Connecting Farmers, Food and Ideas

  • WATER HAZARD

    “Adding water to grain after harvest—so-called grain wetting—can potentially have a negative impact on grain storability, quality and safety.”

  • SPRING TIPS

    GrainsWest asked a group of Alberta farmers to share an insight they gained in the 2017/18 season as well as one spring-focused farm-practice tip.

  • DATA DOWNPOUR

    The province’s uniquely variable meteorological movements have forced climate scientists to continually beef up their data-gathering, information-interpretation and…

  • DESPERATELY SEEKING SCIENCE

    Crop pests are like party crashers: If you can’t get rid of them, at least limit the damage they do. While farmers would be lost without pest control products, they understand…

  • PUZZLE PIECES

    Though nitrogen-stabilizing products are among the newest “old-technology” fertilizers on the market, they are still regarded somewhat cautiously by western Canadian farmers.

  • FIGHT THE BLIGHT

    Already established in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Fusarium head blight is now spreading across Alberta, where tight regulations leave some farmers scrambling to source clean…

  • HEEDING THE SEED IMPERATIVE

    It took many years for Canada to become aligned under UPOV 91, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The international framework allows nations…

    CROP CHOICES

    What should I consider when choosing to grow malt barley, and which varieties should I grow? To answer some of the questions farmers may have about…

    POWER PLAY

    With Alberta's carbon levy increase to $30 per tonne from $20 at the start of this year, energy-related operating costs on the farm, particularly…

    MODEL MATERIAL

    Daniel Itenfisu, a drought modeller with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AF) AgMet unit, collects data on weather and soil conditions from…

    SPRAY SAVER

    With the world closely watching agricultural practices, WEEDit has the potential to demonstrate farmers’ commitment to applying the minimum…