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



Alberta Outstanding Young Farmer nominees, Shane and Kristen Schooten and their children Gracen, five and Berkley, three.

Outstanding Young Farmers Alberta: Shane and Kristen Schooten

Starting young and working with family pays off for Shane and Kristen Schooten

More often than not, mixing family and business is like an ill-conceived blind date: awkward and hard to get out of. That’s not the case for Shane and Kristen Schooten, recent winners of Alberta’s Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) award. They are living proof that you can survive and even thrive by blending family and finances. […] Read more


B.C. Outstanding Young Farmer nominees, Brian and Jewel Pauls and their four children: Janae, seven, Brooke, five, Faith, three, and Kaden, one.

Outstanding Young Farmers B.C./Yukon: Brian and Jewel Pauls

Brian and Jewel Pauls are second-generation regional OYF winners

When Frank and Elma Pauls won the B.C./Yukon Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) award in 1990, young son Brian thought how cool it would be if he followed in their footsteps. As it turns out, he did just that, and it’s very cool indeed. “I remember going through the process with dad and thinking it would be […] Read more



Data mining: love at first byte

Storing data in the cloud can help you get the most from your farm equipment

Clouds used to be as welcome on the farm as the tax man, since they both have a knack for raining on your parade. These days, however, more desirable clouds — the high tech kind — are heating up farm profits by providing something valuable: information. Those “desirable clouds” refer to cloud computing. That is, […] Read more


Soybean Field

Soybean success: timing matters

A clean soybean field early in the season can make all the difference to your yield

With some events, like a clearance sale or your own wedding, the need for punctuality is obvious. For tasks like controlling soybean weeds, the value of getting there early may be more subtle, but it’s no less important. As any successful grower can attest, when and how you address weed issues can be the difference […] Read more