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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

What’s influencing land rental rates?

An Ontario survey found that close relationships and long rental terms made no difference

According to new data from Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture, Prairie farmers are renting more and more land. In Manitoba, farmers rent or lease 33 per cent of the farmland, in Saskatchewan 28 per cent and in Alberta 42 per cent. Needless to say, they are not all paying the same rental rates and […] Read more

Growing crops in saline soil

Sometimes dividing up the field is the best solution to salinity

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Crop Diagnostic School is a great opportunity for farmers and agronomists to get outside for a hands-on, up-close look at plots, plants, insects and weeds. This summer, the School was held in Indian Head over two days in July. One of the many speakers, Gary Krueger, Saskatchewan Agriculture irrigation agrologist […] Read more

Putting pulses to work in your crop rotations

Soil Health: A good pulse crop can do more than fill your bank account. It also benefits the soil

Along with more pulse crops in Prairie farmers’ rotations, there has also been more research into the impact these crops have on our soil. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers have recently published several research papers on this issue. This work has led one of these researchers, Dr. Chantal Hamel, to conclude that there are several […] Read more

Herbicide-resistant weeds: don’t be in denial

Herbicide resistance is a growing problem that all Prairie farmers need to address

Dealing with resistant weeds is a little like dealing with alcoholism, according to a Nufarm executive. The first step is to acknowledge that you’ve got a problem. Lachie McKinnon heads North American business development for Nufarm, and is also the Canadian manager. McKinnon shared thoughts on managing herbicide resistance based on his experience working in […] Read more

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: What’s stressing these lentils?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the August 29, 2017 issue of Grainews

“I have never seen anything like it in 15 years of growing lentils,” Vaughn, a southern Saskatchewan producer, told me after he discovered yellowing, unhealthy-looking lentil plants in his field the week of June 23, 2016. Our office had already received several calls from Assiniboia-area growers with similar concerns. Producers had also dropped off samples […] Read more

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: What’s holding up this canola’s blooming stage?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the May 16, 2017 issue of Grainews

Kyle farms 2,000 acres of canola, oats and peas west of Yorkton, Sask. He called me the first week of July, last year, when he discovered part of his canola crop wasn’t flowering with the rest of the field. Kyle thought perhaps environmental factors, seeding issues or nutrient deficiencies could be stressing the crop. The […] Read more

Getting through the mud to stored grain

Wet weather can ruin grain-hauling plans. See Matt Undlin’s surefire solution

As farmers we are always at the mercy of Mother Nature and lately it seems that weather patterns are getting even more intense. Outside Kyle, Saskatchewan, we had over 33 inches of rainfall last growing season but a fairly average snowfall. For Matt Undlin, a farmer in Lansford, North Dakota, the exact opposite was true. […] Read more

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: A big barley bother

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 25, 2017 issue of Grainews

While assessing his crop for damage after a storm last year, Ian, a Manitoba producer, noticed some barley plants had white heads. Also, the kernels of the affected plants didn’t fill. Ian, who farms 1,500 acres of wheat, barley and canola near Oak Lake, Man., wasn’t sure if the storm had damaged the barley plants, […] Read more