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This photo from barleyharvest.ca shows AC Bow — one of three newer varieties being recommended for growers this year — being harvested near Lethbridge late last summer. Although only accounting for 2.7 per cent of malt acres last year, AC Bow moved up to fifth spot in popularity. Another recommended variety, AAC Connect, took fourth spot at 5.2 per cent of acres while the third, CDC Fraser, was in seventh place (2.1 per cent of acres).

Newer and better malt varieties slowly starting to get some love

Maltsters still smitten with the old standards but the future belongs to new varieties, says expert

Glacier FarmMedia – It’s a slow process to get international maltsters to accept new barley varieties, partly because of unfamiliarity and partly because farmers aren’t growing enough of them. “They do prefer what they know, which are varieties like AC Metcalfe and CDC Copeland,” said Peter Watts, managing director of the Canadian Malting Barley Technical

Husky Energy’s ethanol plant at Minnedosa, Man., about 45 km north of Brandon. (HuskyGrain.com)

Husky, Cenovus shareholders approve merger deal

Cenovus to be Western Canada's biggest ethanol, DDGS producer

Reuters — Cenovus Energy’s $6.07 billion deal to buy Husky Energy was approved by the shareholders of the two companies on Tuesday, creating Canada’s No. 3 oil and gas producer in a rapidly consolidating industry. Cenovus said 93 per cent of shareholder votes were cast in favour of the merger at a special meeting, while

Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre issues 2021-22 recommended malting barley varieties list

Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre issues 2021-22 recommended malting barley varieties list

Annual list highlights varieties with greatest potential for going malting

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has issued its list of recommended malting barley varieties for the 2021-22 marketing year. The list identifies varieties that hold the most promise for producers in terms of selection and marketability based on current acceptance in the marketplace. All of the varieties have been pilot tested at the CMBTC and

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Greig to chair wheat research council

CWRC announces new executive and president; AWC obtains host duties

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) — a collaboration between the Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), has announced its newly appointed executive and president. The new executive is comprised of chair Fred Greig (MCA) who farms at Reston, vice-chair Jake Leguee (Sask Wheat), a farmer from

Corn crops will fare better if they’re planted into warmer soils, which helps them clear the key emergence hurdle.

Corn comes with challenges in Western Canada

It all starts with sufficiently warm soils, says one corn specialist

Successful corn crops in Western Canada begin with getting the soil as warm as possible prior to seeding. That’s according to Wilt Billing, corn and soybean line manager with Nutrien Ag Solutions, speaking at this summers’ Ag in Motion Discovery Plus virtual farm show. Billing told viewers that warmer spring soils would enable the crop



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Feed weekly outlook: Feed grains come under harvest pressure

MarketsFarm – Delayed springtime planting pushed back the feed grain harvest. As a result, prices for old crop feed grains are now beginning to converge with new crop prices. “It feels like we’re transitioning towards new crop,” remarked Travis Ebens, a grains trader with CorNine Commodities in Lacombe, Alta. He said prices for feed barley

Comment: Innovation through collaboration

Comment: Innovation through collaboration

Canada benefits from having a co-ordinated national approach to research

Innovation is a competitive advantage for Canadian farmers. It is through ongoing innovation that Canadian wheat exports will compete with the likes of the Black Sea. In the period of 2015-18, Canada has consistently been in the top 10 wheat-producing countries in the world and within the top five wheat-exporting countries in the world. Focusing



Cigi staff evaluate wheat flour for use in oriental noodles. (Cigi photo)

‘New’ Cereals Canada names board, chair

The merged Cereals Canada/Cigi unit held its first annual meeting

Alberta farmer Todd Hames was elected Monday as the chair of the board for the recently reconstituted Cereals Canada, at its first-ever annual meeting. 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