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One of the bison standing guard at the grand stairway in the Manitoba legislature.

Reporter’s Notebook: Leaving a legacy in Manitoba

From Freemasons to farm families. There have been several legacies built in Manitoba

Recently I was in Winnipeg for the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation annual conference. Winnipeg is probably not on too many bucket lists, but the downtown core has some interesting old buildings and attractions around the Forks. One of the most interesting buildings is the Manitoba legislature. Years ago, Frank Albo was driving by the leg […] Read more

Brevant, Corteva’s new seed brand, will be sold through ag retailers. Farmers will also be able to buy Pioneer seed through seed reps.

Merging into Corteva

Dow and Dupont products will be sold by Corteva, but branded as Brevant

Farmers looking for their usual Dow and DuPont products will have to get used to some new brands as company officials prepare for more change. Corteva Agriscience formed when Dow and DuPont merged last year. Currently Corteva is the ag division of the newly merged company, but DowDuPont plans to launch Corteva as a separate, […] Read more


Xarvio’s scouting app identifies weeds in the field using photo recognition software and artificial intelligence.

New crop scouting tool for your pocket

A new app from Bayer’s digital farming company, Xarvio, puts the smart in smartphone

Wondering which disease is damaging your crop or which weed is growing in your field? There’s an app for that. “Xarvio is a digital farming company with the ambition to deliver a healthy field,” said Warren Bills, business development manager. Xarvio was launched and owned by Bayer. BASF recently acquired the company as one of […] Read more

One of the positives of Twitter folks in agriculture is that often other people in ag intervene when an attack is aimed at a specific person.

Reporter’s Notebook: Fear and anger on the internet

Social media is great for sharing information, but there is a downside

In my last column, I wrote about how rapid change in how we communicate is changing society and encouraging fear. Fear easily morphs into anger and hatred and there’s no shortage of either on the internet. I’d love to write that the online ag community is free from such nastiness. But the ag community is […] Read more


Longer cultivation licenses, more exemptions and fewer third-party testing requirements will simplify business for hemp growers.

Rules ease up for growing hemp

Legal changes aren’t just for users; growers will also see fewer restrictions

The Cannabis Act is slated to take effect October 17th, legalizing recreational cannabis use in Canada. Those legislative changes will also remove many roadblocks to growing hemp and open up new market opportunities, say those in the industry. The new Act removes hemp from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, says Keith Jones, vice president […] Read more

Brandon Hunnicutt and his family farm near Giltner, Nebraska.

Corn, corn, and more corn

There’s a lot of it, but 
there’s also a plan behind Nebraska crop rotations

If you drive through Nebraska in the summer, expect to see a lot of corn. It towers on both sides of grid roads and secondary highways, hiding deer just as well as forests do in northern Canada. Sometimes drought-tolerant crops such as sorghum fill corners and line borders, as a pollination buffer for seed corn. […] Read more


A view of the Northgate facility from the fertilizer shed.

Moving grain south of the border

The Ceres Northgate Terminal works with BNSF to move grain into the U.S.

If you had a good arm, you might be able to stand outside the Ceres Northgate Terminal and wing a baseball from Saskatchewan into North Dakota. While the terminal and most of Ceres’ twin-loop track is in Canada, part of the track is south of the border. The facility’s border-straddling location, southeast of Estevan, is […] Read more

By the end of July, Shaun Cory said it was likely he’d have to bring cattle home early from one pasture.

Long rotations: midsummer management

In the second of a three-part series, Lisa Guenther talks to farmers about their rotations

This harvest, farmers in southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Alberta are dealing with dry weather, while producers in northwestern Saskatchewan have excess moisture. This summer Grainews has been talking to three farmers from three provinces about how they manage their rotations. The idea is to see how producers manage longer rotations and what are the benefits and challenges. […] Read more


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Reporter’s Notebook: Times are changing everywhere

Corn, soybeans and a changing society on the other side of the border

In late July, I flew to Nebraska to get an idea of what the ag industry looks like in that state. Before I even left my hotel in Omaha, I had my first clue. The Omaha World-Herald ran a front-page story on the $12 billion ag aid package with a rhyming headline. “Farmers: Thanks for […] Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Keeping community volunteers engaged

Reporter’s Notebook: Keeping community volunteers engaged

Many rural activities facilities and activities are run by volunteers. Keep yours happy

Volunteers power many facilities and services in our communities. What motivates people to volunteer and how can non-profit boards engage their volunteer corps? I spoke to two women, from different rural communities in different provinces. Both have experience as board members and in the volunteer corps. Because I wanted them to speak openly without creating […] Read more