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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

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

Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. drew good crowds, in part due to favourable weather, for its 25th annual event.  |  Michael Raine photo

Video highlights of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show – 2018

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer and The Western Producer was there.  Watch the following video for some of the highlights of our coverage: 00:50  – Jens Schmidt of Herbert Dammann talks about the Profi-Class sprayer. 03:40  – Bruce Burnett from MarketsFarm discusses grain markets in the Trump era. 08:10  – […] Read more

Soybean aphids disappear in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more


The Lexion is showing a JD display and the JD machinesync feature. The lighter blue area depicts a European-built S680 coverage working in the same field as the Lexion, depicted with the deeper blue. Data exchange is handled with JD modems. This is the first bridge Heupel released to the market in 2015. Agra GPS photos

Green guidance on off-color combines

Move your Greenstar to the red, yellow, blue, orange or purple implement of your liking

Tt’s not unusual to see a prairie farmyard with mainly green implements, and then combines in other colours contrasting with the other machines. The farmer with the mismatched combines is probably cursing because he can’t get his favourite combine GPS to communicate with his trusty Greenstar Starfire. That’s the situation in which Johannes Heupel was […] Read more

The drop pan is held up tight against the combine with electromagnets.  Because there is no wiring or bolts, it can be moved from one combine to another in a matter of seconds.  A radio remote control lets the operator drop the pan while driving at the normal speed with all adjustments in their normal position.  |  Marcel Kringe photo

Magnet solves old drop pan problem

Move BushelPlus from one combine to another in a matter of seconds

BRANDON — Grain loss monitors don’t document how many bushels end up on the ground. Conventional drop pans are a nuisance and dangerous. The BushelPlus magnetic drop pan addresses those issues.  If checking combine losses was convenient, farmers would do it. But it isn’t, so they don’t, according to Marcel Kringe of BushelPlus in Brandon.  […] Read more