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New soybean varieties for 2019

An embarrassment of choices: 36 new soybean varieties on sale for spring 2019

Anyone planning to grow soybeans next spring has a lot of reading ahead. When we asked all the seed companies we could find to tell us about the new varieties coming forward for 2019, they sent us information for about 36 new varieties. Comparing all these new varieties, along with all of the other recent […] Read more



SeedNet varieties sold from the farm

In 2010, a group of 14 progressive, southern Alberta seed growers got together, looking for ways to promote seed production. Today, those original seed growers (well, 13 of them) are shareholders in SeedNet, a company that licenses new varieties for sale to commercial farmers. “Now,” says Elizabeth Tokariuk, SeedNet’s general manager, “we have a network […] Read more


New cereal seed varieties for 2019

There are 19 new cereal varieties on the market for western Canadian growers this year

With 19 new varieties to choose from, western Canadian growers will be spoiled for choice in 2019. There are new corn hybrids, new wheat varieties in several categories, new two-row malt barley varieties, and even a new variety of spelt. Wheat CPSR Canadian Prairie Spring Red CANTERRA SEEDS: AAC Crossfield is a new semi-dwarf CPSR […] Read more




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