GFM Network News


Should you convert some farm acres to straight cut?

Q & A with an expert

Q: Is straight cutting canola a good fit for my farm? A: Recently, there has been more discussion around straight cutting and harvest management of canola. New advancements in genetics that increase the integrity of the pod and greater focus on selecting hybrids that have characteristics that make them more suitable to a straight cut […] Read more



Select fire departments located near G3’s new grain elevators in the Carmangay, Irricana, Morinville, Stettler County, Wetaskiwin and Vermilion areas will be trained before receiving the rescue equipment. Sturgeon County Emergency Services, near G3 Morinville, received the BeGrainSafe training this August.

G3 donates grain rescue equipment to rural Alberta fire departments

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with G3, is pleased to announce the donation of $25,000 worth of life-saving grain rescue equipment to several rural Alberta fire departments. Select fire departments located near G3’s new grain elevators in the Carmangay, Irricana, Morinville, Stettler County, Wetaskiwin and Vermilion areas will be trained before receiving […] Read more

Reg Alspach’s Massey-Harris 55 tractor model is about 6.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches tall and 11 inches long.

Editor’s column: Can you help solve the mystery of the Massey-Harris 55 model?

After reading a story about a Massey-Harris 55 tractor in the Feb. 24, 2015, issue of Grainews, Reg Alspach was inspired to put pen to paper and write about his Massey-Harris 55. The feature in Grainews, written by former machinery editor Scott Garvey, was about a Saskatchewan-based, Massey-Harris 55 owner named Frank Paul, who restored […] Read more


Using a product on a crop that is not registered could cause major trade consequences and the producer could be held responsible.

What you need to know about maximum residue limits

Q & A with an expert

Q: Maximum residue limits: what are they and why are they important?  A: In the agricultural industry, we hear the term maximum residue limit (MRL) referred to on numerous occasions. The term refers to the maximum amount of pesticide residue expected to remain in food products when a crop protection product is used according to […] Read more

Three situations where an in-crop nitrogen application may be worthwhile

Q & A with an expert

Q: When should I consider an “in-crop” application of nitrogen? A: Under the arid environment of the Canadian Prairies, splitting nitrogen applications in annual crops (e.g. applying 70 per cent of the nitrogen at time of seeding and top dressing the balance during the vegetative stage) rarely provides an agronomic benefit over applying all the […] Read more


Modern nematicides should also contribute to healthy soils

Healthy soils are the foundation for successful farming and sustained food production. They are rich in beneficial soil organisms that help improve soil quality. The balanced coexistence of beneficial organisms helps plants improve water and nutrient use, enhancing their tolerance to pests, diseases and environmental stresses. However, when the soil balance is altered, often unintentionally […] Read more

A grain rescue tube and a portable auger available to fire departments trained in grain extrication will greatly increase the probability of a victim surviving a grain entrapment, says Robert Gobeil, CASA’s agricultural health and safety specialist.

CASA, Corteva to equip rural fire departments with life-saving grain rescue equipment

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in collaboration with Corteva Agriscience Canada will equip rural fire departments with the training and equipment needed for grain entrapment rescues. CASA’s grain safety program, BeGrainSafe, is designed to save lives and is generously supported by sponsors like Corteva. This support has helped to build the BeGrainSafe mobile demonstration […] Read more



Factors that could affect your harvest

Q & A with an expert

Q: What can I do to better manage my harvest this year? A: Late frosts, insect concerns, emerging weeds, spring harvest, severe winds and untimely rains were some of the challenges Mother Nature provided us this spring. And the fall will be no different. The perfect harvest doesn’t start in August or September, but instead […] Read more