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Grab your pitchfork, it’s threshing time!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Want to take a trip back in time? The Ponoka Ag Society will be hosting a Farming With Horses threshing party on Saturday, Sept. 19 starting around noon. People are invited to bring a pitchfork (three tine) to help load bundles on the racks and a lawn chair. They can purchase beef on a bun […] Read more

A study underway in Lacombe suggests that winter cereals offer as much control for wild oats as herbicides do, says researcher Neil Harker.  Photo: Jennifer Blair

Winter cereals match herbicides in controlling wild oats

Producers might be ‘fairly shocked,’ but study finds winter 
cereals are as effective as herbicides in wild oats control

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winter cereals control wild oats just as well as herbicides do, suggests a study underway in Lacombe. “When we had two years of winter cereals — either running or with an early-cut silage in between — we had as good of wild oat control as when we went three years of alfalfa or canola-wheat-canola-wheat with […] Read more

Why go on trade missions?

Consistency and high food safety standards have given Canada 
a ‘quality advantage’ in countries like China

Reading Time: 3 minutes I recently returned from a trade mission to China led by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, who was accompanied by other federal and provincial government officials, and representatives from barley, beef, pork, blueberries, flax and other sectors. Trade missions like this one to China are not unique, and follow closely to recent trade missions to Korea […] Read more

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Big changes coming to plant breeding

With Ottawa poised to step back from developing market-ready cultivars, 
wheat and barley breeding is in for big changes

Reading Time: 3 minutes What do Prairie farmers want when it comes to cereal breeding? That’s the question being posed by the Western Grains Research Foundation, the farmer-run conduit for most of western grain farmers’ investment in agricultural research. “Breeding is a long-term process,” Garth Patterson, the foundation’s executive director, said at Winter Cereals Manitoba’s recent annual meeting. “You […] Read more