Canada’s 2016 Outstanding Young Farmers with sponsors, from left, Komie Hossini, Bayer CropScience; Teresa Garside, John Deere; 

Eastern farmers honoured by OYF win

Tough decision to select only two winners from a field of outstanding nominees

Two eastern Canadian farm couples have been named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (CYOF) for 2016. Andrew and Jennifer Lovell of Keswick Ridge, NB and Dominic Drapeau and Célia Neault of Ste-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, Que., were named to receive the national honours at the CYOF annual awards program held in Niagara Falls, Ont. in early December. The two […] Read more


On the farm: the 2016 crop year in review

Every year is different on Kevin Elmy's farm. This year: cover crops, soybeans and rain

The good thing about farming is two years are rarely alike. 2016 started out a bit on the dry side, with close to ideal subsoil moisture. The occasional May shower did not delay seeding much. About 20 per cent of our acres were seeded in the fall of 2015 to Luoma winter triticale, which helped reduce the spring […] Read more

Cleavers can be tricky because they are both a spring and winter annual.

Timing is key to whipping weeds

It’s easiest to kill weeds when they’re actively growing. Make sure you know when that is

Whether you’re telling a joke or treating a weed, timing is critical. And as anyone who has failed at weed control will confirm, it’s no laughing matter. Once you let weeds gain a foothold they can soon get out of hand, so it’s crucial to identify the life cycle of the weeds in your field […] Read more

Two new rye varieties, Bono and Guttino, were recently released by German seed company KWS — the world’s leading rye breeder.

Breeding aims high with hybrid rye

Two recently-released rye varieties are bringing higher yields to the Prairies

Hybrid cars may be all the rage these days for their lower gas consumption, but it’s hybrid rye that’s fuelling excitement for producers and seed growers. Two varieties that were recently released by German seed company KWS, the world’s leading rye breeder, are Bono and Guttino. Bullish on Bono As CEO of Regina-based FP Genetics, […] Read more

A heifer calf leaves the squeeze with flair after being tagged and vaccinated.

Antimicrobial myths and facts

Drug-resistant bacteria a “wicked problem.” Get to know the facts on this file

Antimicrobial resistance is a “wicked problem,” says Dr. John Campbell, requiring cooperation from many stakeholders. The livestock industry’s contribution to antimicrobial resistance is hard to pin down, but hospitals and care centres for seniors are a much more common source of resistance, Campbell said during the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation conference in Saskatoon in October. […] Read more

Crop diversity, rotational diversity and, if possible, getting animals on the land, are the ways to start building soil health.

Cover crops for better soil health

Cover crops can help build the “livestock” that lives in the soil and improves productivity

It appears that the idea of farmers improving the soil is starting to take hold. The Western Canadian Soil Health Conference was held in Edmonton, Alberta, the first part of December 2015. Nora Paulovich and Tom Fromme, co-chairs on the organizing committee, did a wonderful job pulling speakers together and organizing it. It started at […] Read more

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Training cattle to eat leafy spurge

With leafy spurge acres spreading, it’s time to bring on some new tactics

There’s a reason why “spurge” rhymes with “scourge.” The last economic impact analysis of the noxious weed in Manitoba, which came out in 2010, concluded that leafy spurge costs the province $40.2 million every year due to lost grazing capacity, costs of chemical controls on roadsides and indirect costs. In 2010, there were roughly 1.2 […] Read more

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Goss’s wilt: An up-and-coming corn disease

It might be time to consider seeding corn varieties with resistance to Goss’s wilt

With plenty of summer storms bringing high winds and hail to the Prairies this summer, there has been more Goss’s wilt showing up in Manitoba fields. A visual survey of 142 corn fields across Manitoba in August and September identified Goss’s wilt in 56 of them. The inoculum for Goss’s wilt is present most years […] Read more

By weight, flax fibres are stronger than steel.

The future of managing flax fibre

A non-GMO flax variety with reduced stem fibre content is coming down the pipeline

Dealing with flax straw residue has long been a source of headaches for many Prairie flax producers. “While many producers continue to burn it — costing them valuable organic matter, money, and time — producers would prefer to see their flax straw left on the field,” says Wayne Thompson, executive director of the Saskatchewan Flax […] Read more

cornfield at sunset

New corn varieties for 2017

With more than 20 new corn varieties, farmers have some research to do

If you’re farming in a corn-growing area in Western Canada, you’ll have more than 20 new varieties to consider for your 2017 rotations. New genetics bring higher yields and better disease packages, while shorter-season varieties may expand the corn-growing regions to new areas. BrettYoung BrettYoung E50P52 R: E50P52 R is a new VT Double PRO […] Read more