GFM Network News


Nine pests to watch for if you’re growing flax

Dr. James Tansey, Saskatchewan Agriculture’s insect specialist, reminded farmers at a Saskatchewan Agriculture conference in Weyburn, Sask., that “plants are not a passive part of the environment.” Flax produces poison in the form of cyanogenic glycoside (cyanide) that is toxic to several insects. However, your flax crop may still need some help protecting itself from […] Read more

New fertilizer technology has made fall surface application a more feasible prospect.

Floating your fall fertilizer

With new fertilizer products on the market and new machinery available,
 fall-applied fertilizer could be your solution

At first glance the Case 4530 is a strange-looking contraption. It seems to be an awkward combination of a sprayer and a tractor. As it turns out, the “floater,” as it’s commonly called, is anything but awkward. Rather, its 70-foot boom and latest and greatest GPS make it well suited for the job it was […] Read more


The wheat midge refuge

The pest is small, but the losses it can cause are great. Lucikly the midge tolerant wheat introduced across the Prairies in 2010 has the potential to keep the midge population in check. Wheat midge can be found in most regions that produce wheat, and the Canadian Prairies are no exception. At half the size […] Read more

Thousand kernel weight

Still seeding “a bushel and a half” per acre? Try moving to 1,000 kernel 
weight calculation for more precise seeding rates

Every spring Prairie farmers wait to head to the field to begin spring seeding. The drill is ready to go, and the seed is loaded. The seeding equipment heading to the field has likely been updated from 20 years ago, but has the amount of seed needed calculation also been updated? What’s in a bushel? […] Read more


Pre-book seed

In the middle of a cold Prairie winter, leaving your worries behind with a winter vacation sounds like a good idea. One worry some farmers hitting the beach this winter will be leaving behind is what to plant next spring, as they have pre-purchased their seed before catching their flight. “Book early,” says Bret Gaetz, […] Read more

Cleaning up contaminants

All farmers fear contaminated soil. New clean up processes help bring contaminated land back to its original state

I spent last winter, on my way to the rink, driving past a mountain of dirt being processed by various machines. It looked very labourious and complicated The grapevine reported that there had been an oil spill, and cleaning it up involved digging up the contaminated dirt, and “cooking” the oil out of it. A […] Read more


Deciding to incorporate

Many farmers have already made the decision to incorporate. If you’re still on the fence, here are six potential benefits to consider

Farming has been in the family for generations. The farm you’re operating started out with only a few acres, but over the years it’s expanded. When your grandfather owned the farm, it was organized as a sole proprietorship. Now, you’re grappling with the decision to incorporate — to create a new legal entity for the […] Read more

Effective rodent control

One day, years ago, I returned home from university to the apartment I shared with three roommates, to find every chair we owned arranged across the entire floor like stepping stones. We had a mouse. I, the farm girl, fearless of all savage beasts, was directed to “Get rid of it!” Getting rid of one […] Read more


Stewardship program ending

Federal funding for the Farm Stewardship Program is slated to end on March 31, 2013. In most provinces, there’s still time to find out if this program has anything to offer your farm. The Farm Stewardship Program has been in place since 2005, as a federal program delivered by provincial counterparts. The program is slightly […] Read more

Weed control after a flood

Many farmers saw flooded acres in 2011. Special care will be needed to control weeds and manage these fields this year

It may only occur every 300 years, but farmers in southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba spent 2011 dealing with the worst flood since the West was settled. An estimated six million acres in the two provinces went unseeded due to the flooding. Even though waterlogged fields could not be planted, they were anything but barren, and now […] Read more