Monthly Archives: January 2017

New Canola Midge Pest Confirmed in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Guelph say they’ve found a new midge species causing damage to canola in northeastern Saskatchewan and east-central Alberta. This new species is similar to the swede midge, and belongs to the same Contarinia genus, but has yet to be named and scientifically described, according to a… Read more »

Manitoba Farm Building Code Changes To Make it Easier to Build New Barns

Manitoba’s new government is planning to remove what it calls “impractical and costly” regulations to make it easier to build barns and farm buildings and bring the province’s farm building code in line with rules in other Western Canadian provinces. Speaking at Keystone Ag Producers’ annual meeting in Winnipeg last week, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced… Read more »

Are Cover Crops Practical in Corn-Soy Rotations?

Ontario’s extremely dry 2016 growing conditions provided ample evidence of the benefits of growing cover crops and lengthening rotation to improve soil health and moisture-holding capacity. University of Guelph soil scientist Dr. Bill Deen shared some of that proof with agronomists attending the recent Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association conference in London. For example, at… Read more »

Spilled Milk Commercial Has Dairy Farmers Crying Foul

Have you seen the Dairy Farmers of Canada newest ad? (Scroll down to view) The latest television commercial and billboard campaign has received critical acclaim from advertising big wigs, but at least some of the farmers the ad represents aren’t exactly thrilled with the “crying over spilled milk” commercial calling it “horrifying,” “dark,” and “confusing.”… Read more »

Chorney, McKague Appointed to Grain Commissioner Roles

The appointees for the second and third highest-ranking roles at the Canadian Grain Commission have been chosen, according to a federal government website. The Governor in Council Appointments page lists East Selkirk, Manitoba-area farmer Doug Chorney as the future appointee for assistant chief commissioner, and Ogema, Saskatchewan-area farmer Lonny McKague as the future commissioner. Chorney… Read more »

Grain Market Moves this Week: It’s Not All Politics

Grain markets are closing out the month of January with not a lot of love as weather stabilizes in South American and President Donald Trump following through on a lot of campaign promises (first politician to ever do so?), which is creating more doubts about international demand and/or markets for U.S. agricultural products. From a performance… Read more »

Manitoba Farm Groups Talking Collaboration, And Maybe More

It’s a sensitive topic for some, and so it’s being broached lightly, but several Manitoba crop associations have participated in meetings looking at how they could collaborate, or even (dare it be said out loud) merge. The subject was brought to public light at the recent Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) annual meeting in Winnipeg. A resolution… Read more »