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Camelina seed is dense with omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Could camelina be ‘the next canola?’

You’ve heard the pitch on this oilseed before, but this time it could actually be true

Reading Time: 4 minutes [Updated Dec. 12, 2016; at bottom] – Jack Grushcow says the sky’s the limit for camelina, and he isn’t referring to the brief but well-publicized test when it was used for jet fuel a couple of years ago. Grushcow is CEO of Linnaeus Plant Sciences, which owns Smart Earth Seeds, a company developing new camelina […] Read more

SeCan at 40

Born in 1976, is SeCan living up to its promise to deliver better, more cost-effective genetics by supporting public research?

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the days leading up to 1976, new public sector seed varieties were few and far between, as Ray Askin recalls things. Askin, who grows seed at Portage la Prairie and is today’s president of the Manitoba Seed Growers Association also remembers it as a time marred by disorganization. “SeCan gave a structured format for […] Read more


Moisture in or moisture out?

Are you really drying that grain when you turn on the fans?

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s the disaster no one wants to admit — a bin of spoiled grain can represent the loss of a producer’s entire year of profits. When grain spoils due to problems with storage, “farmers usually sell it, burn it or hush it up,” says Joy Agnew, project manager for Agricultural Research Services at the Prairie […] Read more

Saskatchewan dominates Prairie flax production, where acreage has more than doubled from its Triffid-reduced level in 2011.

Flax on the road to recovery in a post-Triffid world

Flax is back now that a GM variety is flushed out of the system, but there’s new competition from the former Soviet Union

Reading Time: 5 minutes After six years, the “Day of the Triffids” appears to be ending for Canada’s flaxseed industry. Triffid is a genetically modified variety of flax that was rather unfortunately named after the creatures in The Day of the Triffids, a 1951 novel about carnivorous plants bioengineered in the USSR that escape and blind people with their […] Read more


How do we find that sweet spot for marketing our soybeans with a low dollar and a high futures price?

Soybean market outlook

Soybean Guide: When a supply interruption eventually comes, which it will, soybean prices will have to go up to ration demand

Reading Time: 5 minutes Driving through Eastern Canada this summer, you could see the crop everywhere. Fields of soybeans stretched from Windsor, Ont. into Quebec and beyond into New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. And that’s without even mentioning the West. Soybeans have truly transformed the farm landscape over the last several decades. They have become an integral part […] Read more

Growers continue to face challenges in residue management, which is why Syngenta’s Eric Richter added it to his list of 33 production parameters that can affect soybean yield.

Should agronomic practices focus more heavily on soybean production?

Growing soybeans more intensively raises crucial new questions

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the mid-2000s, a spirited discussion between a private-sector crop adviser and a public-sector employee working in extension reflected the disparity that existed between corn and soybean production. At the time, corn yields were climbing at a stronger pace than soybeans, despite the arrival of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans. The adviser suggested that more had been done […] Read more


Soy wins health claim

The label approval is seen as an important step toward increased Canadian consumption

Reading Time: 6 minutes The popular saying is that good things come in small packages, which exactly describes Canada in terms of its overall output as one of the world’s soybean producers. Because good things do come from Canada. In fact, they may even be great things, thanks to our capabilities at producing high-quality identity-preserved, non-GMO soybeans, as we […] Read more

New in soybean varieties

New options will help the crop continue expanding its value and range

Reading Time: 12 minutes Canadian soybean production has grown up in the past 30 years. It seems a distant memory now that in 1985, Ontario was still the only major producer in the country, topping the million-tonne mark that year, well above the  average of 690,000 tonnes earlier that decade. One year later, Quebec joined the market, and five […] Read more


With weak feed demand, oats could be on the verge of becoming a contract crop, Strychar believes. “We’re not a hair’s breadth away from it.”

Is the renewed interest in oats, barley and flax just a blip?

Acreage may be up in barley, oats and flaxseed, but that doesn’t mean there’s a long-term resurgence of interest in those crops

Reading Time: 7 minutes The trend to lower acreages of barley, oats and flaxseed in recent years has largely reflected the increased profitability in alternative grains and oilseeds, and canola in particular. As Western Canada’s darling, canola production crested at nearly 18 million tonnes in 2013, and even more is being called for with the Canola Council of Canada’s […] Read more

Get used to seeing more agronomists with more disinfecting gear. The trend is growing.

Livestock biosecurity strategies come to canola

Canola and soybean farmers are just beginning to see the wave of biosecurity that could sweep them the way it swept Canada’s hog and poultry sectors

Reading Time: 6 minutes When Manitoba agronomist Terry Buss goes out on a call from the Beausejour office, he takes a big trunk full of plastic boot covers in the back of the pickup. There are disinfectants in the trunk too, and other cleaning supplies as well, and he uses them all. Buss has adopted a brand new form […] Read more