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CDC Copeland and AC Metcalfe are the undisputed heavyweights of Western Canada’s malt barley scene, accounting for 78 per cent of malt acres this year. But both are two decades old and new varieties such as CDC Bow — which has improved standability and lower beta-glucan content — may challenge that duopoly.

Better barley: There’s a long wish list for brewers and feeders

Yield is No. 1 for growers but elements such as ‘Lox,’ beta-glucan, and acid detergent fibre are key, too

Ask most barley producers what they want in a variety and the answers won’t surprise you: Better yield, standability and disease resistance. But when it comes to buyers, it gets a little more complex. Both foreign and domestic customers — especially beer makers, but also feeders — are looking for traits few people even thought […] Read more


Bill Grimmer, a dog trainer from New Brunswick, walks with Adi while the Goldendoodle sniffs out clubroot in a canola field.

Sniffing out trouble — canines trained to detect clubroot in the field

Josie and Adi blaze new path for quickly determining if a field is infected with the devastating canola disease

Any dog lover knows that dogs can do amazing things. Add to that list the ability to detect clubroot in canola. “The idea behind using dogs as detectors has been around for quite a long time. Using them to detect crop diseases has been around for the last five years or so,” said Michael Harding, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy rallies on strong exports, fresh U.S.-China trade deal optimism

Chicago | Reuters – U.S. soybean futures rebounded from two sessions of declines on Thursday on stronger-than-expected export sales and renewed optimism about an interim U.S.-China trade deal after government officials said it could include a phased rollback of tariffs. Corn futures slumped for a sixth straight session on weak export demand and investor positioning […] Read more





Using aeration for drying can take 200 to 400 hours to drop moisture one to three per cent.

Timely tips for safe grain storage

Aeration is a slow process when drying grain, moisture circulation is tricky, and green seed poses additional problem

It has been a difficult and stuttering harvest this year with short periods of combining between showers and cool temperatures. “You might breathe a sigh of relief when harvesting is complete, but it really isn’t done until the grain ends up at the buyer’s and is paid for,” said crop specialist Harry Brook. “Maintain vigilance […] Read more

How do you get your agronomy info?

How do you stay up to date with the latest advances in growing wheat? What sources of information do you consider the most trustworthy? Those are two things, among others, that the Wheat Initiative’s Agronomy Expert Working Group wants to know. Alberta Agriculture research scientist Sheri Strydhorst is one of three international “champions” investigating how […] Read more