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Lynne Schoenau beside a front-end loader depositing a bucket full of topsoil taken from a slough onto a Rebuilding Productivity in Eroded Knolls research plot in May 2020.

Move soil to where it’s needed most

Landscape restoration can restore productivity on eroded knolls and hilltops

You could say it’s an old idea that’s new again. The idea is taking topsoil from where it has accumulated in low areas and putting it on badly eroded knolls or hilltops to increase the productivity of a field. University of Manitoba soil scientist David Lobb maintains that’s something farmers in hilly regions of China […] Read more


Should you till after a drought?

Should you till after a drought?

Q & A with an expert

Q: What factors should be considered with fall tillage following a drought? A: Fall work might include tillage operations for fertilizer and herbicide applications. Other tillage operations might include vertical tillage for residue management and tillage to break up surface compaction. The question after a drought is, “Should I till?”  Many parts of Western Canada […] Read more

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White House not ruling out a U.S. carbon tax

Option 'not off the table' despite Manchin comment

Washington | Reuters –– The White House on Tuesday said it has not ruled out a carbon tax as a possible option for fighting climate change, even though U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a critical holdout in the closely divided Senate, said he was not discussing the topic in talks about U.S. spending and infrastructure bills. […] Read more



After a sustained period of uncertainty, economists predict the world economy is primed for strong growth.

Editor’s Column: Economic outlook offers lots of positive news, some challenges, loads of optimism

It’s been about a year and a half since the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions aimed to contain it caused what Aaron Goertzen calls the “deepest and fastest recession in modern economic history.” Goertzen is the senior economist and director of BMO Financial Group. Fortunately, we’re now in the recovery phase. “The labour market has […] Read more


CME December 2021 live cattle (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (pink, dark red and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle retreat from one-month high

Corn futures weigh on feeder cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Monday, hit by profit-taking and technical selling after the benchmark December contract hit a one-month high on Friday, traders said. A stronger close in corn futures pressured feeder cattle futures. CME December live cattle futures settled down 0.55 cent at 130.425 cents/lb. […] Read more

File photo of the Port of Montreal. (Guy Banville/iStock/Getty Images)

Canada concerned about supply chain issues, watching ports ‘closely’

Reuters –– Canada is concerned about the challenges facing global supply chains and is watching the country’s ports very closely, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday. Freeland, speaking to reporters in Washington after meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, said she was broadly optimistic about the strength of Canada’s economic recovery […] Read more


This photo shows the affected area of discoloured plants fading into an unaffected area with healthy plants.

Crop advisor casebook: Why the discoloured canola plants in this Sask. field?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the October 12, 2021 issue of Grainews

In June 2020, I was doing a routine herbicide efficacy assessment for Rick, who farms 13,000 acres of durum, spring wheat, canola, barley, lentils, peas and flax near Kyle, Sask. While walking a 320-acre canola field, I noticed some severe discolouration of the canola plants. The affected plants were pale green to yellow in colour […] Read more

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Cargill, ADM sell GrainBridge to ag software firm Bushel

'Network effect' expected in grains sector

An online service farmers use to manage grain sales with ADM’s elevators and processing plants across Canada — along with Cargill and ADM elevators in the U.S. — is under new ownership. ADM and Cargill, the two major U.S.-based agribusinesses that set up GrainBridge in 2019, announced Tuesday they’ve sold it to Bushel, a Fargo, […] Read more