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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

VIDEO: CanolaPalooza19 – Saskatchewan edition

VIDEO: CanolaPalooza19 – Saskatchewan edition

Saskatchewan CanolaPalooza was held July 9, 2019, at the Ag Canada Research Station near Saskatoon. Here are some videos of a few of the event’s features: Warren Ward of the Canola Council of Canada describes a fertilizer placement demonstration trial and provides advice on the dangers of placing fertilizer in the seed row.    Barb […] Read more

Canterra inks new distribution deal with Pride Seeds

Canadian seed companies Canterra and Pride Seeds have reached a new seed distribution deal that gives Canterra exclusive rights to distribute Pride seed products in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The partnership with Pride Seeds will allow Winnipeg-based Canterra to continue distributing Pride’s line of seed products, which include varieties of silage corn hybrids, grain corn […] Read more

North Star Robotics has developed a system capable of turning machines, including small tractors, lawn mowers and snow plows, into robots capable of performing tasks autonomously. The lawnmower in this picture is equipped with the company’s technology and is capable of completing precision mowing jobs without operator intervention. |  North Star Robotics photo

Man. company helps turn tractors into robots

A package from North Star Robotics enables farmers to more easily embrace autonomous operation of farm equipment

Spotting driverless-tractors working a Canadian field will be commonplace in the near future. Canadian growers are already retrofitting equipment with technology that enables machines to works autonomously, such as Brian Tischler’s Ag Open GPS and Matt Reimer’s tractor that pulls a grain cart up to his combine. These solutions require a fair amount of tech […] Read more