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Jitendra Paliwal (left) adjusts the antennae on the 3D electromagnetic imaging system at the U of M’s grain storage research laboratory while Paul Card (right) watches.

Detecting grain spoilage in the bin before it starts

An adaptation of cancer-screening technology offers a better and safer way to check for grain bin moisture, with a bonus of theft detection

An electromagnetic imaging technique originally designed to detect breast cancer tumours is now being adapted for a totally different use — locating spoiled grain in bins. The research project at the University of Manitoba uses electromagnetic imaging (EMI) to create a 3D profile of a bin, showing pockets of moisture which can overheat and spoil. […] Read more

Changes coming to capital gains taxes

2017 federal tax rules changes are right around the corner. Are you prepared?

If you are a farm business owner considering a sale of capital assets such as land or quota in the next few years, there are some proposed tax changes coming into effect that you should know about today. Two changes have been approved as of the March 2016 federal budget announcement. These will take effect […] Read more


Fair treatment for Western farmers began 100 years ago

It was more than a century ago but bitter conflict between farmers and the early western Canadian grain industry still resonates in the childhood memories of old-timers like Harvey English. “It was highway robbery. That’s what it was in those days,” says English, 94. “They were just stealing everything off the farmer that they could […] Read more

CGC guarantees Canadian grain quality worldwide

Quality assurance makes Canadian grain superior

The owner of Singapore’s largest bakery chain sits in a high-rise office tower gazing out over the world’s busiest ocean port. Any day now, a ship carrying wheat from Canada is scheduled to arrive and unload its cargo for milling. The baker is already planning his production and quality-control program for months ahead, based on […] Read more



Manitoba cattle price insurance in the works

Hidden in Manitoba Finance Minister Rosann Wowchuk’s 2011-12 budget is a $200,000 allocation for cattle insurance. The Manitoba government has set aside $200,000 for a livestock insurance pilot program for the province’s cattle producers. The allocation is hidden in the 2011-12 provincial budget Wowchuk brought down April 12. The Co-operator learned about it during briefings […] Read more


Man. hog farmers pledge sow stall phase-out

Major and possibly expensive changes lie ahead for Manitoba’s 700 hog producers as the result of a new roadmap for the industry’s future. The Manitoba Pork Council’s plan released last week commits hog farmers to eliminate sow gestation stalls within the next 15 years. “Manitoba Pork commits to encouraging producers to phase out by 2025 […] Read more



Manitoba’s KAP president quits unexpectedly

Manitoba’s general farm organization is looking for a new president after Ian Wishart resigned from the position. A meeting of Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) general council in Portage la Prairie sat in stunned silence Thursday as Wishart said he was stepping down, effective immediately. “With considerable regret, I offer my resignation and my apologies. I […] Read more

B.C. humane society protests rodeo calf roping

When the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition holds its 46th annual rodeo in Morris through this weekend, one group that won’t be cheering for the cowboys is a Vancouver-based animal welfare organization opposed to one of its main events: calf roping. The Vancouver Humane Society is campaigning to ban calf roping (also called tie-down roping) from […] Read more