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Crop advisor casebook: Are cutworms collapsing this canola crop?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the October 16, 2018 issue of Grainews

On June 19, Ryan, a Saskatchewan producer who farms south of Canora, called me to diagnose a problem in his canola crop. While applying the first pass of glyphosate on the field, Ryan discovered some bare patches — he thought he may have a cutworm problem. Ryan’s farm is situated on light, sandy soil with […] Read more


Farming for the insects and birds

Government programs provide funds for Swiss farmers who follow new mowing rules

Schleitheim, Switzerland: All around me farmers are mowing. From June 15th onwards farmers are allowed to cut meadows and hayfields qualifying for Q2 government subsidies. The Q2 (qualitätsstufe 2) program aims to provide and protect healthy habitat for birds and insects. Non-qualifying fields are already being cut the second or even the third time. Obviously […] Read more



No silver bullet for international disease

Scientists from around the globe met in Edmonton to discuss the latest on clubroot

The world’s top canola researchers and agronomists met in Edmonton in early August to talk about their work on the pathogen that’s lowering canola yields throughout Alberta and spreading to the rest of the Prairies. While researchers at the International Clubroot Workshop discussed the scientific research underway, farmer delegates were disappointed to hear there is […] Read more


Rules ease up for growing hemp

Legal changes aren’t just for users; growers will also see fewer restrictions

The Cannabis Act is slated to take effect October 17th, legalizing recreational cannabis use in Canada. Those legislative changes will also remove many roadblocks to growing hemp and open up new market opportunities, say those in the industry. The new Act removes hemp from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, says Keith Jones, vice president […] Read more



Meet your farming neighbours: The Wasmuths

This is the story of Neil and Misty Wasmuth, and Misty’s parents, Wade and Linda

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


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Ontario report backs value of glyphosate

Thirty years of crop data support economic and environmental value

The value of glyphosate to the agriculture industry, the economy and the environment is getting a bad and uninformed wrap from critics, say two long-time experts in agronomy and pesticide regulation fields who have reviewed a mountain of data compiled by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) which shows just the opposite. […] Read more



Crop advisor casebook: Patchy problems in a canola field

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the September 25, 2018 issue of Grainews

On June 11, while spraying his canola plants with an in-crop herbicide, Wade noticed regions of the crop had uneven emergence, causing some patchy areas. Wade farms 10,000 acres of canola, wheat and barley near Yorkton, Sask. He thought he might have an insect problem in his canola crop. “My guess is it’s flea beetles or cutworms,” he said. […] Read more


horizontal image of five round steel grain bins sitting in a yellow canola field under a very cloudy sky in the summer

On-farm storage and canola grain quality

Control what you can, and take steps to manage the rest

When it comes to your on-farm storage and maintaining canola grain quality, there are some elements you can control — and others you can’t. One area you can influence is the original condition of the canola seed going into your bins. Swathing at the correct stage or straight-cutting will help minimize many of the quality […] Read more



Moving grain south of the border

The Ceres Northgate Terminal works with BNSF to move grain into the U.S.

If you had a good arm, you might be able to stand outside the Ceres Northgate Terminal and wing a baseball from Saskatchewan into North Dakota. While the terminal and most of Ceres’ twin-loop track is in Canada, part of the track is south of the border. The facility’s border-straddling location, southeast of Estevan, is […] Read more


Ray Dowbenko changing hats

Retirement came earlier than respected, but he still plans to contribute

Western Canadian farmers aren’t losing a valuable resource, but a long-time soil fertility specialists and agronomist will be heading off in a new direction this fall, as Ray Dowbenko wraps up a 30-year career with a major fertilizer company. Dowbenko, who spent more than 20 years often recognized as the frontline man who figured out […] Read more