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Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing leaf chlorosis and yellow spots in this wheat?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 10, 2018 issue of Grainews

Neil owns a 3,500-acre grain farm north of Rossburn, Man. At the end of May, while checking one of his wheat fields for crop staging after seeding, Neil noticed some spots and abnormal yellowing on the plants’ leaves. Since Neil wasn’t sure what had caused the damage, he asked me to examine the crop and […] 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



Crop advisor casebook: Leaf yellowing and uneven stand in wheat

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 27, 2018 issue of Grainews

When I pulled up to Don’s wheat field last year on July 6, the first thing I noticed was how yellow the crop was. The crop’s development was also very uneven. For example, some plants were still at the five-leaf stage, while others had the flag leaf out with the head in the boot. There […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing extreme stem discolouration in this wheat crop?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 13, 2018 issue of Grainews

While checking some crops, Ron, a Saskatchewan producer, was alarmed to find his wheat crop’s plant stems had turned a vivid reddish-purple colour within a very short period of time. It was August 9 when Ron asked me to investigate the cause of the stems’ colour change. Ron farms 3,000 acres of wheat, canola, barley […] Read more



Crop Advisor’s Casebook: The case of the yellow-tinged spring wheat

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the December 5, 2017 issue of Grainews

In June 2016, I had an interesting situation arise when Rob, a Brunkild-area producer, called me about his yellowing red spring wheat crop. While out scouting his other fields for crop staging, Rob noticed one of his wheat fields, which he had sprayed with herbicide a few days earlier, had a yellow tinge to it. […] Read more


Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Deformed wheat spikelets spell trouble

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 7, 2017 issue of Grainews

Dan operates a 5,000-acre grain farm south of Canora, Sask. Last summer, he called me mid-July to inquire if any other producers in the area were discovering white heads in their hard red spring wheat crops. In certain areas of his fields, he said, shortly after heading, some wheat plants had developed a whitish tinge […] Read more



spent fertilizer urea capsules

ESN helps keep single shoot drill out in the field longer

Fertilizer technology allows farmers to make one pass, putting all the nitrogen in the seed row at once, and also realizing higher protein values

Dale Wyatt hasn’t become a wholesale convert to ESN fertilizer on his southern Alberta farm, but so far it has allowed him to continue a one-pass direct seeding operation with cereals with his existing single shoot drill, and the controlled release fertilizer has definitely bumped up the protein level in spring wheat. Wyatt, who along […] Read more


agricultural university campus

Researching our daily bread

U.K. researchers are working to increase our global wheat yield and nutrition

Wheat provides one fifth of human calories, but its yield growth has been on the decline since the 1980s. Researchers in the United Kingdom are trying to solve some of the world’s food security challenges by improving wheat productivity. Their goal, says Dr. Malcolm Hawkesford of leading British institute Rothamsted Research, is to increase wheat […] Read more



testing gluten strength

VIDEO: The gluten story

If you’ve ever chewed a few kernels of wheat to make ‘gum,’ you’ve done a gluten test. Domestic and overseas wheat millers do a somewhat more sophisticated gluten test to determine how flour milled from different wheats will perform in a bakery. The gluten strength of different varieties has been in the news lately, and […] Read more


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Crop yield and quality all over the map

Wrecks in some places, but surprisingly good in others, say farmers talking about the 2014 harvest

So how was the harvest of 2014? Depending where you on the Prairies it may have set a record for being one of the worst, or slowest in farming memory, while on the other hand, for some it was surprisingly one of the earliest. And quality wise, that ranges across the board too, according to […] Read more