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Federal scientists have been studying neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for several years. The final judgment was scheduled for this fall but it won't happen until the spring. | File photo

Neonic ban decision expected in six months

Health Canada will make a decision on neonicotinoid insecticides in about six months. Federal scientists have been studying neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for several years. The final judgment was scheduled for this fall but it won’t happen until the spring. “Due to the vast amount of new information received, and the […] Read more

Wireworms have been making a comeback in Prairies fields, as older chemistries that controlled them were lost. A new registration will help producers with their pest predicament.  |  Barb Glen photo

Feds approve wireworm insecticide

Cereal growers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have a new tool to fight wireworms. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency on Oct. 19, registered a new insecticide from BASF called broflanilide. BASF has been promoting broflanilide for a while, but the registration means it will be available to Canadian farmers in 2021. “Growers have struggled for […] Read more

Biostimulants differ from con-ventional synthetic fertilizers in that they are natural products that improve the crop itself rather than applying nutrients to the soil. | File photo

EU’s biostimulant regulations applauded by industry

The European Union has become the first governing body in the world to recognize plant biostimulants as a distinct category of agricultural inputs. On July 15, 2019, the EU approved new fertilizer regulations that included a clear definition for biostimulants. “This might not sound like very much but it’s a significant step for the industry,” […] Read more


Half of Western Canada’s rye crop is typically sold into the food market, 45 percent is used as feed and five percent goes to the ethanol industry.  |  File photo

Low stocks save rye prices from bumper crop

Statistics Canada expects 431,000 tonnes of production, which would be close to the biggest crop in three decades


North American farmers harvested a big crop of rye but it won’t overwhelm the market, say industry officials. “The feeling on inventory by the industry is that it is really at all-time lows,” said Herman Wehrle, director of commercialization and market development with FP Genetics. Statistics Canada is forecasting 431,000 tonnes of Canadian production, which […] Read more

Because it’s designed to supply it’s own light wave length, Weed-it does not depend on the sun. It accurately identifies plants at night, in a dust storm, heavy rain or in perfect bring sunshine. This gives producers a chance to stay on schedule at seeding time.  |  Weed-it photo

When spot-spraying came of age

For decades, researchers and entrepreneurs have been trying to offer farmers a system to reduce chemical application by targeting specific plants in the field. Spot-spraying looked like it was coming our way in the early 1990s when Australian inventor Grant Yates visited Western Canada to demonstrate and sell his Southern Precision Weedseeker. He sold a […] Read more


Specialty has worked closely with the big OEMs to ensure the Millennium boom can install on any brand sprayer. This unit is also equipped with a Weed-it spot spray system from Croplands Equipment in Alberta. |  Specialty Enterprises photo

No weld cracks on this aluminum boom

Farmers with aluminum spray booms say benefits outweigh the drawback. That drawback, of course, is cracked welds. Once cracking commences, it plagues the boom until it’s finally sold for scrap. The key to building an aluminum boom that doesn’t crack is to put the welds in non-stressed zones. All hinge points are fitted with rod […] Read more

Folded, the Sniper is a narrow track, high capacity sprayer that can navigate the tightest of drives and roads.  |  Pattison photo

From DOT to pull-type, 120 foot sprayer finds new platform

Connect’s sprayer system for the autonomous farming platform 
is being offered as a loaded, pull-type applicator

Connect built its first sprayer for the DOT agricultural robot in 2018. It was fit with a 120-foot boom and the most advanced spray technology available, including turn compensation, individual nozzle control, and a recirculating boom. Tim Pattison of Connect said their team often heard from farmers that they like the sprayer, but they were […] Read more

Supply and demand for used farm equipemnt is levelling out say sellers. A former glut of gear and devalued used markets might be behind the ag industry for now.  | File photo

Used equipment steady-to-strong, with levelling

The used farm equipment market in Western Canada has been relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ritchie Brothers recently published its used equipment market trends summary that looks at the volume and price of equipment that ran through its North American auctions in the first two quarters of this year. Jordan Clarke of Ritchie Brothers […] Read more


Last year, Canadian farmers produced 106.4 million hundredweight of potatoes. The 2020 crop could be around 100 million cwt. | File photo

Potato yields drop in 2020

Canadian potato production will decline this year, possibly by six percent or more. A hot and dry summer, especially in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, cut into potato yields across the country. Last year, Canadian farmers produced 106.4 million hundredweight of potatoes. The 2020 crop could be around 100 million cwt. “The biggest decrease in […] Read more

Kenney spoke as part of a question-and-answer session Oct. 17 during the annual general meeting of the governing United Conservative Party. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held online for the first time, with about 1,400 party members registering for the virtual event, he said. | Doug Ferguson photo

Kenney recognizes energy-climate change balancing act

Alberta must be able to “walk and chew gum at the same time” when it comes to promoting projects such as oil and gas pipelines, said premier Jason Kenney. Access to capital for the energy sector increasingly “requires a demonstration that companies and governments are serious about improving their environmental performance — reducing their CO2 […] Read more