Connecting Farmers, Food and Ideas

  • SOIL HEALTH HAT TRICK

    On a drive along Highway 41 near the hamlet of Hilda, soil health specialist Yamily Zavala spotted a field containing sunflowers, a plant that she happens to incorporate in cover…

  • TAX TRAUMA

    To stay in the black, farmers must adapt to change at every turn, so why did recently proposed tax changes by the federal government cause such a furor in agriculture? According…

  • SMARTER SALES

    Marketing grain is a gold mine or a mine field—it really depends how you look at it. Either way, it’s a process that completes the cycle of farming. All the investment of…

  • GROWTH INDUSTRY

    As agriculture has become more digital and data-driven, the expectations farmers have for seed performance have also increased. While certain seed testing processes such as…

  • SEED SAVVY

    Choosing seed varieties is always a hot topic among farmers, but the central reason for selecting one variety over another is straightforward. “Typically, growers are growing…

    HOW SWEET IT IS

    While the mainstream media continues to paint a dire picture of honeybee populations in North America, commercial beekeepers in Alberta celebrated…

    CAP CLUSTERS

    Extremely dry conditions across the southern Prairies in the 2017 season resulted in surprisingly good yields for most wheat farmers. Prairie crop…

    VOX POPULI

    Public trust is a funny thing. You can’t touch, taste, smell, feel or see it, but it’s there. It’s always there. With no concrete traits, the…

    SEED STRATEGY

    Central to the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) five-year Strategic Plan 2017-2023 is generating value for farmers in the operation of the…

    CLASS SYSTEM

    The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) began modernizing Canada’s wheat classes in January 2016. Effective Aug. 1, 2018, 25 Canada Western Red Spring…

    MAN IN THE MIDDLE

    Kevin Sich is a true brewing industry middleman. He loves the vantage point this gives him as co-operation between farmers, maltsters and brewers has…

    DATA HARVESTING

    Farmers know that soils and crops exhibit variability. From Alberta’s first soil surveys in the 1920s to today’s vegetation and soil electrical…