Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Harvesting Sugar from Corn Stalks

By Fadi Didi

President of OFA says there's a definite market for the sugar that can be harvested from corn stalks.

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The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is promoting the secondary benefits of corn stalks.

President Don McCabe feels sugar can be harvested from corn stalks.

He notes Ontario corn stalks are stronger than ever and run from 47 to 49 per cent sugar.

McCabe feels there's enough material in most corn fields for farmers to be able to bale stalks and still leave enough residue on the ground to protect the soil.

BioAmber recently opened a 142-million-dollar plant in Sarnia -- and it is looking at using sugar from corn stalks in its operations.


As the fall season approaches, the chances of livestock catching a disease go up.

Doctor Julia Keenliside with Alberta Agriculture has been following the spread of the PED virus for the last year and a half.

P-E-D spiked a bit in Quebec and Ontario in 2015, but those have eased off over the summer as well.

A positive site has yet to be found in Canada west of Manitoba.


It's not often that roads on the University of Saskatchewan campus are renamed -- but the university did just that to honour a relationship with an agricultural company.

A section of Farm Road adjacent to The Rayner Dairy Research Facility, will now be called New Holland Lane.

New Holland Agriculture has been supplying the university with equipment for the facility since it opened in 2013.

Dean Mary Buhr says the company's generosity gives students the opportunity to experience equipment that is at the industry standard.


Tickets have gone on sale for Canadian Western Agribition.

It will take place from November 23rd to the 28th in Regina.

Exhibitors are already getting their livestock ready for the show.

C-E-O Marty Seymour says Agribition has entered into a partnership with Mosaic Company to offer free admissions on one night for the Canadian Cowboy Association Finals Rodeo.

Seymour says it will be first-come, first-served -- so they're hoping that patrons will come early and check out the exhibition and then stay for the rodeo.




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