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Moving on from the CTA Review

The Canadian Transportation Act has been reviewed, but changes are not finalized

The Canadian Transpor­tation Act Review has wrapped, but it’s far from a done deal. The federal government could shelve the report, but that’s unlikely given the stakeholder interest, says Steve Pratte, policy development manager with the Canadian Canola Growers Association. It’s also unlikely that the government will implement recommendations without consulting first, he adds. In fact, Transport Minister […] Read more


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Sask. farmers nearing the finish line for seeding

Emerging crops see threat of flea beetles, cutworms

Farmers across Saskatchewan are wrapping up seeding earlier than normal. As of May 23, 81 per cent of acres were seeded, compared to the five-year average of 59 per cent, according to the latest Saskatchewan Crop Report. Farmers in the northwest had 84 per cent of the acres seeded. In the Turtleford and Glaslyn areas, […] Read more




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Slow resistance with layered herbicides

Gowan representatives say layering isn't just about dressing for fickle weather anymore

Layering herbicides is a way to manage or delay herbicide resistance on the farm. The key is to apply a residual before seeding. The residual creates a herbicide layer in the soil. That layer kills weeds as they try to push emerge. With fewer weeds, there is less selection pressure on herbicides used later in […] Read more



Reviewing the transport review

David Emerson't review of the transportation system isn't all great news for farmers

I think it’s fair to say David Emerson’s transportation system review was a bit of a let-down for the grain sector. There were a few bright spots in the report. It suggests an infrastructure program to fund capital investments in short-line railways. Producer car shippers should have the same protection as other shippers, the report […] Read more


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Lower prices can bring lower moods

Farmers are resilient, but depression on the farm is no laughing matter

Instead of blaming arthritis for your aching joints, you may want to point your finger at the economy, according to researchers
. “Overall, our findings reveal that it physically hurts to be economically insecure,” Dr. Eileen Chou said in a press release. Chou, a University of Virginia professor, led a team looking at links between economic insecurity and physical pain. The research, […] Read more



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Controlling seeds post-harvest

Can pulverizing weed seeds after harvest control weeds in Western Canada?

As buzz builds about Australia’s Harrington Seed Destructor, researchers are looking at whether pulverizing seeds after harvest will work on the Prairies. But preliminary research shows post-harvest seed control is unlikely to work for all of Western Canada’s weeds. Breanne Tidemann presented new research at the Herbicide Resistance Summit in Saskatoon this March. Tidemann, who is […] Read more


Wild oat is the most abundant weed in Saskatchewan. Researcher Hugh Beckie says it’s safe to assume that wild oat in your field is resistant to Group 1 herbicides. 


Fighting herbicide-resistance

Herbicide resistant weeds aren’t a novelty anymore — now they’re just the norm

While herbicide resistance isn’t a new problem, it is a growing one. Today 80 countries report herbicide-resistant weeds, says a researcher. And Canada is near the top of that list. Dr. Ian Heap heads the international survey on herbicide-resistant weeds, and reported those findings at the Herbicide Resistance Summit in Saskatoon this March. “North America […] Read more



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Betting on the biological business

Monsanto is investing big in bacteria, fungi and other organisms that benefit crops

Wondering where the future is for ag inputs? Monsanto is banking on biologicals, company researchers told reporters during a media event earlier this year. Biologicals include bacteria, fungi and other organisms that benefit the crop by controlling pests or helping roots access nutrients. For example, soybean and pulse growers will be quite familiar with inoculants that […] Read more


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Investing in vertical tillage tools

Soil Management: When it comes to vertical tillage, there is no "one size fits all" for every job

Farmers struggling with excess residue, moisture, or compaction are experimenting with various forms of tillage. But many questions remain about how to best use the equipment on the market today. In the fall of 2014, the Buiten­huis and Baillargeon families ran a tillage demo at their farm near Edam, Sask. They ran seven different tillage units, plus used a […] Read more