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Thursday evenings with regenerative ag topics

Manitoba producers offer their forage and grazing conference on-line

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) is inviting all to tune into their Regenerative Agriculture Conference, for free, every Thursday night through November. Starting Nov. 5 and then every Thursday afterward for two hours from 7 to 9 p.m. participants will be able to go online to connect with some excellent presentations on various […] Read more

Banff events – register for Cereal Summit and Pork Seminar

Grains meeting will be a live, in-person event, hog producers will meet virtually

Register for “live” Prairie Cereal Summit Registration is now open for this year’s Prairie Cereals Summit (PCS) to be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, December 9 -10, 2020. Hosted by the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, the two-day event will be held in person in full compliance with Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines […] Read more



The pea crop on the left side of the photo was treated with Nodulator Duo, which includes rhizobium as well as another bacteria that produces a root strengthening bio-film. The crop on the right side of the photo was treated with a competitive product that was rhizobium-only.

Biological power complements inoculants for pulse crops

Nitrogen-fixing rhizobia aren’t just for pulse and legume crops

While the 2020 crop may not be harvested and in the bin yet, early fall is still a good time to be thinking about the 2021 crop and lining up pulse crop inoculants for the coming growing season. Producers should be lining up inoculant needs this fall to avoid disappointment next spring. In addition to […] Read more


Pencil out preconditoning economics with BCRC calculator

Spoiler alert — lean toward 45 and 60 days programs

By Lee Hart Does preconditoning calves at weaning make economic sense? Most articles and arguments I’ve seen over the years usually point toward “Yes”, but the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) recently posted a report with a preconditioning calculator. Don’t just wonder if weaning, feeding, vaccinating calves for a few weeks or months before they […] Read more

Have meal, will travel

A modified version of Farmer Appreciation night in southeast Sask.

The Weyburn Chamber of Commerce in southeast Saskatchewan didn’t let a little pandemic completely interrupt their plans to host an annual Farmer Appreciation Night this year. Rather than host a nice sit-down dinner in town that would draw farm families from surrounding Rural Municipalities, they did the next best thing under COVID-19 protocols and brought […] Read more


This operator holds the NutriScan soil diagnostic tool against a soil sample in the field. A soil analysis is available 
within minutes.

A real-time soil analysis in minutes

New technology brings diagnostic tool to the field

Are you ready for in-field soil testing technology that in a matter of minutes can give you a read of what nutrients are available or perhaps, more importantly, deficient for your crop? Here comes NutriScan. That’s the technology Concentric Ag and its plant nutrient division, ATP Nutrition, is offering to western Canadian farmers this fall, […] Read more

Ag Excellence Conference all about farm management

Time to fine tune those management skills, be exposed to new ideas

And save the dates Dec. 8 to 10, 2020 for a great line up of speakers with all kinds of good farm management advice as part of the Ag Excellence Conference that will be going virtual this year. Organized by Farm Management Canada (FMC), the three day conference features speakers on a variety of topics […] Read more


What’s planned for farm shows and conferences this fall and winter

Several events have just shut down for the year, others have gone on-line

Well seven months into this pandemic thing and if you were expecting that life would be getting back to normal by now, well it isn’t — not completely anyway. I think the world and certainly Canadians are getting a bit more comfortable with COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements, which is a good thing because […] Read more

Charges dropped against young Alberta farmers

Still a few important legal issues to be sorted out

It was good to read news reports this week, that some flimsy but serious charges against two Calgary area brothers involving their tractor and the sheriffs at a highway check stop have been dropped. The Alberta Crown has withdrawn charges against Jeremia Leussink, 19, who was driving his tractor to do some haying in a […] Read more