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Adding protein to wheat takes the right strategy.  |  MIke Raine photo

How to put on the pounds for protein

It might be the year to add some protein to those wheat crops, as it appears that the U.S. might coming up short

I was talking to a crop consultant this week in western Kansas. Harvest is underway in that area and he indicated he was seeing protein coming in lower than anticipated, as well as lower than normal. Farmers in Western Canada and the United States northern Great Plains can use this as a signal that protein […] Read more

The canola crop in some parts of the prairies is suffering in 2021, especially in North Dakota. | Mike Raine photo

Prairie canola in ‘worrisome’ shape

Nighttime temperatures called key as heat wave settles over Prairies

Canola crops in North Dakota, southwestern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta are in desperate need of water but they look terrific in many other parts of the Prairies, say industry officials. Barry Coleman, executive director of the Northern Canola Growers Association in North Dakota, said the crop in his state is an unmitigated disaster. “This is […] Read more

Adding protein to wheat takes the right strategy.  |  MIke Raine photo

Looks like a good year to put on the pounds for protein

I was talking to a crop consultant this week in western Kansas. Harvest is underway in that area and he indicated he was seeing protein coming in lower than anticipated, as well as lower than normal. Farmers in Western Canada and the United States northern Great Plains can use this as a signal that protein […] Read more


Vagueness regarding the identity of six coal projects currently under exploration for potential development is worrying, says Ian Urquhart conservation director for the Alberta Wilderness Association. | Laura Laing, Plateau Cattle Co. photo

Alta. coal consultation worries conservationist

The Alberta government has announced public consultations on an updated coal policy will begin March 29, but the lack of details is troubling for Ian Urquhart. “We don’t know what they have in mind,” said Urquhart, who is the conservation director for the Alberta Wilderness Association. Such vagueness includes the identity of six coal projects […] Read more

Wireworms have been making a comeback in Prairies fields, as older chemistries that controlled them were lost. A new registration will help producers with their pest predicament.  |  Barb Glen photo

Feds approve wireworm insecticide

Cereal growers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have a new tool to fight wireworms. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency on Oct. 19, registered a new insecticide from BASF called broflanilide. BASF has been promoting broflanilide for a while, but the registration means it will be available to Canadian farmers in 2021. “Growers have struggled for […] Read more


The South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District has had updating over the years, replacing liners and other infrastructure. The recent government funding will improve systems and make them more sustainable. |  William DeKay photo

Ag water management COVID-19 funding

Saskatchewan’s main irrigation channel is getting new equipment to help clean the water and maintain the environment. The provincial government is investing $2.5 million in travelling screens for the canal in the South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District. It’s part of an $8.3-million economic stimulus package for the Water Security Agency through the government’s COVID-19 response. […] Read more


The federal government is contributing more than $2.3 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network to create a clean plant network of grapevines in Canada that are certified, virus-free  |  Michael Raine photo

Ag Notes – July 25

Wine grape industry receives funding The federal government is contributing more than $2.3 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network to create a clean plant network of grapevines in Canada that are certified, virus-free and which will ensure the long-term viability of the Canadian grape and wine sectors. The not-for-profit organization will catalogue and assess […] Read more


There are 52 registered hemp varieties in Canada, but only 12 are regularly used.  |  Michael Raine photo

Hemp research delves into new varieties for new uses

Research trials underway across Canada are designed to learn more about hemp agronomy, varieties and production. Mike Gretzinger, research manager at Farming Smarter in Lethbridge, said various research groups are focusing on different aspects of the versatile crop, which can be used for seed, fibre, cannabinoid production and potentially livestock feed. Plots in Lethbridge include […] Read more

A new three-year Agri-Food Immigration pilot program will open 2,750 immigration spots per year for agriculture workers.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Immigration program offered for CDN ag

The federal government has announced a three year Agri-Food Immigration pilot to open 2,750 immigration spots per year for agriculture workers.   The goal is to fill hundreds of job vacancies in the meat processing, mushroom and other agriculture sectors, Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said July 11. “One of the ways […] Read more