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Resist herbicide resistance

Farmers don’t create herbicide resistance, but management practices can encourage it

While many farmers think about herbicide resistance in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., the reality is that it’s a Canadian problem, too, says Kate Sanford Mitchell. We need to listen to extension specialists who are sounding the alarm about herbicide resistance, she adds. “Weed resistance is a global problem that requires a local solution,” […] Read more

Getting covered: Treating flax seed

Flax has a reputation for being tough to treat. The benefits can make it worth the effort

BASF’s Insure Pulse cleared registration in the spring of 2016, making it the second flax seed treatment on the Canadian market. Vitaflo, the other seed treatment option for flax, has been on the market since the ’70s, says a company representative. But what benefits can flax growers expect, and how can they ensure they get […] Read more

Bayer brings hybrid spring wheats to Saskatchewan

Bayer hopes to have its new spring wheat hybrids in farmers' fields in six to eight years

On a blustery June day, officials cut the ribbon on Bayer CropScience’s new wheat breeding centre near Pike Lake, Saskatchewan. But the wheat varieties coming out of that research station south of Saskatoon will be unlike other varieties grown in Western Canada, as the company is developing hybrid spring wheat varieties in Saskatchewan. Today’s wheat […] Read more

Leaf diseases to look for in lentil crops

A plant pathologist reveals the main yield-grabbing diseases to watch for in your fields

Rain makes grain, the saying goes. But too much spring rain also means disease, and lentil crops are no exception. Almost all pulse leaf diseases are triggered by rain and moisture in the canopy, said Dr. Sabine Banniza, plant pathologist with the Crop Development Centre. “Many need the rain in order to spread.” So which […] Read more