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Fusarium head blight.

Cereal diseases to watch in 2020

Tan spot, septoria complex, scald, FHB and root rots top the list. What’s the outlook for your region?

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is predicting a slight increase in seeded acreage of wheat in 2020. Difficult spring planting conditions ran the gamut across the Prairies in 2019 from limited to excess moisture; however, moisture levels going into 2020 look adequate, with projected cool, dry conditions. Regardless, producers should start the season armed with a […] Read more

Melissa Werkema’s Future Analytics Inc. offers “plant sap” testing, which measures the xylem sap in plant leaves as an indicator of nutrient availability.

New lab offers plant sap analysis

Tired of the same old soil and tissue tests? Try this

A new, independent lab is offering an innovative nutrient test to farmers in Red Deer, Alta. Future Analytics Inc. offers “plant sap” testing, which measures the xylem sap in plant leaves as an indicator of nutrient availability, as well as water, soil and bacteria testing, says owner Melissa Werkema. The lab, which opened in spring […] Read more


Will and Cindy Lowe farm near Kyle, Saskatchewan. These are their four children.

Meet your farming neighbours: The Lowes

Meet Will and Cindy Lowe from Kyle, Saskatchewan

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

Atlantic Canada OYF nominees, Justin and Laura Rogers with their children Luke, eight, and Mary, five.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Atlantic Canada nominees

Seventh generation PEI farm continues to evolve into new enterprises

It was Justin Rogers’ great-grandmother who named Picturesque Farms over 100 years ago when she turned into the drive for the first time and exclaimed, “My, this is a picturesque farm!” More than seven generations after their ancestors purchased the land in 1843, the Rogers’ 300-acre grain farm in Brae, P.E.I. is still going, thanks […] Read more


Manitoba OYF nominees Will and 
Jen Bergmann with their children Brooklyn, seven; Cole, six; and Emmett, four.

Canada’s OYF 2019: Manitoba nominees

Will and Jen Bergmann share passions for photography, farming and feeding the world

Will and Jen Bergmann don’t believe they’re special. The only thing that sets them apart from other farmers, says Will, is how they share their story. It’s a story about modern farming and what it takes to feed the world, whether farmers are growing commodity crops or organic vegetables. The Bergmanns grow both, and now […] Read more

Ivan Dueck’s grandfather, age 88, took a ride with Ivan to deliver apples. Ivan’s grandfather started the first apple orchard in the area.

Meet your farming neighbours: Ivan Dueck and his brothers

Ivan Dueck and his brothers farm in Namiquipa, Mexico

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


The sprayer is the piece of farm equipment Bernie McClean can’t live without.

Meet your farming neighbours: Bernie and Cara McClean

Bernie and Cara McClean farm in northwest Saskatchewan

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

Invest in security on your farm

Relatively simple cameras can offer safety and security

Many farmers can tell stories of break-ins, stolen vehicles or stolen fuel. This trend isn’t only anecdotal: crime rates are going up in rural areas. According to Statistics Canada, 21 per cent of crime in 2017 took place in rural areas, with rates of violent crime 63 per cent higher in rural communities than urban […] Read more


Reed HD Farm Design

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

Producers can typically achieve good control of pasmo with fungicides, and breeding projects are underway to improve disease resistance in new varieties.

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