Farm groups say losing glyphosate would force producers to increase tillage.  |  File photo

Farmers slam glyphosate ban

Canadian farmers and cereal crop associations want to speak to Kellogg’s. The maker of iconic cereal brands like Mini-Wheats and Froot Loops has decided to ban pre-harvest glyphosate in its supply chain for wheat and oats. Farmers and farm groups want to tell Kellogg’s why farmers use glyphosate prior to harvest and how the herbicide […] Read more

Kristjan Hebert, of Moosomin, Sask., is still refining his idea, but the basic concept is a certification program for people who want to work on farms. Like an electrician or plumber, the worker would take training, become an apprentice on a farm and after enough hours on the job, be certified as a journeyman farmer.
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Producers want to create journeyman farmers

It seems appropriate to have a “light bulb” moment while talking to an electrician. That’s exactly what happened to Kristjan Hebert last summer when a couple of electricians were working at his farm near Moosomin, Sask. Hebert was quizzing the electricians about their profession and what it’s like being a journeyman electrician. That’s when the […] Read more

Jasmeen Kaur, middle, and Kirandeep Bhullar, left, are two of the 38 students in the food processing and meat cutting course at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon. The students, mostly from India and China, are training in a new facility at college, which hosted a grand opening Jan. 22 | Robert Arnason photo

Students cut and prepare for new careers

Manitoba college’s new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins specializes in meat cutting and processing

Jasmeen Kaur has only been in Canada for seven months, but she has big plans. The student, from India, plans to get a job at a pork processing plant, then earn a job in quality control at a food processor and finally, get a position with the federal government. “The long-term goal is to work […] Read more


Most insect pests appear in population waves, but the only limiting factor with flea beetles seems to be spring weather.  |  Canola Council of Canada photo

Seeding canola later may outsmart flea beetles

The idea is that warmer soil in the second half of May can allow plants to develop more rapidly and outgrow the threat

Severe flea beetle pressure may be the new normal for western Canadian canola growers. In the last few years, flea beetles have caused massive damage to canola crops across the Prairies, forcing thousands of producers to re-seed canola or use a foliar insecticide to control the pests. Such conditions may now be “chronic,” said John […] Read more

Working capital called vital data for farmers

For some growers, crop yield is the most important number on their farm. For others, it’s the price of canola. Kristjan Hebert focuses on a more complex number — working capital as a percentage of next year’s expenses. “Working capital … is more important than (data from) yield monitors. More important than anything,” said Hebert, […] Read more


A survey of corn growers in Manitoba determined that the carbon tax added $3.69 per acre to the cost of drying corn following last year’s harvest.  |  File photo

Carbon tax cost estimate made for corn drying

Keystone Agricultural Producers says Manitoba producers paid an extra $2 million because of the federal program

Manitoba farmers may have spent an additional $2 million on grain drying because of the carbon tax. The extra cost is unfair to producers, said Bill Campbell, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, because Manitoba farmers have to dry their grain and they compete with farmers from around the globe. “Margins are very tight as it […] Read more

Smart Earth Camelina Corp. hopes to contract about 15,000 acres of production this year.  |  File photo

Sask. company has faith in camelina’s future

Crop has the potential to displace fish oil in the aquaculture industry because of high levels of omega 3 fatty acids


After years of minimal growth, camelina acres could soon explode in Saskatchewan. Smart Earth Camelina Corp., a Canadian company that develops camelina varieties, sells seed and contracts production of camelina, hopes to contract about 15,000 acres of production in 2020. That’s still small, but it’s up from 5,000 acres in previous years and the company […] Read more

Nitrogen crunch? Don’t panic

Thanks to snow, rain and an extremely late harvest, many growers were unable to apply nitrogen last fall. On top of that, there are a few million acres of unharvested crops on the Prairies, and producers will have to deal with that mess before they can prepare for the 2020 crop. That’s leading to many […] Read more


The maker of iconic cereal brands like Corn Flakes and Froot Loops has taken this position as part of a larger program to reduce pesticide use within its supply chain. | File photo

Kellogg’s says pre-harvest glyphosate is not ‘grrreat’

Kellogg’s wants farmers to stop using glyphosate prior to harvest. The maker of iconic cereal brands like Corn Flakes and Froot Loops has taken this position as part of a larger program to reduce pesticide use within its supply chain. “We continue to evolve and strengthen our sustainable agriculture and responsible sourcing programs,” a Kellogg’s […] Read more

As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group based in California, announced this morning that Kellogg's has committed to phase out

Kellogg’s website commits to phasing out glyphosate

Kellogg’s, maker of iconic brands like Corn Flakes and Froot Loops, wants farmers to stop using glyphosate prior to harvest. As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group based in California, announced this morning that Kellogg’s has committed to phase out “the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest drying agent in its major wheat and oat […] Read more