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Farm groups ‘disappointed’ by research cuts

Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley say they are “disappointed at the level of research that will be conducted this year” by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The two farm groups say Ag Canada management has suggested field trials will only be about 30 per cent of capacity this year because of constraints created by the pandemic, […] Read more

Crop webinars being held Wednesdays

With summer field days cancelled for now, Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley are hosting webinars every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Each In The Field webinars will feature a guest presenter and Q-and-A session. The upcoming schedule is: U of Alberta Professor Boyd Mori on insects (May 20); retired provincial agronomist Ross McKenzie on in-crop nitrogen […] Read more


Wheat and barley groups eye merger

Committee to investigate pros and cons, with full membership of both groups to vote on the merger bid

After first amalgamating their administrative teams and then their senior management, Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley are now considering a full merger. But the notion of scrapping their individual boards and creating a single cereal crop board is still in its early stages, say the chairs of the two farm groups. “The resolution came up […] Read more

‘Perfect storm’ hits grain movement

The blockade of CN rail lines by Indigenous-rights protesters has contributed to “a perfect storm” affecting grain movement this winter, say Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley. “An eight-day CN rail strike in late November, followed by a 10-day cold spell in January and heavy rains impacting rail movement and the loading of grain vessels at […] Read more


Alberta crop commissions announce new board director lineups

Some well-known faces completing their final terms, including Jason Lenz and Gary Stanford

The provincial barley, wheat, and canola commissions have announced new directors. Tara Sawyer from Acme was acclaimed to the board of Alberta Barley as director-at-large replacing Brian Sewell from High River. Neil Gorda from Willingdon was also acclaimed as a director for Region 4. An election was to be held for the Region 3 director, […] Read more

Prairie cereals summit coming in December

Event takes place Dec. 11-12

The second annual Prairie Cereals Summit will take place Dec. 11-12, 2019 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The event, put on by Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat, will feature a presentation on international trade by former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. As well, former CropLife CEO Ted Menzies will discuss the creation of an agricultural […] Read more


There are multiple markets for soft white wheat — malting, milling, feed and as a feedstock for ethanol production, says Secan marketing rep Trent Whiting.

Malt driving demand for soft white spring wheat

Soft white spring acres in Alberta have rebounded thanks to the craft beer movement

Soft white wheat acres are starting to creep up in Alberta, thanks to the burgeoning craft beer movement. “There’s been a growing market for malting soft white wheat,” said Geoff Backman, markets manager with Alberta Wheat and Barley. “It’s been driven by demand from the craft brewing industry, and that’s a nice value-added market on […] Read more



Alberta reps to help chart Cigi course

Kevin Bender’s term as board chair of the Canadian International Grains Institute has ended but Alberta Wheat vice-chair Hannah Konschuh has been elected to the executive as secretary. The organization (which provides market development and technical support for Canadian wheat and other crops) is at a critical juncture as it works on details for a […] Read more

Cigi, Cereals Canada agree to pursue amalgamation

The boards of the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and Cereals Canada have agreed to pursue amalgamation by March 31, 2020. That’s if a proposal, yet to be developed, is approved by the two bodies’ member organizations, leaders Dean Dias and Cam Dahl, said Friday in separate interviews. “During the past week, both boards have […] Read more