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Should you be planting green manure?

Researchers see planting and terminating ‘green manure’ as an alternative to summerfallow

Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as well as the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture have published two recent studies about the effects of green manure on farmland in the Prairies. In one study specifically, the researchers looked at using green manure as an alternative to summerfallowing. Green manure “is a crop that is specifically planted in order to be terminated, […] Read more

On-farm occupational health and safety

Some of these rules apply to your farm. Find out what you need to know

If you employ anyone other than family on your farm, you need to know that provincial occupational health and safety rules apply to you. Some farmers believe that they are exempt from these rules if they aren’t enrolled in Workers Compensation, or if they are purely a family farm with one or two employees. This […] Read more

Conquering wild oats in your fields

Tight rotations and resistant plants mean wild oats are prevalent on the Prairies

We spend more money trying to manage wild oat in Western Canada than any other weed, says Dr. Neil Harker, a weed ecology and crop management scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “It’s a driver weed.” Here’s a bit of a refresher on wild oat, what’s new with research, and what you need to know […] Read more

Wireworm: hard to control and on the rise

Without Lindane, there’s very little that cereal growers can do to control this pest

Wireworms ruin many cereal crops, and they’ve been on the rise since the federal government banned lindane for use as a pesticide in 2004. Lindane killed the bugs outright says Dr. Bob Vernon, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and since its banning “there is really nothing that will kill them.” “Wireworms […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematodes on the Prairies?

This yield-stealing roundworm moves with soil. And it's probably on its way to your soybean field

The soybean cyst nematode is the number one yield robber in soybean crops in Ontario and the U.S. This parasitic roundworm has been in North America since the mid-1950s, with the first detection in North Carolina, says Albert Tenuta, provincial field crop pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Since then […] Read more

Young Farmer Carrying a Bale of Hay

How to enrol your farm workers in WCB

Farm Management: Now that you want to sign your farm up for Workers Comp, here’s the “how to”

Now that you know why you should enrol your farm in Workers’ Comp here’s how to do it. In Alberta, applying is as easy as visiting the Workers’ Compensation Board Alberta website ( There’s a search engine on the main page. If you search for “farm,” you’ll get to a page called “Farming Coverage.” Right […] Read more

Why should you enrol your farm in WCB?

Farm Management: Even when it’s not mandatory, there are good reasons to enrol in Workers Comp

In some of the Prairie provinces it is mandatory for farmer employers to sign up for Workers Compensation (WCB) for their workers. In Manitoba, it’s been mandatory since 2009. Some farmers still haven’t signed up or don’t realize that they need to. “Way back when, before medicare and before WCB, if a worker was injured […] Read more

Leaf spotting: what you need to know

The fight against tan leaf spot, and what you can do about it in your fields

We’ve been working with leaf spots for the last 26 years,” says Dr. Myriam Fernandez, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist, and lead author of the a recently released 12-year study of the impacts on climate change, region and agronomic practices on leaf spotting in wheat and durum, conducted between 2001 and 2012. Leaf […] Read more

treated corn seed

New year, new seed treatment rules

Rules won’t affect on-farm treatment, unless the products you use are “restricted”

When new rules for commercial and mobile seed treatment operations come into effect on January 1, 2017, farmers won’t notice much change. The standards won’t apply to farmers treating their own seed on-farm, and CropLife Canada, the association that represents the plant science industry, believes having consistent standards will be good for the industry. The […] Read more

SU-tolerant canola from Cibus

Cibus’ sulfonylurea-tolerant

Cibus, a U.S. company, is bringing a new sulfonylurea-tolerant canola to the market. Cibus developed SU-tolerant canola using non-transgenic breeding technologies. That is, breeding, without introducing foreign genetic material. As Dr. Jim Radtke, Cibus’ senior vice president, product development, says, we are “making changes in plants without incorporating foreign DNA and thus the plants are […] Read more