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The pea crop on the left side of the photo was treated with Nodulator Duo, which includes rhizobium as well as another bacteria that produces a root strengthening bio-film. The crop on the right side of the photo was treated with a competitive product that was rhizobium-only.

Biological power complements inoculants for pulse crops

Nitrogen-fixing rhizobia aren’t just for pulse and legume crops

While the 2020 crop may not be harvested and in the bin yet, early fall is still a good time to be thinking about the 2021 crop and lining up pulse crop inoculants for the coming growing season. Producers should be lining up inoculant needs this fall to avoid disappointment next spring. In addition to […] Read more


Your marketing plan and COVID-19

Should farmers change their marketing strategies because of the pandemic or stay the course?

As another year’s crop will soon fill their bins, should farmers change their marketing strategies because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or do they maintain the same course they had planned out for this winter? “COVID-19 has had some impacts on the markets, but it hasn’t really been that much for grains and […] Read more



Beyond Meat lines up Canadian patty co-packer

U.S. company launches 'latest iteration' of burger line

One of the names tied closest to the plant protein-based meat substitute sector has enlisted an unnamed Quebec operation to make its beef-similar patties for the Canadian retail market. Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat on Wednesday launched the “latest iteration” of its flagship Beyond Burger, billed as “produced locally at a co-manufacturing facility in Canada” and […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba edible beans look good for now

Bean growers watching weather

MarketsFarm — Edible bean crops in Manitoba remain in generally good shape in mid-July, with early indications pointing to solid production on the year. “Overall, they look pretty good,” said Dennis Lange, provincial pulse specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, on the state of dry edible bean crops. The crops had struggled with wind damage early on […] Read more


By controlling grasshoppers in the nymph stage, you can keep them from feasting on your fields later on when they reach adulthood.

Higher grasshopper nymph populations expected this spring in Manitoba

Manage nymphs in hatching areas before they disperse into crops

It’ll come as no surprise to Manitoba producers that the major pests to watch for this coming growing season are flea beetles in canola as well as grasshoppers and cutworms across all Prairie crops. All three are well established in Manitoba, all three overwinter in the province and all three showed high populations last year. […] Read more

Flea beetle.

Expect flea beetle and cutworm issues in Alberta fields

Grasshopper population levels will depend on weather, for one

Spring is finally coming to Alberta crop fields. Unfortunately, insect pests won’t be far behind. Weather, natural population cycles and wind conditions are just a few factors influencing insect pest numbers this season. Grasshopper Alberta is home to 85 species of grasshoppers, three of which caused economic damage to Alberta fields last year. In 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

Producers should also be on the lookout for phytophthora 
root rot in soybeans.

Pulse and soybean disease roundup

Managing disease in these crops may be a particular challenge this year

Though crop diseases are a concern every year, they may prove particularly challenging in 2020 after last year’s difficult, wet harvest. Since the most successful farmers are proactive and prepared, it may pay to be ready to tackle whatever disease challenges Mother Nature throws your way this year. “I would say my biggest concern for […] Read more