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New strain of rhizobia enters the soybean inoculant game

Lallemand Plant Care recently discovered Bradyrhizobium elkanii

Until recently, Bradyrhizobium japonicum has been the primary nitrogen-fixing bacteria in commercial soybean inoculants, but Lallemand Plant Care recently discovered a new strain called Bradyrhizobium elkanii that it has incorporated into its new liquid inoculant product, LALFIX DUO SL PROYIELD. “In laboratory testing under artificial conditions, we found that Bradyrhizobium elkanii is about 50 per […] Read more

Developing an inoculant strategy

If you’re growing soybeans, you should have a plan to get them inoculated

Soybeans can biologically fix 50 to 60 per cent of their nitrogen, with the rest coming from soil reserves. Bradyrhizobium japonicum is a bacteria specific to soybeans that causes nodule development on plant roots, working symbiotically with the soybean plant to fix nitrogen. Because this rhizobium is not native to Canadian Prairie soils, soybean growers […] Read more


Dry weather affects inoculant efficacy

Dry spring weather may have reduced soybean inoculant effectiveness

The August Bean Report from the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) suggested one of the reasons that some growers were seeing yellowing on their soybean crops could have been due to a nitrogen deficiency because of inadequate nodulation, with the possibility that dry conditions earlier in the season may have reduced the efficacy of […] Read more

Low falling numbers mean lower wheat prices

Grain buyers’ falling numbers tests are finding evidence of pre-harvest sprouting

A wet fall across the Prairies provided the ideal conditions for pre-harvest sprouting in cereal crops. As a result, falling numbers tests have come to the fore as a quality assessment tool for buyers, with some grain companies performing a falling test on all wheat samples before purchasing. While, for the most part, harvest conditions were the […] Read more


The falling numbers test estimates the amount of sprouting in wheat, barley or rye. It measures the amount of alpha-amylase, an enzyme important in germination, which is present in the grain.


Four ways to avoid low falling numbers in grains

How accurate is the falling number test?

1. Harvest as soon as possible Try and harvest wheat as soon as possible after maturity. The longer it stays in the field once mature, the higher the risk of sprouting if it rains. On the other hand, don’t harvest too early — green kernels can have high alpha-amylase content to provide fuel for grain […] Read more

Harrows are more effective earlier on, when weeds are at the white thread stage.

Comparing mechanical weed control options

Considering adding a mechanical option to your herbicide rotations? Try these

Mechanical weed control is not anything new. Farmers have been using harrows and various tillage tools to control weeds for centuries, and for organic farmers mechanical weed control remains the only option. What is new is the technology that is available to help make mechanical weeding more efficient and effective, like GPS or camera-guided systems […] Read more


Make your own seed initiative enters its ninth year

Manitoba’s Participatory Plant Breeding program turns farmers into plant breeders

[UPDATE: Dec. 12, 2019] The University of Manitoba’s Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) program, now in its ninth year — brings together farmers and plant breeders as partners in the plant breeding process. The program is particularly useful in crop production systems that traditional breeding programs aren’t always geared for, like organic or under unique growing […] Read more

Ontario OYF nominees Jan and Jony Roos with their children Julian, eight; Joanna, six; Janine, four; and Jessica, three.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Ontario nominees

Proper management and improved efficiency support growing dairy goat operation

Jan and Jony Roos are thrilled to be Ontario’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF), and the fact that they were nominated by a former employee makes it even more of an honour. “It gave us a good feeling that our employees appreciated it here,” says Jony. “We didn’t expect to win because the other competitors […] Read more


Saskatchewan OYF nominees, Jason and Jenna Ranger and daughter Bridget, two.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Saskatchewan nominees

The Rangers focus on cropping efficiencies on mostly rented land

Jason and Jenna Ranger, Saskatchewan’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF), have over the past dozen years steadily grown their cropping operation, Jaran Farms Ltd., in north-west Saskatchewan to around 11,000 acres, producing primarily canola, oats, wheat and lentils. After completing a year of his agricultural degree in 2006, Jason had the opportunity to rent a […] Read more

Researcher Lana Shaw says intercrop researchers are finding 
crop combinations that are economically beneficial.

Intercropping research catching up

Researchers are taking a look at the intercropping combinations farmers are trying at home

When most farmers think about intercropping, peas and canola come to mind, which has to date probably been the most common pairing for an intercrop system. But research by Lana Shaw at the South East Research Farm (SERF) in Redvers, Sask., has shown that other combinations — like chickpeas and flax or mustard and lentils […] Read more