Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. | File photo

Harvest delays slow grain movement

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. John Brooks, executive vice-president with Canadian Pacific Railway, told investors in Montreal that the western Canadian harvest is as much as 30 percent behind normal this year. Poor harvest […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematode cysts were found in Manitoba soil samples in 2017 and on soybean plants in commercial fields this summer.  |  File photo

Caution urged after soy disease found in Man.

Soybean cyst nematode can be managed, but it’s important for the province’s producers to know if it is in their fields

There’s no need to panic. Soybean cyst nematode, a parasitic worm, has officially arrived in Manitoba, but the world hasn’t ended for soybean growers in the province. “It’s not at the point where we really are raising major alarm bells,” said David Kaminski, field crop pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture. “We feel, in general, it is […] Read more

A University of Alberta advertisement in Edmonton touted the benefits of climate change, causing heavy backlash from the public.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

University’s climate change ad sparks controversy

A controversial University of Alberta billboard advertisement touting the benefits of climate change has caused concern among producer groups. The ad, which read “Beefier barley: climate change will boost Alberta’s barley yield with less water, feeding more cattle,” drew heavy criticism because many people thought it conveyed the message that climate change is good, even […] Read more


Montana farmers seeded 20,000 acres of winter canola this year, but some producers and crop advisers expect acres to increase 10-fold.  |  File photo

Montana producers eye winter canola option

The crop gains popularity because it blooms in late May and early June, when temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees cooler


The town of Hardin, Montana, gets awfully hot and dry in July. Temperatures of 33 to 36 C are commonplace and Hardin only receives 30 millimetres of rain in the entire month of July, on average. Growing spring canola doesn’t make a lot of sense in Hardin, 50 kilometres east of Billings, or other parts […] Read more

The AXION 900 TT can travel up to 25 miles per hour, and has an adjustable brake assist turn to help it through tight turns. | Robin Booker photo

Video: Claas adds tracked tool to box

Decatur, Ill. — Following the commercial launch of the Axion 900 and 800 series tractors in the United States and Canada this summer, Claas displayed the next big development for this tractor line. “Here is the Axion TT, or the tracked version,” said Drew Fletcher, tractor product manager for Claas of America during the Farm […] Read more



The new RoGator AirMax pneumatic fertilizer spreader is mounted on the RoGator 1300C chassis. | Robin Booker photo

Fast flowing floater feeds fertilizer

Decatur, Ill. — With the capacity to spread more than 850 pounds per acre at 10 m.p.h., the new RoGator AirMax pneumatic fertilizer spreader provides another option for Canadian growers to “send it.” “Before, 500 lb. was maybe the top end of that limit. This has really opened up the capacity of this machine,” said […] Read more

Katelyn Duncan of Regina sees the cab as a window through which the rest of the world can catch a view of agriculture, creating greater understanding of the industry.  |  Katelyn Duncan photo

There is value in inviting guests along for a ride in the combine

Harvest is an exciting time of year that is often enhanced by enthusiastic guests riding shotgun in the combine. My family’s farm seems to frequently have guests during harvest time due to our close proximity to the city. While at times it seems like a slight inconvenience to arrange for guests to be transported to […] Read more


Premier Brian Pallister lauds the $94 million investment Paterson is making and the 70 permanent jobs it will create. | Ed White photo

Oat mill planned for Manitoba

A new oat mill is coming to Manitoba. Executives with Paterson GlobalFoods and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced this morning that the company will build a 250,000 tonne oat mill northwest of Winnipeg. The $94 million processing plant will be located next to the Paterson grain terminal, which services farmers around Winnipeg and in the […] Read more

Total harvest progress was pegged at 67 percent complete, which compares with the three-year average of 76 percent done. | Twitter/@mayan0861 photo

Rains slow Manitoba harvest: report

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – Widespread rainfall slowed harvest progress in Manitoba during the week ended Oct. 1, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. Total harvest progress was pegged at 67 percent complete, which compares with the three-year average of 76 percent done. On a crop-by-crop basis canola was only 69 percent harvested, which […] Read more