The changes were necessary, says minister Blaine Pedersen, because the days of farmers dropping into the Manitoba Agriculture office and chatting with a crop adviser over coffee are in the past. | Screencap via gov.mb.ca

No layoffs expected as some Man. ag offices close

The Manitoba government has restructured its agriculture department following 14 months of planning. It means office closures for 21 communities. The changes were necessary, says minister Blaine Pedersen, because the days of farmers dropping into the Manitoba Agriculture office and chatting with a crop adviser over coffee are in the past. “The old ag office, […] Read more

The only question is the size of the rebound. Will acres increase by 30 percent or 60 percent? | File photo

Soybeans to bounce back in 2021

Solid yields and near record prices. Combine those two factors and the result is usually more acres. Seeing how both of those conditions are in play, acreage of western Canadian soybeans should rebound in 2021. The only question is the size of the rebound. Will acres increase by 30 percent or 60 percent? “I keep […] Read more

The changes were necessary, says minister Blaine Pedersen, because the days of farmers dropping into the Manitoba Agriculture office and chatting with a crop adviser over coffee are in the past. | Screencap via gov.mb.ca

No job layoffs expected as Manitoba closes ag offices

The Manitoba government has restructured its agriculture department following 14 months of planning. It means office closures for 21 communities. The changes were necessary, says minister Blaine Pedersen, because the days of farmers dropping into the Manitoba Agriculture office and chatting with a crop adviser over coffee are in the past. “The old ag office, […] Read more


Since their products are organic, it’s likely the wheat, oats and other ingredients are produced without pesticides.
 But “likely” isn’t good enough for the owners of One Degree Organic Foods, especially when it comes to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.
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Glyphosate-free labelling on the rise

One Degree Organic Foods, as its name suggests, makes and sells organic foods. The British Columbia company manufactures organic bread, cereal, granola and other grain-based products. Since it’s organic, it’s likely the wheat, oats and other ingredients are produced without pesticides. But “likely” isn’t good enough for the owners of One Degree Organic Foods, especially […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway’s grain shipping revenue was a hair below $1 billion as it earned $999,230,808 during the 2019-20 crop year.
 Canadian National Railway’s grain revenue was slightly less at $933,502,041.
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Major railways exceed revenue cap

The pandemic has hit railways hard, as shipments of commodities and consumer demand fell for much of 2020. However, there was one bright spot for the railways — grain. Canadian Pacific Railway’s grain shipping revenue was a hair below $1 billion as it earned $999,230,808 during the 2019-20 crop year. Canadian National Railway’s grain revenue […] Read more


Some scientists are now questioning the hype around regenerative agriculture, particularly the concept that activating soil biology, with practices like cover crops, intercropping and reduced tillage, allows a farmer to cut fertilizer rates.
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Regenerative ag gets closer scrutiny

Regenerative agriculture had a big year in 2020. It received a tremendous amount of media attention and Cargill committed to increase regenerative ag practices to 10 million acres of North American farmland by 2030. But more attention usually means more scrutiny. Some scientists are now questioning the hype around regenerative agriculture, particularly the concept that […] Read more

Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba's minister of agriculture and resource development, announced the changes Wednesday afternoon. | Screencap via gov.mb.ca

KAP says Manitoba Agriculture office closures will be ‘challenging’

UPDATED – January 7, 2021 – 1335 CST – The Manitoba government will close agriculture and crop insurance offices in 21 towns as part of a department restructuring and new service model. Agriculture minister Blaine Pedersen announced the changes yesterday afternoon. The press release for the announcement suggests that Manitoba Agriculture will provide more services […] Read more

Lack of students stalls research

Agriculture Canada employs hundreds of highly skilled professionals, who have PhDs and specialized knowledge of plant science, soil nutrients and livestock husbandry. But those experts need summer students to carry out the basic tasks of agricultural research — like seeding, tending to bee hives, harvesting crops and collecting data. This year, students couldn’t work at […] Read more


The government of Newfoundland and Labrador believes it has the growth potential to double its production of fruit and vegetables, grain, milk, berries, bees, lamb and beef in the next two years to help its residents rely less on imported foods from other provinces and countries.  | Getty Images

Local food in a post-pandemic world

Newfoundlanders don’t want to depend on other Canadians for food. A few years ago, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador set a goal of producing 20 percent of its own food by 2022. The would be a substantial improvement from the current 10 percent. “We are well positioned … because Newfoundland and Labrador is the […] Read more

The International Plant Nutrition Institute surveys Canadian growers to gauge how much nitrogen they are applying per acre. Then, using average yields from across the Prairies and Canadian Grain Commission protein data, it’s possible to estimate nitrogen in the harvested canola crop. Nitrogen use efficiency is the harvested nitrogen in canola divided by nitrogen applied in fertilizer. | Source: Oklahoma State University | Raelene Holth graphic

Raising the bar on nitrogen efficiency

Every year, prairie canola growers spend $1 to $1.15 billion on nitrogen fertilizer. At the farm level, an average grower is likely spending about $55 per acre just for the nitrogen component of fertilizer, based on Manitoba Agriculture crop production costs and a nitrogen rate of 120 pounds per acre. That means a farmer with […] Read more