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If there are high levels of cutworms in your fields, control them before they do a lot of damage.

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

Jay and Jennifer Bruggencate and Mike and Kelly Sulzle and their families farm together at Vector Grain near Lacombe, Alta., as a joint venture.

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


Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Whether it’s close to home or across an ocean, fire hasn’t been far from the news this summer. This year has been average in terms of fire risk on the Prairies, says Mike Flannigan, professor of wildland fire and the director of the western partnership for wildland fire science at the University of Alberta. But […] Read more

Jason Craig and his wife Jenn with their two children, Jayden and Jemma.

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


Dallas and Danita Leduc and their daughter, Hope, like to travel when they’re not on their farm near Glentworth, Sask.

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

Six tips for a smooth soybean harvest

For two-thirds of soybean producers in Saskatchewan last year, it was their first time growing the crop, with seeded acres up to 850,000 from just 239,939 in 2016. In Manitoba, soybean acreage jumped from over a million and a half acres to well over two million acres in 2017. Estimated acreage is lower this year […] 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

Hofer encourages farmers to drive
over this drop pan — they won’t be damaged.

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


On Dalgarno’s operation he gets yields between 850 and 1,000 clean pounds per acre after dockage has been taken off.

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

Mark and Bobbie Bratrud have been farming full time, 
west of Weyburn, Sask. for the past seven years.

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