When CropPro agrologists do an EC map themselves, they attach the SWAT box to their trailer hitch receiver. The box rides above the surface of the field, taking two EC readings at two different depths.  The data automatically transmits to the CropPro mappers hundreds of kilometres away, so they can start working with the information immediately. They can have an agronomist out the next day soil sampling  to ground-truth the SWAT box data.  |  Trevor Friesen photo

SWAT team attacks salt or cuts it out

I recently had an email conversation with Scott Day. He told me about his new approach to designing fertilizer prescription maps for his family’s Treelane Farm at Deloraine Man., an area notorious for spots of extreme salinity. “This was the first time we variable rate applied all our nitrogen in accordance with the soil’s salt […] Read more

Hemoglobin forms in the root nodules of pulse crops, in this case peas, due to the presence of nitrogen fixing rhizobia bacteria. This results in the nodules taking on the tones of human skin as the hemoglobin is also responsible for the red colour in blood.  | Michael Raine photo

Competition for legume inoculant space in prairie soils

Pulse and soybean crops may be looking forward to a well-nourished season as inoculant offerings increase across the western growing region. Last fall, Quebec-based global yeast and bacteria products maker Lallemand entered the legume crop inoculant business. This week one of the world’s largest crop inoculant companies is setting up shop in Western Canada in […] Read more

The National Corn Growers Association announced their 2019 yield contest winner. Virginia farmer David Hula set the highest yield on record with 616 bushels per acre. | File photo

616 bushels per acre corn crop

Of course it’s a special field and it received all the love and tender care Hula could possibly lavish on it, but still 616 bushels per acre is not too shabby. The National Corn Growers Association announced their 2019 yield contest winner. Virginia farmer David Hula set the highest yield on record with 616 bushels […] Read more


The VeriGrain sampler automatically collects grain from the auger’s flow.  |  Verigrain illustration

New sample system runs via bluetooth

Grain sampling systems provide a representative sample, traceability, and enable real-time analysis of grain

The standard scoop on a stick-sampling technique may soon be a thing of the past with VeriGrain’s launch of its 300 series automated sampling and data management system during Crop Production Week in Saskatoon. VeriGrain is a subsidiary of Intellicon. However, Intellicon chief executive officer Ken Jackson said VeriGrain is significant enough to warrant its […] Read more

Tackling saline spots

Suck it up. That’s how to put those saline scars back into profitable production. Seed down with varieties that will suck up the salts, then harvest the saline saturated plants to remove salts. Once saline spots are identified in a field, the next step is to get something growing there. There’s a handful of varieties […] Read more


The center-left government of President Alberto Fernandez increased export taxes on soybeans, soymeal and soyoil to 30 per cent and nine for other agricultural products on Dec. 14. | File photo

Argentine soybeans facing tax increases

WINNIPEG, Jan. 8 (MarketsFarm) – When it comes to soybeans in Argentina there were few major diversions between the United States Department of Agriculture’s data (USDA) and that from department’s attaché in Buenos Aires. What may bring changes to the country’s soybean industry are tax increases imposed by the new federal government, according to Benjamin […] Read more

Spot demand from Turkey and expectations for increased demand going forward accounted for the higher bids, according to Kevin Silzer, vice president with Rayglen Commodities in Saskatoon, Sask. | File photo

Canadian red lentils see some strength to start New Year

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – The red lentil market in Western Canada is seeing some life to start the New Year, with the improved bids creating some marketing opportunities. “Green lentil prices have been steady since the end of 2019, but red lentils are the one that’s jumped,” said Kevin Silzer, vice president with Rayglen Commodities in […] Read more

Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent) wheat prices were up by C$5 to C$9 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). | File photo

Canadian wheat bids rise over holidays

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – Hard red spring wheat bids in Western Canada posted solid gains during the two-week holiday period ended Jan. 2, as gains in the United States futures more than made up for the bearish influence of the rising Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (13.5 percent) wheat prices were up by C$5 to […] Read more


With its new partner, Brett-Young Seeds, from southern Manitoba, the Argentine-based Rizobacter will begin offering its legume inoculants and related products across the region, including the American Northern Plains states. | Screencap via rizobacter.com

Brett-Young partners with Rizobacter to offer legume inoculants

One of the world’s largest crop inoculant companies is setting up shop in Western Canada, in time for spring seeding. With its new partner, Brett-Young Seeds, from southern Manitoba, the Argentine-based Rizobacter will begin offering its legume inoculants and related products across the region, including the American Northern Plains states. Thomas Thiessen looks after the […] Read more

Hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) is starting to make inroads in the fuel sector.
 HDRD can be made with the same plant-based feedstocks as biodiesel, so it has piqued the interest of groups such as the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission.
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Canola growers see opportunity in biofuel option

Demand is increasing for hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel, but no facilities are producing the fuel in Canada

Most farmers have heard of ethanol and biodiesel, two biofuels that have been godsends for the agriculture industry, but few have heard of another potential saviour. Hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) is starting to make inroads in the fuel sector. HDRD can be made with the same plant-based feedstocks as biodiesel, so it has piqued the […] Read more