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New non-GMO canola variety for the market

Manipulation and natural plant enzymes create sulfonylurea-resistant variety

For western Canadian farmers waiting for a herbicide tolerant canola variety with a different mode of chemistry action to help reduce the risk of herbicide tolerance, SU Canola is here. Commercially available on a limited basis, Cibus (pronounced See-bus) is launching its first herbicide-tolerant, non-GMO canola variety, resistant to sulfonylurea herbicide, to Prairie farmers for […] Read more


Meet your farming neighbours: Calvin and Andrea Kotylak

This is the story of Calvin and 
Andrea Kotylak, from Kendal, Sask.

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, Prairie farmers are […] Read more



My 2017 crop year in review

It was dry, but still a good year at Kevin Elmy’s Friendly Acres Seed Farm in eastern Saskatchewan

For the producers that wanted a drier year, we definitely got that in 2017. Between 2009 and 2016, we received just under 200 inches (500 mm) of rain, so a year with “normal” rain would have been well received. 2017 delivered 2-1/2 inches (63 mm), and two-thirds of that came in the beginning of June. […] Read more


Crop Advisor Casebook: Did John’s durum seed get burned by fertilizer?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 6, 2018 issue of Grainews

John’s durum crop got off to a rocky start last spring with poor seedling emergence. John farms 16,000 acres of canola, durum, spring wheat, barley, peas and lentils near Stirling, Alta. Early on, the stand was thin and patchy, which became more prevalent as the plants got bigger. Since the spring, I’d been keeping an […] Read more



Is private crop insurance a fit for your farm?

Two Sask.-based companies are in the market. Find out how their products work

We’re used to dealing with private sector hail insurance companies, or at least seeing their ads. Now two companies, both based in Moose Jaw, Sask., are offering private crop insurance products to cover grain farmers’ risk. You might wonder how private companies could compete against a government-run Crop Insurance program where premiums are government subsidized to the tune […] Read more


Lygus bug: Profile of a crop pest

The lygus bug is an interesting pest. Native to Canada, adult insects overwinter under plant debris and migrate into crops, including canola, alfalfa, soybeans and sunflowers. Arriving in spring and summer, they lay their eggs on crop stems. Lygus is a complex that refers to four species: L. elisus (pale legume bug), L. lineolaris (tarnished […] Read more



Lygus bugs: know when to spray them

Researchers are revisiting economic threshold recommendations on spraying these bugs

[UPDATED: Jan. 31, 2018] Economic thresholds are developed and publicized so farmers will know when it makes sense to spray for a particular pest. For example, the economic threshold might be that if you have two bugs in your sweep net, the yield you gain will make it worth your costs and time to spray […] Read more


Meet your farming neighbours: Chris and Michelle

This is the story of Chris and Michelle Rottier, Southside Rottier Farm, Dapp, Alta.

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, Prairie farmers are […] Read more



Fifty-six per cent is not a passing grade

In a special guest editorial Vicki Dutton argues for federal action on rail service

Knock knock jokes are as old as the hills. For those of you who never had the pleasure, they went this way: “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” Then a roll-your-eyes type Q & A would ensue. These days rail service feels like a knock knock joke. The billion-dollar question is when and if cars will arrive. […] Read more


Crop Advisor’s Casebook: What’s attracting seagulls to this canola field?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 23, 2018 issue of Grainews

Paul, who farms 3,500 acres north of Camrose, Alta., was convinced cutworms were taking a bite out of his canola crop. It was mid-June last year when he noticed his canola plant stand was thin. Also, many seagulls were circling the field. He thought cutworms were attracting the birds, as well as damaging his crop […] Read more