Combine and tractor harvesting in a field.

Farmers are from Mars…

… consumers are from Venus. There’s a disconnect between what consumers want to know about food and what farmers think they need to tell them

As I drove past a local equipment dealership recently, my eye wandered over to a long row of shiny new four-wheel drive tractors sitting on the lot. As I admired them, I wondered how many of the people travelling past on the nearby highway who have never set foot on a farm really understand what […]

Pearce: Weather not the only story in Ont. fields — April 17, 2014


The planting season always seems that much closer when the first meeting of extension staff with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and local retailers and advisers is held. It provides a first glimpse of the region’s wheat crop as it comes out of dormancy, and an assessment of local field activity, including planting […]

Scientists make ethanol without corn or other crops — April 10, 2014


Washington | Reuters – Scientists said Wednesday they have developed a new way to make liquid ethanol efficiently without using corn or other crops needed in the conventional method for producing the biofuel. The scientists said their process turns carbon monoxide gas into liquid ethanol with the help of an electrode made of a form […]

New interswitching rules more punishment than policy: CN CEO — April 9, 2014


Given recent federal moves to regulate Canada’s major railways into moving more grain, Claude Mongeau came to Winnipeg Wednesday feeling “a little bit like a general who lost the battle.” Speaking to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the CEO of Canadian National Railway (CN) said he was in town to make the case that “regulation […]

Bill to force railways to pay for poor service bound for Commons — April 7, 2014


Reuters — Federal legislators on Monday amended a bill designed to ensure grain moves smoothly by rail by allowing the government to order railways to compensate shippers for poor service. The Canadian Transportation Agency currently has authority only to arbitrate matters on which the parties mutually agree. Railways can avoid paying compensation simply by refusing […]

Get grain piles safely binned before May, expert warns — April 7, 2014


One of the Prairies’ top experts in stored grain’s circle of life is warning farmers to get piled or bagged crops up off the ground before next month. Last fall’s bumper harvest and this winter’s grain rail freight backlog have together left Prairie farmers without sufficient bin space storing crops in Silobags or Quonsets or […]

Mountie pursues stolen tractor on snowmobile — April 4, 2014


RCMP at Blackfalds, Alta., north of Red Deer, have charged a 25-year-old man with theft and breaking and entering in the wake of a rural “mini-crime spree” and a wild, albeit geared-down, chase through snow-covered fields. CLICK HERE to read Alexis Kienlen’s story on the Alberta Farmer website.

Ontario’s ‘greener’ diesel mandate takes effect — April 3, 2014


Ontario’s plan to ease its way toward mandatory minimum biodiesel content of four per cent in regular diesel is underway, starting with a two per cent mandate as of April 1. As announced Thursday, and running until the end of 2015, all fuel suppliers will be required to ensure the diesel they place in the […]

Sask. truck weight updates seen as farmers’ gain — April 2, 2014


Saskatchewan’s move to streamline allowable truck weights for certain roads, effective April 1, is expected to benefit the province’s ag and resource sectors. For one, “the increase in weight for tridem drive B-train combinations on secondary-weight highways will help get product coming out of rural areas to market more efficiently,” Dave Marit, president of the […]

Guenther: Farmers’ cash flow concerns feeding wide basis — April 2, 2014


Saskatoon | Grainews – Prairie farmers have been feeling the pain of a basis wide as the Saskatchewan sky, and the situation isn’t likely to improve any time soon. “We need to get rail movement to tighten supplies and improve these basis levels,” Cliff Jamieson, grains analyst with DTN, told delegates at the Grain Handling […]