Marcus Weidler, vice-president of seed operations at Bayer, says the company’s first hybrid wheat products could be available to western Canadian growers by 2023.  |  File photo

Yield-boosting hybrid wheat varieties on the horizon

Farmers in Western Canada have always relied on innovation to make their farms more productive and more profitable. From mechanical innovations such as combine harvesters and rubber wheeled tractors nearly a century ago to the adoption more recently of chemical weed control products, genetically modified crop varieties and GPS assisted machinery, the evolution of prairie […] Read more

Tom Fetch, a stem rust specialist in cereal crops with Agriculture Canada, works with global partners to fight the spread of Ug99, a strain of stem rust spreading across Africa. |  Robert Arnason photo

Old war against stem rust rages on

MORDEN, Man. — Tom Fetch admits his job description makes little sense at first glance. Fetch is an Agriculture Canada research scientist who specializes in stem rust in cereal crops, but Canada hasn’t had an outbreak of stem rust in decades. “I’ve been working for Ag Canada for 15 years and when I was hired […] Read more