Farmfair cancelled in Edmonton

Farmfair International has been cancelled this year. The organizers announced today that they would be cancelling the Nov. 11-15 farm show in Edmonton because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As one of the premier agricultural events in the country, the decision to cancel Farmfair is an incredibly unfortunate one,” said Northlands president and chief executive officer […] Read more

Jay Bradshaw, James Halford, Bryan Harvey and Douglas Hedley have been inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. | photo by greenhousecanada.com

Four new members join Ag Hall of Fame

Jay Bradshaw, James Halford, Bryan Harvey and Douglas Hedley are the latest inductees into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. The four men are recognized for their leadership, influence and innovative ideas that have significantly improved Canadian agriculture. This year’s induction ceremony in November was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the inductees will be formally […] Read more

Show organizers announced today that the gates cannot open safely to more than 30,000 visitors because of the risk of COVID-19. | File photo

COVID-19 forces Ag in Motion to go digital

Ag in Motion will be a digital event July 21-25. Show organizers announced today that the gates cannot open safely to more than 30,000 visitors because of the risk of COVID-19. Safety is the number one concern for everyone involved with the annual agricultural show, guests and staff alike said Rob O’Connor, Ag in Motion […] Read more


Fire crews and police clean up canola spilled onto Hwy 23 just east of the High River overpass Monday. | Mike Sturk photo

Accident results in canola spill

High River, Alta. – Fire crews and police were called to an accident near High River May 4. The first responders helped clean up canola spilled onto Hwy 23 just east of the High River overpass after an eastbound truck flipped onto its side after exiting Hwy 2 onto the ramp for Hwy 23. There […] Read more

On March 30, the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada announced that the deadline to apply for crop insurance or to reinstate, cancel or make changes to crop insurance contracts has been extended to April 13. | Twitter/@PremierScottMoe graphic

Sask. extends crop insurance deadline

Saskatchewan farmers will have an extra two weeks to finalize their crop insurance plans this spring. On March 30, the governments of Saskatchewan and Canada announced that the deadline to apply for crop insurance or to reinstate, cancel or make changes to crop insurance contracts has been extended to April 13. Extending the crop insurance […] Read more


WP “NoCOZone” stories

There’s a great deal of news coverage of the current #COVID-19 pandemic. You won’t find any of that here. For your enjoyment we’ve pulled together some of our favourite stories from past months and years that feature you, our readers. Stories of your life “on the farm.” It’s our hope these stories will distract you, […] Read more

COVID-19 resources for producers

The Western Producer has compiled the following resources so readers can get the most up-to-date-information available on the COVID-19 pandemic. WP coverage of #COVID19 can be found below. This page will be updated daily. Saskatchewan Government of Saskatchewan online Self-Assessment Tool – use the self-assessment tool as a first step to determine if you may […] Read more

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. | Screencap via CPAC.ca

$5 billion in loans for farmers, ag businesses facing COVID-19 hardship

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced important new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food […] Read more


The last new herbicide mode of action was introduced more than 30 years ago.  |  File photo

Bayer announces new mode of action

Bayer recently announced products it has in its research and development pipeline, including a new mode of action for post-emergence weed control. The company had previously announced that it’s developing new molecules it said will provide new modes of action for in-crop weed control. However, in a news release, it said it now has a […] Read more

It’s estimated that prairie farmers left more than two million acres of canola in the field before weather conditions halted harvest.  |  Michael Raine photo

Spring canola harvest looms

Harvesting canola in the spring can be frustrating. That means a lot of frustrated prairie canola producers will be climbing into combines in the next few months. Based on industry estimates and data from Statistics Canada, western Canadian farmers left more than two million acres of canola in the field this winter. That includes an […] Read more