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Editor’s Column: Bound up by resolutions

A few unhappy farmers probably went home from the commodity organizations annual general meetings in Saskatoon this January singing Rolling Stones tunes to themselves. (1) During this year’s Saskatchewan commodity group AGMs, the chairs of two levy-funded commodity groups explained to their members why they’d decided not to take action on contentious resolutions passed at […] Read more

CPT small plot data is now online

Small plot data from the 2016 Canola Performance Trials has been posted online. At the CPT website you can look up average yield, height, lodging and days to maturity for tested canola varieties. Filters on the website let you look for results in specific locations, and directly compare one variety to another. These small plots […] Read more


The Canola Performance Trials

Who pays for them? Why? Learn more about how to make the trials work for you

Do you depend on your provincial seed guides to help you make a choice about what varieties of canola you’re going to plant any given year? If so, you may be wondering, given that those great resources are available, why the Canola Performance Trials (CPT) are also important for making decisions for your particular acreage. […] Read more

Farmer Kevin Sandau collects a sample of canola seed at a grain grading workshop which he later crushed with a roller and then compared to the official Canadian Grain Commission colour chart to estimate the amount of green seed in the sample.

Send your grain harvest samples in for free analysis

The CGC’s Harvest Sample Program gives farmers a valuable marketing tool

Getting a free grain quality analysis at harvest not only puts farmers in a better bargaining position when they market their crops, but it also helps Canada sell grain, canola and pulse crops around the world. The ongoing Harvest Sample Program offered by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) gives a farmer more solid footing when […] Read more


Farmers and grain marketers attending a recent one-day workshop at Olds College look over a sample of Hard Red Spring wheat to determine how much mildew damage appeared in the sample and then decide whether it Graded No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3. Bill Adduono (r), green shirt, an operations supervisor with the Canadian Grain Commission provided directions and advice on the visual grading process which is anything but clearcut.

PHOTOS: Harvest Sample Program workshop

As farmers attending the workshop sponsored by Alberta Barley, Alberta Wheat Commission and the Alberta Canola Producers Commission heard again, determining quality of any particular sample is a subjective process. While some quality sorting technology is available and is in the process of being refined, determining the quality and grade of wheat, barley and canola […] Read more

Farm management: Getting from good to great

Farming is a numbers game. Make sure you 
make the most of the details on your farm


In March, I spent four days traveling from Grande Prairie to Lethbridge as part of the Leading Edge Farm Management series sponsored by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission and I had the good fortune to be in the company of some very accomplished individuals. Dr. Danny Klinefelter from Texas A+M University who, I would say, […] Read more


Navigating canola organizations

A quick summary of provincial and national organizations

In past columns I’ve written about research levies and wheat industry associations. Today: canola. You might be asking, “Why are there so many organizations with ‘canola’ in their name?” Here’s a quick summary. Provincial canola organizations If you want to get involved in canola research and policy, start by paying attention to your local provincial […] Read more

Against clubroot, ‘I’-rated canola sits between ‘R’ and ‘S’

A new canola variety billed with “intermediate” reaction against a new pathotype of clubroot is being placed in the zone between “resistant” and “susceptible.” Canterra Seeds, the Winnipeg firm marketing the new CS2000 hybrid variety, clarified its claim for the seed in a statement on a company blog Wednesday, granting many growers may be seeing the […] Read more