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Figuring out all the angles on rotation can be a complex challenge for farmers.

Rotation, rotation, rotation are a farmer’s best friend in the field

Not rotating crops and chemistries might just be the opportunity crop pests were waiting for

[UPDATED: April 1, 2021] Rotation isn’t a new word, but applying it to all aspects of annual crop production might be a newer concept for western Canadian farmers looking to keep a step ahead of various crop pests, say specialists with Corteva Agriscience. A proper crop rotation, a proper variety rotation, a proper herbicide rotation, […] Read more

How to prevent a clubroot catastrophe

How to prevent a clubroot catastrophe

Some recommendations for all scenarios

The mentality amongst some of our Prairie canola growers is, “I’ll just wait until clubroot shows up and then I will seed a resistant variety.” Big mistake! Canola growers whose croplands are free of this destructive disease should be seeding resistant canola varieties right away. Yes, this year. Before clubroot shows up. I presently handle […] Read more


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Mustard growers face decision time

AAFC projects more acres in 2021-22

MarketsFarm — For Canadian mustard seed growers, next month will be crucial in learning whether seeding predictions from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada come to fruition. Current mustard seed prices, though, seem to support a rise in the number of acres this coming crop year. Canadian farmers in 2020 grew 99,000 tonnes of mustard seed, the […] Read more

Rebate roundup 2021

Rebate roundup 2021

Program details to maximize your input dollars and put cash back in your pocket

Once again, it’s time for the Grainews annual rebate roundup. While rebate programs aren’t the main factor in decision-making for the crop protection process, producers need to know their options. Without further ado, and in alphabetical order, here’s our annual roundup of available rebates in Western Canada for the 2021 growing season. BASF The 2021 […] Read more


New herbicides for 2021

New herbicides for 2021

New and improved products and formulations from BASF, UPL AgroSolutions, Nufarm, FMC Canada and Corteva

Farmers face increasing pressure every year from existing and emerging weeds, as well as increasing issues with weed resistance. Agricultural companies are constantly developing and launching new and improved products and formulations to try and stay ahead of the curve. The following is a synopsis of the new herbicide products from BASF, UPL AgroSolutions, Nufarm, […] Read more

This full-season cover crop, which ended up being mostly oats and volunteer mustard, provided excellent summer pasture for cow-calf pairs under a strip grazing system.

No such thing as failure, it’s all a learning experience

Plans are good in theory, but moisture is needed to really see what works

When Josh Beck describes some of the practices he’s tried in a bid to incorporate regenerative agriculture practices on his southern Alberta farm, you’ll probably hear him say a few times, “Everything was looking really good early in the growing season … and then it turned dry.” Lack of growing season moisture is not only […] Read more


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New hybrid brown mustard offers yield boost over conventional options

AAC Brown 18 pushes through 40-year yield ceiling

AAC Brown 18, the first hybrid brown mustard available in Canada, has pushed through a yield ceiling that breeders have been trying to break for 40 years. “The trials we did this year in Swift Current, open pollinated varieties were running about 25 bushels per acre — Hybrid 18 was 29-ish. It’s quite consistently a […] Read more

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Low acreage buoys mustard seed prices

MarketsFarm — Spot prices for mustard seed on the Prairies have trended higher, due to consecutive years of low seeded acreage. In 2020, about 256,500 acres of mustard seed were planted, down about 36 per cent from the previous year. Walter Dyck, seed division manager for Olds Products, mentioned it’s the second time in 20 […] Read more



On the left is regrowth of glyphosate-resistant kochia following a harvest date in early August. On the right is regrowth of glyphosate-resistant kochia following the same harvest date but with a post-harvest application of glyphosate and saflufenail.

Seeding strategies benefit pre- and post-harvest weed control

The most effective treatments can involve decisions made at seeding

The early reports from a couple of ongoing field research projects are suggesting some of the most effective treatments for pre- and post-harvest weed control might actually involve decisions made at seeding, say weed specialists. In Saskatchewan, Clark Brenzil, provincial weed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, is looking at how narrower row spacing (10 inches) as […] Read more