Canola is by far the most important Canadian export to China, with total value of exports (seed, oil and meal) at $3.6 billion in 2017. Canola seed imports into China have grown significantly from 2.9 million tonnes in 2013 to 4.5 million tonnes in 2017, according to the Canola Council of Canada website. | Robin Booker photo.

BLOG: Getting into China’s favour is a long row to hoe

The Canada-China dispute is unfortunate, especially if you’re a Canadian farmer. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government took power, strengthening the Chinese-Canadian trade relationship was a priority, demonstrated by many visits to China by high-level officials as well as multiple rounds of face to face free trade agreement exploratory discussions between the countries. In Canada, […] Read more

Tom Schwarz, right, talks to Kevin Hursh about farmers’ rights to repair their farm equipment, which Schwarz said is becoming an increasingly important issue.  |  Robin Booker photo

You bought and paid for your tractor; but own it?

The licensing agreement for the embedded software in Tom Schwarz’s John Deere tractor has him frustrated. “This contract between you and Deere defines every electronic part in the product as a licensed product and it demands total control over those parts, which of course the equipment is useless without. What Deere is effectively saying is […] Read more

The price of carbon taxes for agriculture in Canada isn’t publicly known, despite farmers and agricultural industry players’ needs for that information. | File photo

Carbon tax estimates uncertain

The price of carbon taxes for agriculture in Canada isn’t publicly known, despite farmers and agricultural industry players’ needs for that information. It appears the federal government had more estimates than it has readily shared in the past few years and it still isn’t easy to find some of the important costs that farmers will […] Read more


The DOT autonomous agricultural robot, seen here fitted with a 120 sprayer attachment produced by Connect, begins a winter research program at the University of Arizona, Maricopa campus on Jan. 9.  |  Robin Booker photo

DOT put through its paces in Arizona fields

University of Arizona researcher works with the autonomous farming platform and DOT-ready implements this winter


MARICOPA, Ariz. — DOT and Connect have shifted staff to Arizona for the winter to continue research into robotic farming and to prepare to autonomously farm on a broad acre scale this year. DOT is a Saskatchewan-built robotic platform designed to bring autonomous farming to broad acre grain production, and Connect is newly formed company […] Read more

The latest in combine technology from makers can automatically control grain quality and flow, including Case IH’s line of Class 7, 9 and 9 machines.  |  Robin Booker photo

New system adjusts combines on the fly

The AFS Harvest Command on Case combines keeps track of a machine’s settings to improve quality and savings

MARICOPA, Ariz. — The automatic combine adjustment system available in the new Case 250 series combines use 16 sensors to control seven combine functions, says Ryan Blasiak, Case IH harvest marketing manager. “To make adjustments on the fly, it is super easy,” Blasiak said. “All you need is four button presses and you’re ready to […] Read more


A western Canadian producer says those who export fake honey into Canada have found a way to pass the test used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and says it’s time to do something about it.  |  Getty Images

Producer urges gov’t. to take action on fake honey

A British Columbia beekeeper spends $1 million on a new test and implores the government to make sure it is used

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency uses an ineffective method to detect fake honey, which has forced a Canadian beekeeper to take matters into his own hands. Peter Awram is a second-generation beekeeper who has apiary facilities in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and produces honey north of Edmonton. “There is so much fraud in the industry, […] Read more

New study finds risks in broadcasting urea

The research in eastern Sask. also found that advanced efficiency products do not reduce losses in all situations

Spreading urea on the soil surface is coming back into favour as farmers look for quicker ways to cover acres in the spring seeding window. The resurgence has researchers re-examining the strategy. “Our board said, ‘there are a lot of guys throwing fertilizer down on top of snow; I wonder how much nitrogen they’re losing […] Read more

CFIA has never prosecuted adulterated honey cases

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests honey imported into Canada for veterinary drug residues and chemical contaminants, as well as for adulterants such as sugars or syrup added to honey. Honey imports found to be adulterated are returned to their country of origin or destroyed. Foreign companies that send adulterated honey into Canada may face […] Read more


CFIA increases detection, but test suspect

In 2018, Canada imported 5.11 million kilograms of honey, worth $35,392,813. In 2017, Canada imported 6.66 million kg of honey worth $41,331,228, and in 2016 Canada imported 6.56 million kg of honey worth $38,063,604, according to Statistics Canada. Before April 1, 2017, the CFIA tested 64 to 100 samples of imported honey a year for […] Read more

The main tools for fighting blackleg continue to be longer rotations, identification of the disease when scouting and resistance to the pathogen bred into Canadian cultivars.  |  File photo

Plant breeders battling blackleg with disease resistant varieties

Life science companies have much to brag about when it comes to the resistance they’ve deployed in Canadian canola varieties, which has successfully kept blackleg pressure relatively low in this country. In the early 1990s, blackleg throttled canola production by as much as 50 percent in some fields. Resistant varieties then became available to producers, […] Read more