The weather in PEI this fall was rain, rain and more rain. Growers didn't have enough days of decent weather to dig potatoes out of the ground. The PEI Potato Board has described the weather as,

Processors face potato shortage

From Prince Edward Island to Alberta, this fall was a massive migraine for potato growers. Rain, snow and unseasonably cold weather prevented producers from digging potatoes out of the ground. As a result, about four percent of the crop was not harvested and potato processors are facing a shortfall. “This has been a very difficult […] Read more

Thirty-three fields have now been confirmed with visual symptoms; 15 of them found this year. | File photo

Clubroot raises its profile in Man.

In the fall of 2015, clubroot galls were discovered in a canola field near Swan River, Man. It was the first confirmed case of clubroot with visible symptoms of the disease in Manitoba. Three years later, more than 30 canola fields in Manitoba have plants with clubroot galls, and the cases have spread well beyond […] Read more

After a period of sluggish growth and a decline in the number of producers in the early 2010s, organic farming is expanding in Western Canada. | Screencap via prairieorganicgrain.org

Prairie farmers grow more organic crops

Organic is back. After a period of sluggish growth and a decline in the number of producers in the early 2010s, organic farming is expanding in Western Canada. Certified organic acres on the Prairies reached 1.824 million in 2017, up 29 percent from 1.4 million acres in 2015. The number of organic producers hit 1,605 […] Read more


Some farmers at a meeting to discuss changes to how variety breeding is funded argued that the answer is for Agriculture Canada to pay more.  |  File photo

Farmers split on farm-saved seed royalties

Most farmers at Winnipeg meeting opposed to proposal, but some argued such as system would benefit them in the end


Sometime, in life, a situation doesn’t feel right or fair. That’s how Bill Matheson feels about a proposed new system, in which Canadian farmers will have to pay royalties to plant breeders for multiple years on farm-saved seed. “Some days you wake up in the morning and you want to think, ‘hey, I finally paid […] Read more

Saudi Arabia restricted trade with Canada, including barley shipments, because of concerns expressed about human rights abuses.  |  File photo

Saudi-Canadian feud throttles ag markets

Export restrictions have hit barley shipments as dispute continues, but new markets are opening for the crop in China

Jordan Van Hierden read an email a few weeks ago that could have changed his business. It was from a company in Saudi Arabia looking to import forage. For Van Hierden, who works for Green Prairie International in Lethbridge, it was a lost opportunity. “It was from a customer looking for 50,000 dried tonnes of […] Read more


Average potato yields in Prince Edward Island aren’t increasing.  |  File photo

Prince Edward Island needs more potatoes

Potato processor says the province’s farms are too small and urges changes to P.E.I.’s farmland ownership regulations

Prince Edward Island has a spud conundrum. Potato yields in Manitoba and Alberta have jumped for the last five to eight years and are now at 350 to 400 hundredweight per acre. Meanwhile, average yields on P.E.I. have been stuck around 290 cwt. per acre. Cavendish Farms, which operates a potato processing plant in New […] Read more

Ag Canada vague on breeding future

Will Agriculture Canada continue with wheat breeding and varietal development if a new royalty system is introduced? A number of farmers at a Nov.16 meeting in Winnipeg about potential changes to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act asked that question to Agriculture Canada staff. The answer wasn’t precise. It could be summed up as, “yes, but.…” […] Read more

After a period of sluggish growth and a decline in the number of producers in the early 2010s, organic farming is expanding in Western Canada. | Screencap via prairieorganicgrain.org

Organic acres on the rise

Organic is back. After a period of sluggish growth and a decline in the number of producers in the early 2010s, organic farming is expanding in Western Canada. Certified organic acres on the Prairies reached 1.824 million in 2017, up 29 percent from 1.4 million acres in 2015. The number of organic producers hit 1,605 […] Read more


The Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce

Canada joins support for global gene editing

A statement on agricultural applications of precision biotechnology signed by 13 countries includes gene editing

The federal government has come out in favour of gene editing. Or, more accurately, the Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce “safe and affordable food, feed, fibres, and energy in the 21st century.” The quote comes from a statement released in early November and was delivered during a World Trade […] Read more

There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more