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When scouting pea leaf weevil, it’s important to start looking early in the season, as newly
emerged peas are the most vulnerable to damage. Begin at field edges and work your way into the field. Typical damage includes “c”-shaped notches in the leaves.

Pea leaf weevil management: early identification key

Q & A with an expert

Q: When and how should I scout for pea leaf weevils? A: The pea leaf weevil, an invasive species, has caused notable damage and yield loss in pulse crops across the Prairies. Identifying and managing the pea leaf weevil early in the growing season is key to minimizing damage and protecting your yield potential. Adults […] Read more

What we did not  realize  was  canola  had  the  rooting and uptake ability to suck the soil P to very low values.  
A few years of big yields with big N and big water and P becomes the limiting factor.

Les Henry: A recipe for 65 bushels per acre of canola

Some lessons learned many years later

When cleaning visuals from talks of years gone by, I stumbled on one from 1978 — the year canola was born. It showed what it took to produce 65 bushels per acre of canola in garden patch agriculture (i.e., small plots). In 1978, the highest average RM yield of canola in Saskatchewan was 29 bushels […] Read more


Cows with calves head to the bunk for rations, as spring pasture is still some days away.

Foaling and seeding season still ahead

Last calf of the season from a reluctant mother

March stayed cold and the cold remained clear into April. By mid-March we had two-thirds of the cows calved out and they were all doing great. The last third of calving turned out to be exciting and stressful. On March 20 Gregory found a heifer calving but quickly noticed that the feet were not right. […] Read more

Anhydrous ammonia, or NH3, is one of the most commonly used fertilizers. It’s low cost, highly effective and contains one of the most concentrated forms of nitrogen, with levels at 82 per cent. However, it can also be highly hazardous.

Anhydrous ammonia – handle with care!

While fertilizers share a common purpose, there’s no one-size-fits-all instruction manual. Learning about the unique properties and precautions for each fertilizer used on your operation could save time, money and prevent serious injury. Anhydrous ammonia, or NH3, is one of the most commonly used fertilizers. It’s low cost, highly effective and contains one of the […] Read more


Are you losing money when selling bales? Consider the alternatives.

Sixteen reasons why grain growers should never sell crop residues

Read this article and you’ll never sell baled straw again

Could it be the last straw or the straw that broke the camel’s back? If you grow lentils, peas, canola, dry beans, fava beans, soybeans or grain corn, it’s normal practice to harvest the grain and leave the combined residue on the cropland. There are exceptions when some of the aforementioned crops may be baled. […] Read more

Money held in mutual funds dwarfs the rapidly growing exchange-traded funds industry.

Utilizing exchange-traded funds in an investment portfolio

Buy broad indexes and hold for long periods of time

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) came into existence in the 1990s in response to the high fees of the mutual fund industry. They provide broad diversification and are traded like stocks. The original premise of ETFs is because the vast majority of mutual fund managers fail to outperform the market, it’s best to simply invest in the […] Read more


Editor’s Column: Seeding great ideas

One of the highlights of being the editor of Grainews is hearing from you through phone calls, emails and social media. I have appreciated your well-wishes, insights, suggestions, feedback and ideas for future stories. I’ve picked out a few examples to share with you. A southern Alberta farmer emailed me this month to suggest there […] Read more



Farm Financial Planner: Use farm corporations for shifting generational ownership

Land and machinery ownership changes are easier through corporate shells

The world economy, and Canada’s part in it, turns out to be vulnerable to COVID-19, a microscopic particle wrecking industries, supply chains, and, in particular, the financial health of many farming families. The causes of distress range from loan payments due for farm equipment and real estate, which lenders may postpone — depending on the […] Read more

The facts and fallacies of foliar feeding and other mistaken beliefs

Environmental conditions can dramatically affect the uptake of foliar-applied nutrients

Foliar feeding has been frequently advocated in recent years as a way to boost crop yields, or in the case of nitrogen (N) as a boost for grain protein in wheat. In reality, plants take in very little fertilizer directly through their leaves or stems. In a way, it is a process that does not […] Read more