Agriculture News

The durum price grind keeps going

Published on 01.31.2019 by Greg Kostal

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Tunisia recently bought 100,000 tonnes of durum for the last half of February to first half of March shipment at an average price of US$295 per tonne.

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Livestock gene editing focuses on real-world applications

Published on 01.31.2019 by Owen Roberts

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Gene editing – the ability for researchers to identify and precisely tweak a single gene without changing the rest of the organism’s genetic structure – is poised to take selective breeding to new heights.

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Plan to build up pastureland during winter

Published on 01.31.2019 by Craig Lester

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Keeping pastures in tip-top shape is as much about what is done during the winter as it is during the summer.

However, helping the pasture recover may not be about letting it sit dormant. In fact, your livestock can be the key to help it recover.

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How do you harvest 50 million pounds of potatoes in one season?

Published on 01.31.2019 by

Get an up-close look at the people, planning and processing technologies that help the Keenan family at Rollo Bay Holdings send 50 million pounds of potatoes from field to table during a busy harvest.

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Gene editing could boost producer profitability

Published on 01.24.2019 by Owen Roberts

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Peter Pauls, a plant agriculture professor at the University of Guelph, is holding two clear plastic bags about the size of sandwich bags, filled with colourful cranberry beans, also called romano beans. They’re a nutritious and lucrative niche crop, originally from South America.

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Using TFWP can help resolve farm labour issues

Published on 01.24.2019 by Trudy Kelly Forsythe

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With a labour market shortage leaving thousands of farm-related jobs empty, Canadian farmers are turning to temporary foreign workers. The latest figures show international workers made up 12 per cent of the national agricultural workforce.

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Where are the winter blues?

Published on 01.23.2019 by Bruce Burnett

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In case you missed it, there was Super Blood Blue/Wolf Moon on Jan. 21, 2019. This is a rare event that will not occur for another 18 years according to NASA. What is not exceptional about the event was that it was a very cold day over most of the country. If you could see the moon, temperatures were most likely well below normal when you went outside to view the spectacle. This comes as no surprise as the coolest temperatures of the year are usually recorded in the last two weeks of January. 

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Make death and divorce part of your transition conversation

Published on 01.17.2019 by Matt McIntosh

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The death of an owner or divorce can have devastating effects on farm businesses, in some cases wiping away generations of accumulated equity. Given these stakes, Robert Scriven, a lawyer specializing in agricultural law and litigation on behalf of farmers and farm businesses, says avoiding worse-case scenarios starts with having tough conversations and documenting decisions.

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Think ahead when developing a grazing plan

Published on 01.17.2019 by Craig Lester

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Not every year will be rough for forage crops and pastures like 2018. Some years are ideal for great growth, and experts say producers should use those years to replenish grass from the poor years.

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Rooted in Strength: Managing change on the farm

Published on 01.09.2019 by Cynthia Beck

Producer Cynthia Beck, a suicide intervention responder in rural Saskatchewan, explains how being proactive and facing challenges as they arise can help manage the impact of continual change in our lives.
Highlights:
Change is guaranteed in life
Plan accordingly
Keep lines of communication open in your business
Tackle challenges head-on

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