Sask., B.C. reach deal on direct wine, spirits sales — September 2, 2014


Consumers in each of British Columbia and Saskatchewan may be able to order wine and craft spirits directly from the other province’s producers, starting next summer, without having to involve the Crown or third-party vendors. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced an agreement Friday they said will “lift barriers to consumers […]

Germplasm technician Laura Hoge shows how it’s done during a hands-on plant-breeding demonstration at the recent Lacombe Field Day.

A lesson in (barley) emasculation

Reporter's notebook: Pollination and plant breeding at Lacombe Field Day

The more I learn about plant breeding, the more I feel I missed my true calling in life. And a recent attempt at crossing two barley plants at the Lacombe Field Day only fuelled my secret ambition. I worked with Laura Hoge, a germplasm technician at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, in a machine shed […]


Funding to replace trees killed by mountain pine beetles

Deadline extended for tree replacement program

Tree Canada has extended the deadline for the 2014 Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program until Aug. 31. This program subsidizes the cost of replacing trees lost to the advance of this invasive insect which destroys native pine trees. This is the second year of the program to help residents, landowners and municipalities. The mountain […]

P.E.I. field quarantined with potato wart — August 30, 2014


A 35-acre field on Prince Edward Island is under quarantine and its crops set to be destroyed after the plot was confirmed to have potato wart. The finding was confirmed last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has ordered “movement controls” on all equipment, plants, potato tubers and soil from the affected farm. […]

Western Sask. terminal owners approve CWB bid — August 29, 2014


Shareholders in western Saskatchewan’s Great Sandhills Terminal (GST) have unanimously approved an offer from the grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board. CWB announced Friday it’s completed its $17.4 million acquisition of GST, following an Aug. 18 meeting at which 100 per cent of shareholder votes went in favour of the deal. CWB’s […]

Mustard crops look good, harvest underway in SW Sask. — August 29, 2014


CNS Canada — Canada’s mustard crop is seen to be in a good state right now as harvesting begins in some areas of the country. “I think harvest has started in the southwest part of Saskatchewan. That’s the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields,” said Walter Dyck of Olds […]

California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA — August 29, 2014


Reuters — A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta’s ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for […]

Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen — August 29, 2014


CNS Canada – Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks — but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. “The harvest is going to be a little later than normal,” said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. “It […]

U.S. grains: Rain forecast weighs on corn, soy, wheat futures — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans closed lower on Friday, flirting with contract lows on forecasts for rain that boosted confidence of bumper harvests for both crops this fall. The weather outlook, which called for rains across broad stretches of U.S. growing areas, also weighed on wheat futures as farmers prepared for seeding […]

Lows dropped in Peace region — August 29, 2014


Overnight lows on Thursday reached 1 C in the parts of the Peace region of Alberta and B.C., but were progressively warmer heading east. Rain again fell only in some patches Thursday on the Prairies, particularly west of Lake Manitoba and in the McCreary area east of Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, where up to […]