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Matt Kynoch, solutions supply specialist with Enns Brothers, demonstrates a worn spray nozzle at the June 22, 2017 canolaPalooza event in Portage la Prairie. The 2020 events have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Canola council wants federal research to go forward

However, because of the pandemic, 2020 canolaPaloozas have been cancelled

The Canola Council of Canada believes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) can still take on high-priority research projects this growing season, including canola yield trials and research into yield-robbing canola diseases, despite COVID-19. However, this year’s canolaPalooza events in the three Prairie provinces showcasing the latest canola agronomy have been cancelled because of the virus,

Comment: Let’s get it right

Will individual commodity issues be sidelined by new organization?

The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association, National Sunflower Association, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and Winter Cereals Manitoba are involved in a proposed amalgamation to become one large entity and represent all of these crops. These organizations have improved farming practices and returns to growers for each of their respected


New malt varieties are being developed that nearly match the yields of feed and that will create new interest in barley, says breeder Aaron Beattie.

Wheat research coalition inks first major agreement

THE CWRC has committed over $9.6 million to the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) has committed more than $9.6 million over five years to a ‘core breeding agreement’ with the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan. The funding will support the development of new spring wheat cultivars. The research dollars will increase field-based breeding activities, the disease nursery and disease

Falling number is not the only specification determining the value of wheat,

How to market low falling number wheat

Know what you have and start talking to buyers about what they need

Know the quality of your crop, including the falling number of wheat, and start talking to buyers. That’s the advice commodity groups and grain companies have for farmers as they struggle to finish the harvest from hell and try to sell what’s in the bin, including wheat with widely varying falling numbers across the Prairies.



Falling number testing can let you plan ahead to market any sprout-damaged grain.

Combatting sprout damage in cereal crops

There are ways to minimize the harm to your farm during a wet fall

After an extremely dry summer that hindered crop development, farmers are now seeing late-season moisture that is impacting quality in areas all over Western Canada. Farmers have expressed significant concerns with sprouting in particular. But there are strategies to maximize your return and profits. For many years falling number (FN) has been an important global

Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association says drafts of bylaws and the amalgamation agreement are available online.

Manitoba commodity groups issue merger info

The five commodity groups proposing a merger say the draft agreement and bylaws are available online

The five Manitoba commodity groups proposing to merge have more information for members to consider before they vote on it in person February 12 and 13 during the Crop Connect conference in Winnipeg. A draft amalgamation agreement and draft bylaws for the new organization are available online (see at bottom), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers

Currently there are three name options to choose from for the new commodity organization, plus an opportunity to suggest a different name for consideration.

Evolving commodity supergroup searches for a moniker

Deciding what to call an organization made up of five is more complicated than you might think

What’s in a name? As Shakespeare wrote, “… a rose by any other name would smell as sweet… ” But five Manitoba crop commodity groups considering a merger beg to differ. The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA), Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Flax Growers Association, National Sunflower Association of Canada and Winter Cereals


Tax credit for MWBGA checkoff dollars

Credit of 14 per cent applies to reflect research and development

Farmers who contribute to the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) checkoff can claim a federal tax credit through the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. The credit is based on the amount of checkoff funds invested in research and development, which means 14 per cent of the MWBGA checkoff qualifies for the

“There are tweaks and changes and we have responded to some of those over the last year.” – Mark McDonald, National Sunflower Association.

Merger talk subdued at recent CropConnect

That’s seen as support but the final say rests for farmer-members when they vote in 2020

Is silence assent? That’s the question after the topic of a farm group merger garnered little discussion at the recent CropConnect meeting in Winnipeg. There, association leaders received so few questions and little feedback, which some interpret as support. “I would say most people would be for it,” National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) president