- Magic 97.1
- Eagle 94.1
2012 proved to be another interesting year in the ag sector.
Terry Boehm, President of the National Farmers Union, says as farmers look back on the past year, many are mourning the loss of the Canadian Wheat Board's single-desk monopoly on grain sales.
"We see that right now, there is virtually no difference in the price of feed wheat versus high-quality, high-protein wheats, and we see in the future that one of the sales' 'aces in the hole' that Canada had, quality wheat, is likely to evaporate as farmers conclude, 'why should they bother growing high-protein, high-quality wheat when the feed wheat spread is so small?'" he said.
Boehm says another key issue for producers is the concentration in the grain sector, and changes to the Canadian Grain Commission, seeing the changes as being a fundamental dismantling of the institutional systems put in place to balance the power between farmers, the railways and big grain companies."
He adds producers had their share of challenges with high feed costs in the hog sector and the unexpected shutdown of XL Foods, but there were some bright spots.
"Farmers are seeing decent returns for those that were able to produce a reasonably average or slightly above average crop, and we had the weather smile on us for harvest, so we were able to get the crop off in good quality," Boehm added.
Farmers of North America is asking farmers to express their interest in investing in and building a farmer-owned grain-handling and fertiliz
There was a ground breaking ceremony this week near Saskatoon. Bayer CropScience broke ground on its new Wheat Breeding Centre, just 25 min
As harvest is in full swing, the Farm Stress Line remains a useful tool for anyone in rural Saskatchewan seeking help dealing with stress or
Farmers could be dealing with frost this week. The impact of the frost and potential buildup of nitrates in the crop depends on how cold it
A well known name in the Ag Sector is preparing for retirement. Earl Geddes is moving on today from the Canadian International Grains Insti
With the temperatures starting to drop, frost is starting to become an issue that is on minds of farmers. "You're not safe from the effec
The Canadian International Grains Institute has been busy hosting eight representatives from Japanese flour mills this week. Japan is a hig
Rain continues to delay the harvest in many areas. Saskatchewan’s Weekly Crop Report showed 7% of the provincial crop is now in the bin.
A new online tool has been developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association that that will allow farmers to voice equipment safet
CWB has released its Pool Return Outlooks (PROs) for the 2014-15 pools and Futures Choice pools. Compared to the last PRO projected retur
Representatives with the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatcewan met with the provincial government last week to discuss some ke
CWB has completed its acquisition of Great Sandhills Terminal at Leader. The deal was finalized following a shareholder vote last month whe
Rainfall across the province this past week ranged from trace amounts to several inches delaying harvest depending on the area. This week
Photos courtesy of Monsanto Canada. There are varying opinions on how to control Roundup Ready canola that sprouts up in Roundup Ready soyb
The weather and crop specialist with CWB Market Research says the entire globe is experiencing quality issues during this year's harvest.