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Producers, particularly in hard-hit northern areas, will need to pay closer attention to disease issues this year, said agronomist Kristina Polziehn. She pointed to situations like this one — a pea field near Valleyview (pictured in late July) — that saw very high levels of aphanomyces root rot after receiving nearly two times the amount of normal moisture.

What’s on your radar for the coming year?

Three agronomists share some lessons learned from 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s impossible to know what you might have learned if you had been able to go on farm tours or visit fellow producers last year. So getting crop intel heading into this year’s growing season will require tapping into your networks and asking others what’s on their radar. In that spirit, we asked three agronomists […] Read more

It’s critical to slash the amount of energy needed to produce nitrogen fertilizer — and quantum computing and artificial intelligence could do that within five years by revolutionizing the chemical process used to make N, says Teo Laino, manager of IBM Research Zurich.

A fertilizer revolution is on the horizon

IBM says it will produce a breakthrough within five years that will greatly lower the energy needed to make nitrogen fertilizer

Reading Time: 5 minutes As fledgling technology goes, quantum computing sounds as science fiction as it gets. Most people have likely not even heard about it, let alone think it can be used for anything immediately useful. But if IBM fulfills a very bold promise it made in September, crop producers will see the fruits of this technology in […] Read more





Pulse weekly outlook: Yellow pea prices stronger since harvest

MarketsFarm — Yellow pea prices on the Prairies have shown strength since harvest, as they’ve seen an appreciable change in demand from India. Darwin Hamilton of Kalshea Commodities in Winnipeg said India is always looking to increase its pulse acres. But, in the event of shortages, it’s been turning to North America for yellow peas. […] Read more

“If we do it right, agriculture is going to lead the economy in Canada.” – Roger Chevraux.

Visions of the future: Canada’s crop sector looks ahead

Four crop industry leaders share their hopeful vision for their sectors in the coming decade

Reading Time: 7 minutes As we leave 2020 behind us, it isn’t hard to see hope on the horizon. That’s the view of four producers who sit on the boards of the province’s big crop commissions and were asked to share their vision for their sectors in the next 10 years. More pulses, please Shane Strydhorst’s vision of a […] Read more



Court approves Morris Industries’ sale to Rite Way

Yorkton plant, not included in deal, to close

Seeding equipment manufacturer Morris Industries has been approved for sale to another Saskatchewan manufacturer — minus its Yorkton manufacturing plant, which is not part of the sale and is now expected to close by year’s end. Judge Shawn Smith of Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon on Friday approved the sale of Morris to a […] Read more


Former KAP president promoted at CGC

KAP GM to replace Chorney as CGC's assistant chief

The acting chief commissioner for Canada’s grain handling regulator has formally levelled up to the chief’s role, while the GM of Manitoba’s general farm group replaces him at the second seat. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Monday appointed Doug Chorney — an agricultural engineer and grain and oilseed grower at East Selkirk, Man. — […] Read more

Ban on food aid restrictions blocked at WTO

WTO says outcome 'disappointing' in difficult year

Geneva | Reuters — World Trade Organization members were at odds on Friday over a proposal that would ban countries from restricting food aid deliveries, potentially complicating the response to a feared COVID-fuelled humanitarian catastrophe next year. The proposal was one of two related to the pandemic that failed to make headway at a three-day […] Read more