GFM Network News


Crop webinars being held Wednesdays

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



Farm equipment supply chains functioning well

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

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


COVID-impact on research efforts to be minimized

Ag research will be impacted by the pandemic as universities and federal research centres implement social distancing measures. While AgCanada has closed its facilities to the public, essential work is ongoing. Essential work includes germplasm maintenance, livestock care and insect colony care. Maintaining germplasm means that advances will not be lost. Alberta Wheat and Alberta […] Read more

Tax credits available for cereal checkoffs

Cereal farmers who pay Alberta Wheat’s and Alberta Barley’s checkoff are eligible for Scientific Research & Experimental Development Fund (SR&ED) tax credits. For wheat, the tax credit is 31 per cent while for barley, it’s 13 per cent. The federal program encourages R&D investment by giving claimants tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D […] Read more


Todd Hames new chair of Alberta Wheat

Marwayne producer has served on the boards of numerous farm organizations

Todd Hames is the new chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission while Hannah Konschuh will continue in her current role as vice-chair. “We have seen a particularly challenging year with the difficult harvest, low prices and market uncertainty,” said Hames, who farms 4,900 acres near Marwayne. “It’s during these times that I’m most proud to […] Read more

Late-season moisture is impacting wheat quality in areas all over Western Canada.

Four things to consider if you have sprout damage

Storage, falling number, deal making, and a Plan B are ways to mitigate the financial pain caused by sprouting

After an extremely cold summer that hindered crop development, late-season moisture is impacting quality in areas all over Western Canada, and farmers have expressed significant concerns with sprouting in particular. But there are strategies to maximize your return and profits. For many years falling number (FN) has been an important global requirement in wheat exports. […] Read more


Prairie cereals summit coming in December

Event takes place Dec. 11-12

The second annual Prairie Cereals Summit will take place Dec. 11-12, 2019 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The event, put on by Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat, will feature a presentation on international trade by former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. As well, former CropLife CEO Ted Menzies will discuss the creation of an agricultural […] Read more