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Crop advisor casebook: Why is this barley crop patchy in rectangular blocks?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 5, 2019 issue of Grainews

Jim, a Saskatchewan farmer, was unhappy with the establishment of his barley crop — he had expected a more uniform stand. When he contacted me the first week of June last year, Jim said plant populations in some areas of the field were thin, while others were thick and lush. The plants, which were at […] Read more


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Consumer demands driving oat research

From shakes for cancer patients to high-protein vegan foods, oats have potential

Health conscious people are in “the know” about the benefits of eating oats and oat products. Oats truly are a super food, high in dietary fiber that many studies suggest can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and colorectal cancer. At the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and […] Read more



Producer contributions to variety development

After reading through numerous consultation reports and reviewing expenditures in the annual reports of producer organizations I have come to two conclusions: producers have and continue to make significant contributions to variety development and it’s very difficult to pin down the exact amount they contribute through various channels including royalties, check-off dollars that go to […] Read more


Two new oat varieties from Oat Advantage

These two oats varieties are Ore: they’re re-designed and re-imagined

It’s taken 10 years, and a lot of hard work and persistence for Saskatchewan oat breeder Jim Dyck of Oat Advantage, to launch his two, new oat varieties that are getting oat growers and miller excited. The two varieties — named ORe 3541M and ORe 3542M — will be available through SeCan. They’re are both […] Read more



Why did my cereal crop lodge?

Practical Research: Was it disease? Too much nitrogen? Or was it a copper deficiency in your soil?

This year, 2018, was the year of the lodged crop on the Canadian Prairies. Back in early September, the weather turned cold and much of the Prairies were covered repeatedly with heavy wet snow. In the northern half of the Prairies up to 80 per cent of the crops were yet to be harvested. Fortunately, […] Read more


New cereal seed varieties for 2019

There are 19 new cereal varieties on the market for western Canadian growers this year

With 19 new varieties to choose from, western Canadian growers will be spoiled for choice in 2019. There are new corn hybrids, new wheat varieties in several categories, new two-row malt barley varieties, and even a new variety of spelt. Wheat CPSR Canadian Prairie Spring Red CANTERRA SEEDS: AAC Crossfield is a new semi-dwarf CPSR […] Read more



The latest buzz on fusarium in cereal crops

Fusarium is destructive, and Alberta’s zero-tolerance policy is in trouble in durum areas

Fusarium head blight (FHB), fusarium graminearum, or tombstone as it’s called in the U.S. has become one of the most destructive diseases of small grain cereals and corn in North America. Fusarium head blight first became a problem in Ontario where it produced toxins on grain corn. Just to confuse you, this disease on corn […] Read more


New breeding program, new spring wheat

A new CPSR, AAC Crossfield, comes out of a new partnership in wheat breeding

A breeding program with public, private and producer stakeholders has yielded its first commercial wheat variety. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canterra Seeds and the Alberta Wheat Commission pooled their resources and expertise to develop and commercialize new Canadian Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat varieties for the Prairies, says Brent Derkatch, Canterra’s director of operations and […] Read more



Crop advisor’s casebook: What’s causing the half-circle pattern in this wheat field?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the November 6, 2018 issue of Grainews

John is an Alberta producer who has a mixed farming operation located north of Vermilion. His main crops are wheat and canola. John called me mid-June this year to examine his wheat crop after he noticed some patches in the field’s outside rounds were slowly dying. As I approached the field, I could see what […] Read more


VIDEO: Separating the good grains from the bad

Ag in Motion 2018: GCS Grain Cleaner removes fusarium-infected grains from your crop

Using a high speed fan that separates premium from lesser quality grains, the GCS Grain Cleaner on display at Ag in Motion 2018 is designed to remove diseased grains – such as fusarium – making it easier for producers to market their crop. The GCS line offers six models ranging in capacity from 200 bushels […] Read more