Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Agriculture-Robotics)

According to a recent research study by Tractica, the number of agricultural robots sold will grow from 32-thousand this year to 594-thousand by 2024.

Tractica notes the rapidly developing market is being filled by ag tech companies developing and launching a wide and innovative range of robots to handle many farm tasks.

Research analyst Manoj Sahi says the rising demand is being driven by a growth in global population, costs, and a declining availability of farm workers.

He adds key applications for farm robots moving forward will include drones, driverless tractors, animal and crop management, as well as a diverse set of subcategories for each area. (CKNX)

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(NFU-Carbon)

The National Farmers Union says it's in favour of government action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the livelihoods of producers revolves around a stable environment.

The organization, however, is against the idea of internationally trading carbon offset credits.

Fraud from those who don't have the capacity to ensure offsets and powerful corporations unjustly taking land to support poorly regulated carbon credits are a couple of the group's concerns.

The N-F-U says it fully supports Ontario's regulations, which keep offset initiatives within Canada. (CKNX)

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(Farmers-Weather)

The chairman of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says weather was the number one issue facing Saskatchewan farmers in 2016.

Jim Wickett of Rosetown was in one of the worst hit areas for excess moisture.

He recently sold some low grade durum for one dollar 50 cents a bushel and over a third of his lentils were a write-off.

He never expected his area of western Saskatchewan to face the amount of moisture which fell this year. He says its usually too dry in his part of the province. (CKRM)

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(Farm-Outlook)

The latest outlook from G-3 Canada for durum is down to 29 dollars a ton while canola drops 12 dollars. …

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