Winter wheat can be a profitable addition to a crop rotation. It should be seeded into “clean fields,” with no actively growing volunteer cereals.

Strategies for winter wheat success

With higher yields, winter wheat can be an economical addition to crop rotations

I am a big fan of winter wheat. Its yield potential can be 15 to 40 per cent higher than spring wheat depending on environmental conditions. This can make winter wheat very economical in a rotation. Growing winter wheat is fairly straightforward. However, success depends on a number of specific management practices. 1. When to plant […] Read More


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U.S. grains: Soybeans, wheat, corn bounce after steep losses

Winnipeg/Reuters – Chicago soybean, wheat and corn futures bounced on Tuesday, rising on bargain-buying and short-covering after setting recent lows. Nearby soybeans fell for three straight sessions through Monday, shedding nearly 6 percent as weather improved for crop development across the U.S. Midwest. “We’ve just plain hit (soybeans) hard for the last week or so and […] Read More



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Alberta Crop Report

Crop conditions as of July 21, 2015

Over the past week most of the province received upwards of 20 mm of rain, which helped dry areas and somewhat alleviated moisture stress on cereals and oilseeds crops. Localized areas around Calgary, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Valleyview/High Prairie and Smoky Lake received over 50 mm of precipitation. Scattered hail storms were reported in […] Read More



Crops varied, but production down overall: tour

Regina — Crop conditions across Western Canada ranged from good to poor during CWB tours of the Prairie provinces over the week ended July 24, with ‘variability’ the key word in any discussion on this year’s prospects. Production on canola and wheat will be down overall, but perhaps by not as much as originally thought. […] Read More

There is always something new out there…The Ag In Motion farm show near Saskatoon this week was the “Pot of Gold” in terms of discovering what is new or is coming down the pipeline with new farm machinery, production technology and advances in crop development. Above, Leeann Minogue, editor of Grainews interviews, centre, talks with Kent Gulash, district sales manager with Dow AgroSciences about new DAS canola varieties that are entering the market this year, as well as other leading hybrid varieties still in development. Looking on is Loralee Orr, DAS communications leader. 

Ag in Motion: Photo gallery wrap-up

A few more final sights from Western Canada's Outdoor Farm Expo

There is always something new out there…The Ag In Motion farm show near Saskatoon this week was the “Pot of Gold” in terms of discovering what is new or is coming down the pipeline with new farm machinery, production technology and advances in crop development. Above, Leeann Minogue, editor of Grainews interviews, centre, talks with […] Read More



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CWB tour pegs wheat at 38.9 bushels

Regina / Reuters —Western Canada spring wheat, durum and canola yields look to fall sharply from last year’s levels, due to hot, dry conditions, leaders of a crop tour said on Friday. The second-annual CWB Market Research Services crop tour pegged spring wheat yield potential in the region at 38.9 bushels per acre on average, down […] Read More

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Desiccants for dry down and your canola crop

Desiccants are more economical, but there 
are still limited applications for canola

Late spring frosts and extremely dry conditions in various parts of the Prairies mean a lot of farmers will face uneven maturity at harvest time — especially with canola crops that had to be reseeded in parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The question is, what can they use pre-harvest to dry down their crops and […] Read More