Minister Bibeau's government increases cash advances for farmers and extends program deadlines.  |  Ed White photo

Feds hike cash advances, extend AgriStability deadline

Ottawa has increased to $1 million the cash available to farmers under the Advance Payment Program and extended the deadline to participate in AgriStability as a result of the ongoing trade dispute with China. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr announced the measures this morning. While all farmers are eligible for […] Read more

Spring and fall are typically the busiest times of the year on prairie grain farms.  |  Barb Glen photo

Slow down and be safe this spring

With seeding activity in full swing across the West, safety advocates are reminding producers to take extra care when operating and moving farm equipment. Marcel Hacault, executive director with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, said spring and fall are typically the busiest times of the year on prairie grain farms. That means the risk of […] Read more

After a multi-year absence, the Concord air drill, built and sold by Agco-Amity Joint Venture, will return to the Prairies.  |  Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: The Concord flies again

FARGO, N.D. — The reborn Concord Legacy made its first American appearance at the Big Iron Show in Fargo in September. It first showed in Regina in June, attracting attention from older Concord owners and younger growers looking to upgrade their seeding iron. The packing wheel mounted on a hydraulically controlled parallel arm is the […] Read more

Saskatchewan seeding nears completion, most areas need rain

Winnipeg, June 8 (CNS Canada) – Spring seeding is nearing completion across much of Saskatchewan, although the northeastern part of the province still faces delays, according to the latest provincial crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture for the week ended June 5.  Seeding operations were 94 percent complete on a provincial basis, ranging from 98 percent […] Read more

Scott Hartley, insect and vertebrate pest specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says there are several insects that producers should be watching for, especially as the growing season progresses. Cutworms are one insect that could pose a threat to crops in the near-term. | File photo

Wet conditions leave Saskatchewan bugged out

Winnipeg, June 1 (CNS Canada) – Seeding delays in Saskatchewan means little buzz-worthy news about insects, but producers should still be scouting fields moving into the growing season. “The bigger issue is that it’s been wet,” said Scott Hartley, insect and vertebrate pest specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. That wetness delayed seeding in much of the […] Read more

Map shows Alberta got most of recent rain

A storm May 24 brought rain and strong winds to the western Prairies. This map from Agriculture Canada shows the accumulation from May 18 to May 24 (hi-res PDF). The majority of the rain fell May 24. The largest accumulations of more than 30 millimetres fell in areas around Red Deer, Drayton Valley and Edmonton, […] Read more

Soggy forecast worries Canadian farmers in race to sow crops

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 23 (Reuters) – Heavy rain forecast for the soggiest parts of the Canadian Prairies this week is likely to further delay plantings in the world’s biggest canola exporting country, meteorologists say. The rain, forecast to hit Alberta and Saskatchewan on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, would be the latest blow to farmers who […] Read more

The provincial seeding pace in Sask. compares with the five-year average for this time of year of 33 percent complete. | File photo

Progress varies greatly as Sask. seeding advances

WINNIPEG — Good seeding progress was reported across much of Saskatchewan during the week ended May 15, with 30 percent of the 2017 crop now planted, according to the latest weekly report from Saskatchewan Agriculture. The provincial seeding pace compares with the five-year average for this time of year of 33 percent complete. Seeding is […] Read more

Best bet for 2017: red spring wheat

Farmers with a little courage and some spare acres could benefit from a gamble on an unpopular market choice. “Red spring wheat,” said John Duvenaud, editor of the Wild Oats markets newsletter, when asked which crop farmers should considering throwing any remaining free acres into. That was a choice echoed by Errol Anderson of the […] Read more