- 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.
Fusarium was a key challenge for farmers in many areas last year and is being found in some seed tests. Last year was a bad year for the
Farmers have been busy evaluating their seed tests and in some cases sourcing other seed to plant this Spring. In some cases seed tr
Farmers have another opportunity to learn more about the Genesis Grain & Fertilizer option this week. Genesis is holding a series of pu
Monsanto is disputing a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that finds that glyphosate probably causes cancer.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has wrapped up a trade mission to Vietnam, South Korea and Japan. While in Seoul, Ritz met with Korean Ag
We’re coming up to a very busy season on the farm with calving and spring seeding just around the corner, and producers are being reminded
Small and Medium sized farm operations need to be open to doing things differently when it comes to increasing profits. That’s the view
The Province’s balanced budget resulted in some spending cuts in various departments. The budget for agriculture saw a reduction of 2.5
It was standing room only at one point during the West Central Ag Outlook in Kindersley on Wednesday. Producers learned more about Fusari
With the improvement in the weather, farmers are wondering how things will look for Spring Seeding. Areas from north central Saskatchewan i
Delegates of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities held their bear pit session with the Provincial Cabinet and Premier Brad W
The National Farmers Union has released a new report focusing on corporate farmland buy-up, farm debt and input financing. The report, "Los
Farmers will have an opportunity to catch up on the latest regional research and cropping information next week during Cropportunities in Sw
Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz officially opened the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence in Calgary this week. Ottawa invested $3.4 million
The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers have renewed their funding commitment for the Industrial Research Chair in the Genetic Improvement of Lentils