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In February 2019, the Canadian Space Agency is launching the RADARSAT Constellation – an array of three satellites that will be used to collect data and monitor the entire Canadian land mass.

Things are looking up for agronomists

Satellite and drone technologies are changing the face of agronomic research

Forget boots on the ground — the future of crop monitoring could well be the eye in the sky. One of the discussions at last month’s Joint Conference of the Canadian Wheat Symposium and the Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight explored how remote sensing is opening up possibilities for monitoring soil conditions and crop

Dosman named to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for agriculture efforts

The ‘father of agricultural medicine’ in Canada has spent decades on the health risks of farmers

A Saskatchewan researcher known as the ‘father of agricultural medicine in Canada’ has been named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. Jim Dosman, of the University of Saskatchewan, was among six awarded the honour this year. “A pioneer in his field, Jim has been devoted throughout his career to improving and protecting the


Consultation on plant variety royalty options soon starting

The seed sector says the goal is encouraging more plant-breeding investment in Canada

Federal government consultations on ways to encourage more investment in plant breeding will start this fall, says Todd Hyra, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) and SeCan’s business manager for Western Canada. “It’s really about how to generate investment for plant breeders, incent investment by new innovators that want to come to Canada

Manitoba’s Pelly Lake water-control project is cited as one example of how natural features can control flooding more cheaply than engineered structures.

‘Natural infrastructure’ — retain what you have; restore what’s lost

A new report says natural infrastructure can be cheaper than built infrastructure for controlling floods

Saving and carefully managing of wetlands, forests and other working natural landscapes can save Canadians millions in yearly flood damage costs, says a new report supported in part by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This ‘natural infrastructure’ is also a viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional — and often much more expensive — built flood

The challenge ahead for Canada's dairy sector is to make the case for their worth to the voting public.

Editorial: Seeking allies

The rubber has hit the road in U.S.-Canada trade negotiations and the news isn’t good for Canadian dairy producers. It appears they’re set to lose as much as 3.5 per cent of their market to tariff-free U.S. dairy imports. That’s on top of similar concessions made during negotiations for the Canada-European trade deal that saw


Healthy heat

Healthy heat

It’s shaping up to be a hot early autumn and harvest. Stay safe while you’re in the field

Heard the one about the farmer who wouldn’t drink while he drove the combine? He refused water, or any other liquid, while trying to get the harvest done, figuring it would mean fewer stops to answer the call of nature. But it didn’t end well. He landed in hospital with dehydration complicating other pre-existing health

Opinion: The Great Canadian Grain Robbery

If you can’t identify the problem then you can’t provide a solution

Allan Dawson, in the April 12 edition (Putting a price tag on the grain backlog), continues to defend a false narrative of ‘blame the railways.’ The information provided by Ken Larsen in his National Farmer’s Union op-ed on March 22 was confirmed by a highly respected journalist for the Western Producer, Brian Cross, who noted

Ancient wheat varieties, like this spelt crop seen here in the field, have garnered plenty of consumer attention recently. The CDC has just released breeder seed for four new hulled varieties.

Go to hull

The latest releases from the Crop Development Centre at the U of S bring back something long gone from most wheat varieties

When most of us think of a wheat kernel, we think of the familiar smooth seed with an indentation on one side. But this is actually a relatively recent development, coinciding with the introduction of high-yielding bread and durum varieties that we’re all familiar with, roughly in the early 1900s. The earliest wheats were hulled,



Canadian canary seed producers have new options for their crop.

Canary seed sees human opportunities

From food to cosmetics, approval for human use is important for this crop

Canary seed isn’t just for the birds anymore. It was approved for human consumption by Health Canada in 2016 and while few are feasting on it yet, it represents a market opportunity for Canadian growers, who produce 65 per cent of global canary seed. Elsayed Abdelaal, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s Guelph Research and