It’s hard to believe it possible to pack more iron and information onto 320 acres of good Saskatchewan farmland, but that’s what organizers of the 2019 Ag in Motion (AIM) farm show are promising as they gear up for the fifth annual show that will be rolling July 16 to 19, just northwest of Saskatoon. […] Read more
While there will be plenty to see and learn at the Ag in Motion farm show, organizers hope it doesn’t end there, as learning will continue at the Farm Forum conference in Saskatoon in early December. The two events, organized by Glacier FarmMedia have a symbiotic relationship this year, says Rob O’Connor, AIM show manager. […] Read more
Ed, who grows more than 6,000 acres of durum, canola and lentils on his farm near Rouleau, Sask., called me in July to tell me about a problem in one of his durum fields. Ed had recently driven by the field and noticed the crop didn’t appear all that healthy — he could see there […] Read more
May 1, when most producers were in the field or preparing to get there, the federal government announced the 2019 AgriStability program year enrolment deadline would be extended to July 2, 2019. The extension was in response to the canola dispute with China and gives producers a second opportunity to review their financial risk management […] Read more
Five years into it, Marcel van Staveren is planning to do a second top dressing of a compost/sulphur fertilizer on his acres in southeastern Saskatchewan, near Creelman. He won’t be alone. The product, Bio-Sul Premium Plus, was introduced to the eastern Prairies in 2015 by the Aberhart family of Langenburg, Sask. This year, applicators for […] Read more
The 2018 pest survey results for Saskatchewan look like good news for the 2019 season. Grasshopper, pea leaf weevil and diamondback moth populations were all low in 2018. Large numbers of Bertha armyworm moths were caught in the Outlook and Watrous areas, but these do not necessarily predict 2019 populations. Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture integrated […] Read more
They are two separate topics completely, but here are a couple of good ideas that western Canadian field specialists came up with for sanitizing rubber boots to reduce the risk of spreading clubroot (or any soil borne disease), and a handy homemade sample collection tool for measuring spray volumes when calibrating a field sprayer. Boot […] Read more
I received a call from Tom mid-June last year after he noticed his wheat crop was yellowing and there was a reduction in plant stand following his in-crop herbicide application. Tom, who owns a 2,500-acre mixed farm in the Meadow Lake region, thought the stand loss could be the result of an injury from the […] Read more
While there is no so-called cure for fusarium head blight a whole series of proper agronomic practices can be applied to stave off the impact of the disease, say Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers. Using FHB-resistant cereal varieties and applying registered fungicides is part of the story say Kelly Turkington, plant pathology researcher in Lacombe, Alta., and […] Read more
If you’re growing peas for the first time this year, of if you haven’t grown them in a while, you’ll want to watch for these two diseases in your fields: ascochyta blight and aphanomyces root rot. The disease that is perhaps most concerning, most visible and most likely to cause yield loss is ascochyta, or […] Read more
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