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The Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. announced the show, formerly Canada's Farm Progress Show, would be held June 16 and 17 online with free access. | Screencap via Twitter/@canadasfarmshow

Regina farm show goes virtual

Canada’s Farm Show will return in an online format this summer after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. The Regina Exhibition Association Ltd. announced the show, formerly Canada’s Farm Progress Show, would be held June 16 and 17 online with free access. The first day will feature the show’s pillars, innovation and state […] Read more

Federated Co-operatives Limited has purchased the assets of True North Renewable Fuels, a Calgary energy company that recently announced its intention to build a biofuel refinery in Regina. | Screencap via tnrf.ca

FCL takes on renewable diesel project

A proposal to build a one billion litre renewable diesel plant on the Canadian Prairies suddenly has the legs it needs to cross the finish line, says the visionary behind the project. Federated Co-operatives Limited has purchased the assets of True North Renewable Fuels, a Calgary energy company that recently announced its intention to build […] Read more

The autonomous FarmWise Titan FT35 analyzes the contents of a field and then makes choices about which plants should be there and mechanically eliminates any that shouldn't.  |  FarmWise photo

More farm robots on the horizon

Small companies and startups are having the biggest initial impact as work on autonomous platforms continues

The march of the robots into agricultural fields continues. Major OEMs are well into the development of autonomous platforms, but the relatively small companies and startups are having the biggest initial impact. The electric utility tractor by Monarch will be available to Canadian farmers this year and it has interesting autonomous capability that may turn […] Read more


The Whole Crop Research Program

Many crops find a single home under one research roof

For years in Western Canada, commodity groups have mostly stayed in their lane. Provincial canola associations fund research on canola diseases, flea beetles and other issues that affect canola. Flax associations fund research on flax, barley groups fund barley research and so on. The Manitoba Crop Alliance is now taking a different approach. On March […] Read more

Research helps producers select cultivars and provides plant breeders tools to ensure that blackleg major gene resistance lasts. | File photo

Study breaks down blackleg resistance in canola

Research helps producers select cultivars and provides plant breeders tools to ensure that blackleg major gene resistance lasts

The canola industry introduced a labelling scheme for major blackleg-resistant gene groups used in canola varieties back in 2017, but until recently there was no data from Canadian fields on how effective this approach is. Justine Cornelsen is an agronomy specialist at the Canola Council of Canada, as well as a grad student at the […] Read more


Sentinels 1 and 2 provide microwave and optical images, creating cloud-free field shots. | European Space Agency photo

Ears go deaf when clouds blind eyes in the sky

BASF Digital Farming has inked a deal with VanderSat and can now provide daily biomass images of crops, regardless of cloud cover. VanderSat’s Cloud-free Biomass product uses a patented retrieval method for passive microwave technology, active microwave from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite constellation, as well as optical images from the Sentinel-2 constellation. VanderSat […] Read more

The NutriScan reading soil in the field.  |  NutriScan photo

Putting it all on the bench and in the field

Chemical, biological and physical soil properties vary considerably in space and time, and they need to be closely monitored to have the best chance at a good fertilizer response. So it’s not surprising that so much energy is devoted to developing new products and techniques that assist fertility programs, considering the eye-popping amount of money […] Read more

Scientists hope increasing the number of kernels per corn cob will help meet global food demands more sustainably. | File photo

Researchers tweak corn to get more kernels

A laboratory in the United States used gene editing to increase crop yield per acre in both ear size and kernel number

In its former wild state, corn was a weedy plant with ears that contained maybe a dozen kernels. Today, an average ear of corn has about 800 kernels in 14 to18 neat rows. Some scientists want to improve on that. At the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory near New York City, professor David Jackson and postdoctoral […] Read more


Canadian National Railway announced on April 5 it had moved 2.95 million tonnes of grain last month, beating the previous March record of 2.74 million transported last year. During the first quarter, despite deliveries being affected by adverse weather, 8.2 million tonnes were moved by CN, which exceeded the previous record of seven million in 2017. | File photo

CN, CP Rail move record amounts of grain

WINNIPEG, April 6 (MarketsFarm) – Canada’s two largest railways both reported all-time highs in grain movement for March and for the first quarter. In a press release, Canadian National Railway announced on April 5 it had moved 2.95 million tonnes of grain last month, beating the previous March record of 2.74 million transported last year. […] Read more

Farming Smarter's Ken Coles presents a 2020 trial with the strip tiller and Monosem precision planter in the background.  | Farming Smarter photo

Precision planting, strip tillage to be studied

Alta. research centre launches project exploring what methods and tools are needed to boost canola yields by 35 percent

A three-year research project will not be reinventing the wheel in its efforts to help southern Alberta farmers find ways to meet the rising demand for canola, says an expert. “It’s a really great example of what I consider adaptive research,” said Ken Coles, executive director of Farming Smarter. The project involves taking proven technologies […] Read more