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“The only way to obtain frequent and reliable observations over this entire landscape is to use space-based systems that let us collect images over the entire landscape with no gaps.”

Space and agriculture meet on social media

Reddit ‘ask-me-anything’ event with Canadian officials attracts interest, bizarre queries

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) partnered with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to do an “Ask Me Anything” event on social media. On May 5, officials from both agencies took to the popular social media site Reddit to answer questions from the public about “how space helps agriculture.” Nearly 200 people directly engaged in the discussion. Some of

Potato scab is unsightly, consumers don’t want it and it results in more food waste.

Unsightly tubers hard to sell

Researchers close in on scab-resistant potatoes

A research project by Agriculture and Agri-Food scientists hopes to develop genetic resistance to a chronic disease in Canada’s potato crops. The project by AAFC researchers in Prince Edward Island aims at identifying precise genes responsible for resistance to common scab disease in some potato varieties so breeders can use them in developing new resistant


Feds invest in climate-smart agriculture

Feds invest in climate-smart agriculture

The goal will be farmer-led best practices to store carbon and fight climate change

The federal government is putting up $185 million over the next 10 years for a new Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) program. The ACS program “aims to establish a strong, Canada-wide network of regional collaborations led by farmers and including scientists and other sectoral stakeholders,” the government said in a media release. Those stakeholders will develop

Beavers unlikely inspiration in drought mitigation

Beavers unlikely inspiration in drought mitigation

‘Biomimicry’ brought the Coen farm back from the edge of a water disaster

If you look closely at a Coen family photograph taken over 100 years ago, you’ll spot a well in the back corner of the picture. It’s hand-dug, about 20 feet deep — all it took to find drinkable water in 1914. Today, the farm’s wells are 180 feet deep. Takota Coen told his audience at

Canadian farmers reap record profits as crop prices soar

Grains won while livestock and horticulture struggled

Canadian farmers reaped record profits last year and are on track to do the same this year, the federal Agriculture Ministry said on Thursday, as prices for its top crops soared. Prices of canola hit all-time highs this month, rallying with oilseed rival soybeans, on brisk Chinese buying to produce feed for that country’s rebuilding


Current cash prices suggest a level of desperation among commercial traders to grab whatever canola remains in farmers’ bins.

ICE canola futures acting independently

New federal estimates paint a picture of tighter ending stocks

It can happen. Canola was showing a good amount of independent strength this week, shrugging off the ebbs and flows of other edible oils. The main driver behind this rarely seen independence is tight canola ending stocks, which have instilled price rationing in ICE canola futures. As one trader explained, commercials are so desperate to grab whatever canola remains

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Canola stocks to tighten below a million tonnes, AAFC says

MarketsFarm — Canadian canola ending stocks in both the current 2020-21 marketing year and in 2021-22 are forecast to tighten below a million tonnes, according to updated supply/demand estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The tight stocks were largely tied to expectations for increased domestic usage, with projected canola exports left unchanged from the January

The European honeybee, vital to pollination and the honey industry but not suitable for all crops such as seed alfalfa or some fruit or greenhouse crops.

A multitude of bees are your tireless workers

You might be surprised to find out just how much extra canola a few more pollinators can bring to your bins

Canola growers like what happens when they enlist hives of honeybees to help tend their crops. According to figures presented to the Manitoba Agronomist Conference earlier this winter by Melanie Dubois of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, pollination increases production by as much as 46 per cent. And the quality of the seed set is significantly


A measure of all the pre-existing sustainability efforts and performance metrics is needed across all sectors of Canadian agriculture.

Better benchmarking of environmental targets needed

Sustainability metrics can develop and protect markets for farmers

Experts are calling for environmental targets to better position Canada in markets at home and abroad. Agri-Food Sustainability Targets is a report authored by David McInnes, who is working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and others. “What’s happening globally and nationally is that there is a wholesale shift

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Feds predict three per cent increase in canola acres

Stocks nevertheless expected to tighten

MarketsFarm — Canadian farmers will seed more canola in the upcoming 2021-22 crop year, but solid demand will still cause ending stocks to tighten, according to the first new-crop supply/demand projections from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), released Monday. The department forecast seeded canola area in the spring of 2021 at 21.37 million acres, up