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The two proposed seed royalty models have come with many questions from producers.

Cereal seed royalty gets thumbs down at consultations

Government is asking farmers what they think about seed royalties — and the answer is ‘not much’

The idea of charging royalties on cereal seed didn’t go over well with many Alberta farmers who attended a federal government consultation on proposed royalties. “The overarching thing is that control would be imposed and that would be my concern,” Trochu farmer Kevin Niemi said in an interview. “A royalty is like a seed tax […] Read more

Here’s the beef: A sensory panellist samples meat before being asked about the taste of each.

Is there an Alberta advantage when it comes to beef?

Lots of research has been done on evaluating juiciness and tenderness, but the flavour factor isn’t well understood

When people talk about a cut of meat, they might praise its juiciness and tenderness. But they don’t often talk about its flavour. This is something Nicole Gaudette — an expert in a branch of science called sensory analysis — wants to change. “By using sensory evaluation to study consumer preferences, we get an idea […] Read more


Ten more counties eligible for tax relief

Livestock tax deferral program assists livestock producers who had to cull their herd this year

Another 10 Alberta municipalities are now eligible for the federal government’s livestock tax deferral program. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s initial list of eligible municipalities issued in September has been expanded to include many counties passed over the first time. Municipalities are only eligible for the program if forage yields fall below 50 per cent of […] Read more

Agriculture Canada ups canola carryout forecast sharply

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably larger than an earlier estimate, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Oct. 19, 2018. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast canola ending stocks for 2018/19 at 2.500 million […] Read more


Dry conditions this summer have seen water in many dugouts go unreplenished.

Have you been affected by drought?

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is currently collecting information on conditions and impact of the drought in Western Canada. It’s asking producers to take an online survey, which takes about three minutes to complete. “This information helps justify and document the necessity for programs such as Livestock Tax Deferral,” it said, adding the results will be […] Read more

The Official Grain Grading Guide is a complete reference for grading grains, oilseeds and pulses.

New grain standards now in effect

Changes to the grain grading guide as of Aug. 1

Changes to the Official Grain Grading Guide and variety designation lists are now in effect. That means individual official standard samples will be used to assess frost, heat stress, and mildew damage in western Canadian wheat. New variety designation lists also came into effect on Aug. 1 — 25 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring […] Read more



Understanding how resistant varieties build stronger cell walls in their roots is key to protecting canola from clubroot, says plant pathologist Gary Peng.

Building a stronger wall to keep out clubroot

New research finds resistant canola varieties are better at strengthening cell walls in their roots

Researchers want to build a better wall — at a cellular level — to thwart clubroot. Of the dozens of canola varieties, only eight have resistance to the fungus-like pathogen and all of them are now showing signs of losing resistance, said Gary Peng, a plant pathologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research centre in Saskatoon. […] Read more


Aphids on winter wheat leaf.

Smartphone app for aphid control in cereal crops

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released a smartphone app called the Cereal Aphid Manager to help producers control the pest. Producers count both aphids and beneficials that eat them (at a minimum of five locations), and the app predicts what the aphid population will be in seven days and recommends whether to spray or not. […] Read more

More canola, wheat acres expected at pulses’ expense

CNS Canada –– Canadian farmers will seed more wheat and canola in 2018 at the expense of pulse crops, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s latest supply/demand estimates that include their first projections for the upcoming 2018-19 crop year. Total canola acres in 2018 are forecast at 24 million by the government agency, which would […] Read more