Weather outlook unpredictable

Drew Lerner’s 2017 weather forecast for Western Canada came with a larger-than-usual caveat. “This is the absolute worst time for me to come up and speak to you guys because everything is in flux,” the president of World Weather Inc. told delegates attending CropSphere, an event held Jan. 9-11 in Saskatoon. There is no El […] Read more


Could earlier fall seeding boost winter wheat?

Winter wheat production in Saskatchewan appears to have stabilized, but acreage is still well below historical levels. Officials with the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission say 260,000 aces of winter wheat were planted last fall. That is on par with 2014 but well below 2013 levels, when Saskatchewan wheat growers planted more than 600,000 acres. […] Read more


SaskWheat, SeCan, U of S sign research deal

The University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre has announced another major funding agreement to support its plant breeding programs. CDC has signed a multi-year funding agreement with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and SeCan. The deal will see SaskWheat and SeCan commit as much as $3.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions over 10 years. […] Read more



New barley varieties slowly gaining traction

A handful of newer malting barley varieties are beginning to gain traction among brewers and foreign buyers of Canadian malt and malting barley. But as usual, acceptance is slow and it will take time to develop stable, established markets. For the next two or three years at least, established standbys such as Metcalfe and Copeland […] Read more


Sask. crop research receives $7 million

Forty Saskatchewan crop research projects got the good news about funding yesterday in Saskatoon. “Funding for these projects ensures the long-term success of this industry and the province,” Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart said while announcing the $7 million funding package to a meeting at CropSphere. ALL of our CropSphere/Crop Week coverage is available here […] Read more



VIDEO: A number of factors affecting winter wheat acreage

Dale Hicks, chair of Sask. Winter Cereals Development Commission talks about winter wheat acreage, the factors affecting that acreage, the impact and spread of fusarium and more at Crop Production Week, Jan. 11, 2016 in Saskatoon. ALL of our CropSphere/Crop Week coverage is available here



LIVE BLOG: Cropsphere/Crop Production Week

One of the biggest weeks in western Canadian grains and oilseeds brings together nearly every facet of production and association in the industry. Crop Week, CropSphere and Crop Production Show unite to make Saskatoon one-stop shopping for farmer information and organization business January 11 through 15. Western Producer’s staff, along with the rest of the […] Read more



Video: A cover crop cocktail that builds soil

On his farm in Bangor, Sask. Garry Richards uses what he calls a cover crop cocktail, which is a cover crop that has many plant species in it. For example, one of his blends is, in pounds per acre: 1.0 turnip, 1.0 radish, 2.0 buckwheat, 2.0 sunflower, 5.0 millet, 25.0 peas, 2.0 annual ryegrass, 25.0 […] Read more


Video: Perennial grain crops good for soil

Tim Crews, Director of research at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, presented some of his research into the development of perennial grain crops, including perennial sorghum. The Western Producer caught up to Crews after his presentation at the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association annual meeting. Join The Western Producer for more of their Crop Week […] Read more