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International hemp groups want crop deregulated

Hemp growers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are tired of the stringent and complex regulations around industrial hemp. Collectively, they are calling for a consistent and global system for the production and sale of hemp. In simple terms, they want governments to treat it like an agricultural crop. “The global consensus is clear. […] Read more

Although many grain-based mycotoxins such as DON develop during wet growing conditions or periods of prolonged high humidity and moisture, any conditions that cause plant stress, including drought, hail or wind, can be conducive to mould growth and the presence of mycotoxins. | File photo

Dry weather no reason for farmers to stop worrying about mycotoxins

Many mycotoxins are associated with wet weather, but grain-based aflatoxins and other fungal diseases can thrive in hot, dry conditions

Growing conditions across much of Western Canada have been hot and dry this year, especially in southern and central growing regions during late July and August. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the grain harvested this fall will be free of deoxynivalenol (DON) or other grain-borne mycotoxins. “Obviously, it’s still pretty early so we haven’t […] Read more

The storage system for the biomass pelleting research project at the University of British Columbia contains sensors and other tools that allow scientists to measure the content of the final products.  |  UBC photo

Canadian crop biomass energy research

UBC researchers are looking beyond forest material to crop straws and chaff to build renewable power products

That field of wheat straw could someday be pressed into pellets. Producing biofuel pellets from crop residue is the focus of a new project by researchers at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mahmood Ebadian, research associate for chemical and biological engineering at UBC is the project manager for the four-year study, which received $2.4 […] Read more


At 125 years old, New Holland remains a full line farm equipment company. It's strong heritage in forage production is augmented with high-horsepower tractors, combines and seeding gear, with the Flexicoil history in Western Canada.  |  New Holland/Emmanuel Bourgois photo

New Holland, the company doesn’t look a day over …

Agriculture can be a tough game so there’s a special spot for the few select machinery makers that last beyond a century. For New Holland, the century mark was passed some time ago as the company this year reaches 125. Saskatoon remains one of New Holland’s important hubs where it develops the latest in seeding […] Read more

Planning is critical on the farm, from participating in programs to staffing and financial analysis. It can make it possible to better enjoy the lifestyle and the fun parts of the work.  |  Mike Raine photo

Strategic management can help weather the storm

Most non-farm businesses have a multitude of standard operating procedures. New employees are handed an orientation manual with set vacation days, and management plans execute a strategic direction for the business. The path to further growth is well understood and financial information is reported quarterly, if not monthly to stakeholders. Traditionally, family farms have been […] Read more


Severe sclerotinia infections in canola can result in significant yield loss and set up the field for future problems.  |  File photo

New Proline molecule pumps gold

Bayer Crop Science has launched an enhanced version of the popular canola fungicide Proline. The double action fungicide named Proline Gold, is intended for fields with exceptionally high sclerotinia pressure. The original Proline has been pumped up by the addition of fluopyram, a fungicide already approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for other pulse […] Read more

This new feature will enable operators to stay in the field longer because they will no longer have to disengage the auto steering system and grab the steering wheel to make the headland turns. | Screencap via ravenind.com

Auto turnaround a step toward autonomous operations

Raven Industries has improved its visual guidance system (VSN) with the addition of two new features — full canopy guidance and automatic row turnaround. “Automatic row turnaround is a feature that enables that operator to program in a speed and a geometry in which they want to turn and the system will automatically detect that […] Read more

The new mid-sized carat is available as a tow-behind or a tow-between. Bigger carts like the C850 are typically only tow-betweeners.  |  John Deere photo

New mid-size air seeding cart from Deere

Big brother C850 passed a lot of hot technology to C650 design, including tank scales, at-side display

Deere’s new air cart took the leading-edge technology developed for big brother C850 and incorporated it into the mid-size C650. The 650-bushel cart can be towed between the tractor and seeder. A prominent C850 feature now on the C650 is the digital cart-side display, which puts the operator safely on the ground instead of running […] Read more


The lineup of Precision Air 5 carts has been expanded to include two three-tank models for fertilizer application or broad-acre seeding.  |  Case IH/Tim Peluso photo

Upgrade Precision Air 5 carts now available

Case upgrades 2021 air carts with cart-side display and fill controls, now has turn compensation, from 350 to 950 bu.

Case’s Precision Air 5 lineup has been expanded to include a pair of three-tank models for fertilizer application or broad-acre seeding. The Precision Air 3725 and 3915 are both tow-behinds. The new curve compensation feature helps ensure proper plant population across the drill in tight turns and corners, according to Case. AFS AccuSection modular metering […] Read more

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition has signed a funding agreement with the University of Saskatchewan's Crop Development Centre, which will help breeders such as Aaron Beattie develop new varieties for growers. | University of Saskatchewan photo

Barley research funded at U of S

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition has signed a new $2.7 million core breeding agreement with the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. Under the new deal, the CRBC will contribute $2.7 million to the CDC over five years, with the money going toward the development of new barley varieties with improved agronomic, disease resistance and […] Read more