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Anti-pipeline blockades — like this one in Edmonton in mid-February — are only part of the reason
why grain is backed up. But the situation will take months to fully be resolved.

Grain is moving but it will take months to catch up

Canada’s reputation as a reliable grain supplier has taken a hit

There won’t be a quick fix for a ‘perfect storm’ that has set grain movement back by at least three months. The problems started with the late harvest across the Prairies followed by the week-long CN Rail strike in November and then cold weather and mudslides. By the time the anti-pipeline rail blockades hit in […] Read more

2018 cash advance deadline extended on pandemic concerns

Western Canadian farmers had more than $100 million coming due this month

Grain and livestock producers with a cash advance from 2018 will have until September to pay back their loan. “Hopefully, this will give them enough time to get it paid down so that we’re not forcing them into a default situation,” said Rick White, president and CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, one of […] Read more


Safety protocols in place for farmers’ grain deliveries

Grain moving as normal, but farmers need to practice social distancing when delivering to elevators

Grain deliveries to country elevators should continue without any disruptions, the executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association says. “All of the members of the Western Grain Elevator Association are doing everything in their power to keep the grain supply chain functioning” during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Wade Sobkowich said Tuesday. “That means we’ll […] Read more

Agriculture is poised to undergo a massive tech revolution. But the biggest change won’t be the robots, smart machines, data and algorithms — but the people who can envision how these tools can be used and who can collaborate on seizing those opportunities.

It might seem far off — but a bright new future is before us

Country’s top bank says there’s ‘a historic opportunity’ ahead — and Alberta ag colleges are preparing for it

Although no one can say how much devastation will be caused by COVID-19, experts in both disease outbreaks and economics all agree on one point — this crisis will pass. And if the country’s biggest bank and the province’s leading ag colleges are right, the future will be bright. “Technology is disrupting sectors across the […] Read more


“We get into the habit of doing things because it’s the way it’s always been done, and with the industry changing so much, we can’t afford to do that anymore.” – Connie Adam

When times get tough, toughing it out may not be the answer

Some farmers are way more profitable than others — so do what they do, says farm finance expert

These are difficult days for farmers — but also a time to look at what you can do differently. “If you’re not a top performer, you’re likely not consistently profitable, you’re going to be susceptible to those market fluctuations, and you’re probably unable to consistently invest in your business,” said Connie Adam, associate partner at […] Read more

No delays expected in fertilizer distribution

National fertilizer association doesn't expect any disruptions to deliveries

Should farmers expect delays to fertilizer deliveries heading into spring seeding? “Not if we can help it,” Fertilizer Canada CEO Garth Whyte said Thursday.”We’ve weathered all the rail system disruptions that we had over the last six months, and now, with COVID-19, we’re doing OK. “We’ve put contingency plans in at our manufacturing plants, at […] Read more


No Prairie farm fuel shortages expected in pandemic

Continuity plans in place to keep fuel moving

Prairie farmers shouldn’t see a disruption to their farm fuel distribution as a result of COVID-19 safety measures. “Our members are committed to minimizing disruptions to the Canadian fuel supply as a result of the pandemic response,” Canadian Fuels Association spokesperson Jason Vaillant said in an email. “Our members are working tirelessly to maintain operations […] Read more

New varieties often come with tremendous promise, but capturing the full potential of those new genetics depends on the environment on your farm and your management practices.

GxExM: A new approach to juggling crop production variables

Understanding how genetics, environment and management all play off each other can boost the bottom line

There are a whole bunch of variables that can affect yield — and farmers have to be constantly adjusting their plans as conditions change in their fields. But it’s also easy to fall into the trap of assuming what you’ve always done will get you the results you want. And that’s why some experts advocate […] Read more


Producers are urged to call their seed supplier about varieties first rather than just dropping in.

Seed supplies are strong, no delivery problems expected

But order seed by phone or online, and keep your distance during delivery

Alberta farmers shouldn’t face any challenges finding seed as the pandemic plays out over the next few weeks — but stick to phone calls and online orders when working with your seed supplier. “To my knowledge, there shouldn’t be a lot of problems (with seed supply),” said Kelly Chambers, executive director of Alberta Seed Growers. […] Read more

New feed and forage barley lines bring high yields, strong standability

‘Fast breeding’ means producers can expect to see varieties hit the marketplace in almost half the time

New feed and forage genetics are coming down the pipe for cattle feeders. At the end of February, the Prairie Grain Development Committee approved three new feed and forage barley varieties from the Field Crop Development Centre, as well as two triticale varieties that would be suitable for feed and forage. “Over the past couple […] Read more