Many producers are relying heavily on the anticipated support from crop insurance. Hopefully, large amounts of claim money will flow soon. | Screencap via scic.ca

Large crop insurance payments should flow soon

According to a frontline Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. employee who wishes to remain anonymous, the phone rings every 10 seconds on average and on every fifth call the employee is either sworn at or called stupid or other names. No doubt many producers are in serious need of their crop insurance money, but employees working […] Read more

If extreme droughts like the one experienced this year are the new norm, why are so many companies investing hundreds of millions to expand the network of grain terminals, build new canola crushing plants and establish pea protein fractionation facilities? | File photo

Muddled thinking mars climate change debate

If you ask most members of the general public about this year’s record heat and drought across the Prairies, they’ll accept the idea that it’s linked to climate change. After all, that’s what the scientists, activists and media say at every opportunity. However, there are many examples of muddled thinking on the whole climate change […] Read more

Many future gazers have farmers of the future sitting in their offices controlling farm equipment virtually and while that is the direction technology is heading, driverless tractors will remain the anomaly rather than the norm for the near term and perhaps much longer. | Getty Images

Beware those oft-cited technology predictions

Predictions abound on how agriculture will evolve in the years ahead. In my opinion, some-often cited predictions are out to lunch. Many future gazers have farmers of the future sitting in their offices controlling farm equipment virtually and while that is the direction technology is heading, driverless tractors will remain the anomaly rather than the […] Read more


Grain prices have been highly volatile. The value of what’s in your bins is changing dramatically one week to the next. | File photo

Cash flow squeeze coming for many producers

Typically at the end of harvest, you can multiple your production by expected prices and match revenue to all the upcoming expenses as you prepare for the next growing season. This year, particularly for the large percentage of producers seriously affected by drought, it isn’t that simple. Grain prices have been highly volatile. The value […] Read more

Even though it departs from the normal rules of crop rotation, to deal with Group 2 herbicide residue and to avoid fields with high nitrogen levels, some producers may decide back-to-back pulse crops are the least bad decision. Abnormal weather leads to abnormal actions. | File photo

Some producers may seed back-to-back pulses

Editor’s note: This column was written prior to BASF releasing its message to Growers found here. An array of unusual considerations will go into next year’s crop rotations and there will be some atypical choices. One big consideration for many growers will be herbicide residue. In a dry year, many herbicides with residual activity persist […] Read more


Next spring’s seeding intentions will be influenced by the returns currently being generated. | File photo

Crop return story has both good and bad sides

What will be your best paying crop this year? Here’s a look at how various crops compare based on average yields and current prices. For this analysis we’ll use the yields being reported by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture based on a network of crop reporters. Prices have been volatile with some continuing to increase […] Read more

Your hesitancy or outright opposition to the  COVID vaccines may not result in  your own death, but it could very  well cause pain, suffering and death among others. | Getty Images

We must swallow our pride and roll up our sleeves

COVID-19 vaccination rates lag in rural areas and among farm families. I’ve tried to understand this vaccine hesitancy, but I find none of the lame brain arguments viable. “Oh, I’m not around many people and the infection rate has been low around here.” Lots of rural people have had COVID and the delta variant is […] Read more

What goes up rapidly often comes down even more quickly. Beware a big price correction. | Reuters photo

Correction likely to take place in grain markets

Cereal, oilseed, pulse and specialty crop prices can’t go up forever. What goes up rapidly often comes down even more quickly. Beware a big price correction. I’m no market analyst, but I’ve been around the block a few times; and I don’t really have a dog in this hunt. Almost all of my meagre production […] Read more


Early in the growing season, the durum looked very good with even germination and good growth. Moisture was adequate to give it a strong start. It looked better than most of our other crops. Then came the searing heat of the July long weekend. | File photo

Abnormal decisions required for abnormal year

Do you combine a durum crop with an estimated yield of only five bushels an acre? The answer would usually be no, but on the one field we have in durum, this year’s abnormal conditions have changed intentions. Early in the growing season, the durum looked very good with even germination and good growth. Moisture […] Read more

While program details are still being determined, it appears cow-calf producers will eventually receive payments totalling about $200 per bred cow. This logical, co-ordinated response from the two levels of government should be applauded. | File photo

Grain farmers must avoid ‘me too’ temptation

With AgriRecovery funding in place from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and a decision pending from British Columbia; and with federal cost-sharing of 60 percent now announced, cattle producers know they will have a bit of support to defray sky-high winter feeding costs. This has left some grain farmers pouting as they too hope for government […] Read more