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Stress must be managed properly in this tough fall

In recent days, the warmer weather returned, the snow left the fields and the combines were back at work. It should have been a good time for farmers, drinking up the fields with their machines, but instead it will be another intensely stressful harvest. And if forecasts are correct, they’ll be facing snow again shortly. […] Read more

The author argues that we will not be able to sustain our food production if our soils continue to be degraded at the current rate.  |  File photo

Start planting the seed about the importance of soil health

What’s the big deal about soil? It’s all over the place. And anyway, it only affects farmers, right? That might be your first reaction upon seeing the title of this article. That’s because we really don’t talk much about soil, one of our most precious resources. I want to change that. Of course, soil is […] Read more

Deforestation in Brazil is partly blamed on a need for farmers in that country to increase production to meet livestock feed demands from Europe, which it can’t meet itself because of a refusal to grow genetically modified crops.  |  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly photo

Anti-GMO EU takes Amazon crisis heat

European environmental organizations were among the first to publicly advocate against the commercial introduction of genetically modified crops more than 20 years ago. Since this time, these environmental groups have intensively lobbied to have GM crop production banned in the EU. Today, they’ve been successful in that effort, as Portugal and Spain are the only […] Read more


Feds’ climate program may be too costly

I recently received a call from a Saskatchewan farmer who said he’d dried grain only twice in 45 years — both times in recent years — so he was now looking to convert from propane to cheaper natural gas. He had read our Sept. 26 article in which Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale advised farmers to […] Read more

Expanding the farm at all costs can be disastrous

All the trade issues are well known. So is the weather risk. While farm income levels have been exceptionally strong over an extended number of years, the party in the grain sector seems to be ending. Finances are tightening up and the years ahead could be a struggle. As farmers, we often point out that […] Read more


Letters to the editor – October 10, 2019

Telling it like it is on climate change Re: Climate action takes on religious undertones, column by Kevin Hursh (WP, Sept. 26). Many thanks for this article. What a breath of fresh air that is. You describe your perceptions in an excellent, forthright and compelling manner. I have just one point to make on this. […] Read more

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump after signing a joint statement on trade during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Sept. 25.  |  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst photo

Could Canada run a two-track trade policy?

One track for the rules-following folks and one for the cheats?

We keep hoping this present worldwide binge of protectionism, geo-political bullying and bad-will will fade, subside and JUST GO AWAY! But if it doesn’t, what does Canada do? How do Canadian farmers adapt to that fact? It’s like with climate change: We hope it can be stopped, but if it can’t be, what do we […] Read more



Ag debate a good airing but left many questions

Political debates offer parties the opportunity to explain their priorities and challenge their opponents. In that respect, the agricultural debate held Sept. 24 was moderately successful. Liberal Marie-Claude Bibeau, who was minister of agriculture in the Trudeau government, and Conservative agriculture critic Luc Berthold were handcuffed by their parties’ decisions not to release their agricultural […] Read more

The federal election is a good time to remind politicians of the importance of agricultural technology, including pesticides.  |  File photo

Recognize ag technology’s importance

We love technology. Apple brings out a new cellphone and there are lineups around the block. Yet, when it comes to technology and agriculture, the same people that stand in line for the latest phone seem to want to go back to the technology of 1950. We had pesticide-free, grown without fertilizers, and non-GMO agriculture […] Read more