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June 24, 2019

The Risks and Rewards of Big Data
A drone helicopter flying over a digitized farm field representing data collection

When it comes to modern farming, is there such a thing as too much information? The amount of data available to farmers today offers growers access to detail that is both small scale and big picture so they can adjust most of all aspects of growing, producing and selling agricultural products. “Big data” is the … Continued

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June 4, 2019

Canola Growers React Cautiously to Chinese Import Ban
Two farmers standing outside in a canola field with two white pickup trucks in the background

China’s ban on canola imports from Canada has been bad news for canola prices and for canola farmers. But what will be the immediate impact on the 2019 growing season? One grower says that from what he’s seen, not much. “Our canola seed was bought last year and we didn’t change our plans for this … Continued

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May 2, 2019

Women In Ag: Changing The Face Of Farming

Based on the 2016 agriculture census from Stats Canada, the proportion of female farmers is increasing even as the total number of farm operators decreases. In fact, women make up 28.7% of the 272,000 farmers in the country. Yet while more women are working hard on the land, sometimes they also have to work equally … Continued

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April 2, 2019

The Do’s & Don’ts of Manure Spreading
Two male farmers observing a pile of manure

Sheldon Grywacheski is a grain producer and professional engineer born and raised in Saskatchewan. He’s gained 30 years of experience working with John Deere, Mitsubishi Hitachi, Brandt Engineered Product, Case Corporation, the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, and now Dutch Industries. Sheldon has also had extensive exposure to farms and to producers throughout Canada, the United … Continued

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February 27, 2019

Is Intercropping For You?

Intercropping in an age-old method that has been implemented in cultivation for years. Researchers at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have been evaluating the intercropping system with chickpeas, and so far, the results have been encouraging. With the promise of intercropping to potentially reduce crop risk, continued research and evaluation is important to understand the value in understanding the ratios of different crops.

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December 20, 2018

Prairie Farmers at a Disadvantage on World Stage with Carbon Tax

No one likes a new tax, regardless of the purpose behind it. Building new schools, improving healthcare programs and fighting climate change are all valid pursuits, but the tactics are hotly debated and Canada’s new carbon tax is no exception.   The basics of the national carbon tax The national climate framework, defined about two … Continued

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