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The two-striped grasshopper.

Tips to scout and identify crop pest grasshopper species

Flying before June, coloured hind wings and sings? It’s not eating your crops. Here’s how to identify the ones that are

It can be hard to distinguish between grasshopper species as many of them appear to look similar. And while they may look alike, only a few of them pose a threat to farmers. A typical Prairie system of pasture, cropland and roadside vegetation, for instance, might have 30 to 40 different species, but only four […] Read more

Developing a pre-spring checklist is the first step in developing a safety management program that will help keep everyone safe and productive as they go into the busy spring season.

Tips to develop a spring safety checklist for your farm

There are many reasons why it’s needed, including your profitability

Many farming operations across Canada are still family owned, and because of that a lot of the occupational health and safety legislation doesn’t always apply to them if they don’t have paid employees or are small-scale operations. That said, Robert Gobeil, agricultural health and safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), still advises […] Read more


Winter wheat grower Doug Martin has been trying a balanced fertility approach based on soil test recommendations on his farm.

How to break through the winter wheat yield ceiling

It takes a balanced fertility approach

Winter wheat yields in Manitoba over the past few years have been in the 60 to 70 bushel per acre range, but many varieties have a much higher yield potential — more than 100 bu/ac. What can western Canadian farmers do to break through that yield ceiling? Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has a long association […] Read more

Tips to optimize your 2021 canola crops

Tips to optimize your 2021 canola crops

Set yourself and your crop up for success

No two growing seasons are alike, but Prairie canola growers can still draw from the mix of familiar and unique challenges they faced last year to better prepare for the season ahead. “For canola, it’s about setting the crop up from the beginning, so it’s things like good trash management and weed control, and ensuring […] Read more


Proline Gold is a new canola fungicide that offers protection against sclerotinia. Its liquid formulation provides systemic and contact protection with two modes of action. The above photo shows a sclerotinia stem lesion.

New fungicides and insecticides heading your way in 2021

New products to control insects like flea beetles and diseases, such as blackleg and sclerotinia, in canola, and more

One season is never the same as the next, so farmers face different disease and insect issues every year. This is one of the reasons there are new solutions being developed and coming to market every year — to help farmers protect their crops throughout the growing season from new and old disease and insect […] 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


Alberta producer Matt Vossepoel uses a drone — like the one that produced this image for counting animals out on rangeland — to check his 800-head of cattle and to find sick animals or issues at calving time.

Farmers weigh in on drone benefits

How producers from Alberta and Saskatchewan use their drones on the farm

Matt Vossepoel bought his first drone, a DJI Mavic 2 with a thermal camera, two years ago so he could check on his 800-head of cattle and find sick animals or animals he couldn’t always see easily due to the terrain of his farm. Before long, he was using it during calving to check for […] Read more

Drones can be used for all kinds of on-farm trials. Pictured above is a drone image to evaluate standability in a wheat variety trial.

Twelve uses for your drone

From flood documentation to weed control, farmers are putting their drones to good use

When remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, first started appearing on the market, it was thought their uses in agriculture would be mainly limited to third-party companies farmers would hire to fly over their fields and to analyze and provide information collected by those drones. However, today it is mainly farmers purchasing and using […] Read more


Markus Weber, president of LandView Drones, is flying a small, portable MAVIC 2 Zoom drone, which he says is an ideal drone for farmers to start with.

Tips to help you choose your first drone

Where to begin your drone search, resources and costs

Markus Weber answers questions about drones all the time. He is president of Landview Drones and he runs an Ag Drone School to help farmers get started with, and get the most out of, their drones. For less than $3,000, farmers can dip their toes into the drone arena. “When they’re starting out, most farmers […] Read more

“Whether it’s on thumb drives, on a monitor in the combine, on a computer or in a software program, getting that data into one place so you can see it together, analyze it together and make decisions based off of the entire picture is the first step.” – Derek Freitag.

How to get the most out of the data you collect

Overcome the top data usage and analysis hurdles

While farmers and their agronomists or crop advisors have the ability to collect all kinds of data using precision agriculture tools, few farmers are analyzing and interpreting the data and developing solutions themselves, which begs the question, why? One of the first challenges is data is housed in many different places, says Derek Freitag, market […] Read more