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Crowd at an outdoor farm auction

Prices continue to rise at auction sales

While most used equipment sold at auction sells for less than the price that same equipment is listed for on a dealer’s lot, the price differential continues to decrease. Simon Wallan, vice-president of the Canadian Agricultural Division of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers says there are a number of reasons for the high equipment prices being recorded […] Read more

Farm implement in a field.

2014 rebate roundup

Corporate pricing programs on your 
spring inputs change every year. 
Here’s our annual listing of the major companies’ latest offerings

Many major chemical companies have simplified their rebate and reward programs for western Canadian farmers this year. Most companies have built their programming around farmer loyalty to one brand, and designed programs with bigger discounts for bigger farms. Arysta LifeScience Arysta LifeScience offered an Early Purchase Offer on Everest 2.0. If you bought an Everest […] Read more

Pricing programs for 2013

Who’s got the best deal on farm chemicals for 2013? It’s hard to compare prices until you understand each company’s programming. Gerald Pilger rounds up the details

Company prices on competing products can be difficult to compare until you now the details behind the pricing packages. These are the reward and rebate programs offered by the major pesticide manufacturers for the 2013 growing season. Arysta LifeScience Arysta LifeScience offered growers an Early Purchase Offer on Everest 2.0. Farmers who purchased an Everest […] Read more

Pre-seed burn-off herbicides

Make sure you’re following good chemical rotations. Know your 
active ingredients before you plan your pre-seed burn-offs

Time and again farmers are warned about the dangers of the development of herbicide resistance. They are told over and over not to use the same product repeatedly and to rotate chemical groups. Yet glyphosate, arguably modern agriculture’s most important herbicide, is still used every year on many farms, and by some farmers multiple times […] Read more

Fungicides and plant health

Farmers are well aware of the value of fungicides in protecting crops from plant diseases. But some fungicides promise even more. Crop protection companies now promote the plant health benefits of certain fungicides. They claim that using these fungicides can result in higher yields, even in the absence of disease. Group 11 fungicides The fungicides […] Read more

2012 rebate and reward programs

This year, chemical companies are continuing to move away from rebate programs in favour of early purchase offers, but most are offering some type of reward to encourage farmers to use their products. Here is a list of programs available to farmers as of Jan. 20, 2012. Some of the early purchase offers will have […] Read more

Group 1 active ingredients

Flipping through the Crop Protection Guide, a farmer gets the impression that there are lots of Group 1 herbicides for controlling grassy weeds in cereal crops. In fact, there were 29 brand names of this type of herbicide listed in the 2011 Alberta Crop Protection Guide (the blue book). Unfortunately, most of these products are […] Read more

Controlling chickweed and cleavers

Two weeds which farmers need to pay particular attention to are cleavers and chickweed. Both are becoming increasingly common on the prairies. What is even worse is both are rapidly developing resistance to popular herbicides — especially Group 2 herbicides. Group 2 broadleaf weed resistance has become a big problem in areas of Western Canada. In the 2007 […] Read more

Four Rules For Nozzle Selection

The field sprayer has become the most used implement on many farms. While the tractor, air drill and combine typically make one pass over the land each year, the sprayer may make multiple passes — doing a pre-seed burn-down, applying herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, desiccating and even adding micronutrients and fertilizers to the crop. Because of […] Read more

Extract More Value From Ergot-Infested Grain

For many farmers who struggled with excess moisture to get their crops in and off last year, the biggest hurdle of the 2010 crop year may still be in front of them — trying to market grain with high levels of ergot. Ergot is a fungal parasite which infects grasses and cereal grains. Unlike other […] Read more