Farming Smarter E-News

Sign Up For E-News

Get smarter - sign up to get Bug of the Month, Weed Wisdom, events & news


Recent news

Canola Watch Sept. 19, 2019

Created September 19, 2019 | Category: Farming Tips

Canola Watch 08 28 2019

Created August 29, 2019 | Category: Grains


Send your grain harvest samples in for free analysis

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

The CGC’s Harvest Sample Program gives farmers a valuable marketing tool  By Lee Hart via Grainews Field Editor Getting a free grain quality analysis at harvest not only puts farmers in a better bargaining position when they market their crops, but it also helps Canada sell grain, canola and pulse crops around the world. The ongoing […]

Grainews: September 2015

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

YOUR EXPLORER DAILY ENEWS POPULAR STORIES FROM OUR FAMILY OF PUBLICATIONS Pork producers fear increased disease risk from PEDv U.S. truck washes are known to harbour a deadly pig virus.READ See MoreNews from     AgriClear… cattle marketing on your terms AgriClear received an enthusiastic welcome from Canadian and American buyers and sellers. READ See […]


More corn acres could hike fusarium in cereals

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

More corn acres could hike fusarium in cereals Posted on WesternProducer Aug. 13th, 2015 by Barb Glen Alberta Agriculture crop pathologist Michael Harding describes the risks that corn presents in the spread of fusarium to cereal crops. He spoke at the Farming Smarter disease crop walk on July 30 near Lethbridge. | Barb Glen photo […]

Grainews: Desiccants for dry down and your canola crop

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Grains

      TOP NEWS | JULY 24, 2015   CANOLA Desiccants for dry down and your canola crop       CROPS Alberta Crop Report       MOST READ | past 48 hours CEREALS Cereal cyst nematodes getting closer to the Prairies ›   CROPS Good news on berthas but watch for hoppers ›   […] Newsletter for July 2015

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES, BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!   Spotlight on Policy: Inclusion of agriculture in the occupation health and safety act Samantha Trudel is Alberta Barley’s government relations and policy intern. In this “Spotlight on Policy,” […]

#FSFS15 Lethbridge Herald – hemp session

Created June 29, 2015 | Category: Events

Hemp becoming popular cash crop by Garrett Simmons, on June 24, 2015 LH_Hemp becoming popular cash crop_June 24, 2014

“Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | APRIL 24, 2015   CROPS “Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil         CEREALS Winter wheat stripe rust update     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS Looking at the new crop insurance initiative from AFSC ›   CEREALS Understanding today’s wheat basis ›   MACHINERY & SHOP Loader tractor […]

Grainews – Don’t rush to diagnose winter kill

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | MARCH 26, 2015   CROPS Don’t rush to diagnose winter kill         CROPS Why nodulation fails     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS Stubble soil moisture map ›   FARM LIFE Nothing is quite as stylish, classy or sophisticated as a beautiful, ornate coffee table. Whatever your […]

Wheat School Update – Check Out the Latest Wheat School Episodes

Created March 23, 2015 | Category: Events

  RealAgriculture Wheat School Update   Wheat School: The Producer Car Backlog and the Role of the Canadian Grain Commission  While the Canada Grain Act provides farmers with the right to order their own railcars, in reality there have been major challenges for many farmers and their administrators in securing access to producer cars for shipping grain over the […] Newsletter for March 2015

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES, BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!   Endangered short line kept in service by community co-op The Battle River Railway is providing farmers in a string of eastern Alberta communities with a local means […]

Grainews: CN set to lock out 4,800 mechanical, clerical staff Monday

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Business

          TOP NEWS | FEBRUARY 20, 2015   CROPS CN set to lock out 4,800 mechanical, clerical staff Monday         CEREALS Ten things to know about grain contracts     MOST READ | past 48 hours WHEAT & CHAFF The new wheat lobby ›   MACHINERY & SHOP How […]

Wheat School Update – Check Out the Latest Wheat School Episodes

Created February 5, 2015 | Category: Farming Tips

            RealAgriculture Wheat School Update      Wheat School: Reaching Wheat’s Full Genetic Potential – The UK Perspective Wheat production in the United Kingdom hovers just below 200, 000 hectares (about a half a million acres). It’s used for export markets, human consumption, and plays a key role in animal […] Newsletter for January 2015

Created January 13, 2015 | Category: Grains


Alberta Barley Newsletter for December 2014

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Business

Live from Amsterdam: Checking in from Hi Europe and Ni Alberta Barley’s vice-chairman and region three director-at-large Mike Ammeter and GrainsWest editor Trevor Bacque are in Amsterdam this week for the Hi Europe and Ni show. Read more The Farmer Model Report  On June 23/24, 2014, Alberta Barley hosted a forum for a farmer-led discussion on […]

Western Canada Agronomy Research Capacity Study

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

      In collaboration with several Western Canadian producer crop commodity organizations, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) commissioned a study by Toma and Bouma Management Consultants to evaluate agronomy research capacity in Western Canada. This project provides an inventory (capital and human resources) of agronomic research capacity in Western Canada, and projected capacity […]

Grainews: Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

TOP NEWS | NOVEMBER 27, 2014 LIVESTOCK Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill More top stories CANOLA ICE weekly outlook: Canola to hit major resistance at C$440 › DAIRY CATTLE Farmers focus on improving Ayrshire dairy cattle genetics › CEREALS Plant growth regulators › CANOLA Condo seller to tap China’s edible oil demand MOST READ | past 48 […]

Western Canada Update – Pulse School, FNA/CWB News and Domino’s Committment

Created October 21, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   Pulse School: Understanding and Maintaining Grade Quality In this Pulse School, we talk to Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy and seed program manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Phelps walks us through some of the factors involved in pulse grading, and some of the potential 2014 growing season concerns, including seed tag and high moisture/high temperature […]


Article from Harry Brook – Storing Grain Safely

Created October 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Article in Word Document form with Diagrams click here Storing Grain Safely Harvest has been difficult this fall. Frequent showers have slowed the harvest and grain quality is suffering. No one has yet managed to control weather and that is the greatest risk of all. There might be a temptation to harvest damp or wet […]


AgCanada Articles: 1/3 of your mouthfuls of food owed to pollinators

Created June 4, 2014 | Category: Grains

From the week of May 26 AgCanada Top Articles of the Week Guenther: NW Sask. growers hustle within seeding window, May 23 So far so good summed up the seeding reports for farmers in the NW corner of Saskatchewan. In a rush to get seed in the ground, some farmers were opting for a post-seed […]

Winter Wheat Weekly Update May 5-9th

Created May 12, 2014 | Category: Farming Tips

Winter Wheat Weekly Update May 5-9th Thank you to all industry agronomist’s and producers who provided information relating to the current winter wheat crop conditions in their areas.For the most part winter wheat fields are recovering well ( new growth both above and below the soil) with most area’s reporting fair to good conditions.In the […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week – Mar 24/14

Created March 24, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features 2014 Summer Farm Employment Program Full time farmers thinking about hiring a student for summer employment, should apply soon. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is once again offering the Summer Farm Employment Program that gives Alberta’s youth the opportunity to gain farm work experience and provides wage support to farmers for the months of […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week – Feb 18/14

Created February 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Top Items from Agronomy Update 2014 Over 30 presentations on a wide variety of topics related to crop production were made at the recent Agronomy Update conference. The presentations provided information on crop pests, weed control, soil fertility, new crop options, grain storage and marketing. Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural […]

Agri-News – RTW this week – Jan 27/14

Created January 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea a Reportable Disease in Alberta Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, often referred to as PED, has killed more than a million young pigs in the United States. While one case has been confirmed in Ontario, there have been no cases of PED diagnosed in Alberta. As of January 20, 2014, PED is now areportable […]

Top Crop Manager West (Jan. 2014)

Created January 15, 2014 | Category: Grains

Cereals: Crop Management A special report jointly produced by Top Crop Manager and Bayer CropScience Click here to view

Agri-News – RTW this Week (Jan. 13/14)

Created January 13, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Points to Remember During Calving Season As calving draws closer, producers know that, as always, the season is a busy one. A little preparation and some advance management practices can go a long way in ensuring a successful calving season in 2014.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >     Barley and Cranberry Pork Stew […]

Agri-News – RTW this week (Jan. 6/14)

Created January 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture issues including Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) made up the agenda for the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit held in Oklahoma on January 3 to 5, 2014. Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson provides some background on how COOL came to be in the first place.  Click to hear […]

Agri-News – RTW this week (December 23, 2013)

Created January 3, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Looking Back on 2013 with Alberta’s Agriculture Minister A look back on 2013 with Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. Some of the highlights in 2013 include:   the bumper crop the importance of finding new markets for agricultural commodities value-added initiatives in 2013 successful new initiatives in 2013 Capitalizing on Learning Opportunities As the 2013/2014 […]


Agri Digest Online – January 2014

Created January 3, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Agri Digest Online – The pan-Canadian Journal of issues & events in agriculture – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q – How much does it cost to subscribe to Agri Digest Online?A – Agri Digest Online is absolutely free to anyone who wishes to read it, with or without signing up for new issue alerts. However, it helps […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 16, 2013)

Created December 17, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Hall of Fame Call for Nominations The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame is accepting nominations to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry. Every two years, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three Albertans whose outstanding leadership, innovation and business practices have advanced Alberta’s agriculture […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 9, 2013)

Created December 10, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Oh, Christmas Tree The members of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association are part of a thriving business. In 2011, there were 2,381 farms in Canada growing Christmas trees. When it comes to choosing and caring for a Christmas tree, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  Click here to read more […]

Agri-News – RTW this week (December 2, 2013)

Created December 4, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Marketing Nutrition Workbook — Healthy Eating Guidelines Now, more than ever, consumers are choosing food products with health benefits. It’s increasingly important for food processors to know which aspects of their food product they should promote. When it comes to the latest nutrition fads, many of which are featured on talk shows or […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week (Nov. 25, 2013)

Created November 25, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Good Fences Make Good Neighbors As a response by the Government of Alberta to landowners’ needs, the Alberta Property Rights Advocate Office became operational in December 2012. “In their day-to-day work, the Office often deals with the question of what is meant by property rights. We like to use a practical, working definition of […]

Researchers backed to map Ug99-resistant genes

Created November 21, 2013 | Category: Grains

Plan to incorporate genes into future wheat varieties Genes that can provide resistance to the virulent Ug99 strain of wheat stem rust are expected to be mapped for future use in wheat in Canada and elsewhere, through new federal funding. The federal government on Wednesday pledged another $1.26 million for researchers led by Agriculture and […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (November 18, 2013)

Created November 18, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Rancher’s Risk and Return — a New Economic Analysis Tool for Alberta Cattle Producers A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. The new tool,Rancher’s Risk and Return is an excel spreadsheet calculator that […]

Agri-News – RTW this week (Nov. 12, 2013)

Created November 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Minister Olson on Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has returned from Chicago where he was attending the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference to rally support to change U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling, COOL rules.  Hear the Call of the Land interview >   New Inductee to 4-H Alberta Hall […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week: November 4, 2013

Created November 5, 2013 | Category: Events

Features Alberta to Stand Up for Livestock Industry in Chicago Alberta’s Agriculture Minister will meet with American meat-packers to rally support to change U.S mandator Country of Origin Labelling rules. Verlyn Olson will attend the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference in Chicago, IL, Nov. 3-5.  Click here to read the Agri-News story >   […]


Agri-News RTW This Week (for Oct 28)

Created November 1, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Alberta Government and Clear Hills County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents Clear Hills County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $240,600 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant.  Click to read the Agri-News story >  International Apiculture Congress An Alberta Agriculture apiculturist reports on Apimondia’s biannual International Apiculture Congress […]

Agri-News – RTW this week – Oct 21, 2013

Created October 22, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Post-Harvest Nutrient Management With the completion of harvest in many areas across the province, producers will already be thinking about the 2014 crop year. One aspect of next year’s crop production that can be considered this fall is nutrient management.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >   Ag for Life 2013 Harvest Gala The second […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Sept 23, 2013)

Created September 24, 2013 | Category: Business

Features Frost So Far This Fall Albertans know that winter is coming and that autumn brings cooler temperatures and the threat of over-night frost; but, before September 15, early widespread frosts were all but absent from most of the agricultural areas of the province. However, since that time, overnight cool northern air, clear skies and […]

RTW this Week: Agri-News (September 16, 2013)

Created September 16, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features One Day – 1000 Young City Slickers The Multicultural Heritage Centre is once again hosting the City Slickers program in Stony Plain at the Stony Plain Heritage Park, on September 20, 2013. City Slickers is a powerful one-day event that introduces Grades 4 and 5 students to the many facets of agriculture. Children experience […]

RTW this Week – Agri-News (Sept 9, 2013)

Created September 11, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Harvest Safely — Harvest Safety Make a plan to ensure everyone gets home safely this harvest season! “The safety conversation around ‘no one gets hurt’ needs to be the first conversation, first action and first thought farm owners and workers have as they go to work each day,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator […]

RTW this Week (from August 26, 2013)

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Moisture Situation Update as of August 20 Early in the morning of August 21, generally light frosts were recorded at several locations in a large area extending along the foothills from Grande Cache in the north, down to the M.D of Ranchlands (south of Calgary). This cold air brought freezing temperatures into some agricultural […]


RTW This Week – Agri-News:July 27 – August 2, 2013

Created July 30, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Flood Relief It’s been over a month since the disastrous floods took place in Alberta. Although the flooding caused damage to the province’s agriculture sector, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson says it could have been much worse.  Click to listen to the interview with Minister Olson. >  Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers Discuss […]

RTW this Week – Agri-News (July 22, 2013)

Created July 23, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features RTW Agricultural Society and Province Partner to Promote Agriculture The Government of Alberta is stepping up with funding for the Olds Agricultural Society to support rural youth development and facility upgrades. “The Olds Agricultural Society is part of the heart of this community and does a tremendous job organizing events that help make Olds […]

Alberta Crop Conditions Report (July 16, 2013)

Created July 23, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Alberta Crop Conditions Report as of July 16, 2013 Crop growing conditions continue to be very favourable across the province. In general, the condition of most crops is rated as good to excellent. Provincially, about 88 per cent of spring wheat, oats, barley and canola, and 90 per cent of dry beans and peas are […]

Harper Government Invests in Barley Industry Growth

Created July 15, 2013 | Category: Government

Harper Government Invests in Barley Industry Growth LACOMBE, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – July 9, 2013) – Barley farmers will benefit from key investments in science and innovation that will improve the competitiveness of the barley sector, with the support of the Harper Government. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment for the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC) […]

Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created July 9, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Redford Government and Lac Ste. Anne County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents Lac Ste. Anne County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $500,000 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant. “The Internet is a powerful tool that puts a wealth of information at our […]

Grazing Fact Sheets

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Grains

Grazing Fact Sheets (click each to view) PFM Grazing 1 – growth.pdf PFM Grazing 2 – gates.pdf PFM Grazing 3 – Feed Holes.pdf  


Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created June 26, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Alberta Agriculture Working with Producers on Flooding Situation Alberta Agriculture is currently working with producers to assess the impact of flooding in southern Alberta and will also be helping with recovery. The latest information on the flooding situation can be found at Additional agricultural information related to flooding is available on Alberta Agriculture’s homepage, Alberta […]

Alberta RTW this Week Agri-News

Created June 19, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Click here for the full version Features Appointments to the Alberta Grains Council Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has appointed two new members to the Alberta Grains Council.  Read the story here >  Classroom Garden Program Plants Seeds in New Communities Through its commitment to enhancing agriculture education and awareness efforts in the province of Alberta, […]

Agriculture News – Everything From Plant Proteins to Giant Idaho Spuds

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Government

New Plant Protein Discoveries Could Ease Global Food and Fuel Demands May 1, 2013  ScienceDaily— New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss and store sugar can have profound implications for increasing the supply of food […]

Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Alfalfa Autotoxicity When looking to breathe new life into an old alfalfa stand, alfalfa autotoxicity is one factor to be carefully considered before developing rejuvenation plans.  Read the Agri-News story >   Alfalfa Toxicity Affects Seedling Emergence and Growth Both seedling emergence and growth are reduced by alfalfa autotoxicity. Plants that do emerge are often […]

Alberta RTW this Week Agri-News

Created June 4, 2013 | Category: Business

Monday, June 03, 2013 Edition. Features: Basis Signals for Canola Marketers Canola producers, particularly those with canola in storage, follow canola cash prices closely. However, not all canola producers track the difference between the cash price and the futures price for canola. This difference is termed ‘basis’. Following basis can often give clues of what […]

Japan and South Korea Bar U.S. Wheat Imports

Created May 31, 2013 | Category: Government

Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of American wheat, and the European Union urged its 27 nations to increase testing, after the United States government disclosed this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in an Oregon field. Although none of the wheat, developed […]

Monsanto Modified Wheat Not Approved by USDA in Field

Created May 31, 2013 | Category: Government

Genetically modified wheat created by Monsanto Co. (MON) that wasn’t approved for use turned up on an 80-acre farm in Oregon last month, threatening the outlook for U.S. exports of the grain that are the world’s largest. A farmer attempting to kill wheat with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide found several plants survived the weedkiller, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said […]

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons