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YOUTH AG-SUMMIT:’Thought leaders’ consider farming’s future

Sustainability, leadership and innovation in agriculture guided four days of learning, debating and discussion among young “thought leaders” from 33 countries at this week’s Youth Ag-Summit. The event, held in Canberra, Australia from Aug. 24 to 27, and organized by Bayer CropScience and the Australian youth organization Future Farmers Network, was set up to build […] Read more

different types of bread on display

VIDEO: The many definitions of bread

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bread is on one hand one of the world’s most common foods, but on the other hand one of the most varied. In this video, staff at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) talk about the different types of bread around the world, and how they work with customers to determine the best type of […] Read more


chickpeas in a testing lab

VIDEO: Are pulse crops the next North American ‘superfood’?

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s hardly an exaggeration to call pulses a ‘superfood’ — they’re high in protein and other nutrients, they’ve been proven to reduce bad cholesterol and they provide free nitrogen for the farmers who grow them. But while they’re a staple in diets in the Middle East, consumption is low in North America. In this video, […] Read more

testing gluten strength

VIDEO: The gluten story

Reading Time: < 1 minute If you’ve ever chewed a few kernels of wheat to make ‘gum,’ you’ve done a gluten test. Domestic and overseas wheat millers do a somewhat more sophisticated gluten test to determine how flour milled from different wheats will perform in a bakery. The gluten strength of different varieties has been in the news lately, and […] Read more


Alta. assessing crop damage, other Prairie crops progressing

Enough moisture, a bit too much moisture and way too much moisture — that was the picture that has emerged in recent days across the three Prairie provinces. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is continuing to assess how crop and livestock producers have been affected by dramatic flooding in the southeast part of that province. […] Read more

Little sign of aster yellows so far

Prairie pest specialists say that so far this year, there is little sign of the insect which spreads aster yellows, the disease which did widespread damage to canola last year. “South winds that carry aster leafhoppers from the southern U.S. arrived more than a month later in 2013 than in 2012. This is a factor […] Read more


Maple Leaf a takeover target: reports

The Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail are reporting that Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods is a potential takeover target for a number of international companies. The WSJ reported Wednesday that U.S. meat packing giant Smithfield Foods, in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, said it submitted an offer March 25 […] Read more

Manage risk when spraying canola in cooler weather

There’s no doubt warm sunny days during the application window generally make herbicides more effective, the Canola Council of Canada says. Cloudy days don’t provide the photosynthetic activity required for many herbicides, including Group 10 glufosinate. And nights near freezing, followed by days with highs that barely reach 10 C, won’t provide high metabolic activity […] Read more


Prairie seeding wrapping up rapidly

After a gruelling spring, Prairie grain growers have caught up. All three Prairie provinces are reporting virtual completion of seeding in their latest crop reports. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says 97 per cent of the crop is in the ground, which is in line with the long-term-average. Emergence is estimated at 63 per cent, […] Read more