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Amid strong demand for Canadian grain and attractive cash prices for some bulk commodities, especially canola and durum wheat, more farmers are selling grain directly off the combine, setting an unusually fast pace for late-summer grain exports. | Reuters photo

Prices remain higher than normal as farmers’ off-combine sales surge

Cereals, oilseeds and pulse crops are expected to continue to move quickly through the grain-handling system, keeping pace with the unusually rapid shipments we saw this summer. Analysts say lingering concerns that a second wave of COVID-19 could disrupt supply chains later this year have prompted international grain buyers to secure supplies earlier than usual. […] Read more

In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. | File photo

ASF prevention funding requested

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever. In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on […] Read more

While prices are expected to keep rising, analysts say selling some crop now makes good sense. This wheat field is being harvested near Coronach, Sask.  | Christopher Noll photo

Take advantage of rising prices, farmers urged

Market analysts think grain markets are at the beginning of a sustained rally that could see strong prices for two years

A bull and a maybe-bear both agree that now is a good time to be making sales of the main crops. After a strong recent rally, today’s prices are worth picking up for at least some of this year’s crop, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show heard. “Odds are in my favour that if I sell at […] Read more


Rodeo contractors have been without income for six months and there’s little hope of further activity until spring 2021 or longer, depending on how the pandemic plays out.
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Rodeo stock contractors in trouble

Rodeo — it’s sport, it’s entertainment, it’s western culture, agriculture, heritage and recreation. That span of categories is likely the reason rodeo stock contractors don’t qualify for existing funds and programs designed to ease businesses through the economic throes of COVID-19. Many are facing severe financial hardship. Pandemic restrictions coincided with what would have been […] Read more

International hemp organizations want crop deregulated

Hemp growers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are tired of the stringent and complex regulations around industrial hemp. Collectively, they are calling for a consistent and global system for the production and sale of hemp. In simple terms, they want governments to treat it like an agricultural crop. “The global consensus is clear. […] Read more


New clean fuel standard proposals worry growers

Canadian farmers say Ottawa’s clean fuel standard should not burden those who grow the feedstock for biofuels. Grain Farmers of Ontario last week said they had deep concerns about current proposals from Environment Canada because they contain land-use restrictions. For example, a discussion document proposes buffer zones around riparian areas. On Twitter, farmers across Canada […] Read more

The photo shows the adult (beetle) and larval (wireworm) forms of three of the Prairies’ main pest wireworm species: Hypnoidus bicolor (no common name), left, Selatosomus aeripennis destructor (prairie grain wireworm) and Aeolus mellillus (flat wireworm). The species come in different sizes and colours but are often all found together in the same fields. The prairie grain wireworm is the most voracious, eating up to 10 times more than H. bicolor. However, H. bicolor is more common. The flat wireworm is the most active and can prey on other insects.  |  Agriculture Canada photo

Wireworms prove tricky to keep under control

New product is welcome because populations have been building in some parts of the Prairies due to lack of solutions

Wireworms are not easy to study. A particular field probably has more than one species of wireworm, they live for several years and they can tunnel a metre down into the soil, making them hard to find. That means it’s difficult for scientists to answer some basic questions about wireworms. Like, how many wireworms will […] Read more

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition has signed a funding agreement with the University of Saskatchewan's Crop Development Centre, which will help breeders such as Aaron Beattie develop new varieties for growers. | University of Saskatchewan photo

Barley growers agree to fund U of S research

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition has signed a new $2.7 million breeding agreement with the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. Under the new deal, the CRBC will invest $2.7 million worth of producer funding to the CDC over five years, with the money going toward the development of new barley varieties with improved agronomic, […] Read more


Bayer kicked off a massive lobbying effort last year after Thailand announced plans to ban glyphosate.  | REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay photo

In the weeds

BANGKOK, Thailand (Reuters) — Chemical giant Bayer and the United States government co-operated last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show. The lobbying, including U.S. trade officials asking Bayer for information on Thailand’s deputy agriculture minister, is detailed in more than […] Read more

The Harvest Sample Program allows farmers across Canada to submit samples of harvested grain to the CGC to have them graded and analyzed for quality character-istics. | Screencap via grainscanada.gc.ca

Harvest Sample Program gets late start; now operating

The Canadian Grain Commission’s popular Harvest Sample Program is still on track despite an unexpected delay caused by COVID-19. The Harvest Sample Program allows farmers across Canada to submit samples of harvested grain to the CGC to have them graded and analyzed for quality characteristics. The program is offered free to farmers. Data collected allows […] Read more