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VIDEO: Get in (the sprayer seat) and drive

Ag in Motion 2018: Sprayer Ride & Drive

The ‘Ride & Drive’ is a popular field demonstration at Ag in Motion, and 2018 was no different. This year, farmers, spray applicators and machinery dealers alike had the chance to make side-by-side comparisons of new sprayer models from New Holland, Apache, RoGator and Case IH. Spencer Myers of AgDealer.com gives you a quick rundown […] Read more

Alex Sawatzky is pursuing her doctorate in public health at the University of Guelph, but she’s also an artist, who agreed to perform “graphic note-taking” during the university’s inaugural Arrell Food Summit in late May. Here, she records in artistic form the words of Thursday morning keynote speaker Galen Weston.

On the agenda

If you wanted to bring together the most important food thinkers in the world, and you had the budget to do it, who would you invite?

A brand new University of Guelph thinktank had its three-day coming-out in May with an agenda that included speakers who question the direction of today’s conventional farm production, and the event culminated in the inaugural awarding of two $100,000 prizes — one going to a Harvard University professor who might seem no friend to Canada’s […] Read more


VIDEO: Prairie crop tour harvest forecast

Lisa Guenther, field editor with Country Guide, talks with Bruce Burnett of Glacier FarmMedia at last month’s Ag in Motion, about the recent crop tour he took across the Prairies and which areas he saw most impacted by drought and which provinces are most likely to kick off harvest 2018.



If you dream of getting new iron for this year’s harvest, you need to plan ahead — dealers no longer have a big surplus of equipment on their lots.

Iron backlog gone as equipment makers rightsize

It’s taken a few years, but dealers have finally whittled down inventories

Two years ago, you couldn’t drive past an equipment dealership without noticing the rows upon rows of machines — carry-over of anticipated demand that never came. “In 2013 and 2014, everybody was firing on all cylinders,” said Leah Olson, president of the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada. “With our record harvests, there was a fundamental shift […] Read more

A stockman rides his horse as he leads another down a road towards the cattle yards in the outback town of Windorah, Queensland, Australia. The Australian agriculture sector says lenders need more oversight and better understanding of the ups and downs of agriculture.

Australian banks face rural lending reckoning

Agriculture borrowers say banks need a shorter leash and call for a compulsory farm debt mediation system

Reuters – Australian potato farmer Tom Fox says he had never missed a bank payment in two decades before a delay sending a shipment to Indonesia during a trade dispute between the countries prompted his lender to force him into receivership in 2013. “I got a letter from the bank lawyers saying I had 12 […] Read more


There’s a program to assist commercial Manitoba Beekeepers improve biosecurity and reduce bee disease, Manitoba Agriculture’s Rheal Lafreniere told honey producers June 16 during an event at Steppler Farms near Deerwood.

Biosecurity, disease reduction program for commercial Manitoba beekeepers

This aid under the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers might be short lived

It may be a case of use it or lose it for Manitoba’s beekeepers. They’re being urged to apply now for help under a cost-sharing program that’s aimed at commercial beekeepers trying to control diseases which may only be available this year. “There is a maximum of $3,500 in the program,” Rheal Lafreniere, Manitoba Agriculture’s […] Read more

Brian Greaves and Karen Hill and their son Mark are the Red River Exhibition Association’s 2018 Farm Family of the Year. The couple also has a daughter, Alison, who is studying veterinary medicine in New Zealand.

Sheep producers named farm family of the year

Silver Bend Ranch of Miniota has earned the 2018 honour from the Red River Exhibition Association

A Miniota-area couple who began to farm “from scratch” in the early 1990s is the 2018 Farm Family of the Year, named by the Red River Exhibition Association (RREA). Brian Greaves and Karen Hill, who have two children Mark and Alison, were presented with the award during the Hall of Fame banquet in Winnipeg last […] Read more


Global Food Security Conference – 2018

Can’t make it to Saskatoon for three days of biotechnology discussion focused on building a sustainable and secure food environment for the planet? We can help. You can view it live here. The Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security conference in Saskatoon brings together some of the most interesting and influential people working in food […] Read more

Access to crop input information provides a benchmark for both producers and retailers

Farm input pricing available in Canada, if you dig for it

Alberta, Ontario producers have better access to information

CNS Canada – When putting a crop in, costs can add up fast. Seed, chemicals, fertilizer are all expenses which vary year to year and it isn’t always easy to know if the price producers are paying is the best price. Producers can spend their time calling and visiting different retailers shopping around for the […] Read more


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