A tractor crossing the highway near Westlock, Alta., was hit by a truck carrying propane. |  Les Dunford photos

No serious injuries sustained in Westlock accident

The driver of a Pibroch Hutterite Colony tractor reportedly suffered only a broken arm after the machine he was operating was involved in a collision with a semi-tractor-trailer carrying propane on the evening of Sept. 25 evening on Highway 44, north of Westlock, Alta. Reporter/photographer Les Dunford says the colony’s Fendt tractor appears to have […] Read more

Wheat is combined at the Hovland family farm northeast of Lake Diefenbaker, Sask., Sept 9.  |  William DeKay photo

The hindered harvest

Harvest 2018 | While some farmers are done with harvest, others are waiting for snow to melt after unusually cold weather ripped through the Prairies in September. Here are snapshots from harvest across the Prairies — and across Canada — as of last week.

While some farmers are done with harvest, others are waiting for snow to melt after unusually cold weather ripped through the Prairies in September. Here are snapshots from harvest across the Prairies — and across Canada — as of last week.

Two killed after car, combine collide in Cudworth, Sask.

A combine was involved in a fatal crash south of Cudworth, Sask. that left two dead and another injured. First responders were called to the intersection of Highway 2 and provincial grid road 767 at 5 p.m., Sept. 27. Police report a car collided with the combine as the machine came off the grid road […] Read more


Who pays more?

The cost of Canadian supply managed products to the average household has long been an item of interest. 


The Western Producer compared six common food-basket items across the northern tier of the U.S. and Canada, using similar grocery stores, regions and community sizes. In a four-day period last week, we made sure to check regular prices at larger chain grocery stores, rather than using flyer or loss-leader sales. We compared prices for common […] Read more



Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. drew good crowds, in part due to favourable weather, for its 25th annual event.  |  Michael Raine photo

Video highlights of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show – 2018

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer and The Western Producer was there.  Watch the following video for some of the highlights of our coverage: 00:50  – Jens Schmidt of Herbert Dammann talks about the Profi-Class sprayer. 03:40  – Bruce Burnett from MarketsFarm discusses grain markets in the Trump era. 08:10  – […] Read more

LIVE BLOG: Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

The 2018 edition of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show runs through September 13, and Western Producer reporters Michael Raine (@MikeJRaine) and Robin Booker (@CDNag) are on the ground in Woodstock, Ontario covering the event. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the show that will feature the latest ag equipment taking part in field demos, livestock […] Read more

November canola proved it had some room to grow on Monday, closing a dollar higher at $511.90 per tonne. | Robin Booker photo

Canola closes up

November canola proved it had some room to grow on Monday, closing a dollar higher at $511.90 per tonne. The trade was based on soy oil gains on Chicago markets. Cooler temperatures across Western Canada failed to cool the market substantially, however the yield is mostly set for the crop now and it will just […] Read more


David Marit is Saskatchewan's new agriculture minister. | File photo

Former SARM president new Sask. ag minister

David Marit is Saskatchewan’s new agriculture minister. Premier Scott Moe made the announcement this afternoon. Marit, who was president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities before entering provincial politics in 2016, replaces Lyle Stewart in the ag portfolio. Stewart recently resigned from cabinet for health reasons. Today we made some changes to our cabinet […] Read more

Stewart announced today that he will be stepping away from his ministerial duties to focus on battling cancer. | File photo

Stewart stepping down as Sask. agriculture minister

Saskatchewan politician Lyle Stewart is stepping down as the province’s agriculture minister. Stewart announced today that he will be stepping away from his ministerial duties to focus on battling cancer. “I was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer and will be undergoing several months of pretty aggressive treatment,” Stewart said in an Aug. 9 news release. […] Read more