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CN car fulfilment dropped in weeks 11 and 12

However, the company says it is bringing more crews and power online to pick up the pace

CN Rail is still struggling to fulfil grain car orders in Western Canada, according to statistics collected by the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC). A CN spokesperson says the company is committed to meeting grain company needs. To that end CN has ramped up hiring and this quarter will add another 250 new crew members, Kate

Manitoba farmers with crop still in the field have now experienced both ends of the moisture spectrum in a single season.

Formerly parched grain now fighting moisture after September rains

2017 will be remembered as a dry year, but the latest harvest is still fighting high moisture 
after a series of rains in September

Manitoba’s early harvest was dry, but now a rash of rains has left producers fighting moisture and wondering when to give up on drying in the field. Francois Labelle, general manager for the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, said most grain being harvested is several percentage points above safe storage since the dry spell broke.


Humans have been farming rice far longer than originally thought.

New origins for farmed rice discovered

The new finding helps shed light on when and why humans first became farmers

Rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. In fact, the oldest evidence of domesticated rice has just been found in China, and it’s about 9,000 years old, about 4,000 years before the earliest previous estimates. The discovery, made by a team of archeologists that includes University of Toronto Professor Gary Crawford, sheds

Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change

Yields are likely to fall if the current trendline continues, researchers say

Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties, experts have warned. The research, led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses on maize in Africa but the underlying processes

VIDEO: More corn and soybeans coming to the Prairies

In an interview with Manitoba Co-operator editor Laura Rance at Ag in Motion in Saskatoon, DuPont Pioneer vice-president Neal Gutterson discusses plans for breeding corn and soybean varieties that can be grown across Western Canada, as well as for hybrid wheat and use of biologicals for insect and disease control.



Banana and bran recipes with appeal

Prairie Fare: Banana Bran Muffins and Mix-and-Bake Banana Walnut Streusel

I noticed a very ripe banana on the dresser. I had not put a banana on my dresser, but I got the hint. “I could smell that banana from the hallway,” my husband said. I had been unpacking my suitcase after a trip out of state, and I had not unpacked the conference bag we

U.S. production prospects drag on canola values

U.S. wheat’s corrective bounce is unlikely to stick

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts bounced up and down within a relatively narrow range during the week ended May 14, but finished right around where they started as the uncertainty of this year’s North American crop kept some caution in the market. After waiting for a spring rally that never came, attention must now turn


Nthala’s yield under direct seeding were 166 per cent higher than under conventional tillage.

Mulch, mice and ‘the man problem’ hold up CA adoption

Women are interested in producing food while men are more interested in growing cash crops using conventional methods

After three years of producing maize using conservation agriculture, Nkasauka Nthala is a convert. The yields from her tiny .16-hectare plot of maize grown using direct seeding instead of hoeing were 166 per cent above the yields of maize grown under conventional practices. Yet only a small portion of the farm she shares with her

Thomas Nkhunda, 37, has been using conservation agriculture on his plots for eight years.

Dropping the hoe and doubling the yield

Minimum tillage 
makes for dramatic improvements for this family in Malawi

It’s raining, but that doesn’t stop Thomas Nkhunda from leading a group of visitors into his fields where he describes how he manages plots demonstrating the benefits of conservation agriculture. Rain isn’t unusual at this time of year. After all, it’s the rainy season in Malawi. What’s unusual is the fact that the rains they