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High tech feed research on the Prairies

The Canadian Feed Research Centre puts tech to work to increase the value of feed grain

From the outside, the Canadian Feed Research Centre doesn’t look much different from a regular feed mill. But the Centre, tucked into an industrial area of North Battleford, is a national institution, says Rex Newkirk. “It’s the only one in Canada of this nature. It’s one of the very few in the world where we […] Read more

Know what you’re leaving behind

The ScherGain solution system will help you measure your in-field losses

Just how much grain are you leaving in the field? It’s a question Trevor Scherman and his father, Pat, pondered many times on their farm near Battleford, Sask. Trevor says they discussed “where that fine line was (between) how fast can we go and how much crop can we afford to leave in the field.” […] Read more

Putting “smart” beans to work in the bin

New technology has game-changing potential for grain storage monitoring

A new technology coming out of Cambridge, England could provide an easy, flexible and cost-effective way for farmers to monitor stored grain, livestock barns, greenhouses or chemical storage sheds. The BeanIoT system deploys thumb-sized “smart” sensors to monitor whatever the user requires. In a grain storage shed or bin that might be temperature, humidity, or […] Read more

Formalizing your farming joint venture

Many farmers use joint ventures informally. Getting it in writing can make things simpler

Many family farms have participated in variations of revenue and/or cost sharing arrangements. A typical scenario involves family or neighbours sharing equipment and labour to minimize costs, reduce the cost of production and improve the bottom line. However, inefficiencies and disputes over the value of contributions can result from these informal arrangements. Formalizing and documenting […] Read more

Which weeds will develop resistance?

Stay ahead: know which weeds are most likely to develop resistance to which chemistry

Farmers who want to slow herbicide resistance need to understand weed biology, says Graham Collier. Collier is technical services manager at Nufarm. During a plot tour at Ag-Quest west of Saskatoon, he outlined some of the factors that contribute to herbicide resistance. One factor is the average risk of the herbicide group. Weeds are more […] Read more

Dicamba drift debacle decoded

Tom Wolfe blames inversions for much of the 2017 U.S. soybean damage

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s annual Crop Diagnostic School was held near Indian Head, Sask., this July. Tom Wolfe, owner of Agrimetrix Research & Training and sprayer specialist, was on hand to talk about sprayer technology and the dicamba problems that took place in the U.S. this summer. “This year was a defining year for spray technology,” Wolfe told Crop Diagnostic […] Read more

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Why isn’t this canola coming up?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the September 26, 2017 issue of Grainews

John owns a mixed grain and cattle operation near Pincher Creek, Alta. On May 2, 2016, he approached me about one of his canola fields, which he thought wasn’t germinating properly. “There are areas with no canola at all, just volunteer grain,” he said. “I think I have cutworm issues.” I drove out to John’s […] Read more

Controlling traffic to improve your soil

A new test offers another way to test soil quality improvements

It can be called “fractal hierarchical aggregation” or just “fractal aggregation.” Whatever the moniker, the new method of soil health testing promises to offer an important way to assess soil quality and land stewardship, says Guillermo Hernandez, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Hernandez is the lead researcher on a suite of projects […] Read more

Turning city waste into good fertilizer

Soil Management: Lystek International’s CFIA-registered fertilizer takes waste from sewage to nutrition

One man’s trash is another’s treasure. It’s a familiar idiom at the heart of a Canadian company’s process for turning municipal sewage into fertilizer. Faced with the challenge of dealing with sludge, Canadian municipalities have done everything from dumping it in landfills to letting it flow into the ocean. Lystek International, based in Cambridge, Ontario, […] Read more

Farm it like you’re ‘just’ renting it?

Do farmers look after rented farmland differently than land they own? Should they?

We’ve all heard the term “drive it like a rental” but could that also apply to farmland? Is a farmer more likely to use conservation practices like no-till or variable rate technology, or apply more fertilizer and/or manure to improve the fertility on land he or she owns than on rented land? In April 2013, […] Read more