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Using innovative techniques to achieve crop traits, the company developed camelina lines that produce PHA in the seed. | Screencap via yield10bio.com

New camelina produces plastic in the seed

An American firm is developing a new type of camelina, which produces bioplastic in the seed. Yield10 Bioscience of Massachusetts announced this morning that the bioplastic in the seed could eventually be used to make biodegradable consumer products, such as Ziploc sandwich bags or bio-degradable grocery bags. “It is truly exciting to reach this milestone […] Read more

Banner year for Canadian oat exports

Canadian grain farmers grew a huge oat crop in 2020. It came at a time when global demand for oats was high due to a number of factors, including increased demand from the United States and Mexico, and lower production in Australia, a key competitor. Another major factor was unexpectedly strong demand from South America, […] Read more

During Crop Production Week meetings, numerous provincial crop commissions representing oilseed, cereal grain, pulse crop and special crop producers passed resolutions aimed at pushing the provincial and federal government to recognize environmentally friendly farming practices that have been adopted by the province's farmers. | File photo

Farmers propose tying carbon credits to carbon tax

Saskatchewan’s crop producers say it’s time farmers were compensated for the contributions they’ve made toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They want provincial crop commissions and grower associations to lobby government for a system that does just that. During Crop Production Week meetings, numerous provincial crop commissions representing oilseed, cereal grain, pulse crop and special crop […] Read more


Visible disease has now been confirmed in 75 canola fields since 2017.
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Number of fields infected with clubroot increases in Sask.

Clubroot appeared in 24 more Saskatchewan fields in 2020, according to the map released Jan. 11. Visible disease has now been confirmed in 75 canola fields since 2017. Also last year, the pathogen was detected in another 18 fields that didn’t have symptoms, for a total of 29. Provincial plant disease specialist Alireza Akhavan said […] Read more

A federally funded initiative in Alberta aims to develop new plant-based foods and products by helping about 100 small to medium-sized companies potentially bring up to 30 new products to market over the next four years.  | File photo

Alta. municipality anticipates pulse potential

Parkland County could attract businesses due to its proximity to logistics hubs such as Edmonton International Airport

An Alberta county is eyeing how it can benefit from Western Canada’s strengths as a world leader in pulse production. “All opportunities are by nature time limited,” said Robert Fernandez, director of economic diversification for Parkland County just west of Edmonton. Rural municipalities need to start thinking about how to best create or attract agri-businesses […] Read more


The MT800 is the highest horsepower tracked tractor in the marketplace. New transmission and engine components allow for greater fuel efficiency with large field tools. The The CVT provides ultra-low speed pulling and optimized operations in the field and rapid transport on the road.  |  Agco photo

New MT800 from the ground up

Tractor pushes leading edge of two-track technology a little deeper into the industry but not the soil

Agco’s new MT800 series provides up to 673 horsepower along with a step-less transmission and front suspension system that provide a more comfortable ride than previous parallel track Challengers. It’s a tractor designed for deep ripping, sub-soiling, installing tile or pulling high-speed seeding equipment, Agco engineer Adam Sills said in a recent phone interview. Sills […] Read more

The Schnell conversion hitch allows a two-point hitch planter to be pulled by the drawbar on a large four-wheel-drive tractor. No cutting or welding is required. The hitch is built in Winkler, Man., and lists for $7,450.  |  Schnell photo

Pull the big planter with the big 4-wheel drive tractor

If your regular MFWD planter tractor doesn’t have the ponies to pull the new 1790, you need an adapter interface between your big four-by-four tractor drawbar and the planter hitch. Fred Dueck, founder of Schnelll Industries in Winkler, Man., has been making custom hitches for 18 years. It started when a local corn grower bought […] Read more

Tile drainage began in Manitoba mainly on potato acres in the 1990s and ever since there’s been an incremental expansion of the practice to additional crops and a westward move into Saskatchewan and Alberta.  |   Phil Hossack photo

Making new cropped acres from old fields

Farmers know where their fields could use some drainage, where tile systems might be a solution. But deciding whether or not it will make them money is a tougher choice. What makes a field a good candidate for a tile investment that will provide a clear return on investment? Thomas Scherer of North Dakota State […] Read more


Two studies were published this summer that show significant return on investment of tile drainage in American cropping conditions. 
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American study shows broad scale of returns on investments

Two studies were published this summer that show significant return on investment of tile drainage in American cropping conditions. Eileen Kladivko of Purdue University published an update on a 35-year study on a 15-acre plot of poorly drained silt loam soil in Indiana where tile drainage was installed. When the study began in the early […] Read more

Grain volumes at the Port of Thunder Bay last exceeded nine million tonnes in a single shipping season in 1997. | Port of Thunder Bay photo

Grain drives Thunder Bay’s successful year

Officials with the Port of Thunder Bay say the 2020 shipping season was the port’s most successful in more than two decades. The northern Ontario port moved nearly 10.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2020, up from 9.3 million tonnes in 2019. Higher grain volumes were a key driver behind the port’s improved cargo volumes. […] Read more