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BASF talks hybrid wheat and canola revolutions

Big changes are ahead for wheat technology; buy your canola in new bag sizes

Jonathan Sweat, BASF’s vice-president, business management agricultural solutions, made a trip to the Canadian Prairies this summer to visit farms and attend Ag in Motion, where he took time to talk to Grainews. After more than 20 years at BASF, Sweat is still enthusiastic about the company’s investment in research. “About 40 per cent of […] Read more


Making your grain marketing plan

Getting started with the basics of basis and futures

Trade wars, weather delays, low-quality grains, lower-than-hoped-for prices. When your crop is finally in the bin, this might be a good year to learn more about marketing so you can make the most of what you have. There are many different ways to market grains and some are better suited to certain crops. Some crops […] Read more



A new way to sell your grain online

CXN360 connects farmers with commodity buyers online through a membership system

Farmers generally sell grain based on personal relationships with buyers, says Mike Witkowicz. “You can manage, at best, probably four to five relationships with grain companies.” The problem with that is that there are more than four or five potential buyers out there. Witkowicz is the vice president of strategy and business development for CXN360, […] Read more


Facing and addressing farm financial issues

Bad harvest weather. Low prices. If things look grim, it’s time to get to work

When there are financial concerns on the farm, it’s important to address them sooner rather than later, and find a way forward. Financial issues can occur in any business. Reasons for financial distress on farms can be as varied as harvest issues, crop failures, decreased market prices, cash-flow challenges or excessive debt loads. It is […] Read more



Fall-applied nitrogen and nitrogen stabilizers

Keep your nitrogen in the soil where plants need it

Applying nitrogen fertilizer in the fall is an effective way to manage time and efficiency when spring comes. However, it can be hard to assess how much nitrogen is available in the root zone early in the season and what was lost to leaching and denitrification. Leaching is the loss of nitrates to the soil […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: Patchy growth in canola presents a puzzle

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the September 24, 2019 issue of Grainews

The canola in Rob’s field had just emerged when he contacted me this past spring about concerns of insect pressure and a patchy plant stand. In addition to canola, Rob grows wheat, barley and peas on 2,500 acres near Wakaw, Sask. At the time of his request for me to visit his farm, the region […] Read more



Meet your farming neighbours: Bernie and Cara McClean

Bernie and Cara McClean farm in northwest Saskatchewan

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more


How to get your farm ready for sales to the EU

Canola Council urges producers to get sustainable stamp, a "five minute" process which could open market doors

Doyle Weibe, who farms near Saskatoon, Sask., is one western Canadian farmer who is ready with his sustainable farming certification when the expected demand to supply canola to the European Union (EU) biofuel market breaks. With a poor crop in parts of the EU in 2019, Canadian grain marketers say there is potential for the […] Read more



Farm shows: from Switzerland to Red Deer

While farm shows around the globe have their own flavour, some things never change

Coming out of the packed train station, our friend Markus points across the street to where a large group is gathered. “Those are all farmers over there,” he says. “That’s got to be the right tram.” What is it about farmers that makes them stand out in a city? Clothing? Posture? Haircuts? Markus was right, […] Read more


How the farm sector can mitigate losses from global trade wars

APAS proposes a federally funded Trade Mitigation Program for Canadian grain farmers

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) has become increasingly concerned about global trade action. The Canadian grain industry is an export oriented, trade-exposed sector. All Canadian grain farmers have been financially hurt by the current “Trump/China Trade War.” China has targeted Canadian canola and soybean exports, but trade action is affecting other commodities as […] Read more