Agrium sells U.S. plants to ease merger with PotashCorp

WINNIPEG (Reuters) — Agrium will sell its Idaho phosphate production facility for $100 million to fertilizer company Itafos to address concerns of U.S. regulators about its merger with PotashCorp. It will also sell its nitric acid plant in North Bend, Ohio, to a subsidiary of Trammo Inc. for an undisclosed price. The combination of Agrium […] Read more

Monsanto halts launch of U.S. seed treatment

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Monsanto Co. has put on hold the launch of a new seed treatment following reports it causes rashes on people. It is the latest instance of complaints about a company product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators. Monsanto halted plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which can […] Read more

Goodwill pulls rodeo hopes out from the ashes for B.C. youth

The wildfires that scorched British Columbia ranchers for most of the summer nearly sent the dreams of a young rodeo rider up in smoke. Jordan Monical had qualified for the 2017 National High School Rodeo Finals in the cutting competition and saddle bronc, but when fire broke out on his family’s ranch near 100 Mile […] Read more

Putting life in order after divorce

Q: After living for six years in anger, frustration, hurt and disappointment, my wife and I finally decided to declare emotional bankruptcy and file for a divorce. Getting the divorce was a little easier than I thought that it might be. I guess that because both of us recognized the need for it, neither of […] Read more

Methane conditioner used to keep turbine blades turning

Burning dirty fuel in a turbine destroys the equipment but one company hopes to solve the problem with new technology

Many farmers in oil and gas country navigate by the gas flares. These flares are a double edged sword. They mean jobs and additional income from access or rights, but they are bad for the environment and a waste of energy. The options are to close the wells or convert all that gas into electricity […] Read more

Bunge continues to cut earnings outlook amid grain oversupply

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Agricultural giant Bunge Ltd. recently cut the full-year forecast for its core U.S. agribusiness unit after posting lower year-on-year profit for the third quarter in a row on flat revenue. The company, however, said it expects a stronger fourth quarter on bumper U.S. corn and soybean harvests, and forecast better results […] Read more

Drought reduces wheat disease risk

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — There may be a silver lining in the cloud of the 2017 drought in much of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. It has probably reduced the likelihood that wheat streak mosaic virus will be a problem in 2018. Mary Burrows, a plant pathologist at Montana State University and an expert on the […] Read more

Talks on taxes continue between Ottawa, CFA

OTTAWA — While the federal government may have partially backed down on its plans to rework small business taxation, the lobby effort is far from over, said farm representatives who attended the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s lobby day on Parliament Hill in late October. About 40 meetings took place over a four-hour period with farming […] Read more

RMs suggest ways for province to help in wake of fire losses

Saskatchewan rural municipalities want help for farmers and ranchers affected by this year’s devastating wildfires. A series of resolutions, mainly from the RMs of Chesterfield, Deer Forks, Happyland, Fox Valley and Enterprise, received overwhelming support during last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities mid-term convention. President Ray Orb said he and board members had toured […] Read more

Crop profitability becomes more elusive

Pulse crop prices have gone to heck in a hand basket. Lentils have been under serious price pressure, and now India has announced its 50 percent tariff on peas, effectively barricading our number one market. At harvest time, the price for red lentils was soft at around 21 cents a pound. Now, the price has […] Read more