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“Soils, wherever you are on the planet, were never formed with monocultures.” – Blake Vince.

This farmer sees cover crop benefits

It’s not just about the environment; it’s also about the bottom line

Farmer Blake Vince says he’s seen both benefits and challenges as he’s made cover crops part of his operation near London, Ont. At November’s Farm Forum Event virtual conference, he appeared by way of a pre-recorded presentation done weeks earlier at his no-till farm. Standing in the middle of a cover crop that was planted

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


Alastair Handley, president of Radicle.

No getting off the carbon reduction train

Farmers might be able to sway government but Mr. Market is speaking loud and clear

Climate change initiatives such as carbon taxes might elicit a lot of negativity in the Canadian agriculture sector. But ignoring them could also mean ignoring big opportunities, according to Alastair Handley, president of Radicle (formerly Carbon Credit Solutions). He’s been involved in carbon markets since 2007, when he started developing a system for Alberta farmers

Flea beetle is one of the pests a Manitoba researcher is targeting with biotechnology.

Targeting your crop enemies

Is the future of crop protection environmentally friendly biotechnology?

So far biotechnology in agriculture has driven the use of crop protection products through genetically engineered herbicide resistance. But the next wave could displace at least some of those applications by opening up another front in the war on two familiar canola concerns — sclerotinia and flea beetle. Mark Belmonte, a professor of biological science

Opportunities for plant proteins await

Plant proteins have a big role to play as Canada positions itself for the future of agri-food

There’s a market out there for the taking for Prairie producers. That was the message Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada shared with the Farm Forum Event earlier this winter. He told the virtual event that agriculture in Western Canada has a lot going for it — innovative producers, a supportive research and development


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

Black Fox Farms, near Saskatoon, Sask.

Small distillery, big satisfaction

From a grain farm to producing spirits, this Sask. couple has enjoyed the journey

The owners of Black Fox Farms & Distillery never expected to find themselves where they are today. Barb Stefanyshyn-Coté and her husband John Coté were both third-generation farmers. They were born and raised on farms and they met at agriculture college. After they got married, they went back to farming and raised four children on

Stan Blade at a grain elevator in Leduc, Alta., discussing the future of logistics in agriculture.

Expect the unexpected

Farmers and the agriculture industry will need to be ready for a lot of change to be thrown their way

Stan Blade took to the Farm Forum Event virtual stage in mid-November to fight a few farming clichés. The dean of the faculty of agricultural life and environmental sciences at the University of Alberta took advantage of the format to pre-record his presentation, “Whatever You Think You Know About Agriculture — the Future Will Not


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

Now that this year’s crop is largely in hand, it’s time to revisit your marketing plan.

Take stock of your grain marketing plan now

Now’s the time to reassess target prices and other aspects of your efforts

With the harvest wrapping up, many producers are starting to seriously think about how to make the most of things while marketing their crop. The good news is that, generally speaking, prices are looking good, Bruce Burnett, Glacier FarmMedia’s director of markets and weather information, said. “This year the market fundamentals — depending on commodity — have been