The province said a three-and-a-half year-old bull elk submitted as part of the voluntary CWD surveillance program tested positive. | Flickr/Larry Lamsa photo

CWD found in new area of Sask.

Chronic wasting disease has been discovered south of Melfort, Sask., marking a new area of the province for the disease. The province said a three-and-a-half year-old bull elk submitted as part of the voluntary CWD surveillance program tested positive. It was found in wildlife management zone 42E. CWD has now been confirmed in 45 of […] Read more

Alberta farmers made significant harvest progress in late-October, with nearly 95 percent of crops off the field as of Oct. 30, according to the final crop report of the season from Alberta Agriculture. | File photo

Alberta harvest nearing completion

Alberta farmers made significant harvest progress in late-October, with nearly 95 percent of crops off the field as of Oct. 30, according to the final crop report of the season from Alberta Agriculture. On a crop-by-crop basis, spring wheat was 96.1 percent harvested, durum 95.4 percent, barley 95.6 percent, peas 98.6 percent, and canola 91.7 […] Read more

More than a year after the ground breaking was held on Roquette's pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man. construction resumed on it at the end of October. | Winnipeg Free Press photo

Construction resumes at Portage pea plant

More than a year after the ground breaking was held on Roquette’s pea-processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man. construction resumed on it at the end of October. According to a company spokesperson construction was halted last spring “to adjust and fine tune the project.” “We took the opportunity to include some upgrades to allow […] Read more


As supply tightens, farmers should consider stocking up on diesel before it's too late, according to an analyst. | File photo

Tight supplies could have diesel prices rising

As supply tightens, farmers should consider stocking up on diesel before it’s too late, according to an analyst. “We think the market’s getting kind of overdone down here and this might be your best chance… if we do get a cold winter I think we’ll see these prices really pop,” said Phil Flynn of The […] Read more

The Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce

Canada joins support for gene editing

The federal government has come out in favour of gene editing. Or, more accurately, the Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce “safe and affordable food, feed, fibres, and energy in the 21st century.” The quote comes from a statement released in early November and was delivered during a World Trade […] Read more


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those present in Churchill for the official reopening. The federal government contributed $117 million for the acquisition and repair of the rail line. | Twitter/@JustinTrudeau photo

Rail service to Churchill set to resume as line reopens

WINNIPEG — After being shut down for 18 months, rail service to Churchill, Man., officially reopened on Nov. 1. The northern Manitoba community and deep water port on Hudson’s Bay lost its only land link to the rest of Canada in May 2017 when flooding and washouts severed the line. Omnitrax, which had owned the […] Read more

The province has posted a self-assessment checklist online that livestock producers should use to determine eligibility for water infrastructure rebates. | File photo

Sask. clears path for smoother program funding

Saskatchewan has eased the application process for some of its strategic initiatives under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership after a deluge of applications in the final months of Growing Forward 2. Richelle Bourgoin, executive director of the agriculture ministry’s programs branch, said there were, for example, about 7,750 applications under GF2 for the Farm and Ranch […] Read more

This year, everything went right for spring wheat growers in the United States. | File photo

U.S. growers looking at big spring wheat crops

This year, everything went right for spring wheat growers in the United States. Acres jumped by more than two million and the average yield hit nearly 50 bushels per acre, setting a national record. On top of that good news, in late October the U.S. Wheat Associates reported that the 2018 crop is mostly high-quality […] Read more


Canadian agriculture has lined up against the carbon tax Ottawa announced would take effect in four provinces next April, saying it will make the sector uncompetitive.
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Ag groups unite against carbon tax

Canadian agriculture has lined up against the carbon tax Ottawa announced would take effect in four provinces next April, saying it will make the sector uncompetitive. Organizations denounced the tax imposed in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick after those provinces failed to implement a carbon pricing plan that suited the federal government. The $20-per-tonne […] Read more

Sugar beet growers went all in when genetically modified varieties were introduced. Virtually all beets grown in southern Alberta are now glyphosate tolerant.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: GM sugar beets revolutionize industry

Growers say the glyphosate-tolerant varieties have eased crop management and reduced crop’s environmental impact

Alberta sugar beet growers embraced glyphosate-tolerant varieties when they first became available about 10 years ago. They’ve never looked back. The technology has revolutionized crop management and growers say it has also reduced the environmental impact of producing the labour-intensive crop. “It’s nine years since we’ve been growing glyphosate-tolerant sugar beets,” said Alberta Sugar Beet […] Read more