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Loop tracks set to revolutionize grain transport

If you never decouple the locomotive, you never lose braking pressure — and that’s huge

The loop-track/power-on grain terminals popping up throughout the Prairies are kind of like the marines — no rail car gets left behind. That’s one example of how these terminals improve efficiency in Canada’s grain transportation system, said Warren Stow, president of GrainsConnect Canada, whose company is currently building two such facilities in Vegreville and Huxley […] Read more


The search for a ‘win-win’ solution to unprofitable acres

Precision agriculture meets precision conservation in ongoing profitability mapping research

Farming and farmland conservation sometimes seem at odds with each other — a win for one is seen as a loss for the other. After all, taking land out of production for conservation purposes is seen as a loss of productive farmland, while the ecological community sometimes views intensive ag production as a threat to […] Read more



The brave new world of blockchain

Digital traceability has suddenly been thrust into the food sector

If there was ever any doubt that agriculture would someday run headlong into the blockchain space, it was quashed on Sept. 24. That was the day Walmart announced its leafy green suppliers would be required (in a year’s time) to participate in a blockchain-driven system providing full-chain traceability of their produce. In recent years, Bitcoin […] Read more


Things to know and things to do at Farmfair 2018

The show offers something new or different every year

[UPDATED: Nov. 2, 2018] The 45th Farmfair International — an agricultural show focused on showing and selling top-quality livestock — is set to go at the Edmonton EXPO Centre Nov. 7-11. Every year Farmfair organizers add new events or change the focus of existing ones to better meet the needs of the show’s audience. Here […] Read more



Back in the (harvest) saddle again

The return of decent weather has allowed farmers across Alberta to finally get back in their fields. This photo was taken east of Didsbury on Oct. 15, when temperatures in the low double digits had erased the last vestiges of unseasonably early snow.


The rodeo is gone but Farmfair riding on

Commitment, champion cattle, and commonwealth event hallmarks of post-CFR era

If this year’s Farmfair International had a theme song, a strong candidate would be ‘We are the Champions.’ Not only is champions a theme of the 2018 show — the Champion of the World Week will be a major highlight of this year’s event — but Farmfair itself has had to overcome some adversity to […] Read more



Profitable Pulses: Don’t hesitate — inoculate, says pulse expert

Applying inoculant is an inexpensive — and essential — way to make sure pulse crops fix nitrogen

Thinking of saving a few bucks by not inoculating your pulse crops? Don’t, says a pulse research agrologist. Most growers recognize the benefits of rhizobium inoculant (the bacteria present in both soil and commercial inoculant) in fixing all-important nitrogen in the soil. However, when it comes to cost cutting, some may be tempted to forgo […] Read more


Here’s how to take control of the soil sampling process

Much can go wrong when soil sampling — here are the key things to keep in mind when getting the dirt on nutrients levels

Soil testing has long been a recommended practice before applying nutrients, and variable-rate fertilizing has made it more essential than ever. But the difficulty with soil testing is that so much can go wrong. Everything from how a sample is handled to the choice of a lab can impact results and recommendations. However, producers have […] Read more



Is 3D grain bin monitoring tech for you?

Electromagnetic imaging is pricey but the technology can reveal hot spots anywhere in a bin

Three-dimensional bin monitoring is one of the more talked-about new ag technologies. Proponents of this type of grain monitoring — more formally called three-dimensional electromagnetic imaging or 3D EMI — claim it can spot potential trouble anywhere in the bin and alert producers before grain even begins to spoil. There’s also a safety factor out […] Read more


More and bigger bins setting storage records across Prairies

Grain bin sales continue to grow, but producers planning on buying may want to act soon in the wake of tariffs

Twenty-nine million tonnes is a lot of grains and oilseeds, but that’s how much Prairie producers were holding on their farms as of March 31, according to Statistics Canada. What’s even more remarkable is that it doesn’t even come as much of a surprise — that number is only a little higher than the five-year […] Read more