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Along with three other owner/operators, Enns manages 10,600 acres of grains near Rosthern, Sask.

Making malt barley: six tips for success

Top malt barley growers offer their advice to get your barley crop to make malt


Barley produced for malting must meet strict quality standards before acceptance by end users. A crop that doesn’t make malt will be sold off as feed, often at considerable economic loss. Two large-scale malt barley producers share their tips on which management practices they employ to ensure their crop makes malt. John Burns is part […] Read more

Due to disease issues, peas shouldn’t be grown more than one in three years in a rotation.

Tips for adding peas to your farm in 2020

Frost tolerance and early planting may be the advantages that lead you to peas

With pea-processing giant Roquette planning to begin operations at its new plant in Portage la Prairie, Man., in mid-2020, growers may be thinking about increasing pea acreage year this. Peas offer several benefits, but the crop does present some challenges as well. Manitoba Agriculture provincial pulse specialist Dennis Lange explains. If the summer is hot […] Read more


Steyr unveiled its diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor at Agritechnica 2019.

Steyr unveils zero-emissions hybrid tractor

Austrian company’s diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor raised eyebrows

Austrian machinery manufacturer Steyr drew a lot of attention at Agritechnica 2019 when it unveiled its diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor. The Konzept tractor is a study on what the future of tractor production could be and addresses top-of-mind issues such as environmental sustainability, efficiency, connectivity and comfort. At the heart of Steyr Konzept is a […] Read more

New barley breeding efforts aim for a replacement for AC Metcalfe

Breeders have recently focused their efforts on the craft brewers

Aaron Beattie is a barley breeder at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. Beattie is looking for a replacement for AC Metcalfe. AC Metcalfe is a high enzymatic variety, so it’s suitable for large-scale brewers. A new variety, CDC Fraser, is also high in enzymes and offers more in terms of disease resistance and […] Read more


AC Metcalfe is one of the most popular malt barley varieties.

New malting barley variety acceptance an uphill battle

While the industry works to market new varieties, farmers seed the old standbys

Farmers choosing malt barley seed in the spring of 2019 would have seen CDC Copeland and AC Metcalfe at the top of the list of recommended varieties published by the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC). CDC Copeland was registered 20 years ago, in 1999. AC Metcalfe was registered in 1997. While the list includes newer varieties, barley […] Read more

Saskatchewan bugs to watch for in 2019

Low survey results in 2018 could be good news for Saskatchewan farmers this season

The 2018 pest survey results for Saskatchewan look like good news for the 2019 season. Grasshopper, pea leaf weevil and diamondback moth populations were all low in 2018. Large numbers of Bertha armyworm moths were caught in the Outlook and Watrous areas, but these do not necessarily predict 2019 populations. Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture integrated […] Read more


The usual suspects are back this year, and they’re looking to take a bite out of your yields: grasshoppers, bertha armyworm, and cabbage seedpod weevil.

Three crop pests to watch for in Alberta in 2019

Grasshoppers, bertha armyworms and cabbage seedpod weevil

Each winter, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry entomologist Scott Meers and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry insect research technologist Shelley Barkley host #ABbugchat on Twitter, drawing the attention of growers across the province. This year, the pair released forecast maps for three pests: grasshopper, bertha armyworm and cabbage seedpod weevil. Here’s what you missed. Grasshoppers The forecast […] Read more



Aphanomyces is not currently widespread in Manitoba, but pea growers do need to be concerned about it in the long term.

Two diseases to watch for in peas

Ascochyta blight and aphanomyces root rot occur in dry years as well as wet


If you’re growing peas for the first time this year, of if you haven’t grown them in a while, you’ll want to watch for these two diseases in your fields: ascochyta blight and aphanomyces root rot. The disease that is perhaps most concerning, most visible and most likely to cause yield loss is ascochyta, or […] Read more

Chaff decks attached to the back of the combine direct weeds into confined rows, which will either compost in the pile or compete for water and nutrients with other weeds in the spring. 


Australian chaff decks show promise

From Down Under: a chemical-free tool to help manage post-harvest weeds

A new weed management tool that’s taking Australia by storm could be a good fit for Canadian farmers as well. Chaff lining, or the practice of concentrating the weed seed-bearing chaff material in confined rows behind the harvester, has helped Australian farmers to better control weeds. While it’s too early to tell if the system […] Read more