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Editor’s Column: Seeding great ideas

One of the highlights of being the editor of Grainews is hearing from you through phone calls, emails and social media. I have appreciated your well-wishes, insights, suggestions, feedback and ideas for future stories. I’ve picked out a few examples to share with you. A southern Alberta farmer emailed me this month to suggest there […] Read more

The Omnis FT Tillage Tool is ideal for breaking up compaction and providing consistent soil tilth in conditions where residue has already been properly sized and distributed by the combine.

Horsch introduces the Omnis FT Tillage Tool

New tool offers uniform water infiltration, soil warming and residue and soil blending

Horsch has announced an expansion of its North American primary tillage line with the launch of the all-new Omnis FT Tillage Tool. Engineered and built at the company’s Mapleton, N.D., facility, the new concept in primary tillage incorporates innovations pioneered by Horsch — a global manufacturer of seeding, planting, tillage and application equipment — both […] Read more






Young larvae are pale white in colour, whereas older wireworms are brown, tan or copper in colour. They are hard-bodied, segmented and slender, and measure from one to four centimetres when mature. Wireworms have three pairs of legs behind the head and the last abdominal section is flattened and notched. Approximately 30 economic species can be found across Canada.

Lack of crop growth may be due to an insect, not a seeder miss

When you’re checking for pests, this insect’s wily ways could give you the slip

For Scott Hartley, an insect pest management specialist at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, it’s an all-too-familiar story. A producer notices areas in the field where growth is slow, plants are dying back or missing altogether. The damage is often put down to a seeder miss or poor germination, poor nutrition or environmental conditions, or […] Read more


Detecting wireworms on your farm

Using bait can help you get a better estimate of the scope of your wireworm problem. Making a bait ball For one ball: Mix one to 1-1/2 cups of oatmeal or wheat flour with two tablespoons of honey and up to 1/2 cup of water to form a ball Tie up ball in a mesh […] Read more

Changing grasshopper species

The difference between grasshoppers that damage crops, those that don't, and when to check

While the most important action farmers can take to protect their crops is to be aware of the most current insect monitoring information from provincial ag departments, says Dan Johnson, an environmental science professor at the University of Lethbridge. the best in-field tip remains the same year after year: know the difference between grasshoppers that […] Read more


Alternaria usually moves into a crop after the waxy layer starts to wear off near the end of the season as plants are maturing, drying down and filling the seed.

Alternaria dust no cause for concern

While swathing napus canola last year, some Prairie farmers reported an odd phenomenon: blackish-green dust was covering their swathers. The cause, says Clint Jurke, a Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist, was more than likely alternaria black spot, and more of a curiosity than cause for concern. “The windows of their swathers were turning blackish-green. As far […] Read more

Stem cankers caused by blackleg disease. Experts warn that blackleg could take a large bite out of future canola production.

Protect your weapons in the fight against blackleg

New information and tools are in the works to help growers protect 
the durability of current resistant canola varieties

Last year’s record canola harvest of nearly 18 million tonnes was a significant achievement for Canadian producers and industry stakeholders, far surpassing the goal set by the sector of 15 million tonnes by 2015. On the heels of this accomplishment, canola disease experts warn blackleg could take a large bite out of future production if […] Read more