Manitoba now funds 15 new students each year, or 60 for the four year program, to study at the WCVM in Saskatoon. The province has proposed to reduce its seats at the WCVM to 10 new students per year, says Keri Hudson-Reykdal, a vet in Ashern, Man. | File photo

Manitoba rethinks vet college commitment

The Manitoba government may cut its funding to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Manitoba now funds 15 new students each year, or 60 for the four year program, to study at the WCVM in Saskatoon. The province has proposed to reduce its seats at the WCVM to 10 new students per year, says Keri […] Read more

Health Canada is sticking by its decision that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a cancer risk and isn't a concern to human health. | File photo

Health Canada confirms glyphosate safety

Health Canada is sticking by its decision that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a cancer risk and isn’t a concern to human health. In 2017, Health Canada released a re-evaluation decision on glyphosate, a weed killer commonly known by its trade name Roundup. At the time federal scientists concluded that “products containing glyphosate do not […] Read more

Leaders of provincial canola groups aren't pushing for a stick, to discourage the growing of back-to-back canola. It's not clear why, but it could be a distaste for regulations and penalties. | File photo

BLOG: Education not enough to encourage longer canola rotations

Last fall my eight-year-old daughter told me a story. It may be true, or partially true. We were walking to her school and she said the police were outside her school the day before. They entered a house across the road from the school, then brought out a man in handcuffs. Based on playground gossip, […] Read more


Anecdotal evidence seems to indicate that canola fields infested with flea beetles are more likely to suffer from blackleg. A researcher is planning an experiment to test this hypothesis.  |  Canola Council of Canada photo

Researcher studies flea beetle-blackleg link

Agriculture Canada scientist wonders if wounds from 
beetle feeding allow infection to take hold in canola plants

It’s a scientific fact — a cut on the skin, anywhere on a person’s body, increases the risk of infection. And before the invention of antibiotics, that infection could be deadly. Given the connection between a wound and disease, an Agriculture Canada scientist is wondering if there’s a similar relationship for canola plants. If a […] Read more

At the centre of regenerative ag is a belief that healthy soil reduces dependence on crop inputs.
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The fifth revolution

BRANDON — In the early 1980s, zero tillage was just underway in Canada. A small band of progressive farmers had stopped tilling their land but the majority of growers were still turning the soil black. By 2011, everything changed. More than 56 percent of Canadian farmland was seeded without tillage and 25 percent was managed […] Read more


Resistant aphids are arriving from the United States, where producers are thought to be overusing pesticides. It’s a problem for Canadian growers because they have fewer options to control the pests.  |  University of Minnesota photo

Soybean aphids fight back

Soybean aphids are now resistant to insecticides in Manitoba. That’s not a problem in years like 2018, when there were little to no soybean aphids in Western Canada. But if there’s another year like 2017, when aphids were abundant, soybean growers could struggle to control the pests. “Failures of certain pyrethroid insecticides for management of […] Read more

A sign in support of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is displayed outside of a British Columbia Supreme Court bail hearing for Meng last month. Meng’s arrest has raised tensions between Canada and China.  |  REUTERS/David Ryder photo

Ag trade expected to escape Huawei fallout

China reacted strongly when Canada honoured an extradition request from the U.S. but isn’t expected to stop imports


In the second week of November, a delegation of federal ministers and Chinese officials announced plans to double agricultural trade between Canada and China by 2025. That optimism now seems like ancient history. December was a horrific month for Canada-China relations and any talk of expanding exports, or a free trade deal, could be on […] Read more

Recession fears and a volatile stock market are creating uncertainty for the canola market.  |  File photo

Uncertainty hangs over otherwise stable canola market

For most of the last three years, the canola market has been steady. Canola futures have traded in a range of $450 to $550 per tonne and since 2017 the trading range has narrowed as prices have stayed between $475 to $530 per tonne. The sideways trend could continue into 2019. Or, given the recent […] Read more


Carl Rosen, a University of Minnesota soil scientist, believes that bio-stimulants can enhance crop growth, but so far the field data is inconsistent. Rosen spoke at the Manitoba Agronomists Conference, held mid-December in Winnipeg | Robert Arnason photo

Bio-stimulant investment continues to soar

Soil scientists say results from the field are inconsistent that bacteria, fungi and other natural products boost yields

Wired magazine doesn’t specialize in agriculture and food. Yet, in September 2017, it published a piece with a provocative headline: “With Designer Bacteria: Crops Could one day Fertilize Themselves.” The article argued that farmers are overly dependent on synthetic fertilizers, which is why companies and scientists are designing microbes (bacteria and fungi) that can deliver […] Read more

Livestock’s role in regenerative farming remains uncertain

Most supporters of regenerative farming agree on a basic principle: feeding soil microbes is crucial for healthy and productive soil. The much larger debate is how to do that. How do you foster a healthy community of soil micro-organisms? Some argue that livestock must be part of the regenerative farming system because they recycle nutrients […] Read more