GFM Network News


Cereal merger survey now online

Cereal merger survey now online

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley have launched their online survey to consult members on amalgamating to form a single commission. Since 2018, the organizations have shared a management team but have two boards and separate financial structures. Members of both farm groups passed resolutions at their 2019 annual general meetings calling for a comprehensive review […] Read more

The search is on for the missing wheat yield

The search is on for the missing wheat yield

Reading Time: < 1 minute Wheat growers are wanted for the CWRS Yield Gap Survey. The Prairie-wide project is aimed at identifying key factors that are limiting Canada Western Red Spring yields. Survey results will be used to generate data on current CWRS wheat management practices in both irrigated and dryland production systems. Participants will be asked to provide yield […] Read more


Prairie Cereals Summit cancelled

Prairie Cereals Summit cancelled

Reading Time: < 1 minute The rise in COVID cases has forced Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley to cancel its Prairie Cereals Summit in Banff in December, although Alberta Barley’s AGM will be held online on Dec. 9. The barley group is encouraging farmers to register to participate in the online AGM and delegate and director session that will feature […] Read more

Many opportunities open to serve with cereal organizations

Many opportunities open to serve with cereal organizations

Nomination deadlines October 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Barley is looking for two directors and nearly two dozen delegates while Alberta Wheat is seeking four directors and six regional reps. The barley commission has one director opening in Region 1 and one director-at-large from either Regions 1, 4, 5 or 6. Its six regions have anywhere from two to six delegate spots […] Read more


The lowdown on wild oat resistance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Currently, 69 per cent of wild oats on the Prairies have some type of herbicide resistance, and there are limited control options if the weed has developed both Group 1 and 2 resistance. In light of this, the Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee is working to develop increased awareness, beginning with a series of infographics. […] Read more

Fusarium head blight study needs farmers

Fusarium head blight study needs farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s pathology program at Brooks is again looking for growers of winter wheat, two-row barley and durum to participate in a fusarium head blight project for the 2020 growing season. The project, which aims to develop a disease prediction model, is a collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the agriculture ministries […] Read more


Crop webinars being held Wednesdays

Reading Time: < 1 minute With summer field days cancelled for now, Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley are hosting webinars every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Each In The Field webinars will feature a guest presenter and Q-and-A session. The upcoming schedule is: U of Alberta Professor Boyd Mori on insects (May 20); retired provincial agronomist Ross McKenzie on in-crop nitrogen […] Read more

Protective equipment in short supply, some child care centres open

Reading Time: < 1 minute Most agricultural retailers are no longer stocking personal protective equipment and some farmers are reporting they’ve been unable to obtain gloves, masks, and other protective equipment, as well as cleaning agents. However, the provincial government has created a plan for getting these supplies to farmers. At this stage it is not known how quickly the […] Read more


Farm equipment supply chains functioning well

Farm equipment supply chains functioning well

Reading Time: < 1 minute All major dealers of equipment parts, such as John Deere, Cervus, UFA and Rocky Mountain Equipment, are reporting very few issues with delivery times or stock with acquiring machine parts, other than a few weeks of delay in regular lead time. However, after-market and ‘no-name’ suppliers of parts (such as parts for tracks on gators) […] Read more

Road tests suspended in Alberta

Road tests suspended in Alberta

Reading Time: < 1 minute Commercial and passenger road tests have been suspended in Alberta because of COVID-19 for at least four weeks — which means about 200 commercial road tests would have been delayed. Alberta Transportation’s priority will be to determine which drivers require tests to address urgent needs, such as supporting the delivery of essential goods. Following this, […] Read more