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Court approves Morris Industries’ sale to Rite Way

Yorkton plant, not included in deal, to close

Seeding equipment manufacturer Morris Industries has been approved for sale to another Saskatchewan manufacturer — minus its Yorkton manufacturing plant, which is not part of the sale and is now expected to close by year’s end. Judge Shawn Smith of Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon on Friday approved the sale of Morris to a

The long shadow of the 1930s dust bowl may have resulted in an inaccurate assessment of wind erosion risk.

Soil erosion concerns overblown?

Academic says soil loss to wind erosion isn’t backed up by data

David Lobb has spent much of the last year challenging long-established beliefs about wind erosion. The University of Manitoba soil science professor and his team recently completed a study of the historical and contemporary evidence of wind erosion on the Prairies and the findings run counter to deeply rooted assumptions about wind erosion that have


Versatile to move tillage equipment work to Winnipeg

Buhler to halt production at Vegreville next fall

The company that makes Versatile tractors and tillage equipment is set to consolidate those product lines at its plant in Winnipeg, pulling the work out of its plant in east-central Alberta. Farm equipment maker Buhler Industries announced Friday it will halt production at the former Ezee-On manufacturing plant at Vegreville, Alta. in September 2021 and

Annemieke Farenhorst hosts University of Manitoba researchers Emma McGeough, Doug Cattani and Francis Zvomuya in a webinar explaining their intermediate wheatgrass study on October 21.

Study looks at economics of wheatgrass as dual-purpose crop

University of Manitoba researchers will look at the economics of intermediate wheatgrass and its environmental footprint

A new study is looking at intermediate wheatgrass’s potential to be both cash crop and quality forage in the same year. Intermediate wheatgrass is a perennial grain sometimes known by the trade name ‘Kernza.’ It has historically been used as forage in North America, but in its recent years has been pegged as the most

Data can help farmers make better decisions, but collecting that data has to be part of a plan.

Making the most of ag data collection

Planning ahead and knowing what you’re trying to capture will set the stage for next season

Analyzing the kind of growing season they’ve had has always been an important way for farmers to continually improve their operations. This could be as simple as documenting yield data and for many farmers, that may still be all they are doing. But as we move into a more precision-based agriculture, the more data points


A wet fall in 2019 left Manitoba producers with a lot of challenges to overcome this spring.

Ideal fall makes up for late start

With much of the harvest in the bin, Manitoba producers are mildly disappointed with a just-average crop

This season might be going out like a lamb, with near-optimal harvest conditions, but that doesn’t mean Manitoba grain growers haven’t grappled with their fair share of challenges. It all started a year ago, with the wet fall of 2019 postponing field work and applications until this spring, and causing many issues that required untangling

Court approval sought for Morris Industries sale

Rite Way deal the 'highest and best offer received'

The court overseeing creditor protection for seeding equipment maker Morris Industries is being asked to approve a deal for the company’s sale to another Saskatchewan manufacturer. Calgary consultancy Alvarez and Marsal, the court-appointed monitor for Morris, said Tuesday in its latest report to Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon it recommends approval of a sale

Regenerative ag takes soils off life support

Diversity in all its forms is key to ‘regen ag’

We’ve got to stop treating our soil like dirt. That statement is among the driving forces behind the growing number of Canadian farmers adopting regenerative agriculture, a movement that has gained traction over the last decade as both knowledge and interest in soil biology has spread among academics and producers. Put in basic terms, ‘regen


Canola stubble pokes out of the hills in Chad Berry’s direct-seeded potato demonstration.

Spud growers let soil lie

Under the Hill Farms is testing minimum-tillage potatoes on a field scale

Potatoes aren’t usually the poster child for minimal tillage. The reality of the planting, hilling and digging cycle usually means plenty of black dirt, some of it airborne. But dramatically reducing tillage is exactly what Chad Berry, of Under the Hill Farms near Glenboro, is trying to do. Berry’s farm, in association with Simplot Canada,

‘New’ Cereals Canada selects Alberta farmer Todd Hames as chair

June 1 Cereals Canada and Cigi merged and held its first annual meeting June 22

Alberta farmer Todd Hames was elected the chair of the recently reconstituted Cereals Canada at its first annual meeting June 22. The ‘new’ Cereals Canada was created June 1 when it and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) amalgamated after two years of discussions and the approval of their respective boards April 13. Hames, who