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Genetic study may make ancient Inca’s quinoa a grain of the future

The findings could pave the way to breeding out the bitter saponins that must currently be washed off post-harvest

Quinoa, the sacred “mother grain” of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study. Scientists on Feb. 7 said they have mapped the genome of quinoa and identified a gene that could be manipulated to get […] Read more


Corn grower association head has seen lots of change after 29 years on the job

Theresa Bergsma looks back on how agriculture and corn have changed in Manitoba

Farming in Manitoba has changed a lot during the 29 years Theresa Bergsma has been general manager of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA). As her June retirement nears, Bergsma has been reflecting on some of them, including changes to grain corn. A combination of improved hybrids, improved agronomy and longer growing season, especially in […] Read more



New wheat class a mixed bag

Looming changes to the CNHR class will likely dilute some of the current 
benefits of the varieties that currently call it home

The Canadian Northern Hard Red (CNHR) wheat class is poised to expand Aug. 1, 2018 — but no one is exactly sure how the change is going to play out. The new CNHR class is already home to U.S. dark northern varieties, such as Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND. Next summer they’ll be joined by […] Read more


Is U.S. grain eating up Canadian rail capacity?

Not according to CP Rail, which on average moves two trains of American grain through Western Canada daily

An Alberta farmer alleges Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) isn’t moving Canadian grain in a timely way because it’s preoccupied shipping American grain through Western Canada — an allegation CP denies. The Carstairs-area farmer asked not to be identified fearing it might reveal his source. The farmer said according to his source every day CP brings […] Read more



Measuring changes in the grain transportation system

Grain monitor proves that better data collection can drive change and improvement

The business adage that you can’t change what you don’t measure seems to fit the Prairie grain transportation system. In a presentation to the annual conference of the Canadian Agriculture Economics Society, Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., which tracks the performance of the grain transportation and handling system for Transport Canada, used the numbers […] Read more


New rust strain threatens wheat crops in Europe and North Africa

In 2016 thousands of hectares of wheat crops were damaged in Sicily

A new, highly destructive strain of stem rust that battered wheat crops in Sicily last year could spread across the Mediterranean in 2017, threatening harvests and the livelihood of small farmers, experts warned Feb. 3. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urged countries in Europe and North Africa to be vigilant to prevent possible […] Read more



Appeal Court reverses CTA rulings against CN

The Federal Court of Appeal says the regulatory agency made errors in assessing car shortfalls in 2014

The Federal Court of Appeal has struck down rulings by the Canadian Transportation Agency that CN breached a level-of-service obligation in early 2014. The CTA said the failure was related to supplying two Prairie grain companies with sufficient hopper cars during the frigid early months of 2014. Justice Marc Nadon ruled the CTA “made unreasonable […] Read more


Single checkoff coming for wheat growers

The new system will fund both wheat variety development and Cigi, say the provincial wheat groups

Wheat growers can expect to see a simplified checkoff system in the coming crop year. Beginning August 1, 2017, they’ll see checkoffs for the provincial associations combined with the transitional checkoff for funding variety research and market development. Those funds, collected through the temporary Western Canadian Deduction (WCD) checkoff, have since 2012 funded the Western […] Read more



Concept of making money agriculture

Looking closer at the wheat checkoff change

Farmers won’t see much difference on the elevator driveway, but what about Cigi and the WGRF?

For farmers it’s going to mean a single checkoff line on their grain ticket. For groups like the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) the changes will be more involved. Having a direct role in funding these groups may lead to more farmer input into their governance. Read more: Single […] Read more


VIDEO: Take the temperature of your grain in real-time

Dimo’s/Labtronics Wi-Fi grain probe demonstrated at Manitoba Ag Days

Once harvest is complete and your grain is in the bin, it’s essential that you keep a close eye on its temperature. But if you don’t have a temperature cable set up in your bin, it’s a bit of a gamble if you’re trying to avoid grade degradation or something disastrous such as a total […] Read more