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Insect economic thresholds: what do they mean?

Q & A with CPS

Q: What do insect economic thresholds mean? A: Insects can eat into your profits. They can appear at any time during the growing season and can cause damage that is patchy, scattered and difficult to gauge. Accurate estimation of both pest population and potential crop damage levels can only be obtained by thorough field scouting. […] Read more

Safety champion retired from farming, not farm safety

Even after he retired from farming, Albert Martin never retired from being a farm safety champion. For more than 40 years, Martin has been involved with the Waterloo Home and Farm Safety Association and he currently serves as the association’s current President. For many years, together with his wife Ruby, Martin managed an apple orchard […] Read more

Managing aphanomyces root rot in your fields

Q & A with CPS

Q: What is aphanomyces and how should I manage this disease? A: Aphanomyces is a relatively new root rot disease in pea and lentil crops that is quickly expanding across the Prairies. Aphanomyces root rot is caused by aphanomyces euteiches, a soil-borne plant pathogen. The symptoms of aphanomyces root rot are yellowing and stunting of […] Read more

Choosing that pre-seed herbicide

Q & A with CPS

Q: What are some considerations when selecting a pre-seed herbicide application? A: There are significant benefits to applying herbicides prior to seeding or crop emergence. Pre-seed weed removal reduces competition for valuable moisture and nutrients required for seedling development. When selecting pre-seed herbicides, begin with the crop to be grown. Products available vary considerably by […] Read more

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Soil temperature and crop emergence

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Q: What’s the impact of soil temperature on crop emergence? A: Seeding into warm soils ensures the best start for the crop. Proper crop emergence is the fundamental start to reaching the crop’s yield potential. Seeding into cold soils may result in slower emergence. This places crops at risk of infection by soil pathogens. Pathogens […] Read more

High protein in HRSW

Q & A with CPS

Q: How do I consistently achieve high protein in hard red spring wheat? What’s the optimum protein level to aim for? A: Achieving consistently high protein levels in hard red spring wheat requires annual planning as protein levels are a moving target. Begin by establishing an optimum protein goal. Generally, wheat with a protein level […] Read more