Prairies Featured Articles

Better Farming publishes nine editions of its Prairies magazine each year. After publishing each edition, we share a feature article online. Each Better Farming Prairies magazine includes much more content – you won’t want to miss it. If you don’t receive the print edition of Better Farming Prairies, but you enjoy reading the articles below, be sure to subscribe to the magazine!

Policing Farm Crime

By Becky Dumais

Prairie producers are routinely at the mercy of the elements; drought and disease prevail at will. They’re also not immune to being victims of crime. The headlines that frequent the news – and the variances in types of incidents – illustrate that thieves are not discerning, just desperate.

Breaking and entering, hay theft, stolen tractors, animals – even maple syrup and lobster … theft reaches producers from agriculture to aquaculture. It’s garnered enough attention to warrant a TV series on CBC.

Herbicide Carryover Across the Prairies

What to expect and what you can do with the added challenges of herbicide residue during 2022’s seeding season.

By Kristen Lutz

With the drought, extreme heat and residual impacts of the pandemic, what else will producers encounter? Unfortunately, the challenges for growers may not be over just yet. The adverse weather conditions a large region of Western Canada experienced are a recipe for herbicide carryover, adding another challenge to this year’s growing season.

Update on Seeds Canada

As the leading voice of Canada’s seed sector, seeds Canada represents a wide range of stakeholders along the seed value chain: growers, breeders, analysts, distributors, and processors.

By Lisa Kopochinski

Five years ago, an idea was germinating to bring organizations together to create one new, national seed association. Seeds Canada officially sprouted on Feb. 1, 2021 and has been working to bring together the diverse expertise and interests of the industry under one roof to offer increased value to the country’s seed sector from coast to coast and internationally.

Planning for Success in 2022

Major players in the seed industry discuss 2021’s impact when planning for next year

By Kristen Lutz

With harvest season ending, it’s time to reflect on the recent growing season. Although 2021 may have thrown everything it could at producers, experts say there are still lessons to learn that will perhaps act as guidance for what could be an equally challenging 2022.

Reflecting on 2021

“I feel like we can sum up the major challenges for 2021 in one word: drought,” says Rory Cranston, the North American technical development manager at Bayer Crop Science.

Make it a Double

Rural Canada needs to catch up as government urges all to get fully vaccinated.

By Becky Dumais

Winter is coming and we’re still struggling through the fourth wave of COVID-19 and its new variants, yet some of the population remains either unvaccinated, or has had only their first dose of the vaccine. Many of these Canadians live on farms and in rural regions where it’s not so convenient to drop by the pharmacy and roll up your sleeve; other reasons include hesitancy or complacency.

What the Drought of 2021 Means for the Future

Feed stores, cattle breeding herds, drought forecasting technology and climate change mitigation all come into play when considering the long-term impact of severe weather this growing season.

By Jackie Clark

Throughout the summer of 2021, rain refused to fall on many regions of the Prairies and some parts of Ontario, leading to wildfires and drought conditions worse than many young farmers may have seen in their lifetime.


Unlock your soil potential

By Patrick Lynch

SWAT stands for soil, water and topography. It is a soil mapping system for characterizing your fields.

Maps are made using a SWAT BOX mounted on a side by side or truck. This is driven over the field on 40-80 feet swaths. The maps are made using electrical conductivity measurements from the SWAT BOX and high-quality elevation data (LiDAR or RTK).

Insecure about security? You’re not alone

Shining a light on crops, crooks & cameras

By Geoff Geddes

Though there’s often a fine line between right and wrong, some distinctions are clear:

Recycling: Good.

Dumping your household trash in a farmer’s ditch: Bad.

Strolling through the park: Nice.

Stomping over someone’s crops: Not so much.

Do you follow SOPs on your farm?

These documents can benefit employee welfare and your bottom line.

by Jackie Clark

For many industrial or manufacturing jobs, standard operating procedures (SOPs) are a valuable tool used to promote safety, efficiency and consistency, and to comply with standards or legislation. In agriculture, SOPs can be used to realize those same outcomes.

More drought mitigation measures

‘Mother Nature Always bats last.’

By Taryn Milton

Farmers in some areas of Western Canada experienced dry conditions in 2020, and in the spring of 2021, the southern parts of both Manitoba and Saskatchewan were very dry.