Soil erodes and collects north of Lumsden, Sask., in another wind event during the spring of 2020.  |  Mike Raine photo

Canadian farm soils still on the move

Soil specialist says the nation’s farmland and tillage erosion remains a problem; farmer fatigue might have set in

Soil erosion continues to cost agriculture and the economy substantially and more needs to be done to protect moderately to severely eroded soils. This was the take home message of David Lobb’s video presentation during the University of Saskatchewan’s annual Soils and Crops Workshop that was held virtually this year. “Conservation tillage, no-till and zero-till […] Read more

RADARSAT-2 features state-of-the-art synthetic aperture radar  technology and supports all the existing RADARSAT-1 beam modes, while offering many powerful new capabilities, including improved spatial resolution from three to 100 metres, fully flexible polarization options and the ability to acquire images to the left and right of the satellite, doubling the ground coverage.  |  Maxar Technologies image

Remote sensing of agriculture reaches new heights

Agriculture Canada has funding to update the Disease Risk Tool (DiRT1) it developed in 2016 to include crops beyond canola. DiRT1 combines information from satellites and user inputs into a prototype web application that can be used to investigate the accuracy of crop-disease forecast models. “In this first prototype we also integrated geospatial data from […] Read more



Health Canada has placed restrictions on certain uses but rules the insecticides are generally not a threat to aquatic insects. | File photo

Health Canada changes course on neonics

The final decision has been delayed several times, but today Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency announced that neonicotinoid insecticides are not a threat to aquatic insects when used as a seed treatment on canola and in many other instances. “While we are still reviewing the full details of the special review decisions, we are […] Read more

Grain loading operations at the port were expected to increase quickly. | Port of Thunder Bay photo

Thunder Bay kicks off new shipping season

The 2021 shipping season is underway at the Port of Thunder Bay, Ont. Tug Sharon M1 and Barge Huron Spirit arrived at the Port of Thunder Bay March 26, signaling the start of the new navigation season. The tug and barge are owned and operated by McKeil Marine of Burlington, Ont. The barge carried a […] Read more


According to documents from the working group, the model insures an entire farming enterprise for a margin decline from revenue fluctuations, expense changes, or a combination of the two. | File photo

Whole Farm Income Insurance program gains traction

Support for an alternative program to AgriStability continues to gain momentum. Canadian agricultural ministers are continuing to consider replacing AgriStability with a margin-based income protection program as soon as 2023. Complaints of AgriStability being costly and ineffective, particularly on the Prairies, prompted governments in those jurisdictions to explore other options. Talks to reform AgriStability, thus […] Read more

To develop the new guidelines, Health Canada experts reviewed the science around gene-edited crops and concluded that the technology is safe for human consumption and the environment. | Getty Images

Gene edited crops are safe: Health Canada

UPDATED: March 26, 2021 – 1425 CST – adds audio comments from Erin Gowriluk, executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada Health Canada has declared that gene-edited crops are safe. On March 25, the department launched a public consultation for what it’s calling a “Proposed new guidance pieces for the Novel Foods Regulation, focused […] Read more

Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance paid out $62 million to producers on 5,297 claims last year. | File photo

Hail hit Sask. farmers hard last year

Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance paid $62 million to producers last year, president Wayne Black told the recent Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities conference. That amount comes from 5,297 claims. “It hailed every day throughout the month of July,” said Black. Early that month, the Assiniboia region was hard hit and crops didn’t recover well because […] Read more


Export companies and freight forwarders who spoke with The Western Producer last week said global demand for the shipping containers remains unusually high, particularly among shippers in China and other Asian countries.
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Container crisis hits farmers’ wallets: shipper

A global shipping snafu that has balled up the links in Canada’s supply chain for containerized goods will ultimately mean fewer dollars in the pockets of Western Canadian farmers. Export companies and freight forwarders who spoke with The Western Producer last week said global demand for the shipping containers remains unusually high, particularly among shippers […] Read more

The Pattison Connect has a 120-foot boom and some of the lates technology  including turn compensation, individual nozzle control, and a recirculating boom system.  |  Pattison photo

Pulling it around could be bottom line win

For all but fungicide or desiccating tall crops, a pull-type sprayer can have a role on many large, prairie grain operations

A few advanced pull-type sprayers have come onto the Canadian market recently, but do they still fit prairie crop production? The transition to self-propelled sprayers has already occurred on most farms, but these new pull-type sprayers are far more capable compared to what your grandpa used to pull. Application expert Tom Wolf said some of […] Read more