VIDEO: Fire destroys shop at Osler dairy farm

A fire in a machine shop at a dairy farm north of Osler, Sask., earlier this week is estimated to have caused $1.8 million in damage. Firefighters from nearby towns responded to the blaze in Mark Wiebe’s shop about 9 p.m. Monday March 19th. Fire departments from Warman, Osler, Martensville and Dalmeny fought the blaze […] Read more

Seed industry reaches settlement with plant breeders’ rights violators

PBR-protected seed varieties must be sold as commercial grain

Member-owned seed distribution company SeCan has reached out-of-court settlements with seven western Canadian farmers who were illegally selling or attempting to sell seed varieties protected by plant breeders rights. Todd Hyra, SeCan’s business manger for Western Canada, said six commercial grain growers in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba reached settlements with SeCan after illegal sales […] Read more

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