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Dry bean breeder wins Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award

Hans-Henning Muendel is the winner of the fourth annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. “Dr. Muendel dedicated his career to developing the dry bean cultivars that now set the standard for small red, black, pinto, and great northern cultivars in Western Canada,” said D’Arcy Hilgartner, chair of Alberta Pulse Growers. In 1996, there weren’t any […] Read more

Feds announce tax support for cattle producers

Measures will assist those hit by bovine TB outbreak and in areas affected by drought

Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle producers affected by bovine TB outbreak in 2016 and this year will receive additional tax relief. Farmers who received compensation under the Health of Animals Act from livestock destroyed due to the bovine tuberculosis outbreak in 2016 and 2017 in Alberta and Saskatchewan are eligible for livestock tax deferral provisions. These allow them to defer a […] Read more


Partners Wayne Lohr and Ulf Geerds have turned their extensive experience in agriculture and horticulture into a growing vertical farming venture near Olds.

Vertical farming grows up and comes of age

Growing food without sunlight or soil is now a reality, but the economics leave little room for error

Olds-area greenhouse operator Wayne Lohr and business partner Ulf Geerds are dreaming big — they want to grow an acre of strawberries. That may not sound like a big deal until you consider that acre will take up just 360 square feet and produce strawberries year round. And even though they’re grown in racks on […] Read more

Cattle feeders need to choose forage mixtures that will do more with less during a short growing season, says federal research scientist Yousef Papadopoulos.

Five steps for building the right forage mix for your farm

The right mix of forage grasses and legumes will make the most of our 
short growing season and produce maximum yields

It’s Canada — not New Zealand or Australia — so ranchers here have to squeeze out as much grass as possible to keep up with their competitors in balmier climes, says a federal researcher. And there are a few ways to develop a forage mix to make the most of the shorter season. “The first, […] Read more


Farmers urged to make a commitment to safety

Farm Safety Week: The first step is to have a conversation about what safety means on your operation

The theme of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week from March 12 to 18 is ‘Be an AgSafe Family.’ This article by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association talks about the impact of a farm fatality on a family and the farm. Statistics tell us that each year approximately 85 Canadians are killed in an agriculture-related incident. Run-overs, […] Read more

Researchers release 15 new potato varieties

Genomic tools are increasingly used to identify favourable traits 
and speed the breeding process

Reds, a wedge with an edge, and a super storer are among this year’s new potato selections from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Red-skinned varieties made up half of the total selections that Ag Canada potato breeders released earlier this month during their annual release open house. This includes a multi-purpose variety that shows promise for […] Read more


GrainsConnect Canada’s four new elevators and loop tracks — all virtually identical to the one currently under construction at Maymont, Sask. — are designed to greatly speed the transportation of Prairie grain.

Need for speed is the key to Vegreville’s two new elevators

Viterra’s and GrainsConnect Canada’s new facilities will both be 
able to load huge unit trains in little more than half a day

Vegreville will soon be home to two new high-throughput elevators, and the demise of the Canadian Wheat Board is a big reason why, says the head of GrainsConnect Canada. The company’s two owners — Japan’s Zen-Noh Grain Corp. and Australia’s GrainCorp — both want access to Prairie grain and that prompted the decision to spend […] Read more

Fusarium graminearum produces DON or vomitoxin, which makes wheat unfit for milling and sees barley rejected for malt or even for feed.

Fusarium head blight infections hit record high in 2016

Almost one-quarter of cereal samples from 2016 have tested positive for fusarium head blight — a 10 per cent jump from 2014’s previous record high

Fusarium head blight continued its devastating march across Alberta last summer, and shows no sign of slowing down. “It’s become something that’s well established in the southern part of the province, and the situation is starting to change elsewhere in the province, especially central and northern Alberta,” said Kelly Turkington, a research scientist with Agriculture […] Read more


Farm groups welcome Ottawa’s research funding pledge

Agriculture Canada is giving positive signs that it will continue to invest in wheat and barley research

[UPDATED: Feb. 6, 2017] – Federal dollars are key to barley and wheat research in Alberta. Fortunately, there are a lot of signs that the Liberal government is willing to continue investing in it. “We’ve been happy with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,” said Jason Lenz, chair of Alberta Barley Commission. The federal government has been […] Read more

When you dig down into the profitability of two seemingly identical farms, you often find one is much more profitable.

Run the numbers, compare performance, and make more money

AgriProfit$ allows you to dig deep into where you make money on your farm and where your performance is lagging

Time is running out if you want to enrol in AgriProfit$. Producers have until mid-January to sign up for the business analysis program, said Pauline Van Biert, a research analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. After providing their farm information, participants receive a detailed analysis that drills right down to their own cost of production […] Read more