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BASF launches into a new era

Diversified portfolio and commitment to Canadian growers

[UPDATE: Oct. 29, 2019] Hybrid wheat certainly isn’t the only new product BASF has in the development pipeline, but it is an indicator of the game-changing technology the long time “pulse crop” company plans to deliver to western Canadian farmers in a vastly expanded cropping systems role over the coming years. While field trials of […] Read more


The silver lining of a good memorial service

Hart Attacks: A few thoughts about people who make a difference

My dad, later in life, would occasionally lament that he and mom spent too much time going to funerals — regretting too many of his neighbours and fishing buddies had died. While my Aunt Keitha, who turns 100 in November, always enjoyed a good funeral, giving her a chance to see and visit with people […] Read more



Taking the midnight train to Fairbanks

Hart Attacks: I don’t think I have to rush to pack for a ride on the first train north

While it is good news the first grain shipments in about four years are moving by rail to the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba this fall — all destined for eastern markets — it was a couple of other railway projects on the other side of the prairies with plans to ship commodities west […] 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




Expert answers are just a phone call away

What’s that bug? What’s that weed? Why is that cow not eating? Why am I not getting the yield I expected from this wheat crop? Which sprayer nozzle will work best for my needs? Why is my combine making that noise? If you’ve been faced with those or hundreds of other questions during your farming day, AGvisorPRO probably has […] Read more



Farmer Panel: Weather just needs a balancing device

Too dry in some areas — harvest started as early as late July, but in some cases not much crop to combine — while on the other end of the scale it doesn’t want to quit raining, with some crops drowned out and harvest likely to be delayed. Those are the extremes. Conditions on other farms […] Read more


lentils at weyburn

Farmer Panel: Rain in the nick of time

Moisture helps crops get to second base, but not a home run — yet

It may not be the case in all parts of Western Canada, but for producers contacted for the July Farmer’s Panel some much-appreciated rain in the latter part of June saved the bacon of a lot of crops but, as was duly noted, heading into July “it’s not in the bin yet.” Rain may not […] Read more



Chicken training at Ag in Motion: not yet

Training chickens to do tricks is probably something you’ve neglected to do

Who has been able to sleep with Ag in Motion starting this week? Western Canada’s largest outdoor farm show gets underway near Langham, Sask., about 20 minutes northwest of Saskatoon, on Tuesday, July 16, and runs until the last tire is kicked the afternoon of Thursday, July 18. Fortunately there has been a little rain […] Read more


Hart Attacks: Long-time reader shares many good ideas

Now-retired mixed farmer is a man of many talents

It was great to receive a letter from retired Manitoba farmer, Francis Poulsen, that described some of the problem-solving “fixes” he applied to equipment and the land during more than 50 years of farming near Elm Creek, 50 km west of Winnipeg and about 35 km southeast of Portage la Prairie. Now retired for about […] Read more