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The Bin SumpPRO is a retrofit kit for grain bin sweep systems that improves grain bin safety by preventing plugging.

New product remedies grain bin sump flow issues

Bin SumpPRO defends against grain bin sump plugging, thereby improving bin safety

The new, patent-pending Bin SumpPRO system from Leading Edge Industries of Groton, S.D., remedies grain bin sump flow issues by breaking up clumps that would normally plug the sump. The product breaks up all types of clumps and ice above the floor and cuts and clears material lodged between the top of the floor and […] Read more

A pre-harvest maintenance plan for your grain storage system is a good risk management strategy, says Derek Johnson, regional sales manager for AGI.

Your maintenance plan for your grain storage system

Tips to keep your system in good working order

At time of writing, many Prairie farmers are out on the combines, and with high yields predicted for this year, it’s important grain storage systems are in good working order and ready for the grain to flow. Why it matters: An annual maintenance strategy for a grain storage system is no different than tuning up […] Read more


MAP+MST has high concentrations of both sulphur and phosphorus, so farmers can decrease their application rates to meet their yield goals, while saving time and trips across the field, says Nutrien senior agronomist Cristie Preston.

Nutrien launches new phosphorus and sulphur fertilizer for fall or spring application

Patented technology reduces the size of elemental sulphur particles for faster oxidation and slow release of nutrient all season long

In July, Nutrien announced the launch of its new Smart Nutrition MAP+MST fertilizer powered by Micronized Sulphur Technology (MST), which combines micronized sulphur with monoammonium phosphate (MAP) to give crops consistent nutrition. When applied in the fall, sulphur stays in its elemental form and won’t leach, so it’s available the following spring while freeing up […] Read more

Cabbage seedpod weevil.

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network launches website

The new website predicts insect risks, monitors insect populations and offers information on scouting, chemical controls and more

The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) launched a new website last July at Prairiepest.ca. The PPMN is a Prairie-wide insect pest monitoring group that provides valuable information, predicts insect risks, monitors insect populations and offers information to growers and agronomists to help them scout for pests, time their scouting activities, and make decisions about using […] Read more


The Canadian food industry used to be split at around 70 per cent retail and 30 per cent food service and institutional. Today the split is closer to 90 and 10 per cent, respectively, says Peter Chapman.


How have the value chain and consumers changed – and will it affect your marketing plans?

Be prepared for greater volatility and disruptions to markets, spend more time on business management practices and take a wider view of consumer behaviours and the value chain

Most market analysts and farm advisors agree that farmers shouldn’t change their overall marketing plans over the next 12 months specifically because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential future effects on trade and global economies. That said, this is without doubt a year unlike any other, and to be prepared for the possibility of […] 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


Crop staging is important to determine crop maturity and harvest timing.

How to get staging right in pulse and soybean crops

Understand crop stages for best results

One of the biggest reasons pulse and soybean growers need to understand the growth stages of their plants is to determine the correct timing of in-season herbicides and fungicides, which varies by crop and growth stage. The application of chemicals in field peas, for example, is typically determined by what node stage the crop is […] Read more

In oilseed crops like canola, 
herbicide and fungicide application timing is crucial.

What to look for when staging canola and flax crops

Tips for herbicide and fungicide applications in oilseeds

In oilseed crops like canola and flax, timing is crucial for application of herbicides and fungicides to help protect yield. Proper herbicide and fungicide application timing based on the product label often comes down to a grower’s experience and knowledge of what growth stage is appropriate — and what that actually looks like in the […] Read more


Dwayne Beck, research and production manager at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, spoke at the Regenerative Agriculture Forum in Brandon, Man.

Want to reduce pests and increase profits?

On the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, regenerative ag means good soil, good profits

When a group of farmers near Pierre, South Dakota, established the Dakota Lakes Research Farm in 1986, their main focus was on irrigation and water issues. At the recent Regenerative Agriculture Forum in Brandon, Man., Dakota Lakes research and production manager, Dwayne Beck, described how he and his team have focused on better managing the […] Read more

There are a number of 4R stewardship resources you can check out to find out what's best for your farm.

4R on 90 per cent of canola acres?

The Canola Council targets use of 4R nutrient practices on 90 per cent of acres by 2025

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) wants to see growers utilizing 4R nutrient stewardship practices on 90 per cent of canola acres by 2025. “We have found there is a strong appetite for this from NGOs, and some food companies that have sustainability metrics and want to source sustainably produced products,” says Curtis Rempel, vice-president […] Read more