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Hourly employees in agriculture among lowest paid

CNS Canada –– Hourly-wage employees in agriculture and related production were among the lowest earners nationally, according to data from Statistics Canada. The agency on Thursday released data on wages paid to payroll employees in 2016. It reported the average hourly wage paid to full-time employees, excluding overtime pay, tips, incentives and performance pay arrangements, […] Read more

The long harvest of 2016, no thanks to the weather

Alberta crop conditions as of November 29 (Final report of 2016)

Reading Time: 2 minutes The harvest season for 2016 was one of the longest ones on record. Some producers began harvest operations in the first week of August and were unable to complete it until the end of November, due to cool wet weather that delayed harvest progress. As of November 29, Alberta producers combined 90 per cent of […] Read more

Autumn Harvest

Limit your exposure to dust and moulds during harvest

Reading Time: < 1 minute Take into consideration moulds and dust when doing your safety planning for harvest. Threshing and grain moving leads airborne dust and moulds. Breathing in these elements can affect workers’ health and comfort, and, for someone with allergies, it can be life threatening. To limit exposure have the correct and clean air filter in place when […] Read more

Thar she blows — and the only way to know how much grain is 
being blown out is to measure it.

Harvest loss a costly — and preventable — problem

Going just a bit faster can be way more expensive than any speeding ticket

Reading Time: 3 minutes Growers are leaving profit on the ground every time the combine hits the field. “You’ve grown it, you’ve put the inputs into it, and it’s free for the taking. Why not take it?” said Nathan Gregg, project manager at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute. Harvest losses depend on the crop, but typically, one to two […] Read more

Alberta producers in the final stages of harvest

Alberta producers in the final stages of harvest

Alberta crop conditions as of October 20, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harvest is in its final stages. Producers were able to take advantage of warm, mostly dry conditions this past week to raise the completion percentage to 96.3 per cent. Dry beans and potatoes are virtually completed and only 15 per cent of the sugar beet crop remains to be dug. What remains outstanding is principally […] Read more


Yield estimates improving in all regions, crop quality average

Alberta crop conditions as of September 22, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wet weather conditions caused some interruptions with harvest operations over the last week. Most of the province received less than 5 mm of rain. Some areas received well over 5 mm and other areas up to 15-20 mm of rain. Provincially, about 27 per cent of the crops remain standing, 27 per cent are swathed, […] Read more

canola swath

Alberta producers making good harvest progress

Alberta crop conditions as of September 1, 2015

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta producers were able to make good harvest progress this past week with the South region showing the greatest advancement. Thick smoke haze in the atmosphere reduced temperatures and slowed drying across much of the province. High winds in southern Alberta helped to dry crops but also caused damage by blowing swaths and breaking heads. […] Read more