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Funding will come from the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth program, which replaced the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program. | Screencap via Saskatchewan.ca

Sask. program to replace bridges

About 100 rural bridges will be replaced in Saskatchewan municipalities over the next four years. Funding will come from the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth program, which replaced the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program. Projects are eligible for a maximum of $500,000 each. The federal government will contribute 17 percent and the province will […] Read more

Father and son Jack and Joel Durham seeded red lentils in the RM of Montrose, southeast of Delisle, Sask., this spring. In the near future pulse growers across the Prairies will find more of their crops are ending up in North American food processing markets, rather than being exported whole or split.  | Paul Yanko photo

Value added market for pulses pieces explodes

Not that long ago, pulses were consumed either whole or split. These days, they are being processed and incorporated into all sorts of foods, according to a panel of speakers assembled by the Global Pulse Confederation. Alexandra Londono, global head of Buhler’s pulse and local grains business segment, said annual pulse flour production has rapidly […] Read more


At up to 76 feet wide with up to a 1300 bushel commodity tank, Bourgaults is now offering a monster one-pass planting setup that can be used with either a coulter or hoe style drill, that can also be quickly switched back to use the air carts volumetric metering system. | Bourgault photo

Bourgault launches air planter system

Bourgault moved into the planter market with the launch of its Air Planter system that can be used with the company’s PLR opener on the new 3820 coulter drill, as well as the PLS, PLX and PLD openers on its 3330SE and 3335QDA hoe drills. “I don’t think there are too many other players on […] Read more

The growth of canola production in the southern U.S. has come to a halt for now. American producers are finding it hard to market and yields are not guaranteed.  |  File photo

Bloom goes bust on Oklahoma canola prospects

Six years ago, some experts predicted that Oklahoma could have a million acres of winter canola. This year in Oklahoma and surrounding states, farmers planted just 10,000 acres. “The story of canola in the southern Great Plains is a very sad one,” said Ron Sholar, executive director of the Great Plains Canola Association, from his […] Read more


E: The biodegradable film protects the crop and gives it the added heat units and growing degree days it needs to improve performance for the farm.  The corn thrives under the plastic early in the season, creating a greenhouse that encourages early season growth.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

Poly pockets for corn

CAMROSE, Alta. — The old adage that corn should be waist high by the fourth of July may be reality in the United States Midwest, but in central Alberta it’s just a saying. Except at Vermeer’s Dairy in Camrose where much of the 600 acres of corn seeded under a biodegradable film is growing quickly […] Read more

Alison McAfee, biochemist at the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC, and post-doctoral fellow, North Carolina State University with her subjects.  |  UBC photo

Honeybee queens vulnerable to heat-related fertility loss

Excessive heat can kill sperm cells in many animal species, but there are few ways to gauge the impact of heat on pollinators like honeybees. Now, research conducted at the University of British Columbia has found five proteins that are activated when queen honeybees are exposed to temperatures characteristic of climate change. These proteins not […] Read more

The expansion of the Winkler, Man., facility means sunflower growers have a reliable buyer for their crop. | File photo

Scoular invests in bird seed plant

Manitoba sunflower growers have a reason to celebrate on Canada Day. Scoular, a U.S. company with more than $4 billion in annual sales, has invested in its bird food manufacturing plant in Winkler, Man. The expansion of the facility means sunflower growers have a reliable buyer for their crop. “At Scoular, we think of ourselves […] Read more


Ulivit, founded by Laura Gustafson, already makes pulse-based snack bars and Gustafson has been working on a pulse-based tofu product. | Screencap via ulivit.ca

Pulse company partnership targets retail markets

Two Saskatchewan based companies are combining forces to develop new pulse-based foods for retail and market-ready sectors. AGT Food and Ingredients of Regina and Ulivit from Saskatoon plan to spend $11.3 million from Protein Innovation Canada to address what they say is a growing consumer need. PIC chief executive officer Bill Greuel said the demand […] Read more

Todd Hames, from Marwayne, Alta., will lead the new organization, which merged with the Canadian International Grains Institute. | Screencap via cerealscanada.ca

Cereals Canada names Alberta grain farmer as chair

Alberta grain farmer Todd Hames has been named the chair of the newly amalgamated Cereals Canada. Hames, from Marwayne, Alta., will lead the new organization, which merged with the Canadian International Grains Institute. Other western Canadian farmers named to the board include Hannah Konschuh, Brett Halstead, Jake Leguee, Glenn Tait, Robert Misko, Drew Baker and […] Read more