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Bleached tops means bye-bye Canada thistle

Take a look in the ditches near you. A fungus may be infecting those weeds

Canada thistle is an invasive import from Europe. It is technically called Circium arvense, a prickly member of the Aster family. In the U.K., it’s called creeping thistle; in New Zealand it’s called Californian thistle, perhaps derived from Canada thistle. Canada thistle is also known in North America by a range of other names but […] Read more



Meet your farming neighbours: Ivan Dueck and his brothers

Ivan Dueck and his brothers farm in Namiquipa, Mexico

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more


Using crop rotation to manage pests

There are many important decisions to be made on a farm and choosing a proper crop rotation is one of them. Some growers select a wide range of crops to grow, others only grow the two most profitable. The general agronomic and long-term economic recommendation is to have a minimum of a four-year rotation with […] Read more