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PHOTOS: Open farm day garners crowds

The annual event is a chance to showcase 
the industry every fall

More than 40 farms and agriculture-related organizations threw their doors open Sept. 17 to show the general public just what happens down on the farm. Among the volunteer hosts were John and Ann Hunter, who farm near Rapid City. They had well over 200 visitors to their farm in just a few hours. One of […] Read more

New grain type yields high in farm field test

Our History: September 1961

Our Sept. 7, 1961 issue reported on “high productivity and drought resistance” on a new “synthetic grain species” developed at the University of Manitoba. The cross between durum wheat and rye, later named triticale, had been grown on 35 acres on the farm of A.V. Arnott at Darlingford, and it was estimated it would yield […] Read more

Soy strains

Adding commercial soybeans in developing countries 
brings unique challenges

Introducing soybeans into a developing country’s agriculture community is more complex than just putting the seeds in the ground. It also requires a major shift in thinking in relation to crop production and management, according to a University of Illinois agriculture economist. Peter Goldsmith says only with this shift in thinking will the new crop […] Read more

Drought year predicts high crop insurance payouts

Our History: September 1980

Effects of the drought-stricken crop of 1980 dominated the front page of our September 11, 1980 issue. Manitoba Crop Insurance anticipated a possible payout of $100 million, its highest on record. Crops farther west had suffered less than in Manitoba, and Statistics Canada was forecasting a larger Prairie wheat crop than the previous year, but […] Read more

Researchers eye canola for drought insight

Looking at the plants’ day and night cycles is shedding light on 
how plants respond to moisture stress

Your canola crop could hold the key to understanding how plants react to drought stress. That’s according to researchers at Dartmouth University who are looking at how early drought stress affects brassica rapa. The research, recently published in the journal eLife, looks at the full day and night cycle of the plants to see how […] Read more

Opposition grows to Ottawa’s proposed corporate tax changes

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture wants the consultation period 
extended for a more fulsome review

Ottawa needs to extend consultations on proposed tax changes for incorporated businesses, including farm corporations, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) says. The CFA, which has joined the 42-member Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, is calling on farmers to voice their concerns about changes it says will hurt farm business planning. It also says […] Read more

‘We’re not ready for Roundup Ready wheat’

Our History: August 2003

In the early 2000s, Monsanto had developed Roundup Ready wheat and had established variety trials in Western Canada, but its proposed licensing attracted strong opposition, as evidenced by this ad in our July 24, 2003 issue. The Canadian Wheat Board had warned that export customers could refuse any wheat contaminated with genetically modified varieties, a […] Read more

This Old Elevator: August 2017

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is […] Read more

Milking on the Barnardo farm

Our History: August 1891

The front page of the August 1891 issue of The Nor-West Farmer, And Miller featured this engraving of milking on Dr. Barnardo’s farm near Russell. Dr. Barnardo was founder of a controversial British organization to help destitute or orphan boys by sending them to work on farms in Canada, but was later seen as a […] Read more

The key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves

Leaf wax acts as the equivalent of ‘lip balm’ for plants, 
protecting them from the harmful effects of drought

A new study suggests breeding plants with a thicker layer of leaf wax is the key to greater drought tolerance and growing crops in more arid regions. Sarah Feakins, a scientist at University of Southern California who has studied leaf wax in the context of climate change, teamed up recently with researchers at Texas A&M […] Read more