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This photo was taken on May 27 just after 9 — but in the evening, not the morning — and nearly 90 minutes before sunset. Once harvested, the crops from these test plots at the Mackenzie Applied Research Association farm at Fort Vermilion will have their protein, starch, and oil content analyzed and compared to crops grown in southern Alberta. At 58 degrees of latitude, the sun rises 40 minutes earlier and sets an hour later at this time of year in Fort Vermilion compared to Lethbridge.

Do crops really grow better in the north?

Study aims to show processors and investors that northern vigour produces superior crops

Some call it northern vigour. Others call it the northern advantage. And now, one group of Alberta researchers are setting out to prove what some farmers have been saying all along — that crops really do grow better up north. “In this part of Alberta, we have 19 hours of daily sunlight in the summer, […] Read more





Wheat acres in Alberta for 2019 are expected to increase by 128,000 acres.

Cereal crops to grab more Alberta real estate

Alberta farmers are at the head of the pack in reducing canola acres, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey. Canola acres are forecast to drop 6.6 per cent nationally, but producers here plan to cut seedings by 10.6 per cent (to 6.09 million acres versus 6.81 million a year ago), says StatsCan. While total wheat […] Read more



Canadian farm exports hit new Chinese obstacles amid diplomatic dispute

Winnipeg/Beijing | Reuters — An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute. China has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests. Other China-bound canola […] Read more



The first efforts to introduce field peas in northeast Alberta was a make-do effort, Kirsty Ross (Piquette) 
said in accepting the Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award.

Field pea pioneer wins innovator award

A pioneer who helped build the field pea industry in the St. Paul area is this year’s winner of the Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. Kirsty Ross (Piquette) was a provincial district agriculturist in the mid-1980s when she started to look for another option to add to the area’s crops and generate more cash flow […] Read more