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The rains were a further setback for growers whose crops were already two to three weeks behind normal development in many areas.
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Farmers work against clock

Prairie farmers will be looking to make up for lost time in late September and early October as the challenges of getting this year’s crop safely into the bin begin to mount. Grain and oilseed growers across spent much of the past week drying themselves off and assessing the fallout following a widespread soaker that […] Read more

Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., was originally forecasting a normal to early frost, which would have been devastating for this year’s late-seeded crops.
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Prairie producers dodge early frost bullet

Weather forecaster now predicts later-than-normal frost, which would add bushels to an already growing crop

Western Canadian farmers are breathing a collective sigh of relief after avoiding an early fall frost this year. Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., was originally forecasting a normal to early frost, which would have been devastating for this year’s late-seeded crops. “We had some bouts of soft frosts and a couple of weak […] Read more

Animal activists who occupied a Fort Macleod, Alta., area turkey operation Sept. 2 should be charged to the full extent of the law.
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‘Throw the book’ at turkey protesters

Animal activists who occupied a Fort Macleod, Alta., area turkey operation Sept. 2 should be charged to the full extent of the law. So said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney when asked about the case Sept. 13. “I certainly hope the police lay charges and I hope that prosecutors throw the book at these criminals, who […] Read more


Farmland values have gone up every year since 1993 but have slowed to single digits since hitting a national average of 10 percent in 2015. | File photo

Farmland value increases slow down

Farmland values across Canada are still rising but at a lower rate than recent years. Farm Credit Canada reviewed the first six months of 2019 and found a national average increase of three percent, compared to 6.6 percent for the entire year of 2018. However, FCC chief economist J.P. Gervais said he expects little change […] Read more

Provincial experts have discovered a new clubroot pathotype in southern Manitoba, which is more difficult to manage than familiar types of the disease.
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New clubroot pathotype found in Manitoba

The new strain, pathotype 3A, is more difficult to control than other types because it is able to overcome resistance

Clubroot is now more hazardous in Manitoba. Provincial experts have discovered a new clubroot pathotype in southern Manitoba, which is more difficult to manage than familiar types of the disease. “Pathotype 3A is able to overcome some first-generation sources of genetic resistance in commercial canola cultivars,” Manitoba Agriculture said in early September. “Traditionally rated ‘resistant’, […] Read more


Corn growers in Alberta are hoping for a long autumn so crops can reach full maturity and feed value.
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Alberta corn crop behind schedule

Corn growers in Alberta are hoping for a long autumn so crops can reach full maturity and feed value. Nicole Rasmussen, agronomist with Corteva Pioneer, said Sept. 12 that it’s an issue across the province. “The general consensus is that the corn crop across most of Alberta is behind schedule. We’re probably anywhere from seven […] Read more

Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. | File photo

Alberta tour focuses on rural crime concerns

The government says it will use feedback from the meetings as a way to inform it on how to best resolve the issue

The Alberta government is touring the province to hear concerns about rural crime and to learn how to best resolve the issues. Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. “We want to see crime rates go down,” Doug Schweitzer, […] Read more

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke Sept. 12 at a campaign rally in Edmonton. |  Jeremy Simes photo

Producers release their key issues for election

Political parties running in the federal election will be asked for their solutions to the growing loss of market access

Farmers want the federal election campaign to focus on solutions to their market access challenges. From canola, soybeans and meat in China to durum in Italy, pulses in India and other products in other countries, farmers say these issues must take priority. “They know the problems, or they darn well better know the problems we’re […] Read more


The study, which will be published tomorrow in Science, a highly regarded scientific journal, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds, said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Saskatchewan's Toxicology Centre and lead author of the study. | Supplied photo

New study raises new questions for neonics

U of S researchers say songbirds that eat seeds coated with imidacloprid lose weight and delay their migration

The findings of a University of Saskatchewan study may affect the fate of insecticide seed treatments in Canada. The study, published Sept. 13 in Science, has concluded that imidacloprid is a threat to songbirds. When white-crowned sparrows consumed seeds coated with the insecticide, the birds lost weight and the exposure halted their migration, the scientists […] Read more

Former NDP MLA Tom Nevakshonoff says the party has strayed too far from its traditions and no longer appeals to ordinary Manitobans.  |  File photo

NDP urged to reconnect with rural Manitoba

The party finished in a distant second to the PCs in recent election, and former MLA says it must make drastic changes

The New Democratic Party will not return to power in Manitoba if it can’t find a way to connect with rural voters, says a former NDP MLA who represented the Interlake for 17 years. Manitoba went to the polls Sept. 10 and the NDP finished a distant second to the Progressive Conservatives. Premier Brian Pallister […] Read more