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Health Canada’s proposed new maximum residue levels for glyphosate would move them closer to American and international regulations. | File photo

Glyphosate MRLs may be increased

In May, Health Canada proposed increasing the maximum residue levels of glyphosate for commodities such as oats, lentils, peas and beans. Canadians had 75 days to comment on the changes. The consultation period ended July 20. For certain crops, the proposed MRLs are higher than previous levels. The Canadian Organic Trade Association said this is […] Read more

A cattle feeding operation from Alberta says it uses technology to track calves from birth until their meat ends up on grocery store shelves. | File photo

Tech called a game-changer for ag

Food companies are using technology to push boundaries and make production more sustainable, reliable and secure

Compared to cattle, crickets punch far above their weight as a source of protein. “There’s a biological organism that is arguably the most ancient source of protein that humans have ever consumed in recorded history that has the most efficient feed-to-protein conversion and that is insects,” said Muhammad Ashour, co-founder and chief executive officer of […] Read more

Rob Saik says agriculture will have to be “infinitely sustainable” to feed a growing population, including soil health, water-use efficiency, greenhouse gas balance and farm viability. | File photo

Agricultural leader envisions industry’s future

A decade after Rob Saik offered 10 key drivers he believed would shape agriculture in the next 10 years, the agrologist, entrepreneur and author has another list of 10. During a recent presentation at Canada’s Farm Show, Saik said sustainability in all its forms figures prominently in the future. To feed a growing population agriculture […] Read more


Gregory Tylka, a professor with Iowa State University’s plant pathology and microbiology department, says soybean cyst nematode doesn’t always cause above-ground symptoms, which means farmers and agronomists must look for it on roots or collect soil samples. | Iowa State University photo

Soybean cyst nematode spreading rapidly

The nematode was found in 24 new counties and rural municipalities in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec from 2017-20

Researchers at Iowa State University have found soybean cyst nematode is rapidly spreading. SCN is the most damaging pathogen to soybean crops in the United States and Canada. First found in the U.S. in 1954, latest estimates show that it results in about $1.5 billion in annual yield losses They can also make plants more […] Read more

Swathing will produce the green lentil colour attributes some markets are looking for, but chasing the premium comes with significant risk. | File photo

Swath or desiccate? Risks and reward at lentil harvest

Colour brings a premium, but wrinkles and sprouts can quickly downgrade a crop and wipe out any potential gains

Harvest season is often a race against time and for lentil growers looking for optimum quality, timing is everything. Seedcoat colour, particularly for green lentils, is a quality factor that may earn a premium, but obtaining that premium depends on, yes, timing. Seeding early, using varieties that retain colour better and paying attention to disease […] Read more


University of Saskatchewan dry bean and lentil breeder Kirsten Bett says this new navy bean stands taller and with higher pods, similar to CDC Blackstrap black beans. | Debra Marshall photo

New navy bean designed for Sask. fields

A navy bean that offers better yield, shorter season, and higher pod height is coming on stream just in time for farmers to take advantage of a push to increase irrigated acres in Saskatchewan. Ken McDougall said the bean should appeal to farmers that have been reluctant to grow dry beans due to the challenges […] Read more

Kochia, such as these examples thriving among a lentil crop, has adapted to survive drought, saline soils, and increasingly, most herbicides. | File photo

Keeping ahead of kochia can be a challenge

Managing the tough, adaptable weed takes all the tools that are available in farmers’ integrated pest management toolkit

It is possible to reclaim fields where herbicide-resistant kochia has the upper hand, but it takes long-term planning for crop and herbicide rotations, as well as patch management. Group 2 resistant kochia was first found on the Prairies in the late 1980s and within two decades it spread across the region. “That type of resistance […] Read more

Multibillion-dollar trade is growing as pet owners demand high-quality food formulations. | Getty Images

Pampered pets provide profitable market for pulses

As Fido and friends have moved from the doghouse to the people house, pet nutrition has been elevated to big business and big opportunity for pulse producers. “There has been an emergence of high-quality pet food products,” said Colin Young of Mid-West Grain near Moose Jaw, Sask. “The pet has moved from being an animal […] Read more


Pulses lack taurine. Dogs’ bodies naturally manufacture taurine in their livers and nervous systems, but they need two other amino acids, cysteine and methionine, in order to make it. Pulses are short on these as well. An easy fix, at least in the interim, is to add taurine to the recipe for doggo’s dinner. | Getty Images

Read the label to keep your doggo healthy

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised concerns about pulse-based dog foods in 2018, it put a damper on the market. The formulations were associated with increased incidence of dilated cardiomyopathy or enlarged heart, a condition that, left untreated, results in a dog’s heart failure and death. The chief candidate as a cause is […] Read more

Mexican agriculture minister Victor Villalobos assured U.S. agriculture chief Tom Vilsack earlier this year that imported genetically modified corn for animal feed would be exempted from the proposed ban. However, there are signs that Villalobos and his moderate allies have not yet won that battle and may be losing. | Reuters/Edgard Garrido photo

Clashing visions of Mexico’s GMO corn ban cloud impact

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) — A clash at the top of Mexico’s agriculture ministry over the scope of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s push to prohibit genetically modified corn has cast uncertainty over the industry. If liberally interpreted and successfully implemented, the new rules could ban imports of GM corn by 2024, ending a dependence […] Read more