Percy Schmeiser of Bruno, Sask., gained fame in the 1990s as the man who fought a prolonged legal battle against Monsanto over the use of one of its flagship products, Roundup Ready canola. | File photo

Well-known Sask. farmer, Percy Schmeiser, dies

One of Canada’s most widely known farmers died Oct. 13 at the age of 89. Percy Schmeiser of Bruno, Sask., gained fame in the 1990s as the man who fought a prolonged legal battle against Monsanto over the use of one of its flagship products, Roundup Ready canola. Monsanto sued Schmeiser, claiming he had planted […] Read more

Percy is the Hollywood telling of the Percy Schmeiser story, the Bruno, Sask., farmer who was found guilty of patent infringement in the early days of Roundup Ready canola.
 | Photos via Mongrel Media (left) and Michael Raine

Percy and me

This isn’t a post about Percy Schmeiser, the real-life Bruno, Sask. farmer, and me, the Western Producer reporter. This is about Percy the Myth, now of Hollywood movie fame (played by Christopher Walken,) and me, the Western Producer reporter. I’ve never much engaged with the mythology of Percy, who became a cause celebre for anti-genetically […] Read more

Percy is the Hollywood telling of the Percy Schmeiser story, the Bruno, Sask., farmer who was found guilty of patent infringement in the early days of Roundup Ready canola.
 | Photos via Mongrel Media (left) and Michael Raine

New movie reopens old can of worms

Western Producer reporters and editors don’t usually spend a lot of time worrying about the movies — not at work, anyway. After all, they’re not, as you might say, in our wheelhouse. But the email wires were burning up last week as we tried to figure out how to handle a movie that is expected […] Read more


Academy-Award-winning actor Christopher Walken portrays Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser in the soon-to-be-released

Percy Schmeiser – WP coverage

The following stories represent more than 23 years of the Western Producer’s coverage of Percy Schmeiser and his court case with Monsanto. The stories are in chronological order, with our most recent stories immediately below. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Schmeiser on May 21, 2004. That story was on the cover of our […] Read more