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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


Don’t blame ergot on the weather

Copper deficiency leads to the development of many diseases in cereal crops

If you’re a pedigreed seed grower and you’ve discovered that one of your seed fields, either wheat or barley, is infested with ergot, you have a problem but it’s not what most, if not all of you think. Don’t blame it on a common diagnosis of cold, wet growing conditions. It’s more likely caused by […] Read more



Have you seen this bug?

The invasive cereal leaf beetle is heading our way. Look for damage in your wheat crop

There’s a new pest headed our way. James Tansey, provincial pest management specialist with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture gave the audience the bad news at SaskWheat’s semi-annual meeting at the Farm Progress Show on June 20. The cereal leaf beetle is an invasive pest, common in the U.S. It has been spotted on the Prairies […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing these wheat heads to curl?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the July 17, 2018 issue of Grainews

John, who owns a mixed grain farm near Lacombe, Alta., called me last July after he discovered curled and deformed wheat heads in his crop. He said the affected plants were scattered throughout the field, and approximately 10 per cent of the crop was affected. At the field, examination of the plants revealed healthy and […] Read more



Cereals clean up before a pulse crop

Planting a cereal crop can help set up your next pulse crop for success

Cereals are more than just a rotational crop between your canola and lentils; they can play a key role in setting up next year’s pulse crop for success by helping clean up your fields of weeds and soil-borne disease. When you look at weed control and resistance management, cereal crops offer the broadest range of […] Read more


Finding a use for wheat with fusarium

North West Bio-Energy has been turning wheat into ethanol since 2009

Got fusarium? Chances are North West Terminal in Unity, Sask., can use that wheat. Next door to the terminal is a bioproducts plant, which is run by North West Terminal’s sister company, North West Bio-Energy. Since 2009, North West Bio-Energy has been producing ethanol. Today it also produces industrial-grade alcohol. The distillation process can handle […] Read more