The report stated Canada was the world's fifth largest agricultural exporter in 2018, with about 35 per cent of those exports, worth almost C$34 billion, going to the U.S. | Screencap via fcc-fac.ca

FCC report sees opportunities for pulse exports

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) – The Farm Credit Corporation (FCC) released its report titled Diversifying Canada’s agriculture exports on Tuesday, which included pulses. The 16-page report also looked at some of the pros and cons to diversifying Canada’s wheat, canola and soybeans. “Canada has done extremely well in establishing strong trade relations in a number of key […] Read more

Five commodity groups, representing corn, flax, sunflowers, winter cereals and wheat-barley growers, are planning to join forces in Manitoba. The steering committee, behind the new group, unveiled the name Nov. 25. | Screencap via mbcrops.ca

New Manitoba farm group chooses name

Manitoba Crop Alliance — that’s the name of a proposed farm group in Manitoba. Five commodity groups, representing corn, flax, sunflowers, winter cereals and wheat-barley growers, are planning to join forces in Manitoba. The steering committee, behind the new group, unveiled the name Nov. 25. “Our legal counsel indicated the (new) entity needed a name […] Read more

With 93 percent of the crop combined, farmers were optimistic that they would still be able to finish, although some of the crop will likely be left out until the spring. | Twitter/@EagleValleyAcre photo

Saskatchewan harvest wrapping up, seven per cent still standing

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – Cold and wet conditions have halted operations across most of Saskatchewan, although some tough and damp crops are still being taken off as weather permits, according to the final crop report of the season from Saskatchewan Agriculture. With 93 percent of the crop combined, farmers were optimistic that they would still be […] Read more


More than 50 percent of Canada Western Amber Durum was grading No. 1 and No. 2 as of mid-October with a further 28.4 percent grading No. 3 CWAD.  |  File photo

Sampling finds high quality crop

Only 38.9 percent of Canada Western Red Spring wheat has graded No. 1, but 77 percent is either No. 1 or No. 2, which is considered adequate

Considering all the problems, challenges and management issues that bedevilled farmers from the beginning to the end of the 2019-20 growing season, Canadian salespeople will be marketing an OK crop to the world this winter. There will be enough No. 1 and No. 2 spring wheat as well as good durum for buyers of high […] Read more

Deere’s X9 twin-rotor combine was on display at Hannover’s Agritechnica Nov. 10.  |  Robin Booker photo

Deere previews next-generation combine

Twin-rotor tracked machine clipped to 
terrain chasing, hinged draper future of 
harvesting at Deere

HANNOVER, Germany — John Deere previewed its twin-rotor X9 combine and a matching draper header designed for small grains and oilseeds, during Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany Nov. 10. Matt Arnold, product manager in John Deere’s future combines division said the X9 is a productivity step beyond the S790, the largest Deere combine currently on the […] Read more


Claas added a 530 h.p., four-track articulated machine to its lineup during Germany’s Agritechnica. Dutch manufacturer Zuidberg builds the crawler system that is outfitted with 30 inch CAMSO tracks resulting in a final external width for the tractor of less than three meters.  |  Robin Booker photo

Claas adds four-track, non-articulated, high horsepower tractor

HANNOVER, Germany – Claas joined an elite group of tractor manufactures that offer high-horsepower, tractors with four tracks, with their launch of the Xerion TRAC TS at Agritechnica in Germany. Both the Xerion 5000, with 530 h.p., and the Xerion 4500, at 490 h.p., will be offered in the TRAC TS class. Henning Ressmeyer of […] Read more

Tom Greene, left, works with breeders across the globe to improve crop genetics. Here he is in Brazil with colleagues observing plots firsthand.  |  Corteva photo

Single gene discovery found to boost yield

Corteva researchers kept searching, despite indications that lone genes might not hold growth promises

Yield increases from the latest in plant breeding technologies have come mainly from making crops better able to defend against pests or other environmental harms. True yield improvements, where crop-potential production is boosted, have proved elusive, until recently. Better yields have come through the traditional channels of selection, albeit enhanced by advanced genetic tools. Typically, […] Read more

Autonomous machinery has been an ever-growing aspect of Agritechnica and John Deere’s smaller field-spraying robot, designed to be part of a herd, is just one the many units that was at last week’s event.  |  Chris McCullough photo

High tech machinery crucial for the future

HANNOVER, Germany — If there was one key message pitched to visitors at the huge Agritechnica Show in Germany, it was that investing in high-tech, efficient machinery is vital to a profitable farming future. More than 450,000 farmers, contractors and machinery enthusiasts took in the week-long event in Hannover, which is regarded as the world’s […] Read more


Legume forage seeds need to be inoculated with a group of bacteria known as rhizobia, which infect the roots to form nodules.  |  File photo

End use important when planting forage stand

Producers must first decide what they will be using the crop for: grazing, silage, hay or part of a rotational plan

MONCTON, N.B. — Establishing a new forage crop the right way leads to more profitability. Producers must decide if the crop will be used for grazing, silage, hay or part of a rotational plan, said forage agronomist Kathleen Glover of Agriculture Canada. “These are all the decisions you need to make before you chose your […] Read more

If neonics are harming midges and mayflies, it could pose a threat to birds and other animals that rely on the insects for food. The crop protection industry and farmers have argued that the amount of neonics accumulating in ponds and creeks is in the parts per billion and there's little evidence that midges or mayflies are dying off. | File photo

Ottawa delays neonic decision to January

Health Canada was supposed to make a final decision on banning neonics in December. The decision has been pushed back to January. “Health Canada … proposed to cancel the majority of outdoor uses of all three neonicotinoids (because) of the risks to aquatic insects. Since then several new scientific papers have been published and the […] Read more