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U.S. livestock: CME hogs ease from 10-month top on lower cash prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday slid from a 10-month high, weakened by profit-taking and less money paid by packers for slaughter-ready, or cash, hogs, said analysts. February closed 0.5 cent lower at 71.025 cents (all figures US$). April ended down 0.1 cent, at 75.275 cents. Processors need fewer animals […] Read more


Everything is under a blanket of snow right now, but gardeners are already dreaming of spring.

Hoe, hoe, hoe — guess what gardeners want from Santa?

Here are some gift ideas for folks with green thumbs

It’s a long way off to gardening season, but Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has several publications that might be a perfect fit for the gardener on your Christmas list. Alberta Yards and Gardens ($15): unbiased information on selecting ornamental trees and shrubs, lawns, small fruits and berries, flowers, vegetables, herbs and even water plants. The […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans at three-month low

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell to a three-month low on Thursday, the sixth straight session of declines, on pressure from easing vegetable oil prices and improving crop weather in South America. Wheat and corn futures both were the highest in more than a week, with prices notching narrow gains on better-than-expected U.S. […] Read more



A book on raising bees is one of Alberta Agriculture’s suggestions for a stocking stuffer this Christmas.

Christmas gift suggestions for green thumbs (and bee lovers)

A comprehensive how-to guide might be an ideal gift for someone keen on gardening, beekeeping, or starting a sideline enterprise

Know someone interested in commercial production? These Alberta Agriculture and Forestry books might be a perfect gift. Commercial Vegetable Production on the Prairies ($20 plus GST): A comprehensive 300-page resource and reference tool suitable for new and experienced vegetable growers at all scales of commercial production. Key topics included planning for vegetable production, seeding, transplanting, […] Read more


This map shows the total amount of precipitation that fell across agricultural Alberta during November compared to long-term averages.  Overall, it was a relatively dry month with most areas seeing moderately low to very low amounts of precipitation.  The one exception is the area between the central and northern region which saw average to moderately high amounts.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, says our weather expert

Being snowed in at Christmas has many advantages, argues Daniel Bezte, 
but big Yuletide snowstorms are relatively rare

The holiday season is about traditions, and so it’s time once again to do my traditional look at Christmas weather across the Prairies. In particular, a look back to see what the warmest and coldest Christmases were, and if there have ever been big Christmas snowstorms. I’ve shared this with you before, but at this […] Read more

Cutting your own tree ensures freshness and can make lasting Christmas memories.

Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches

Provincial specialist offers his tips for finding the perfect tree for the fast-approaching holiday season

Christmas will soon be here, and picking out that perfect tree is a family ritual full of promise and fun. “Over two million trees are harvested as Christmas trees across Canada each year,” said provincial woodlot extension specialist Toso Bozic. “We have very few Christmas tree growers in Alberta. The eastern provinces, British Columbia, Oregon […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME hogs notch three-month high

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures hit a three-month high on Friday, with help from buy stops and technical buying, traders said. December futures led advances after investors bought the contract and simultaneously sold deferred months. December hogs, which will expire on Wednesday, closed 1.05 cents/lb. higher at 56.725 cents (all […] Read more

This holiday season think green (as in green thumb)

Whether it’s high-res imaging, bugs, or cover crops, there’s no 
shortage of ways to make the family horticulturalist happy

With the holiday season upon us, there is one question causing the good people of the province to lose sleep at night: What to get the horticulturalist in their life? With that question in mind (and tongue firmly planted in cheek) I’ve compiled a list of ideas with something for every budget that is sure […] Read more