With the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board buying 40 per cent of Viterra, Lee Hart is hoping his share of the federal pension funds will turn a large profit.

CPP needs your grain

It's good news: Viterra returns to the Canadian fold

Well I am really hoping Canadian farmers get serious about being efficient and profitable and market all those No. 1 crops through the greatest grain handling company in Canada — Viterra. Hey farmers, no more dinking around with lacklustre yields and all that needless shopping around to the “other” grain buyers. Now that my Canada […] Read more


Rod Lanier (l) will be growing hemp again on his farm near Lethbridge. Jeff and Ebony Prosko (r), who farm in Rose Valley, are contracting a helicopter service for fungicide applications this year.

Farmers just waiting on weather

The farmers surveyed for this Farmer Panel are ready to hit the field for spring seeding

Farmers in Manitoba were waiting for the snow to stop, a producer in central Saskatchewan was probably a month away from getting to fieldwork and in southern Alberta a producer was planning to start seeding durum in a few days (and some of his colleagues already had seed in the ground). That’s just how variable […] Read more




It is hard to determine if there is a good or bad guy in this whole story. The end of the ketchup wars will come down to the taste test.

Ketchup is not just a condiment

Lee Hart’s saucy commentary on Canada’s recent ketchup brand wars

I do want to tell you about the immeasurable grief and misery our tiny band of adventurers endured last month in setting up the upper camp before our final assault on Everest, but to more important things first — what are your thoughts on the recent ketchup war in Canada? Are you in the French’s or […] Read more



red spring wheat

New class coming for 29 wheats

More than two dozen older Hard Red Spring wheat varieties are being reclassified

Western Canadian farmers won’t have to make any major new decisions on wheat varieties this year, but come the spring of 2018 they will have to pay attention to whether some of their tried and true varieties have been moved to a different class. Creating a new classification for some long standing wheat varieties that […] Read more


Varieties designated for 2018 wheat class

It might take a bit of thought to keep all the old and new classes straight, but here are the wheat varieties scheduled to be moved into a new Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class effective August 1, 2018. There are 29 long-standing Canadian wheat varieties on the list and of those, 25 were originally registered […] Read more



Wheat class changes for 2016

While it is the hard red spring (CWRS) varieties that capture most of the attention as the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) introduces some new wheat classifications effective in 2018, there are some changes taking place for the 2016 growing season. Starting this year, effective August 1, 2016, the CGC is changing the name (and moving […] Read more


This 1932 photo of the Grainews ladies softball team, can suggest everything in life can go from one extreme to another. The real challenge is to find a balance.

Fuel your tank — one way or another

Will medical marijuana be enough to ease Lee Hart's modern day stress

One mission I am on this week is to get a prescription for medical marijuana so I can better cope with this struggling economy, or maybe I am worried about the terrorist threat that comes with allowing immigrants into Canada, or, man, have you seen the price of celery lately? … I don’t even want […] Read more



Good, healthy and mobile bulls can do the breeding job, but AI service may have a role in increasing overall herd productivity.

AI study produced higher beef profits

Bringing an AI technician onto the farm may make more economic sense than buying more bulls

While there will always be a role for breeding bulls on the farm, a recent Saskatchewan study says producers may want to look at artificial insemination of commercial beef cows, which could put more calves and more pounds of beef on the ground. In the report published late last year by the Western Beef Development […] Read more


Heifer calves with more moderate growth can be just as productive at a lower development cost.

Fine-tuning replacement heifer savings

Heifer calves still need to grow but perhaps not as much as earlier thought

On a scale of one to 10 do you know what your replacement heifers weigh? It’s not a trick question, but if you’re interested in fine-tuning management to save about $60 per head and produce efficient replacement heifers, using a weigh scale is an important place to start, says an economist with the Western Beef […] Read more