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Wilf Keller elected new AIC board chair

Wilf Keller is the new head of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. Keller is a well-known agricultural researcher who has worked for nearly 40 years mainly in the field of biotechnology development and application for the genetic modification of crops. In this time he has led numerous major research efforts. Keller worked at the Research […] Read more


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Ontario soybeans, corn suffer under ‘heat dome’

Commodity News Service Canada – While Saskatchewan and Manitoba farmers wish the rain would go away, some Ontario farmers are wishing it would pour. “We’ll trade some nice, hot, dry, sunny weather for your water and rain,” said Jeff Barlow, a director with Grain Farmers of Ontario who farms in the southern part of the province. […] Read more

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Combining begins in drier sections of Western Prairies

Commodity News Service Canada – Producers in southern Alberta have begun to combine some grain and pulses, according to a farm leader. “Down around Lethbridge and south of it, they had pretty decent moisture so they’ve got good crops. Guys are starting to combine winter wheat now and peas,” said Lynn Jacobsen, president of the Alberta […] Read more


Close up view of the working bees on honeycells.

Leading insecticide cuts bee sperm by almost 40 per cent

The world’s most widely used insecticide is an inadvertent contraceptive for bees, cutting live sperm in males by almost 40 per cent, The Guardian in the UK is reporting. Citing research led by Lars Straub at the University of Bern, Switzerland, the report says neonicotinoid pesticides were found to cut the lifespan of the drones […] Read more

Some soybean plants appeared to be ripening much more quickly than others. Their leaves were turning yellow and brown, and in some extreme cases, looked crispy and even burnt.

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Yellowing soybeans a mystery

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 3, 2015 issue of Grainews

An experienced hand at producing canola, wheat and barley on the sandy loam soils of his 4,200-acre farm east of Dauphin, Man., Brent was brand new at growing soybeans. Just after Labour Day, Brent gave me call to talk about a concern he had with his soybean crop as he prepared for harvest. “I think […] Read more



Haying progress improves, crops seen in good condition

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending July 25

Good progress was made with haying this past week. Livestock producers have 50 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage and another 20 per cent cut and ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year average (2011-2015) is 55 per cent baled or put into silage. Hay […] Read more