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Herbicide carryover may be high risk

If it was dry after last year’s application, there may be soil-residual herbicides

Crop selection for the 2019 growing season could prove challenging for growers in some parts of the Prairies, as a lack of rainfall means soil-residual herbicides could impact crop establishment. Moisture after application is critical for herbicide breakdown. In areas where rainfall was patchy at best, growers need to be conservative when selecting crops to […] Read more


Get the most efficiency from your nitrogen

Generally, banding is the most efficient method for reducing nutrient loss

If you’re looking for a quick and easy guide to choosing the right placement for your nitrogen application, there isn’t one. Neither is there a one-size-fits-all strategy for timing or rate. There are, however, clear guidelines on how to improve nitrogen efficiency while limiting environmental impact. University of Manitoba soil science professor Don Flaten explains. […] Read more



Worried about pea disease? Try peaola

Intercropping peas and canola can minimize disease and lower production costs

With international pea processor Roquette opening a plant in Portage la Prairie, Man., in 2020, many growers will be thinking about taking advantage of the opportunity. Some, however, will be worried about one of the biggest challenges of growing peas: disease. There may be a solution, though. Researchers and experimental farmers are finding answers in […] Read more


Roquette tweaks pea plant plans

The pea-processing plant is still under construction, with expanded plans

It’s been two years since French company Roquette announced its plan to build the world’s largest pea-processing plant in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. And while the company did break ground in September of 2017, construction was suspended in the spring of 2018, but began again this past October. Roquette expects the new plant to process […] Read more



Avoid nutrient deficiencies in your canola

With some advance planning, this won’t happen to you

Nutrient deficiencies in canola are rarely an issue for canola growers, but mobility and environmental issues can inhibit uptake. Having a good plan, though, goes a long way. Warren Ward, agronomy specialist, Canola Council of Canada, explains. When they do surface, nutrient deficiencies don’t show up in all corners of the field, but in irregular […] Read more


Get back to basics to fight kochia

Using multiple and rotating modes of action can reduce selection pressure

In recent years, kochia has become a real issue across the Prairies. Kochia loves hot, dry weather, and as a prolific seed producer, the tumbleweed-shaped weed can spread quickly. What’s worse, kochia has a growing history of resistance, which can make it a tricky weed to manage. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Charles Geddes […] Read more



Stripper headers an alternative for dry regions

Headers offer improved combine performance and soil moisture retention

While there are many options when it comes time to harvest a crop, for some farmers, stripper headers are the only choice. Designed with rotating teeth that lift grain into the combine and leave straw in the field, stripper headers are perfect for harvesting cereals, grass seed and rice, according to Adam Whitaker, product specialist at the U.K.-based […] Read more


New Cereal Aphid Manager app

Take this app on scouting and let it help you decide if you need to spray

Aphids can be a big problem in cereal crops, and populations can build quickly. Knowing if and when to spray can be tricky. Decisions are driven by estimated aphid populations and factors can impact them — weather and natural predators. The new Cereal Aphid Manager app can help. This app uses considers these factors to […] Read more



Beneficial insects versus four major pests

There are more than just pests in those sweep nets; don’t sweep it all away

Many insect pests feed on cereal crops and canola. But for every pest in the field, there are dozens of predators feeding on them. Knowing which beneficial insects feed on the major pests can help growers make better management decisions. University of Toronto postdoctoral entomologist Vincent Hervet explains. 1. Cereal leaf beetle The cereal leaf […] Read more


Dry pulse seed needs extra care

How to minimize losses from dry and damaged pulse seed this seeding season

In the fall of 2017, pea and soybean pedigreed seed came off the field on the drier side, which means that they’ll be going into the field drier this year. Manitoba pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange shares his expertise on how to make sure dry, damaged seed doesn’t impact your bottom line. Generally, seed quality […] Read more