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The Bin SumpPRO is a retrofit kit for grain bin sweep systems that improves grain bin safety by preventing plugging.

New product remedies grain bin sump flow issues

Bin SumpPRO defends against grain bin sump plugging, thereby improving bin safety

The new, patent-pending Bin SumpPRO system from Leading Edge Industries of Groton, S.D., remedies grain bin sump flow issues by breaking up clumps that would normally plug the sump. The product breaks up all types of clumps and ice above the floor and cuts and clears material lodged between the top of the floor and […] Read more

In early 2020, Mack introduced the medium-duty Class 6 and 7 MD truck series.

New players enter the light- and medium-duty truck segment

International and Mack move back into familiar territory

Over the past few decades, many truck manufacturers have retreated from the broad range of models they offered to specialize in specific segments of the market. However, recently, some brands have been expanding their offerings once again and returning to segments they had previously abandoned. Among those going down that path are International (under Navistar […] Read more


Get a jump on next year’s weed management

Control winter annual and perennial weeds this fall

Fall is a good time for farmers to get ahead of next year’s weeds by controlling winter annuals and perennials, such as Canada thistle, cleavers and narrow-leaved hawk’s beard. In fact, applying herbicides in the fall may result in increased efficacy of crop control products. Why it matters: Tackling weeds in the fall offers numerous […] Read more

Jarrett Jackson is an agronomist and market development representative for Bayer Crop Science. Demonstration plots across Western Canada serve several purposes, he says, such as to showcase new Dekalb varieties or illustrate different agronomic treatments. Also, research plots are monitored and harvested to provide data that will be used to support registration of new varieties as well as the performance of new chemistries, fungicides and seed treatments.

New crop protection products and varieties from Bayer and Dekalb

Corn, soybean and canola varieties debuted as well as Buteo Start, Proline Gold and more

With the 2020 research and demonstration plot season wrapped up except for the final number crunching, Bayer Crop Science is planning to increase its product offering to western Canadian farmers in 2021 with several new corn, soybean and canola varieties, and potentially some effective new crop protection products now in the approval pipeline. Demonstration sites, […] Read more


Due to the shift to larger bins, a lot of farms don’t have adequate power to have fans big enough to move adequate air, says a Canola Council of Canada expert.

Explore your options for heating and grain drying infrastructure

Experts advise farmers to consider the economics and benefits and to plan ahead, plus tips on airflow and spoilage prevention

Last year’s cold, wet harvest conditions proved a challenging test for many Prairie producers, both during harvest and once grain was in the bin. Even in a good year, effective fan technology is critical to successful storage. Last year, many farmers with heating and drying infrastructure and grain bin monitoring technologies were able to take […] Read more

Purple stripes were running along the length of 
the kernels.

Crop advisor casebook: Why the odd striping in these barley seed heads?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the October 13, 2020 issue of Grainews

Jo, a cattle producer who grows barley as livestock feed at her farm near Kindersley, Sask., came by the office one morning in early August to show me a few plants from her crop. She was worried some kind of disease had taken hold in the field of Champion feed barley, which had caused some […] Read more


A pre-harvest maintenance plan for your grain storage system is a good risk management strategy, says Derek Johnson, regional sales manager for AGI.

Your maintenance plan for your grain storage system

Tips to keep your system in good working order

At time of writing, many Prairie farmers are out on the combines, and with high yields predicted for this year, it’s important grain storage systems are in good working order and ready for the grain to flow. Why it matters: An annual maintenance strategy for a grain storage system is no different than tuning up […] Read more

Diana 
and Len Desharnais on a recent trip to Germany.

Meet your farming neighbours: Len and Diana Desharnais

The Desharnais family farms in the Peace River area of northern Alberta

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone starts off farming in their own way and every farm has its own combination of family and hired staff who make decisions and keep things running. Yet, even after considering all of the details, farmers are more alike than they […] Read more


Cabbage seedpod weevil.

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network launches website

The new website predicts insect risks, monitors insect populations and offers information on scouting, chemical controls and more

The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) launched a new website last July at Prairiepest.ca. The PPMN is a Prairie-wide insect pest monitoring group that provides valuable information, predicts insect risks, monitors insect populations and offers information to growers and agronomists to help them scout for pests, time their scouting activities, and make decisions about using […] Read more

The Canadian food industry used to be split at around 70 per cent retail and 30 per cent food service and institutional. Today the split is closer to 90 and 10 per cent, respectively, says Peter Chapman.


How have the value chain and consumers changed – and will it affect your marketing plans?

Be prepared for greater volatility and disruptions to markets, spend more time on business management practices and take a wider view of consumer behaviours and the value chain

Most market analysts and farm advisors agree that farmers shouldn’t change their overall marketing plans over the next 12 months specifically because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential future effects on trade and global economies. That said, this is without doubt a year unlike any other, and to be prepared for the possibility of […] Read more