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La Coop federee to rebrand agribusiness arm

Crop and livestock producers dealing with the agribusiness division of Quebec’s La Coop federee can expect to see a new name in the game early next year. La Coop announced Sept. 25 it will change the name of the division — which today operates under the Elite and La Coop brand names — to Sollio […] Read more

Keeping tabs on your agricultural input prices

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has released the June edition of Alberta Farm Input Prices, its monthly survey of prices for selected farm inputs. The prices are collected by the Alberta Federation of Agriculture in partnership with the Statistics and Data Development Section. The list of inputs, which is reviewed periodically, is designed to be consistent […] Read more


Fuelling the rig should be cheaper this spring, but savings on fertilizer, chemicals, and seed will take longer and may be offset by the lower Canadian dollar.

Don’t expect diesel, fertilizer, and chemicals to match oil’s steep decline

Experts say it’s a mixed bag when it comes to input costs

Falling oil prices are bad news for energy producers, but that should be good news for farmers and other big users of fuel and energy-intensive products. “We’re paying 30 or 40 cents a litre less for gas today than we were three or four months ago,” said Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends with […] Read more

Agronomist says too many producers are playing ‘farm Vegas’ with inputs

Norm Flore says there’s a place for many specialty inputs but 
they can add to costs without generating much of a return

Producers have better odds playing the slots in Vegas than they do playing “farm Vegas” with their inputs, says agronomist Norm Flore. “Not all inputs are having the same likelihood of a return,” Flore, manager of agronomic services for Crop Production Services Canada, said in his FarmTech presentation. “At the end of the day, it’s […] Read more