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A new in-depth study of grain drying systems, costs, and practices aims to help farmers save money.

Study aims to get a grip on pricey grain drying costs

Tens of millions are spent on grain conditioning in wet years but data on how to trim that cost is lacking

Alberta farmers learned the hard way last fall that wet harvests go hand in hand with grain drying — and the costs that come with that. But Alberta’s main crop commissions are looking for ways to trim those costs as harvests trend later and the need to condition grain goes up. “There has been an […] Read more

Crop sector eyes code of practice to showcase stewardship credentials

The initiative has widespread support among farm groups and industry

It’s early days, but work has begun on developing a code of practice for field crops — a move aimed at reassuring consumers that producers are using sustainable methods to grow food. “It’s basically on the idea level — we’ve done a little bit of work on what it could potentially look like, but it’s […] Read more


Whether to go for malt or for feed is “a question a lot of farmers are asking themselves,” says the markets manager for Alberta Barley.

It’s not glamorous, but feed barley is a bright spot

Demand has shot up over the past year but there’s a caveat — China has been the big buyer

Barley growers will have a tough choice this spring: Target an oversaturated malt market or go for the red-hot one — feed barley. “It’s got to be a question a lot of farmers are asking themselves, especially if you’re in a region where feed and malt prices have been about the same,” said Geoff Backman, […] Read more



Six crop commission directors acclaimed

Some director spots are still open as well as positions for regional reps and delegates

Several directors and reps on Alberta crop commissions have been elected by acclamation. Denis Guindon of Falher (Region 3) and Kevin Serfas from Turin (Region 9) will both serve a second three-year term on the board of directors of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Wayne Schneider from Nisku was also acclaimed to the board, replacing […] Read more

Poor weather conditions have seen an extended harvest season that may go unfinished for many producers.

Alberta grower groups call for provincial readiness

Alberta’s four crop commissions are calling on the province to be ready to respond promptly to unharvested acre claims. Although harvesting has since resumed, there were about 7.8 million unharvested acres as of Oct. 10. “The conditions at this point in the fall are worse this year than in 2016 when weather caused many acres […] Read more


Alberta Barley seeking nominations

Deadline is Oct. 31

Alberta Barley is seeking nominations for 25 positions — two directors in Regions 5 and 6; one director-at-large for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 6; and 22 delegate spots. Any farmers seeking a director or director-at-large position must submit paperwork via fax to Alberta Barley at 1-403-291-0190 or by email to [email protected] by Oct. 31. […] Read more

There’s a risk that Bill C-49 won’t become law as the House of Commons only sits until June 22 to leave for summer break.

Transport bill delays blasted

Delays in passing Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, means farmers could see another crop year with no mechanisms in place to hold the railways accountable, say the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley. Read more: Grain groups rip lawmakers over derailed transport bill Political manoeuvring has stalled the legislation and there’s an increasing risk […] Read more


The amendments will include many changes that shippers’ groups had sought including better extended interswitching terms and giving the Canadian Transportation Agency powers to investigate rail service issues.

Transport minister wins praise for agreeing to amendments

The federal transport minister will put forward a motion to accept Senate alterations to the bill

Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley — along with many other farm groups — are praising the federal transport minister for accepting several amendments to his transport modernization bill. Now they want Marc Garneau to get working and ensure the bill is passed before Parliament’s summer break. Read more: Farmers seek ‘urgent’ action from Senate on rail […] Read more

Boosting average barley yields to 95 bushels an acre in the next decade is a key part of Alberta Barley’s strategy to revitalize the sector. Pictured in this Alberta Barley video is the Field Crop Development Centre at Lacombe.

Bold new plan aims to generate some new love for barley

New action plan targets seven million barley acres and yields of 95 bushels per acre by 2028

The current state of Canada’s barley industry is grim. “Barley’s piece of the pie is shrinking,” said Shannon Sereda, manager of market development and policy for Alberta Barley. “It’s no longer in a dominant position like it once was in Western Canada.” Barley acres across the Prairies have been in a long-term decline, Sereda said […] Read more