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Are you prepared to deal with tougher times on your farm?

Know your current ratio, honestly estimate your gross revenue, and be ready to talk to your lender, says adviser

Managing your financial risk is a little like skinny-dipping — you’ve got to protect your assets, and that’s hard to do when you’re not covered. “When the tide goes out, everybody can see who’s swimming naked,” said MNP agricultural tax specialist Rob Strilchuk (quoting Warren Buffett). “We had a lot of good years, but when […] Read more

Alltech’s harvest analysis found an average of more than five different mycotoxins per sample, and so producers need to be on guard, says company official Max Hawkins.

Mycotoxin risk likely to be high in some Alberta feed grains

Last year’s growing conditions created a perfect breeding ground for some dangerous mycotoxins, including DON

Variable weather conditions across the Prairies could cause problems with mycotoxins in feed this winter. “The No. 1 most influencing factor in mycotoxins is weather,” said Max Hawkins of Alltech’s mycotoxin management team. “Weather determines which moulds we’re going to have, the amount of those moulds, and those moulds determine the variety of mycotoxin.” Mycotoxins […] Read more


Cannabis 2.0: Could craft cannabis be southern Alberta’s newest cash crop?

A new 60-acre business incubator in Taber aims to create a complete supply chain for craft cannabis and hemp products

Cannabis 2.0 is coming soon to Canada — and one Alberta business hopes to be on the ground floor of this growing industry. “We’re trying to reduce the risk and eliminate the barriers of entry that many people are having trying to get into the cannabis business,” said Lindsay Blackett, CEO of the Grasslands Taber […] Read more

It was tough to squeeze out a profit last year but Fred Lozeman is looking forward to 2020.

A year with more ups than downs, say these cattle producers

It wasn’t without its challenges, but 2019 worked out better than many had feared

This past year may have been a better year for Alberta’s cattle producers than 2018 was, but you’d be hard pressed to find many who would call it good. Between uncertain feed supplies, whiplash-inducing weather conditions, and variable cattle markets, producers across the province had to dig into their reserves, find a degree of patience, […] Read more


China’s decision to get back at Canada by severely restricting canola seed imports made news all year long.

The Year That Was: China punishes Prairie farmers

For crop growers, China’s canola seed ban was the big news story of 2019

China’s near-total ban on Canadian canola seed dominated the news cycle in the past year. “The biggest challenge we faced through 2019 was the blockage of canola seed shipments to China,” said Jim Everson, president of Canola Council of Canada. “China is, of course, a very significant market for canola seed, oil, and meal, but […] Read more

John Guelly tweeted this photo during this year’s harvest with the warning: “When ur out swathing, spraying or harvesting, keep an eye out 4 patches that look brown & dead like this.” Although clubroot wasn’t the cause in this case, taking a proactive approach is critical to managing the disease, which is continuing its relentless march across the province.

The Year That Was: Clubroot continued its deadly march in 2019

The disease didn't make the headlines in 2019 but its assault on Alberta continued

The rapid spread of clubroot in the last decade will continue in the coming one if canola growers don’t start to get ahead of the disease. “The resistance is being overcome already, and some of those cases are pretty significant and serious infestations,” said Dan Orchard, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada. “In […] Read more


The Bruggencate family (l) and the Sulzles.

Alberta pair gets twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start farming

Two families are creating a new legacy on a family farm — just not the one they grew up on

For most farm kids, taking over the family farm is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that’s too good to pass up. But for Jay Bruggencate and Mike Sulzle, it was a second chance that drew them back into farming — just not on their own family farms. Both men had “missed the window” to go back to […] Read more

Geopolitical forces are overriding supply-and-demand factors in grain and oilseed markets, 
says analyst Mike Jubinville.

Buckle up — grain markets are in for a bumpy ride

Politics, protectionism and the increasing odds of a global recession make for a ‘tough market’

Trade wars around the globe have created a turbulent marketplace for Canadian farmers — and the wild ride isn’t likely to end any time soon. “Over the past two years, the markets really stand apart from what I’ve seen in the 30 years that I’ve been following the grain markets,” said Mike Jubinville, senior market […] Read more


Clippers are just one tool you can use to identify disease problems in the field and begin to manage them.

Another 10 bushels an acre of canola? It’s doable, says expert

It’s ‘a big challenge’ but achieving an average of 52 bushels an acre can be done, says Clint Jurke

Six down and 10 to go. If producers are going to hit the Canola Council of Canada’s goal of achieving 52 bushels per acre, they’re going to have to change their management approach, says the organization’s agronomy director. But it can be done, said Clint Jurke. “When we launched this 52-bushel plan four years ago, […] Read more

Historical data shows big and sometimes ‘remarkable’ changes in Alberta’s climate have already occurred, says retired provincial oilseed specialist Murray Hartman.

Like it or not, climate change will change your farm, say two experts

The growing season is already longer and extremes more common, say climatologist and crop specialist

Canada’s best-known climatologist always knows when he’s lost a crowd of producers he’s presenting to. It’s usually right around the time he starts talking about climate change. But he gets it. “Farmers have been beat up a lot — they’ve been accused of causing climate change,” said David Phillips, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s senior […] Read more