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Shawna Mathieson is the executive director of the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA), which is working to develop new markets for Canadian oats.

Oat acreage forecast up

Price and disease a big factor in pushing oat acres across the Prairies

Around 2.9 million acres of oats were planted across Canada in 2015 according to Statistics Canada, and although acres have been dropping over the past few years, oat production will likely be up by more than 10 per cent this spring to around 3.3 million tonnes. Last year, the majority of those acres were planted […] Read more


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LIVE BLOG: Alberta FarmTech 2016

Event begins Tuesday, Jan. 26 and runs to Thursday, Jan. 28

Edmonton’s EXPO Centre at Northlands is the place to be for producers and the public during Alberta FarmTech 2016, running from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28. Want up-to-the-minute information on what’s going on at FarmTech? Check out our live blog page here! FarmTech features more than 50 sessions and a world class lineup of speakers providing […] Read more



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VIDEO: Director of License to Farm shares thoughts on agriculture

Film encourages farmers to join discussions around food

On January 14th, SaskCanola launched License to Farm in Saskatoon. The 30-minute film aims to encourage farmers to join discussions around food production. Grainews reporter Lisa Guenther caught up with director Alexei Berteig to chat about the film and what Berteig took away from the experience.


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VIDEO: Driverless tractors and open-source software

Reimer Robotics takes first prize in Manitoba Ag Days Inventors' Showcase

Matthew Reimer was as surprised as anyone when he was awarded first prize for his driverless tractor system at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon on Jan. 20, but his invention is worthy of the title. The Inventors’ Showcase winner, and president of Reimer Robotics, has built a system to move tractors – driverless no less, with […] Read more



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LIVE BLOG: Manitoba Ag Days

Event begins Tuesday, Jan. 19 and ends on Thursday, Jan. 21

The city of Brandon rolls out the welcome mat for producers and the public for this year’s Manitoba Ag Days, running Tuesday, Jan. 19 to Thursday, Jan. 21. Visit the Ag Days 2016 live blog page here! For three days, a wide variety of speakers and some of the latest in agricultural equipment and technology will […] Read more


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VIDEO: Cooking up good things with pulses

Canned chickpea water substitutes for egg whites in making macarons

While Canada grows copious amounts of pulses, most are exported. Chefs Geoffroy Dextraze and Chef Chris Kopp of Winnipeg’s Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery share their experiences developing new pulse recipes for the provincial launch of the International Year of Pulses. The event was put on by the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and attended by […] Read more



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What’s it take to produce new pesticides?

Farmers know a lot about using pesticides. Here’s a chance to learn about how chemical companies dream them up, produce them and market them to you

Have you ever wondered how chemical companies create and launch new pesticides? How much it costs them, how they decide what it will cost you and how they come up with those names? Well, we were wondering the same thing at Grainews, so we talked to Kelly Bennett. Bennett manages Dow AgroSciences’ cereal broadleaf herbicides […] Read more


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VIDEO: Down to earth jewelry made in Manitoba

Provincial soil turned trinkets travel the world

Manitoba Soil Sciences Society members have been using Newdale Clay Loam to make a series of pendants/keychains, bracelets, earrings and rings since Manitoba proclaimed it the provincial soil in 2010. MSSS members Marla Riekman and John Heard explain how the idea originated, how the jewelry is made, and the intent behind the ongoing initiative. All […] Read more




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Holy canola! A 74-bushel average yield

The Canadian canola yield average is still somewhere around 35 bushels per acre, but 
a lot of farmers are consistently seeing yields 
of 50, 60, and even into the mid-70s

With one southern Alberta farmer this year hitting a 74-bushel yield average on 320 acres of InVigor canola, the seemingly lofty challenge of hitting a 100-bushel yield in Western Canada sometime over the next three years may indeed be possible. The farmer we’ll refer to as Norman Napus — he asked not to be identified […] Read more




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