For farmers, long hours spent in tractors and other farm equipment, interspersed with shorter bouts of heavy labour, can wreak havoc with health.


VIDEO: Sitting your way toward a bad back

Long hours spent in farm equipment, interspersed with 
shorter bouts of heavy labour, can be a recipe for disaster

Farmers can be extreme examples of weekend warriors, those folks with relatively sedentary jobs who then undertake extreme sports and activities on weekends. For farmers, long hours spent in tractors and other farm equipment, interspersed with shorter bouts of heavy labour, can wreak havoc with health. Scott Lawrence, a Lethbridge-based osteopath, frequently treats people who […] Read more

At 9,000 acres, Larry Woolliams is a larger operator in the foothills region and makes use of the best technologies that he can to operate profitably.  | Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Farming by the numbers in the Alta. foothills

A farm family finds having all the information available using precision agriculture lets them make sound choices

AIRDRIE, Alta. — When farmers began using precision agriculture to operate their farms, “they started at the wrong end of the horse.” So says Larry Woolliams, who along with his father, began using data on their farm nearly three decades ago. It has formed the way that the Woolliams farm. The Airdrie, Alta., grain farmer’s […] Read more

China is top-of-mind for all the farm groups attending the 2019 Commodity Classic. | Sean Pratt photo

BLOG: Major U.S. farm conference focuses on China

ORLANDO, Fla. — China is top-of-mind for all the farm groups attending the 2019 Commodity Classic. Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association, said there is no question that the U.S. is going to suffer permanent losses in the Chinese market. He noted that the market wasn’t built overnight. It took decades to develop. […] Read more


Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicked off the 2019 Bayer AgVocacy Forum on a positive note. | Sean Pratt photo

BLOG: Market recovery predicted at Bayer AgVocacy Forum

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, kicked off the 2019 Bayer AgVocacy Forum on a positive note. He told the reporters in attendance that he was starting to feel bullish about agriculture for the first time in about six years. Farmers haven’t experienced a big demand driver since the ethanol boom between […] Read more

Grassy Lake, Alta., will be home to a $41.8 million fertilizer terminal for Federated Cooperatives Ltd. The facility will be the third fertilizer terminal for FCL, which opened other facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon in 2017. | FCL graphic

VIDEO: Federated Co-op plans fertilizer terminal in Alberta

TABER, Alta. — Grassy Lake, Alta., will be home to a $41.8 million fertilizer terminal for Federated Cooperatives Ltd. The facility will be the third fertilizer terminal for FCL, which opened other facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon in 2017. Grassy Lake, east of Taber, Alta., is a hamlet within the Municipal District of Taber […] Read more


DOT Technologies Corp. has brought in Rob Saik as chief executive officer of DOT Ready Retail, a new sales and marketing side of the business. | Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: Agri-Trend founder joins DOT marketing

MARICOPA, Ariz. — DOT Technologies Corp. has brought in Rob Saik as chief executive officer of DOT Ready Retail, a new sales and marketing side of the business. DOT is a Saskatchewan-built robotic platform designed to bring autonomous farming to broad acre grain production. “DOT Ready Retail will run in parallel to the DOT manufacturing […] Read more

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture Canada will spend more than $12 million to support 44 crop-related research projects, government officials announced yesterday in Saskatoon. | Brian Cross photo

VIDEO: More ag research funding announced in Sask.

Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agriculture Canada will spend more than $12 million to support 44 crop-related research projects, government officials announced yesterday in Saskatoon. The money will be distributed through an existing provincial program — the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) — and a newly formed federal-provincial program — the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI). Both programs are […] Read more

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long. | File photo

VIDEO: Wheat outlook promising – Boersch

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, advises growers to sell the balance of their old crop wheat at prices of $7.25 per bushel or better but don’t wait too long. You can find all our coverage of Crop Production week 2019 here.



Viterra's Kenric Exner says Alberta cattle feeders are using more U.S. corn in feedlot rations when the economics of using corn rather than barley makes sense. | File photo

VIDEO: U.S. corn use becoming more common in Alta. feedlots

Viterra’s Kenric Exner says Alberta cattle feeders are using more U.S. corn in feedlot rations when the economics of using corn rather than barley makes sense.    Exner said U.S. corn is being moved by rail to southern Alberta elevator locations where it is unloaded and trucked to feedlots. You can find all our coverage […] Read more