As Canadian farmers start thinking about what to plant next spring, global trade patterns and weather will play into decision making. | File photo

Trade, weather to determine acres

As Canadian farmers start thinking about what to plant next spring, global trade patterns and weather will play into decision making. “It’s very difficult to decide where this all is going. That obviously also has implications on where the futures prices go and what signals the farmers are taking from that,” said Marlene Boersch of […] Read more

A standard three-year rotation (canola-other crop-other crop) should be able to keep clubroot contained even if it's present. | File photo

Three-year rotation can handle clubroot

CALGARY — Agronomists thought fields infected with clubroot would take years to get back into safe canola-growing shape. Now they think an infected canola field can probably return to canola production after a two-year break. And a standard three-year rotation (canola-other crop-other crop) should be able to keep clubroot contained even if it’s present. “If […] Read more

Brad Osadczuk, right, of Jenner, Alta., was one of several ranchers who saw their herds destroyed in an effort to contain a bovine tuberculosis outbreak in southeastern Alberta in 2016-17. Federal officials eventually killed 11,500 cattle, and the question of whether Canada still has the social licence to kill so many animals to find only six with the disease was asked recently at an Ottawa conference.  |  File photo

How far should disease control efforts go?

‘Stamping out is still a valid option for some of our diseases,’ vet says while defending the widespread killing of animals

OTTAWA — About 11,500 cattle were killed in the Jenner region of southeastern Alberta in 2016-17 after one cow was initially found infected with bovine tuberculosis. Five more infected animals were discovered in an ensuing investigation. Does Canada still have the social licence to kill so many animals to find only six with the actual […] Read more


A recent survey found that farmers feel increasingly vilified by uninformed public opinion about livestock production and by campaigns organized by animal activist groups.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Animal neglect linked to mental health

A veterinarian draws a direct link between producers’ mental health and the well-being of the livestock in their care

OTTAWA — Stories about livestock that are found to be confined, neglected, emaciated or dead on a farmer’s property tend to generate big headlines. “I don’t understand how anyone could do that,” is the resulting refrain. Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton has heard that common response. “Frankly, if you can’t understand that, it’s probably a good thing. […] Read more

The wheat growers association wants to wait till the end of the consultation process before stating its preferred choice, but added it supports the continuation of public breeding programs and believes a new royalty collection system would contribute to their sustainability.  |  File photo

Seed royalty proposal divides farmers

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association comes out in favour of proposal, but APAS expresses opposition

The original headline of this story, “Seed royalty proposal gains farmer support,” did not accurately reflect the story, which has views for and against the proposed changes. The headline has been updated to, “Seed royalty proposal divides farmers.” The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association says it’s in favour of paying royalties on farm-saved seed if […] Read more


Farmers in the province who want to install grain dryers must get approval from the Office of the Fire Commissioner. | File photo

Man. promises action on grain dryer delays

Farmers in the province who want to install grain dryers must get approval from the Office of the Fire Commissioner

Manitoba’s government is offering hope to farmers frustrated by slow grain dryer approvals. “We are dealing with this,” said Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen during a provincial cabinet bearpit session at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual meeting. “We will have more to say about this over the winter and ready for next spring.” The issue […] Read more

Some APAS delegates discussed the possibility of forcing canola growers to follow proper rotations.  |  File photo

Clubroot threat hangs over Sask. farmers

Agricultural Producers Association of Sask. delegates examine ways to fight the disease as it spreads into their province

Saskatchewan farmers are watching the spread of clubroot with alarm. The release of the province’s distribution map early next year will only confirm what many already know: the canola disease is closer and more prevalent than they thought. Delegates to the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan annual meeting held late last month said they hoped […] Read more

Seed companies use the recent Canola Industry Meeting in Saskatoon to promise farmers that the crop remains a priority for them.  |  File photo

Seed companies reassure farmers on canola supply

Industry has undergone massive changes, but firms promise that research and development into new traits will carry on

Seed companies are eager to let Canadian growers know that canola remains a priority for them after a tumultuous couple of years of mergers, acquisitions and swapping herbicide-tolerant systems. That was the message that all of the major players delivered at the recent Canola Industry Meeting in Saskatoon. Kerry Freeman, canola category leader with Corteva […] Read more


Lucy Collin, in green, from New Zealand, fits cattle with Katie and Andre Steppler of Miami, Man., during Canadian Western Agribition. | Karen Briere photo

Agribition offers chance to learn

Lucy Collin was five days into a new job, in a new country, and appeared to be having the time of her life in the Charolais barn at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Collin is from Rauriki Charolais in Central Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. She came to Canada for the first time in July as […] Read more

Belle rests on the newsroom floor at Canadian Western Agribition after winning her second Stock Dog Championship. She is owned by Steven Rosvold of Ethelbert, Man.  |  Karen Briere photo

Agribition winner was Belle of the stock dog show

Don’t tell Belle that pregnant females are supposed to rest. The eight-year-old Border Collie won the Stock Dog Championship at Canadian Western Agribition a full minute faster than her closest competition at 2:35. This is the second time that Belle and her owner, Steven Rosvold, from Ethelbert, Man., have attended the show together and the […] Read more