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Siberia, the biggest producer of spring wheat in Russia, is harvesting its wheat crop with yields up 18 percent year on year, Sovecon said in a note. | Getty Images

Sovecon raises forecast for Russia’s 2021 wheat crop

MOSCOW, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Russian agriculture consultancy Sovecon said on Tuesday it had raised its forecast for Russia’s 2021 wheat crop by 200,000 tonnes to 75.6 million tonnes due to good yields in Siberia. Russia is the world’s largest wheat exporter, supplying it mainly to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Its crop, dominated […] Read more

Iron Ox uses robots that are integrated with a hydroponic system consuming 90 percent less water than traditional farms, said CEO Brandon Alexander. | Screencap via ironox.com

Bill Gates’ green tech fund bets on Silicon Valley farming robots

Sept 22 (Reuters) – As California struggles with another crippling drought, a Silicon Valley startup that believes robots can grow produce more sustainably said Wednesday it raised US$50 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Iron Ox uses robots that are integrated with a hydroponic system consuming 90 percent less […] Read more

China relies on imports of potash, widely used as a fertiliser, for about half its total annual demand. | Screencap via nutrien.com

China to release potash reserves to ensure supply, stable prices

BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – China’s state planner on Wednesday said the government would take measures to keep supply and prices of fertilisers stable, including releasing potash fertilizer reserves and ensuring imports reach farmers as it looks to bolster food security. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said it was one of 13 government […] Read more



Monday night the Liberals and prime minister Justin Trudeau were expected to hold on to a minority government, even if the results changed slightly at the end of counting. | Paul Yanko photo

Despite election, little changed in Ottawa landscape

(Story updated 7:50 MTN, 21/09/21) Little changed on the Canadian political landscape as polls closed across Canada Sept. 20. Votes were still being tallied at Western Producer deadlines Monday night, with some people still standing in line to cast ballots in Ontario and British Columbia. At that time the Liberals and prime minister Justin Trudeau […] Read more


Cargill's RegenConnect program will use soil sampling, farm data and remote sensing to estimate the environmental benefit of practices like planting cover crops or not tilling soils, then pay growers $20 for every ton of the carbon sequestered. | File photo

Cargill launches U.S. carbon farming program for 2022 season

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Global commodities trader Cargill Inc. said on Thursday it is launching a carbon farming program for the 2022 season that will pay growers for production practices that lower emissions and capture more climate-warming carbon in soils. Cargill’s RegenConnect program will use soil sampling, farm data and remote sensing to estimate the […] Read more

In early-September, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corp. asked interested parties to submit letters of interest, to request financial support for a conservation project in the province. | Screencap via mhhc.mb.ca

Manitoba conservation projects receive funding

Conservation groups and non-profit organizations in Manitoba that want to improve wildlife habitat, reduce flooding or enhance soil health, can soon apply for hundreds of thousands in funding. In early-September, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corp. asked interested parties to submit letters of interest, to request financial support for a conservation project in the province. MHHC […] Read more

Australian forecasters last week upgraded wheat production targets to 32.6 million tonnes for the season ending June 30, 2022, which would make it second only to last season's record-breaking harvest of the country's most valuable crop. | Getty Images

Famine to feast: Australia prepares for huge wheat harvest

SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Eighteen months after drought ravaged Australian farms, grain growers are on course to harvest a second consecutive bumper crop as global wheat prices hover near eight-year highs. The agricultural revival has underpinned a dramatic increase in rural land prices, although the exuberant market is straining pandemic-hit supply chains hit by […] Read more


Will Rutherford-Roberts, market analyst with StoneX, said forecasts calling for a moderate La Nina weather event in the last quarter of 2021 bodes well for Western Europe. | Getty Images

Europe’s fall-seeded wheat crop looks good

The wheat market is turning its attention to the upcoming winter wheat crop and conditions overseas look good for the most part. Will Rutherford-Roberts, market analyst with StoneX, said forecasts calling for a moderate La Nina weather event in the last quarter of 2021 bodes well for Western Europe. It will likely result in slightly […] Read more

Several signs, like this one at Maycroft, Alta., along Highway 22 urge Albertans to say no to the open pit coal mines proposed for the area.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Coal policy review wraps up in Alta.

A public engagement process that gathered input about a new coal policy for the province didn’t go far enough, says an environmental advocate. The review by the Coal Policy Committee will affect the future of the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, said Ian Urquhart, executive director of the Alberta Wilderness Association. The region contains […] Read more