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New soybean varieties for 2020

While you’re bringing in your 2019 soybean crop, start planning for next year

[UPDATED: Nov. 15, 2019] For most Prairie farmers, the 2019 growing season was a year that put their seed genetics to the test. It’s hard to make a choice about next year’s varieties without knowing what’s coming up in the weather forecast, but this is a good time to start studying your options. There are […] Read more


Fighting blackleg Down Under

Australia's battle to hold back blackleg has had its share of success

Speakers at Syngenta’s launch of Saltro, a new seed treatment, explained that Australian farmers have a different, more conservative approach to blackleg. In 1973, said Steve Marcroft from Marcroft Grains Pathology in Australia, “blackleg completely destroyed the crop.” For 15 years after that, there was very little canola grown in Australia. In the late 1980s, […] Read more






There’s a new phos in town

TIMAC Agro is bringing a new type of phosphorus to Western Canada

When TIMAC Agro International’s Top Phos product was listed as a finalist in Ag in Motion’s Innovation Program, in the plant and soil science category, many western Canadian farmers were not familiar with the company. TIMAC Agro may be new to Canada, but it’s not a new company. “We are in 131 countries,” said TIMAC […] Read more


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



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





Crops-a-palooza brings in farmers and researchers

On July 24, Crops-a-palooza brought together 10 different hosting organizations, a handful of corporate sponsors, and government researchers and other volunteers. More than 200 farmers and agronomists came out to see the crops and research on display at the Canada-Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre at Carberry, Manitoba. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada agronomist Curtis Cavers spent most […] Read more