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Farmyard security takes a leap forward

Video surveillance systems mean there are always eyes on the farm

Not so long ago, farmyard security meant keeping a rifle and ammunition handy. But there are better options, says Virgil Reed, founder and CEO of Saskatoon-based Reed Security. “Farmyard security has always been an issue, but today there’s a lot more awareness about it due to events in the media,” says Reed. “Farms have poor […] Read more


Spring flax for pasmo: when and what

Wait until the early flowering stage to make your pasmo spray decisions in flax

Pasmo is the wallflower of flax: it’s always at the party, but typically doesn’t take centre stage. But even though it doesn’t usually rank as the disease with most economic impact, flax can still take a hit from pasmo. The Flax Council of Canada says severity can range from traces to 60 per cent of […] Read more



Dealing with soybean aphids and cutworms

Hot, dry summer weather can bring soybean aphids into your fields

Soybean aphids tend to come along with hot, dry weather, says Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG). “Moist conditions mean fungal pathogens can help take down populations of soybean aphid. Hot, dry conditions are conducive to them reproducing rapidly.” While this year’s harvest weather wasn’t hot and dry in most […] Read more


Meet your farming neighbours: The Bruggencates and Sulzles

This is the story of a joint venture between the Bruggencates and the Sulzles

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more



Meet your farming neighbours: The Craigs

This is the story of Jason Craig and his family farm, near Delburne, Alta.

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more


Meet your farming neighbours: Dallas and Danita Leduc

This is the story of Dallas Leduc, Venture Ridge Farms, near Glentworth, Sask.

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, Prairie farmers are […] Read more



Get the most from your grain bags

Try these three tips to get the most from your grain bag storage this harvest season

Many Western Canadian producers are turning to grain bags either as a backup to bin storage or a logistical solution during the busy harvest season. According to Dave Nelson, senior vice-president of sales for Loftness, there are a host of reasons why producers might want to consider grain bagging. “When all of the bins on […] Read more


Combine loss drop pan

This homemade grain catcher helps farmer fine-tune combine settings

When David Hofer’s equipment stopped meeting his needs, he did something farmers have done for millennia: he jerry-rigged something that works better. In this case, it’s a combine loss drop pan made of nylon tarp and fiberglass rods that can be thrown directly under combine wheels without bending or breaking. Hofer farms around 10,000 acres […] Read more



Quinoa a profitable rotation crop

This Manitoba farmer says quinoa has been an agronomic bonus for his farm

Quinoa is no longer just for health nuts. Most Canadian consumers are familiar with the ancient grain, and it’s increasingly used as a value-added ingredient in boxed cereals and baked goods due to its high protein and fibre content. And though its low acreage still puts it in the “niche” category of production in western […] Read more


Meet your farming neighbours: Mark and Bobbie Bratrud

This is the story of Mark and Bobbie Bratrud, near Weyburn, Sask.

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more