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Inoculants to encourage pulse crops to nodulate are a familiar form of biological product.

Biologicals in agriculture: what’s old is new (and improved)

Farmers have a centuries-long tradition of using biologicals whether they called it that or not

The term ‘agricultural biologicals’ conjures up images of white lab coats and test tubes. But the practice itself — deriving benefits from naturally occurring micro-organisms — predates the scientific method itself. Centuries ago, long before they knew anything about rhizobia or nitrogen fixing, farmers were reaping the benefits of the process by rotating legumes in

Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for 2019-20

Grain revenues run $5.3 million over caps, CTA rules

Canada’s big two railways have about two more weeks to hand over about $5.6 million in Prairie grain revenue overages and related penalties for the 2019-20 crop year. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) on Dec. 22 ruled Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) each overshot their maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for the


The year captured in verse — without one single curse

Despite all the woes of the year just past, our resident ‘poet’ finds much to be thankful for

We usually review the past year fondly, but in this one’s instance Some of 2020 we’d just as soon view far back in the distance While for many farmers the year was one of the best For others harvesting and preparing our food, it was a year full of stress Even if they could go

An agronomist examines cotton plants in Batesville, Mississippi in 2018.

Aiming for green profits

North American farmers benefit as consumers pressure food businesses to go green

Reuters – Beer made from rice grown with less water, rye planted in the off-season and the sale of carbon credits to tech firms are just a few of the changes North American farmers are making as the food industry strives to go green. The changes are enabling some farmers to earn extra money from industry giants like Cargill,

StatsCan report to provide clarity on 2020 crop production

MarketsFarm — Market participants and producers will be looking to Statistics Canada’s principal field crop report, due out Thursday, for clarity regarding 2020 crop yields. “We’re looking to see how severely the heat damaged the crop, and how yield estimates were tempered later in the growing season,” said Jerry Klassen, an analyst in Winnipeg. Klassen


Canadian Grain Commission 2020 crop quality info

Besides a good-quality crop of Canada Western Red Spring wheat in 2020, the quality of other western Canadian crops harvested in 2020 is good too, says Daryl Beswitherick, the Canadian Grain Commission’s program manager for national inspection standards. Canola “Grade-wise it was fantastic,” Beswitherick said in an interview Nov. 9. This year 92.5 per cent

Crop stocks forecasts mostly unchanged in AAFC supply/demand report

Corn carryout revised upward

MarketsFarm — Updated crop supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released Friday, included only minor changes from the previous month. Larger adjustments are expected after Statistics Canada releases its final production numbers for the year on Dec. 3. Canola and all-wheat ending stocks for the 2020-21 marketing year were both left unchanged at 2.25

Intercrops peek out between the corn rows of MBFI’s latest look into corn grazing practices.

Spicing up the mix in MBFI’s corn fields

Corn grazing at MBFI will see a few new species in the undergrowth, part of a project on intercropped corn grazing

Corn grazing at MBFI will see a few new species in the undergrowth, part of a project on intercropped corn grazing

For most of Manitoba’s cattle, it’s time to settle into the yard. The herd at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) north of Brandon however, is getting ready to hit the cornfield. Corn grazing itself is no surprise at MBFI. It’s how the applied research and demonstration farm, which has a goal of keeping cattle


Herman Wehrle of FP Genetics talks hybrid fall rye and how it might best work in greenfeed and grazing systems at MBFI north of Brandon.

Hybrid rye, coming soon to a grazing system near you?

Most of the province’s hybrid rye goes to grain, but new projects hope to get a better handle on its potential for feed, forage and grazing

Those marketing hybrid fall rye hope their next market expansion might involve hooves. Herman Wehrle, director of market development with FP Genetics, is exploring how hybrid rye might work into greenfeed and grazing systems, having already spent the last several years evaluating its use for silage. Why it matters: Industry is trying to shift hybrid

CFIA to consult on new near-meat, non-meat guidelines

Clarity for labels, promotion, composition to be considered

“Greater clarity” in federal guidelines for the makeup and labels of “simulated” meat and poultry products is the end zone for a new round of consultations underway for the next month. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Tuesday announced the launch for the public consultation, which includes an online survey and runs until Dec. 3.