A Tinder-inspired app called Tudder helps farmers match up potential genetic lines for their cattle.  |   REUTERS/Matthew Stock photo

British cattle producers swipe right on new app

PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) – A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called Tudder – a mix of Tinder and udder – the app lets farmers ‘swipe right’ on cattle they like the look of. They’ll then be directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock (SML) website where they can […] Read more

Genome Canada and the University of Saskatchewan announce a $14.2 million project to identify new sources of genetic variation in wheat and use advanced techniques to incorporate useful genes into new varieties.  |  File photo

Genetic knowledge provides tools to meet wheat growers’ challenges

Researchers from around the globe gathered in Saskatoon this month, focused on making wheat more efficient and sustainable using the latest in breeders’ tools. In August 2018, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium published the first reference genome of bread wheat, followed in April of 2019 with the genome for durum. Curtis Pozniak, a researcher […] Read more

24-2 Draft Horses and Diamond B Ranch teamed up to present an 18-horse hitch pulling four grain wagons. | Janet Kanters photo

Acres of Prairies heritage

Pioneer Acres Museum near Irricana, Alta., held their 50th annual show Aug. 9-11, with thousands of people attending each day of the event. Situated on 50 acres of land, Pioneer Acres is aimed at preserving Alberta’s rural and agricultural heritage, and offers over a dozen buildings filled with unique exhibits and artifacts from the pioneering […] Read more


LEFT: Top left is a bread made from conventional wheat. Others are transgenic wheat lines lacking gliadins, with thelevel of reduction shown in percentage. The loaves are very similar to standard bread. The loaf in the lower-right is made from another wheat-gluten free alternative, rice flour. RIGHT: These loaves of bread were made from wheat flour, washed to remove all gliadins and glutenins. These were then supplemented with measured amounts high-molecular weight glutenins, the percentage shown in the images.  |  Clemson University images

Celiac-friendly gluten is on the horizon: researchers

Sachin Rustgi, a researcher at South Carolina’s Clemson University, is working to rehabilitate gluten, a food component that has fallen out of favour and even spawned a multi-billion dollar market for gluten-free products. Rustgi was one of nearly 900 delegates from more than 50 countries around the world who gathered in Saskatoon for the first […] Read more

Several of the survey’s 45 questions pertain to unintended contact with a glyphosate on the farm, adapting practices to minimize the risk, the percentage of contaminated acres and financial loss incurred. | Screencap via Twitter/@SaskOrganics

Survey asks organic farmers about glyphosate effects

A survey of organic producers is underway to better understand the economic impact glyphosate contamination has on Saskatchewan’s organic sector. “It’s never been done before. In the fall we’ll have a report on the findings in aggregate so that we have some indication of what that dollar figure is,” said Marla Carlson, executive director of […] Read more


Keith Jorgenson of Sentinel Bottleworks said the idea to raise awareness about at-risk species will be good for business and for the species themselves. For every litre of cider one dollar is donated to Nature Saskatchewan.  |  Brian Cross photo

Rural cider company, eco-group partner to save at-risk species

A Saskatchewan cider manufacturer hopes its unique new labelling campaign will help to raise awareness about the plight of at-risk wildlife species on the Prairies. Sentinel Bottleworks based at Rosthern, Sask., recently unveiled a new set of product labels on its bottled alcohol products, which include ciders made from Saskatchewan-grown apples, wild pears, black currants, […] Read more

The crop was two percent harvested as of Aug. 19, which was up from less-than-one percent the previous week, but well behind the 16 percent level hit at the same point a year ago and the five-year average of nine percent. | Robin Booker photo

Saskatchewan two percent done, well behind average: report

Winnipeg – Saskatchewan farmers made some harvest progress during the week ended Aug. 19, but operations are running well behind normal, according to the latest provincial crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. The crop was two percent harvested as of Aug. 19, which was up from less-than-one percent the previous week, but well […] Read more



The soybean industry here in North Dakota - on the far northwestern edge of the U.S. farm belt, close to Pacific ports - spent millions on grain storage and rail-loading infrastructure while boosting plantings by five-fold in 20 years. | File photo

Trade war sinks North Dakota soybean farmers

COLFAX, North Dakota (Reuters) – North Dakota bet bigger on Chinese soybean demand than any other U.S. state. The industry here – on the far northwestern edge of the U.S. farm belt, close to Pacific ports – spent millions on grain storage and rail-loading infrastructure while boosting plantings by five-fold in 20 years. Now, as […] Read more

Corn yield potential averaged 173 bushels per acre (bpa) through 10 stops in the Iowa counties of Iowa, Poweshiek, Marshall, Tama, Grundy and Butler counties. That is down from last year's crop tour average in those areas of 193.55 bpa and the three-year tour average of 185.23 bpa. | File photo

U.S. corn yields improving as crop tour reaches west-central Iowa

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa, (Reuters) – Corn yield potential showed signs of improvement across west-central Iowa, scouts on an annual crop tour said on Thursday, but the area was still expected to produce a below-average sized crop after extreme weather delayed planting this past spring. Soybeans were also looking better on the fourth and final day […] Read more