oil

Pepsi now has a firm position on palm oil, which could be good news for Canada’s canola oil industry. In February PepsiCo, a company with annual revenues of more than $65 billion and about 260,000 employees, released a comprehensive policy on sustainable palm oil. It includes commitments to no deforestation, no development on peat lands […] Read more