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Average CWRS (13.5%) wheat prices were down by C$5 to C$10 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged from about C$212 per tonne in western Manitoba to as high as C$235 per tonne in southern Alberta. | File photo

Wide range of losses in Western Canadian wheat prices

WINNIPEG, May 21 (MarketsFarm) – Wheat bids in Western Canada were across the board for the week ended May 17. There were losses in Canadian Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS), while Canada Prairie Red Spring (CPRS) price were mixed and Canadian Western Amber Durum (CWAD) prices were largely steady. Firmness in the Canadian dollar provided […] Read more

The province's agriculture ministry issued its weekly crop report on May 16 and noted planting was also slightly ahead of 2018's pace of 35 percent for this time. | File photo

Saskatchewan planting stays ahead of five-year average

WINNIPEG – With 38 percent of Saskatchewan crops planted as of May 13, the pace was a little ahead of the five-year average of 31 percent. The province’s agriculture ministry issued its weekly crop report on May 16 and noted planting was also slightly ahead of 2018’s pace of 35 percent for this time. Southeastern […] Read more

The Fire Tamer mounts to the front of most high clearance, self-propelled sprayers, giving them the capacity to be single operator, off-road fire control machines. The water cannon has 180-degree horizontal movement and 70 degrees of vertical, via remote control.  |  Clark Oberholtzer photo

Harnessing sprayers to tame fire

An Alberta farm-invention puts out fire using existing investments, making use of reliable off-road capacity

Self-propelled, high clearance sprayers are great for spraying and have become three-season rigs. As well, in an emergency these could control a serious fire, with the right gear. That’s what Arrowwood, Alta., custom applicator Clark Oberhotlzer figured out. He had seen the damage that fires brought to his southern Alberta and Saskatchewan neighbours in the […] Read more


To simulate snowmelt runoff, researchers used slabs of soil with snow on top of them. The slabs were then removed from the field plots for analysis.  |  T. King photo

Catching and keeping the elusive phosphorus

What form phosphorus will take in a particular soil depends on the chemistry of that soil. The transformation can do strange things to fertilizer. Soils with a lot of calcium, such as those in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, will force the fertilizer to reside in a form known as calcium phosphates. These alkaline soils vary […] Read more

University of Saskatchewan researchers with funding from Agriculture Canada looked at how phosphorus exists in the environment of modern prairie cropping and seasonal effects.  |  University of Saskatchewan photo

Ditch the phos loss, but keep it out

Most farmers are familiar with the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship — the right source, at the right rate, applied at the right time in the right place. For fertilizer, the right place at the right rate are the most important. When it comes to phosphorus, farmers and researchers agree the right place is buried in […] Read more


The benefits of strategic tillage to incorporate surface residue into the soil where it may do more good is being hotly debated. | File photo

Bury crop residue or let it lie: no easy answer

The benefits of strategic tillage to incorporate surface residue into the soil where it may do more good is being hotly debated. Proponents of the practice say there are major benefits to be had by moving the organic matter into the soil. Others say they can’t make a definitive decision because they haven’t seen enough […] Read more

Researchers use synchrotron to get new look at nutrient runoff

During the last two decades, phosphorus runoff has been shown to be a main cause of water quality degradation. That has given rise to suggestions that regulations to direct farmers on where and how they can apply phosphorus may be coming. Phosphorus runoff also has an immediate effect on a farmer’s fertilizer decisions. Lake Erie […] Read more

The top five commodities that received aid were soybeans, corn, wheat, cotton and sorghum while the top five states receiving the payments were Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Indiana, the USDA spokesman said. | File photo

U.S. farmers receive $8.52 billion in aid to date, USDA says

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has to date paid out $8.52 billion (CDN$11.44 billion) in direct payments to American farmers as part of the 2018 aid program, designed to offset losses from trade tariffs by China and other trading partners, a spokesman for the agency said. U.S. President Donald Trump […] Read more


Grain Growers call for changes to AgriStability, advance payments

WINNIPEG — Faced with a tough international market, the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) has called on the federal government to make some changes to programs to help Canadian farmers. Citing an “increasingly complex and unpredictable trade environment” the GGC requested changes to the AgriStability Program and to the Advanced Payment Program (APP). “The time […] Read more

Getting it wrong on China, Canada and trade

If prime ministers were wrong, when were they wrong?

Perhaps Canadian prime ministers, both Liberal and Conservative, have been wrong about China, Canada and trade. But when were they wrong? I’ve criticized both former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and present Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for saying critical or provocative things to or about China, and thereby undermining efforts to build a bigger […] Read more