Sobeys to go discount at some locations

Empire Co., the owner of Sobeys and Safeway, plans to convert up to 25 percent of its 255 full service format stores in Western Canada to its discount FreshCo banner over the next five years. “This is a very attractive strategic and financial opportunity for us that will grow our market share in the Western […] Read more

La Niña likely lasts through winter

The forecast likelihood for weak or moderate La Niña conditions to persist through the Northern Hemisphere winter increased in a monthly U.S. government weather forecast update. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, pegged the chance of La Nina persisting through the winter at about 80 percent, up from 65 […] Read more

Richardson buys crop supplier at Starbuck, Man

Richardson International has bought Bestland Air Ltd., an independent crop inputs retailer near Starbuck, Man. The transaction closed on Dec. 8. “This business is an excellent addition to our Richardson Pioneer network as it will be an extension of our full-service Richardson Pioneer Ag Business Centre in Starbuck,” said Tom Hamilton, vice-president, agribusiness operations, in […] Read more

Statistics Canada sees surprisingly big canola, wheat harvests

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, Dec 6 – Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than expected this autumn, reaping record-large canola output and surprisingly big wheat and durum crops, a Statistics Canada report showed on Wednesday. Dry weather in some areas in the summer and a late harvest in Western Canada made the size of crops in the world’s […] Read more

Brandt buys U.S. manufacturing plant

The Brandt Group of Companies is expanding in the U.S., buying a 200,000 square foot manufacturing plant and equipment from Kongskilde Industries A/S. The plant, located in Illinois in the Bloomington-Normal area, had been owned by Kongskilde Industries, a Denmark-based maker of agricultural equipment owned by CNH Industrial. The acquisition represents Brandt’s first manufacturing venture […] Read more

Canadian Western Agribition 2017

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Western Agribition is underway in Regina. WP reporters are on the grounds taking photos, shooting video and filing stories. All our coverage will be posted below, and we’ll update this page throughout the day until the show wraps up – Saturday November 25, 2017. #CWA17 Tweets Scholarship winners enthusiastic […] Read more

Ottawa, OmniTrax up the stakes in dispute over line to Churchill

The federal government has taken legal action against OmniTrax for its failure to resume operations on the rail line to Churchill, Man. U.S.-based OmniTrax responded by filing notice that it will submit a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement alleging that the federal government put it at an unfair advantage relative to southern […] Read more

U.S. grain handlers cut costs while talking up signs of recovery

Reuters and Saskatoon newsroom CHICAGO, Nov 2 (Reuters) – U.S. grain handlers are further cutting operating costs even as they point to signs that a bruising slump driven by a global food commodities glut may be nearing a bottom. Bunge Ltd, Archer Daniels Midland Co and Andersons Inc have all said conditions appear to be […] Read more

Seed Hawk gets new name

Seed Hawk Inc. is being rechristened Vaderstad Industries Inc., reflecting the fuller integration of the Seed Hawk brand within the Vaderstad Group. Seed Hawk and Vaderstad have been working together since 2006 and in 2013 the Swedish agricultural equipment manufacturer bought full ownership of Seed Hawk and invested in a major expansion of the plant […] Read more