Canola futures have found themselves in a downward slide, with the market settling right above major support levels on Oct. 24. | Barb Glen image

Market watching late harvest

Canola futures have found themselves in a downward slide, with the market settling right above major support levels on Oct. 24. The January contract finished Wednesday’s session at C$491 per tonne, which was right above major support at C$490 per tonne. “If it legs down, I think a swing target could be as low as […] Read more

Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably larger than an earlier estimate, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Oct. 19. | File photo

Ag Canada ups canola carryout forecast sharply

Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably larger than an earlier estimate, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Oct. 19. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast canola ending stocks for 2018/19 at 2.500 million tonnes, which would be double the […] Read more

While most manufacturers promote their high-speed disc drills as 10 or 12 m.p.h machines, Todd Parkman says the 45-foot Norwood Kwik-Till is engineered to work at 15 m.p.h.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

High-speed cultivators get faster

Equipment manufacturers are building disc cultivators stronger so that they last longer at higher speed

FARGO, N.D. — The speed of high-speed disc cultivators seems to be getting faster and faster every year. One good example is the 45-foot Kwik-Till, which is designed to work at 15 m.p.h. The Kwik-Till vertical tillage machine is built by Norwood Sales in Cooperstown, N.D. It’s been on the market for six years, and […] Read more


What’s a GPS system doing on an irrigation center pivot? A pivot is the ultimate self-steering farm machine. It rotates around a central axis, automatically guiding itself without complex electronics. Reinke’s Vern Hinnenkamp was at the Big Iron farm show to explain that the precise variable rate farmers use when applying fertilizer and crop protection products can also be applied through a centre pivot, if it’s equipped with GPS.   |  
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GPS on centre pivot

FARGO, N.D. — Irrigation farmers have pumped fertility and crop protection through their pivots for decades. Most dryland farmers have come to depend on GPS for mechanical prescription application for about a decade. But seeing a GPS unit at the end of an irrigation leg can prompt a person to scratch his head. By its […] Read more

Prairie farmers have seen tough harvests before such as the fall of 2016.   |  WP file photo

Spring combining not the end of the world

Farmers say sometimes it’s better to call it quits in the fall and get back in the field in the spring

Millions of acres of crop remain unharvested across the Prairies, and while there is still time for good harvest conditions, it’s a safe bet winter harvest is going to be occurring again this year. “Unfortunately, the last three falls we’ve had snow we’ve had to deal with one way or another. Two years ago was […] Read more


Calcium chloride: does it work with CIS?

Tire experts say the sloppy slush isn’t intended to work with central inflation systems because of its corrosive nature

LANGHAM, Sask. — Central inflation systems are coming on strong with tire companies designing special CIS tires and equipment manufacturers offering CIS as a factory option. But what about calcium chloride? How does CIS fare with ballasted tires filled with the sloppy slushy? Saskatchewan farmer Paul Heglund recently asked us that question in an email. […] Read more

Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. | File photo

Sunflower seen beating StatsCan production estimates

Sunflowers in southern Manitoba are starting to come off and early indications point to very good quality. Ben Friesen, manager of the sunflowers, flax and bird food division, at The Scoular Company based in Winkler, Man., said although only a few samples have come in, what he’s seen so far is promising. Sunflower growers normally […] Read more

Hot, dry weather this summer alarmed Manitoba soybean producers, but lack of insect and disease pressure may have helped. | File photo

Yields pleasantly surprise Manitoba soybean growers

Manitoba’s soybean crop was looking like a train wreck in mid-August. Soybeans need rain in early August for pod fill, but most of Manitoba was in the middle of a drought. Plus, there was a week of blazing temperatures in the second week of August with daily highs reaching 37 C. Many growers and soybean […] Read more


Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. | File photo

Millers likely to see tighter oat supplies

Oat prices are on the rise as millers attempt to secure supplies amid a difficult harvest. “As of right now, it will be tight for everybody. The thing is there’s so much still to be harvested. If they get it off it might not be the best. Some of it will be OK. Anything in […] Read more

Strip-till tools keep soil disruption to rows where crop will be planted. This demonstration at COFS was well attended.  |  Michael Raine photo

Taking control of the soil one strip at a time

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Strip-till has been lurking on the fringe of Ontario agriculture since the provincial agriculture ministry and universities began promoting the practice through research in the 1980s. In the 1980s and 1990s “there was some grower up-take, but certainly not a large amount. But I think nowadays with some of the newer machines […] Read more