GFM Network News

High tech research to produce down to earth beef herd management tools

Great things coming from the U of S Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Hang on to your cowboy hat, or maybe it should be your mass spectrometer — a team of researchers working through the University of Saskatchewan has just received about $6.75 million to launch a major project, using technology at the molecular level which should help Canadian beef producers produce more efficient and productive animals. Dr. […] Read more

Harvey Dann with a proposal about crop quality

Measuring quality and producing crops with the specifications the food industry wants

Harvey Dann, a not-retired Manitoba marketer and key figure in the Western Canadian livestock industry for many years is looking for some progressive thinking farmers to invest a few dollars into learning about the quality of the grains, oilseeds and pulse crops they produce. By knowing quality and establishing benchmarks on a wide range of […] Read more

Beef producers shut out of COVID-19 RETURNS

Consumers paid more for beef, but somehow that didn't reach back to farmers

(Editors Note: Karen Spencer with the University of Calgary School of Public Policy had a look at consumer and beef industry trends (and numbers) over the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and although consumers were very supportive of beef and retailers and processors did pretty well, guess what? Livestock producers and feedlot operators tended […] Read more

Step out of comfort zone with 2021 crop year

Consider higher inputs, but also have safety nets in place

When it comes to crop production and marketing, 2021 is not the year to get wimpy according to some leading Western Canadian agriculture advisors. With some really strong markets across most major commodities don’t let fear get in the way — just go for it. That might be somewhat of an over simplification, but it […] Read more

Trust me, I am from the government

Serious competition expected for ag research dollars

I remember a scene from a movie years ago where this old gal is living a quiet rural life raising goats and in this scene she is lovingly scratching the ears of a kid goat that is so calm it almost appears to be asleep, and then the old gal slowly reaches around with a […] Read more

Building a 259 bushel/acre wheat crop

No doubt every variety has a yield potential, but there may be a lot more locked inside each wheat seed than we expect

How do you achieve a record setting wheat yield of nearly 259 bushels per acre? That’s a figure not every farmer in the world can shoot for. And no doubt it helps if you farm in New Zealand, have good soil, irrigation, and a 10-month growing season. And like I say, it is not a […] Read more

Hopefully Lazy S Ranch sets tone for bull sale season

The 2021 prices were ahead of last year's averages

Buyers certainly showed their support for good quality beef genetics and also their confidence in the beef industry, with strong prices offered in late January at one of the first bull sales of season staged by Lazy S Ranch of Mayerthorpe, AB. It was the 52nd annual sale at the ranch owned by the Ainsworth […] Read more

Nutrient Management Seminar series continues

Great speakers and great information for the on-line series

Be on-line for the next seven Monday afternoons around 2 p.m. to see and hear some to the leading experts in in Western Canada talk about nutrient and soil health management topics.   The 2021 Alberta Nutrient Management Seminar Series actually started last Monday, Jan. 11with a presentation by Ross McKenzie explaining how to read […] Read more


Somebody has to win these great prizes

Final reminder… you have until midnight this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 to get your entry in for a chance at some $34,000 in prizes in the big Christmas giveaway organized by AGvisorPro. Visit their website at to enter. AGvisorPro is the relatively new service that connects farmer subscribers with a huge network of crop, […] Read more

Good stuff coming in January 5, 2021 Grainews

Just when you thought you knew it all, along comes another issue

In these last few days before Christmas, the Grainews publishing machine is cranking out the January 5, 2021 of the magazine and actually before December ends we will be in the final stages of putting together the January 19 issue of the magazine as well. No rest for the wicked this time of year. But […] Read more