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A mature wheat crop in southern Saskatchewan, on Sept. 2, 2018.

Year in review: Cereal royalty discussions expected to resume soon

Seed industry had hoped issue would be settled by now

Prairie farmers will be talking about cereal royalties again this year. When public discussions on collecting more royalties from farmers to help fund new cereal varieties started in November 2018 the federal government targeted the spring of 2019 to report on farmer feedback on the seed industry’s two proposed options. But farmer opposition to both

Robert Graf is a research scientist at the Lethbridge Research and Development 
Centre working to develop a premium quality winter wheat.

Researchers working to produce winter wheat with ‘CWRS-like’ qualities

The project is all about improving returns to the producer by reducing the price difference between the two types of wheat, say research scientists

A wheat research program could combine the superior end-use qualities of hard red spring wheat with the higher yield and environmental benefits of winter wheat within the decade. Robert Graf, a research scientist responsible for the winter wheat-breeding program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, says he and his team are


The Canadian Grain Commission will use individual standard samples for frost/heat stress and mildew replacing the current combined standard samples as the assessment tools for these grading factors in all classes of western Canadian wheat starting Aug. 1. This photo shows various amounts of mildew versus a sound sample.

Wheat grading factor changes August 1

Mildew and heat/frost stress will be assessed separately instead of in combination

Grading factors for mildew and heat/frost stress when grading western Canadian wheat will be tweaked starting Aug. 1, the start of the 2018-19 crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has announced. “It’s not a significant difference,” Daryl Beswitherick, the CGC’s program manager for quality assurance standards and reinspection, said. “The frequency of the factors

Maduro rebukes Kellogg for leaving Venezuela

Caracas/Valencia | Reuters — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blasted U.S.-based cereal maker Kellogg Co. on Tuesday for pulling out of the country due to the economic crisis and vowed to hand over the company’s factory to workers. At a campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, which Maduro is expected to win, the president called

This spring be wheat variety aware

CWRS and CPSR wheats you seed in the spring could be in the CNHR class when you combine them in the fall

Western farmers should review which wheat varieties they intend to sow next spring — because come harvest some could be in a different class. On Aug. 1, 2018, 25 wheats in the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class and four in the Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) class will move to the Canada Northern Hard


Carryover and low quotas lead to Chinchillas?

Our History: November, 1969

A combination of low prices and low quotas resulting from a huge Canadian and world wheat carryover in 1969 meant tough times for farmers, and this ad in our Nov. 13 issue invited them to diversify by getting into the Chinchilla ranching business. However, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president E.K. Turner told his annual meeting that

A healthy breakfast can keep us energized for longer and keep hunger pangs at bay.

Does your stomach ever interrupt your work?

Prairie Fare: Eating breakfast has many benefits for people of all ages

Oh, no, I thought to myself. My stomach was going to growl loudly enough to interrupt a meeting. This is more than a little embarrassing, especially among casual acquaintances. I usually grab a small snack before I go to a 10 a.m. meeting, but I answered a phone call. I grabbed a water bottle and

Post tucks into British breakfast cereal Weetabix

London/Shanghai/New York | Reuters — Post Holdings is buying leading British breakfast cereal brand Weetabix from China’s Bright Food Group for 1.4 billion pounds (C$2.4 billion), giving the U.S.-focused company a European base on which to build. The combination will help Post’s existing brands, which include Honey Bunches of Oats and Grape-Nuts, to expand overseas,


A new genetic study could make quinoa more consumer friendly over time.

Genetic study may make ancient Inca’s quinoa a grain of the future

The findings could pave the way to breeding out the bitter saponins that must currently be washed off post-harvest

Quinoa, the sacred “mother grain” of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study. Scientists on Feb. 7 said they have mapped the genome of quinoa and identified a gene that could be manipulated to get

The Brandon Research and Development Centre held a field tour of its oats and wheat trials on August 3.

Local testing of cereal varieties key to determining productivity

Researchers at the Brandon Research and Development Centre are committed 
to testing varieties under local conditions

On paper that new wheat or barley variety looks like a winner — but how’s it actually going to perform under real-life conditions? That’s the question federal and provincial crop researchers working at the Brandon Research and Development Centre (BRDC) are hoping to contribute to with a host of ongoing variety trials at their 2,500-acre