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Canadians to spend more on food in 2020: report

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Canadians will spend two to four per cent more on food in 2020, according to the latest Canada Food Price Report from researchers at Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab and the University of Guelph. The average family in the country will see their total food bill for groceries and restaurant meals rise […] Read more


Watershed year for AGT

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – This year has been a watershed year for AGT Food and Ingredients, according to the company’s president and CEO Murad Al-Katib, who spoke at the recent Grain World Conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Earlier in 2019, AGT was delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange, as Al-Katib moved to take the company private after […] Read more


Great opportunities exist for Canadian pulses, says AGT president

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – To Murad Al-Katib the opportunities for Canadian pulse exports to India are amazing, provided one correctly understands the context of India’s tariffs on pulses. Also, he said those Canadian exporters must realize they need to switch from being solely dependent on commodities to adding value by shipping food and ingredients. “We need […] Read more

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Canada still exporting lots to China: analyst

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Ivy Li brought a much different perspective about China to the Grain World Conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Specializing in Chinese agricultural markets, the Beijing-based independent analyst veered away from the usual statements that often cast China as the bad guy on the world stage. Also, Li pointed out that Canada has been doing […] Read more


John Deere’s autonomous electric tractor is a research project the company put together to see what one might look like. The machines might work in a swarm to complete field operations. The tractor uses 500 kilowatts of power, with 250 used by the drives and the other 250 powering an implement. In total, this prototype has approximately 670 horsepower. | Robin Booker photo

Ag equipment giant unveils the future

John Deere’s Future Technology Zone displayed research into automation, electrification and artificial intelligence

HANNOVER, Germany — New agricultural products are being launched at a breakneck speed, and some of the more innovative offerings are launched by small and nimble companies that can quickly transform trail-blazing technologies into agricultural platforms. Large companies can be at a disadvantage when it comes to rapid use of the latest innovations because they […] Read more

This JCB Fastrac 4000 is fitted with a 30 metre Dammann sprayer and 3,700 litres of capacity.  |  Robin Booker photo

Tractor gets serious about heavy loads

The JCB Fastrac 4000 series may interest producers who want to use it for pulling fertilizer spreaders and sprayers


HANNOVER, Germany — Upgraded axles in the JCB Fastrac 4000 series enables the tractors to handle heavier loads. “We have now eight tonnes in the front and 10 tonnes in the rear,” Michael Mayer of Fastrac said during Agritechnica in Hannover. “It’s a legal thing, so you are allowed to put more weight on it, […] Read more

Belts drive the feeder drum, feeder draper and left draper. Both power takeoffs come off the feeder house of the combine.  |  Honeybee photo

Mechanical drive RDX Grain Belt, air suspended, mechanical drive

Honey Bee used the recent AgriTrade show in Red Deer to show Alberta grain growers its new mechanical drive, 60-foot RDX Grain Belt rigid straight-cut draper header. The new RDX is based on the one-off 60-foot rigid header Honey Bee sent to Australia last year, according to marketing manager Spencer Groth. “The big thing is […] Read more


The lettuce pot at far right is a control. The other pots were fertilized with various mixes of commercial phosphorus fertilizer or water treatment residue and dairy wastewater mix. There is an obvious difference in biomass and leaf length between the control and other treatments.  |  Oren Reuveni photo

Extract phosphorus from dairy waste water

New technology recycles disappearing essential nutrient to ensure that it doesn’t end up where it isn’t needed


Researchers in Israel have developed a way to create phosphorus fertilizer from dairy waste water. If implemented on a large scale, the process could help stretch Earth’s finite supply of phosphorus. Scientists have warned about a disastrous shortage of phosphorus in 100 to 250 years unless we can find ways to recycle it. Phosphorus is […] Read more

Scientists have discovered the specific gene that could lead to the development of food and bioenergy crops that would be better able to cope with harsh growing conditions, resist pests, need less chemical fertilizer and produce greater yields per acre. | File photo

Gene controls plant-fungi relationship

The breakthrough could lead to crops that are better able to cope with harsh growing conditions and resist pests

Plants have a complex relationship with mycorrhizal fungi, which have a symbiotic association with a plant’s root system. When joined, the fungi form a sheath around the roots and then spread beyond the roots to increase the uptake of nutrients from the surrounding soil for the benefit of the plant. In return, plants absorb carbon […] Read more