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Four new flax varieties for 2019

Flax varietal research is backed by a strong breeding program at the CDC

Four new flax varieties will be on the market for 2019, three varieties from SeCan that were developed through the Crop Development Centre (CDC), and one variety from SeedNet that came out of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s breeding program. For now, breeding programs at Agriculture Canada and Viterra have slowed to a halt, so we […] Read more


New canola varieties for 2019

Eight new herbicide-tolerant canola varieties on the market for next year

Every year Grainews contacts seed companies so we can make a list of the new varieties coming out for the next season. This year, the biggest challenge was keeping track of who’s who. With all the mergers and purchases that have taken place in the input supply industry, it took a spreadsheet to track which […] Read more



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Farm debt in Western Canada

Our debt levels are increasing, but our debt-to-equity ratios are holding steady

The headline of an article released by FCC near the end of September was a little worrying: “What does a new high in farm debt mean for the ag sector?” Between 2016 and 2017, total Canadian farm debt increased by 6.6 per cent to more than $100 billion. In Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the increase […] Read more


A tractor book for Christmas?

The gift-giving season will soon be upon us, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. Scott Garvey is giving away two copies of Lee Klancher’s latest book, Tractor: The Heartland Innovation, Ground-Breaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses That Mechanized Agriculture. This new hardcover book includes stories of the inventors and entrepreneurs who […] Read more



Our last minute grain storage solution

Mid-way through this year’s harvest, we set up two 9,600-bushel temporary grain bins

Midway through this year’s harvest, we began to realize that we were likely going to run out of storage space before the terminal called in the canola we had under contract. There wasn’t time to buy a “real” bin and move it in. Since we don’t have a grain bagger, we talked to the neighbours […] Read more


No silver bullet for international disease

Scientists from around the globe met in Edmonton to discuss the latest on clubroot

The world’s top canola researchers and agronomists met in Edmonton in early August to talk about their work on the pathogen that’s lowering canola yields throughout Alberta and spreading to the rest of the Prairies. While researchers at the International Clubroot Workshop discussed the scientific research underway, farmer delegates were disappointed to hear there is […] Read more



BASF closes deal with Bayer

ICYMI: Canola research focused on Western Canada will continue

On August 1, BASF finalized its acquisition of several Bayer assets including the Invigor canola line, Ignite herbicide, seed treatment products, Bayer’s digital farming software (xarvio) and seed research and development, including hybrid wheat. The Canadian piece of this global transaction also includes 400 Bayer employees, research facilities at Saskatoon, Pike Lake, Lethbridge and Regina and 12 other research sites. Jonathan […] Read more