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October 9, 2014
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Majority of Canadian farmers plan to expand operations

Farming in Canada is not what many Canadians think it is, according to Realities of Agriculture in Canada – A sector of innovation and growth, a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In fact, the majority of farmers – 51 per cent – plan to adopt new, innovative technologies over the next three years, and 44 per cent are planning to expand their business. >> Read full article

Now is the time to soil test

Saskatchewan provincial soil specialist, Ken Panchuk, says that now that we are into October, it is time to soil test if the task isn’t already completed. With soil temperatures cooling at this time of the year, microbial activity has slowed considerably and there will be little change in the soil analysis by waiting any longer. >> Read full article

Collaboration to improve wheat breeding efficiency

Over the next four years, the Canadian Wheat Alliance (CWA) and plant breeding companies, KWS and Syngenta Inc., will partner to develop high-quality wheat plants by improving existing doubled haploid technologies. These methods expose immature grains to treatments that double the genetic material and reduce the length of crop improvement cycles. >> Read full article

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Running on empty

Today, most soil test labs take N mineralization and immobilization into account when providing fertilizer recommendations. However, crops grown on summerfallow may be under-fertilized because of the depleted organic matter levels in the soils. Rigas Karamanos, of Koch Fertilizer Canada at Calgary, Alta., tested this theory by looking at research results found in the Westco database in a three-year trial in Saskatchewan and Alberta from 2003 to 2005. While the trials are 10 years old, Karamanos says the results are still valid today. He published the research in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science in November 2012. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

Cereals North America Conference

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, to Thursday, October 30, 2014
Location: Winnipeg, Man.

CNA2014 will be attended by everyone from major international agricultural commodity trading firms to traders from small- and medium-sized firms throughout North America and the rest of the world. >> More Info


Wednesday, November 5, 2014, to Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Red Deer, Alta.

Exhibits showcasing quality equipment, technology and services to the agricultural industry. >> More Info

Agricultural Excellence Conference

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, to Friday, November 21, 2014
Location:Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB

In an increasingly complex and global marketplace, farm managers must be able to access the information, resources and tools to continue to develop their farm business management skills to compete and succeed. >> More Info